Margo Huffman is the former Miss University City 2015, Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland 2014, Miss Teen District of Columbia International 2012, and Miss Teen Maryland International 2011. Margo attends the University of Maryland College Park as a Cellular Biology & Genetics Major. In addition, she is on the pre-med track as an aspiring pediatric oncologist. Margo is part of the Honors College at UMD in the Gemstone Honors Program, a four-year research program, and was recently placed on her research team. Margo graduated high school ranked in the top 3% of her class and is now on the Dean’s List at the University of Maryland. She also loves being part of the UMD Club Gymnastics Team and her sorority, Alpha Phi.
Margo grew up being involved in her community. She doesn’t remember much about her very first volunteer experience because she was only about 2 years old; however, she has seen photos of her father pulling her in a wagon while the family completed the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure together. Margo’s grandmother had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and so the family immediately began participating in events geared towards breast cancer awareness.
As Margo got older, she became more involved in her community and discovered a love for giving back to her community. For example, her family began a tradition of adopting a family in need for Christmas in order to help others experience the joy of the holiday. She realized that helping others and serving her community was an important passion and integral part of her life.
Margo is a staunch advocate of community service, with a passion for volunteering. She has volunteered with the Johns Hopkins Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, 4-H Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program, the American Heart Association, Happy Helpers for the Homeless, and many other causes and organizations. In addition, she has founded a recycling program, completed toy drives, and has organized multiple events to benefit the community. At the age of 20 she is already a three time recipient of the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award means so much to her because it displays her commitment to community service. Margo is now working towards her goal of receiving the Lifetime Service Award, an honor given to volunteers who donate over 4,000 hours of community service. Volunteering has helped Margo to obtain important leadership skills, interview skills, and gain confidence — not to mention help her meet a lot of new friends and valuable connections.
As a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Carroll County Youth Philanthropist of the Year award, and a Governor’s Citation, Margo not only strives to be a role model for others, but she also encourages others to engage in volunteer service because she knows it truly makes a difference.
Her efforts to focus attention on the importance of volunteering have been behind the development of her organization and platform: Margo’s M.O.D.E.L.S. – Making an Ongoing Difference in Every Life through Service.
Margo’s M.O.D.E.L.S. is proud to be partnered with multiple national/international organizations: America’s Promise Alliance, the President’s Volunteer Service Awards (as a national Certifying Organization), Youth Service America (as a member of the Global Youth Service Network), the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation (for whom Margo is the International Spokesperson), and Kids Are Heroes (for whom Margo is a Junior Ambassador).