Your 2019 ANTSO National Junior Teenager Queen, Mercedes Phillips is from Nebraska and is a Freshman at Kearney High School.  Mercedes is a member of her schools DECA and Key Clubs and will play on the Girls Tennis Team in the Spring.  In her free time she loves spending time at school events, playing various card games and watching mystery movies, the suspense reels her in every time and she loves solving a good mystery.


Mercedes has accomplished many scholastic goals such as taking the ACT test as a 7th grader through the DUKE TIP program and was recognized for scoring in the top 3 %.  Her outstanding performance on her ACT test also qualified her to start taking college classes at the young age of 13.  She is on the honor roll and has been in honors classes since early elementary school and has been recogniezed in multiple character awards and student of the month recognitions.


Mercedes loves children and frequently volunteers at her local childrens' museum for family nights, camps, and special events and fundraisers.  This opportunity in her local community led her to start her own organization Small Hands, Big Hearts; a youth volunteer organization that gives youth of all ages the opportunity to volunteer in their communities and feel that good feeling of helping others.  Mercedes also has a passion for the Miss Amazing Organization, offering females of all abilities the opportunity to showcase their talents, poise and confidence.  She serves as an Ambassador for the Miss Amazing system and hosts one of their two state Fashion/Talent show fundraisers annually.  Recently, Mercedes was awarded the Youth Freedom award for her volunteerism in her state given out to one outstanding youth volunteer every year.  At the banquet Mercedes was able to share the volunteer opportunities she has been blessed with by the wonderful businnesses, organizations, and people of her state and local community because of her involvment with ANTSO.  


Mercedes' future plans are to sucessfully finish high school with honors and then attend Duke University majoring in Law where she would like to specialize in Conflict Resolution as a Law Mediator.  During her reign as the National Junior Teenager Queen she plans to continue promoting youth volunteerism, as no one is to young to make a difference.  Her platform, “Youth, Healthy Minds needs Early Detection”  focuses on community members and professionals recognizing signs of distress associated with Mental Health Disorders and making an early detection to save lives.