MTSU sophomore Elise Stein is crowned Miss Volunteer 2018 by reigning Miss Tennessee Caty Davis during the Miss Volunteer Scholarship Pageant held in mid-January in Lexington, Tenn. (Submitted photo)

MURFREESBORO – Middle Tennessee State University sophomore Elise Stein won the hearts of judges recently when she was crowned Miss Volunteer 2018 and hopes success continues in her bid to become the next Miss Tennessee later this year.

The Miss Volunteer Scholarship Pageant was held in mid-January in Lexington, where reigning Miss Tennessee Caty Davis crowned Stein. An MTSU honor student, Stein went through a series of categories, including evening gown and an on-stage questionnaire, before she claimed her title.

The Mt. Juliet native is no stranger to the pageant scene. In addition to her recent victory, Stein competed in the Miss Tennessee Teen USA pageant twice, making the competition’s final five each time.

She’s currently eligible to compete in the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant scheduled for June 20-23 in Jackson. If she advances, she would qualify for the Miss America competition.

“To say the least, I am so excited to be going to Miss Tennessee this June,” Stein said.

A music business major with a public relations minor in MTSU’s department of recording industry, Stein was named Nashville brand ambassador for the International Bullying Prevention Association last year and is also an advocate for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

“I started the first anti-bullying club at my former high school. I thought that pageants would be the perfect arena to raise awareness for this social issue that I hold dear to my heart,” she said.

Stein hopes the position she’s in allows her to raise awareness even more about her anti-bullying platform, titled “Move to Stand,” while she furthers her education.

“I am glad that this title will allow me to talk more about bullying on a broader scale and will help me to continue to volunteer more,” she said.

At MTSU, Stein said she created a public relations team for Raiderthon, a dance marathon where all proceeds will go to Children’s Miracle Network. Anyone who wants to support Stein’s efforts on behalf of CMN may go to and search for “Elise Stein” to donate to her page. 

Stein said she is also pursuing a fledgling music career, working to release her first EP. A model for the Block Agency in Nashville, Stein was a featured extra in country music singer Luke Bryan’s “Light it Up” music video.

Stein currently hosts a new student-run TV show at MTSU called “Amp’d Sessions,” where she covers music topics throughout the Tennessee area.

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