0713 Briana Kinsey Faces of HooverBriana Kinsey, 20, has served as Miss Hoover this past year.
Briana Kinsey, a 2011 Hoover High School graduate, has literally been the face of Hoover since being crowned Miss Hoover last July.
Around Hoover, she sang the “God Bless America” at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and a dedication ceremony for the veterans pavers at Veterans Park, and has been a guest at most Hoover events over the course of the year.
Wherever she went, she was active to support her platform, “Daring to Defeat Diabetes,” an issue that came home to her when her mother and two of her grandparents were diagnosed with Type II. Upon learning that Type II diabetes is preventable, she decided to get behind creating awareness.
“I knew if I didn’t do anything about it, I would be at risk to develop it myself,” she said.
Kinsey created a Girl Scout patch for diabetes awareness, raised $2,500 for the American Diabetes Association at a Dance Away Diabetes event at the Galleria, and hosted a Sugar Free Fashion Show event that raised $6,500 for children to attend Hoover-based Southeastern Diabetes Education Services’ camps.
At events like Celebrate Hoover Day, she recruited signatures in favor of a “hope for kids with diabetes” license tag that Children’s of Alabama is working on.
Kinsey’s reign as Miss Hoover ends this month, but even as she enters her junior year at The University of Alabama studying biology (she plans to go to medical school), she doesn’t intend for her service to the City of Hoover to end then.
“This community has given me so much, and I want to continue to give back,” she said.