Skylee Lawton is from Fair Haven, New York, the daughter of two Marines and graduated with an Advanced Regents degree from Red Creek High School. She is a recent Cum Laude graduate from S.U.N.Y Oswego studying public relations and graphic design. Skylee wants to work in social impact to help solve the root of social issues.
Skylee is a dance teacher, member of PRSSA, The American Legion Auxiliary member, youth member of United Nations Association of USA and plans successful charity fundraisers for those in need.
In 2016, Skylee created and planned Mercy After Matthew with The American Legion to raise thousands of dollars and tangible donations for veterans and their families affected by Hurricane Matthew.
She competed in her fist pageant, Miss New York USA 2020 and won an award for best interview. She then competed and won Miss New York Earth USA with a medal award for best evening gown. The evening gown she wore was made completely out of up-cycled materials - CDs and donated mesh fabric.
Skylee is the founder of #ThinkUp - Turn Trash To Treasure. Through this program, she teaches students in her community and over social media, how to to live sustainability and about social entrepreneurship.
For her Think Global, Act Local event with Miss Earth USA, Skylee designed an international awareness campaign to show the benefits of up-cycling and environmental conservation. With her community, Skylee created an American flag out of bottle caps and a shower door - all of which were saved from a landfill. Leaders and environmental activists from Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, and Republic of Congo also created their national flags out of up-cycled materials for Skylee’s campaign. Skylee says “I wanted to show that we can be patriotic of where we come from, while also recognizing that climate change is a global issue we must come together to solve”.