State:  Idaho

School: University of California Davis (currently attending)

College Major: International Relations

Scholarship Winnings: $13,700

Social Impact Initiative: Leave Childhood Hunger Behind

Miss America empowered me to: stand up for what I believe in. With my platform “Leave Childhood Hunger Behind”, I have seen how important it is to protect members of my community struggling with hunger. I believe every child in America deserves to have the nourishment necessary to learn and thrive in school. The impact of my platform has shaped my academic goal of obtaining my Juris Doctor degree in civil rights and social justice law.

Bio: Nina Forest just finished her third year at the University of California Davis and plans to attend law school upon graduation. Nina is heavily influenced by her roots. As a first-generation American, in addition to minoring in Chinese at college, Nina’s family struggles with famine during China’s Great Leap Forward inspired her to combat the current hunger crisis deeply rooted in every state, town, and community in America. For the past three years, Nina has worked with seven organizations relating to food insecurity, and even uses her experience in politics to begin implementing food-recovery programs across public schools in America.