Miss West Tennessee
Social Impact Statement:
The Importance of the Arts in Early Childhood Development
Hometown: Dickson County, TN
University of Memphis
Hello! I am Katie Rampaul, Miss West Tennessee 2020. I am a 21 year old senior at the University of Memphis studying Communication Studies, with a minor in Dance. I was a member of the University of Memphis Pom Squad for 3 years, and now I am a member of the Professional NBA Grizzlies Dance Team. I have been dancing in studio since I was just 2 years old, which led me to discover my social platform initiative which is advocating the importance of the arts in early childhood development. Growing up, Dickson County did not have the arts programs in schools. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to have my mother open up her own dance studio, which allowed me to fall in love with dance. However, some children may not have the opportunity like I did growing up. Which is why it is so important for more schools to allow the arts to be promoted into children's education.
There are an excessive amount of benefits for children to have the arts in their education at a young age. To one's own physical development, social skills, health and fitness, self esteem, and more; to acknowledge that dance alone can help improve building skills which are necessary for their success later in life. Dance has made me into the person I am today, and I could not be more thankful for my mom allowing me to have that opportunity. Not only have I grown as a dancer, but I have grown as a person because of dancing, and dance has allowed so many doors to open up for me. With this platform, I plan to reach out to school systems within Tennessee and acknowledge the power of the arts that these children need to succeed.