Katie Schaaf of Glendale, Arizona, is the daughter of Lt Col Brian Schaaf, USAF (ret.) and Lisa Schaaf (also a USAF veteran).  She was crowned Miss High School America 2017 this summer in Little Rock, Arkansas. Over 150 young ladies from around the United States competed for the titles Miss High School America, Miss Jr. High America and Miss Collegiate America.

The Miss High School America Scholarship Pageant Organization was started in 2009 to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women. Schaaf will also be traveling throughout the year making appearances and promoting the national platform B.R.A.V.E. – Building Respect And Values for Everyone. In addition, she will be doing fundraisers throughout the year and, with the help of the Sandals Foundation, will be shipping school supplies to the Boscobel Primary School in Jamaica.

As Miss High School America, Katie was awarded a $10,000 college scholarship through the Livingston Foundation, a full-tuition scholarship to Western State Colorado University, a modeling contract with MMG and more. Part of her prize package also includes an all-expenses paid trip to Jamaica to volunteer at the Boscobel School.

Active in the local community, Katie is a regular volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul’s Phoenix Dining Room. She has also volunteered at the Arizona Veteran’s State Home, escorting veterans so they could watch the Phoenix Veteran’s Day Parade, and is honored to have it come full circle as one of the 2017 Grand Marshals.

We hope you will join us at the 21st Annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2017, to see all our Grand Marshals. This year’s parade theme is “SILENT SACRIFICE: Honoring Our Cold War Veterans.” The parade typically boasts more than 100 entries, and this year will have a special float with nearly 20 Vietnam Veterans riding on it. The parade will also feature patriotic floats, high school marching bands, JROTC marching units, color guards, Veterans Service Organizations, animals, novelty units and much, much more.

For more information on the parade and the parade route, click HERE.