About Caty Davis – Miss Tennessee 2017


Caty Davis
Miss Tennessee 2017

Caty Davis was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime when she was crowned Miss Tennessee on June 24, 2017, at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Tennessee. As the newly crowned Miss Tennessee, Caty she serves as Governor Haslam’s Official Spokesperson for Character Education and travels over 80,000 miles speaking to 50,000 schoolchildren about Character Education. Throughout her year of travels, Caty also serves as Tennessee’s Goodwill Ambassador for the five Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals across the state. She also holds positions as a National Spokesperson for Facing Addiction, Official Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Board Intern and as Volunteer Tennessee’s Honorary Board Chair.

Caty is a magna cum laude graduate of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. For her many and varied accomplishments, Caty has been named Accomplished Alumni 2017 by the University of Tennessee. During her senior year, Caty was selected as one of fifty seniors to the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, received the Haslam College of Business Undergraduate Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship and the Hope Scholarship.  She was a member of both the Psi Chi Honor Society and the Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society. The Haslam College of Business selected Caty as a Spotlight Student, and she worked extremely hard to be a member of the Dean’s List all 8 semesters at UT.  Caty was a member of the National Society of College Scholars as well as the UT Chapter of The National Society of Leadership & Success, and was also awarded University of Tennessee’s Center for Leadership and Service Medallion of Distinction.

While at the University of Tennessee, Caty was a founder and President of “VOLT,” the first co-ed a cappella performance ensemble on campus. She also served on the “For the Kids at UTK” Morale Council raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network.  In addition to raising funds for CMN, Caty not only serves as Tennessee’s Goodwill Ambassador, but she has also volunteered for Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Days, VCH Channel 5 CMN Telethon, VCH Sundae with Friends, Seacrest Studio’s STEM Day and National IHOP CMN Pancake Day.

Caty has been awarded over $31,125 in college scholarships from her participation in the Miss America program! She received the coveted Miss America State Community Service Award 2016, was a Runner Up to the Miss Tennessee Quality of Life Award in 2017, achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Medal, and was a Preliminary Swimsuit Winner in 2016 and again in 2017 as she captured the Miss Tennessee crown. Thanks to these scholarships from the Miss Tennessee and Miss America Organizations, Caty will be able to graduate debt-free and go on to pursue a PhD in Psychology!

For the past four years, Caty has been dedicated to promoting awareness and fundraising for substance abuse prevention and treatment across the state. She has helped raise over $40,000 collectively for English Mountain Recovery, Aspell Recovery Center, Cumberland Heights and other organizations by developing fundraisers with organizations like Sun Tan City, “Pizza with a Promise” with California Pizza Kitchen and a Kendra Scott Shopping Event. Some of her fundraising efforts have enabled her to purchase, collect and donate in-home prescription lockboxes for parents across the state of Tennessee and Aspell Recovery Center elected her as an Honorary Board Member.

For her efforts in substance abuse awareness, Caty was named a National Ambassador for Facing Addiction, Inc. and had the opportunity to attend their UNITE National Convention in Washington, D.C. where she learned that in America, 1 in 3 households are affected by addiction—which means her family is no different than anyone else’s.  Caty has been recruited by drugrehab.com to serve as their Real Talk Ambassador for Tennessee high school students to share her personal story of a family plagued by addiction and discuss options for students who need help. In preparation for her high school tour with Real Talk, Caty has been featured on drugrehab.com.

Caty is also partnering with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as she travels across the state as Governor Haslam’s Spokesperson for Character Education so she offers elementary and middle school students reliable resources if they are in a situation that necessitates assistance. Caty will travel over 70,000 miles and speak to more than 50,000 school children about her family’s struggles with addiction and the importance of staying drug free herself!  Caty has just started a Back-To-School social media campaign for students to pledge to live drug free. It’s simple:  post a selfie with the hashtag #DrugFreeStartsWithMe.

Caty already has a passion for speaking to children, and has spent countless hours sharing her story of struggle in classrooms all over the East Tennessee area. She has worked with Tennessee Overdose Prevention as their keynote speaker and singer for their International Overdose Awareness Day, as well as The Addict’s Family event. In order to establish a legacy of prevention in the East Tennessee region, which is considered “Ground Zero” for the opioid epidemic, Caty has worked for the past few years on the Wesley House Community Center of Knoxville’s Events and PR committee to raise funds at their annual Tablescapes event. Through this event, they have raised over $30,000 to help the at-risk and impoverished youth.

Caty will also be advocating for the Count It! Lock It! Drop It! Campaign for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and is raising money to purchase in-home lockboxes to provide free of charge to parents so they can lock up their prescription medications.  Caty has also been a participant in Red Ribbon Week events and is looking forward to working with Prevention Alliance of Tennessee in their policy changing efforts and with their 40+ coalitions across the state.

Caty’s family has been plagued by multi-generational addiction to alcohol and opioids, and she has twelve family members who have battled or are struggling with addiction. Caty is the daughter, half-sister, granddaughter and niece to loved ones who have lost their lives due to addiction, she is the product of divorce with a blended family of five brothers and sisters, and a survivor of a parent’s suicide. The Miss Tennessee and Miss America organizations have given her life renewed purpose and her story of hope is supposed to be shared. As Miss Tennessee, Caty will have the opportunity to reach thousands more children who are facing terrible hardships similar to hers. She wants to represent possibility and share these words of hope from Joel Osteen: “You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to live victorious!”

Caty will travel to Atlantic City, New Jersey this September to represent the great state of Tennessee in the Miss America Pageant.  She is humbled and honored to have the unique opportunity to be a role model and mentor to thousands of students across Tennessee.