TROY student uses crown to raise awareness about child abuse

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — A Troy University student is using her title as Miss Huntsville to raise awareness about child abuse.

Some college students spend their free time hanging out with their friends or relaxing at home, but junior Zoie McGuyer spends her free time serving a community that is almost four hours away from Troy.

McGuyer, who is an interdisciplinary studies student taking 18 credit hours at Troy University, holds the title of Miss Huntsville 2024. McGuyer says it can hard to balance her priorities, but it’s worth it.

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“When competing for the job of Miss Huntsville, I knew that some things would need to take a seat in the back seat,” McGuyer said. “There are some days that are more of a struggle, but being Miss Huntsville is the greatest thing I have done yet.”

Recently, McGuyer debuted a project that she says is near and dear to her heart. It’s a podcast called ‘Embrace Your Grace.’ McGuyer will welcome guests to talk about the signs, symptoms, and statistics of child abuse.

“This is for survivors, warriors, legislators and court-appointed special advocates to all come together to speak and spread light on child abuse,” McGuyer explained.

Courtesy of McGuyer

The podcast, which debuted during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, draws on McGuyer’s personal experience with child abuse.

“As a survivor of child abuse, I feel like it’s my mission to get these kids out of that experience a lot sooner, so they can live their lives a lot better,” McGuyer expressed.

According to McGuyer, the podcast also stemmed from the work of her non-profit organization, “Saving Grace, We Hear You.”

“I started ‘Embrace Your Grace’ as a person who struggled with child abuse first-hand. I know the frustrations of it. I’m here, I’m alive, I am Miss Huntsville, and I have the platform to help the children who need it the most.”

“It’s those small voices that should be heard above all others, and that is why I’m here today.”

Zoie McGuyer, Miss Huntsville 2024

McGuyer believes there is always a project to be done while holding a title. She’s currently drafting a proclamation that would dedicate an entire day to educating people about child abuse and supporting child abuse survivors.

McGuyer will be back on the big pageant stage in June as she competes in the Miss Alabama pageant.