Fort Mill teen CeCe Hensley is on a mission to help animals in need.
Hensley, 15, was crowned Miss York County Teen 2014 recently and hopes her position will help her spread awareness of animal abuse and cruelty.
“People think it doesn’t actually happen, but animals everywhere are suffering,” she said. “I hope to give animals a voice because they can’t speak for themselves.”
Hensley’s platform reflects her love for her own pets – a cat, four horses and two dogs.
“I can’t imagine my life without them,” she said. “Every animal deserves to be loved.”
Hensley, who was crowned in November, is working with Richardson Rescue in York to help spread her message.
The pageant winner and has been in four pageants since she started two years ago.
Hensley placed second runner up in the S.C. Strawberry Festival Pageant two years ago and was crowned Ms. Freshmen at Nation Ford High School last year.
“It shows that hard work does pay off,” she said. “I’m proud of myself and my family.”
Hensley, who will be running for Ms. Sophomore in the Miss Nation Ford pageant in April, said she has gained confidence and met new people since she started doing pageants.
“I really enjoy pageants,” she said. “I don’t plan on stopping.”
Hensley’s mother, Jeannie Hensley, said she is proud of what her daughter has accomplished.
“It’s a great opportunity to share animal abuse awareness with other people,” she said. CeCe “jumps in with both feet.”
Hensley has been talking about animal abuse to students and hopes to get fellow members of the Future Farmers of America Club at Nation Ford involved with Richardson Rescue. She said she hopes to work with other organizations to help spread her message and urges those interested in helping to volunteer with the Humane Society of York County in Fort Mill and other local rescue groups.
“Every little bit helps,” she said.
The Fort Mill teen has her sights set on an even bigger platform. Hensley will be entering the Miss S.C. Teen USA pageant in June.
“I’m very excited to represent my home town and county,” she said.
“I hope that everyone in the town will be informed about animal abuse awareness during my year of service.”