Mariela Pepin graduated from high school one year early, and has just completed her freshman year at Towson University. She is pursuing a degree in Communications, which she hopes to use to become a news anchor. Mariela's passions include baking, drawing, and community service. She enjoys working with various organizations such as Happy Helpers for the Homeless, Mental Fitness, Inc. and Best Buddies. Mariela is also passionate about promoting healthy living and self-esteem building. She is the creator of the program Healthy, Beautiful, Confident, (HBC), which aims to use her personal experience to inspire others to discover inner beauty. Mariela has traveled around the state of Maryland, speaking to schools and other organizations, promoting the HBC initiative. She hopes to encourage people to visit her blog, healthybeautifulconfident.blogspot.com, where they can learn more about HBC and how to live a confidently beautiful life.