Friday, October 31, 2014 · 11:15 p.m.
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Miss Tennessee 2011 visited local schools Wednesday morning. (Photo: Staff)

Miss Tennessee 2011 spoke with students in Hamilton County elementary schools Wednesday, fielding questions about her message of citizenship and volunteerism—and clarifying to students that she was not a Kardashian.

Erin Hatley, Miss Tennessee 2011, visited the elementary schools through the STARS Program, which encourages students to make healthy and positive choices.

Hatley said her hope is to get younger students to begin volunteering and live up to the name of the Volunteer State.

“As Miss Tennessee, we serve as Gov. Haslam's official spokesperson for character education, and we chose a specific character trait to focus on our whole year,” she said. “I chose citizenship because it is very synergistic to my personal platform, which is volunteerism. Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, but in reality, only 26 percent of Tennesseans volunteer.”

Hatley said her goal was to speak to younger children to help them understand the importance of good character and citizenship early in life in the hopes that they will be inspired and become lifelong volunteers.

In addition to answering questions about the importance of making good choices and being a good citizen, Hatley also answered one student's question about whether or not she was “like a Kardashian.”

“I would not recommend them as your role models by any means,” Hatley said to the fourth- and fifth-graders in response.

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