Caitlin Brunell was crowned Miss Alabama 2014 on June 7th at Samford University in Birmingham. Competing as Miss Leeds Area, she won over $11,000 in cash scholarships that night, bringing her cash scholarship total to over $86,000 since she began competing in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program. Caitlin was Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in 2008.
Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Dance and a minor in Computing Technology and Applications. Her platform is Caitlin’s Closet, which provides special event clothing to underprivileged children and teenagers. She is a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors, and the Phi Mu Honor Roll. She was a Crimson Belle football recruiting hostess, a member of the Phi Mu Philanthropy Board, creator of the Miss America Dress Drive Program, founder of the Impact Club (a high school community service club), and has been a Lay Leader and fundraising volunteer for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2004.
She was also a USA Today Make a Difference Award winner, a member of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theater, a member of the Crimson Cabaret, and was selected to perform at Dance Alabama. Caitlin is a volunteer for the Wings of Grace Disaster Relief Center and Tuscaloosa ONE.