Even after years of competing in pageants, the Miss Alabama title didn’t come easy for Walker. In both 2016 and 2017, she was chosen as the runner-up, losing to Hayley Barber and Jessica Procter, respectively. Walker didn’t give up, and at the 2018 pageant, her hard work paid off.
“It was all about perseverance,” Walker said. “It was truly was a moment I will never forget. At the end of the day, I knew I had done everything I could, and the result was incredible.”
Getting Ready for Miss America
In addition to a packed schedule of interviews and appearances, Walker is busy preparing to compete in Miss America. The annual pageant of women representing each state takes place on September 9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“I am constantly working on my talent at the dance studio, preparing for interview with mock interviews, and staying active to feel my best on the Miss America stage,” Walker said. “My mom is my ballet teacher, so she has always told me ‘Prepare, prepare, and prepare so that you can enjoy the ride.’”
Pageantry is a family affair in the Walker household. Walker’s mother, Angela Tower Walker, was crowned Miss Alabama in 1985. She came in fourth runner-up at the Miss America Pageant later that year. Since 1921, Miss Alabama has only placed in the top five at Miss America 22 times and won three times.
And talent runs deep in the Walker family. Walker’s older sister, Scarlett Walker, is a University of Alabama graduate who recently made her Broadway debut in Carousel. Like her sister, the 21-year-old Walker is a musical theater major at UA.
An Important Platform
Each Miss Alabama chooses a cause she feels is important that she will champion during her reign. Walker’s chosen platform is about teaching young people to live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.
“I would love to implement a sustainability program in as many elementary schools as possible,” Walker said. “I truly think educating elementary school age children about the importance of living a green lifestyle will help create good stewards of the planet for generations to come.”
Walker has already begun teaching local children the importance of the three R’s of sustainability – reduce, reuse, and recycle – through her campaign “Let’s Talk Trash – Green Kids for a Green Planet.” She thinks a better environment and future for Alabama starts with our youth.
“It is a fact that the state of Alabama is behind when it comes to addressing sustainability. This is incredibly important to guarantee that our state, as well as our nation, continue to be beautiful and clean.”
Note: You can watch Miss Alabama Callie Walker in the 2019 Miss America Pageant on Sunday, September 9 on ABC.