Miss America's Outstanding Teen

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Miss America's Teen
TypeScholarship competition
Founded2005 (2005)
Key people
Shantel Krebs (CEO, Miss America Organization)

Miss America's Teen is an American scholarship pageant. It is the sister program to the Miss America Organization, and it aims to "promote scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America's teens." In order to be eligible to compete, participants must first compete and win at the local level and then win the state title. The competition consists of several parts of competition which consists of an eight-minute interview in front of a panel of judges, talent, lifestyle and wellness, evening wear, and an on-stage question. All competitors must be girls between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age.[1]

More than $113,000 in scholarship grants were distributed among the 51 contestants in the pageant along with $29 Million in in-kind tuition with 7 universities, with a $30,000 scholarship being awarded to the winner. The chairwoman for the Miss America's Outstanding Teen program is Miss America CEO, Shantel Krebs.

The current titleholder is Morgan Greco of Washington who was crowned on August 12, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas.

In January of 2023, the official name of the pageant was changed from Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, to Miss America’s Teen.


The first competition was held in August 2005 in the Linda W. Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Meghan Miller, who represented Texas, was the first to win the competition.


Year Crowned Winner State City Age Awards Talent Notes
2006 August 21, 2005 Meghan Miller[2][3] Texas Texas Beaumont 17 Overall Talent Award[3]

Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award

Preliminary Talent Award
  • Off Broadway actress in The Berenstain Bears LIVE! And national tour casts of Berenstain Bears and John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean
  • Appeared on America's Got Talent[4]
2007 August 19, 2006 Maria DeSantis[5][6] New York (state) New York Staten Island 17 Preliminary Talent Award Vocal
2008 August 11, 2007 Caitlin Brunell[7][8] Virginia Virginia Great Falls 15 Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award En Pointe Dance, "Show Off" from The Drowsy Chaperone
2009 August 16, 2008 Taylor Fitch[14] South Carolina South Carolina Anderson 17 Musical Theater Dance
2010 August 15, 2009 Jeanette Morelan[15][16] Wisconsin Wisconsin Racine 15 Vocal, "Think of Me" from The Phantom of the Opera
2011 August 28, 2010 Lacey Russ[20] Oklahoma Oklahoma Cordell 16 Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award Piano, Bach’s "Prelude XXI" and Beethoven’s "Sonata Pathetique"
2012 August 20, 2011 Elizabeth Fechtel[21] Florida Florida Leesburg 17 Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award Musical Theater Jazz Dance, "I Am What I Am"
2013 August 18, 2012 Rachel Wyatt[24] South Carolina South Carolina Piedmont 17 Dance
2014 August 17, 2013 Leah Sykes[27] Florida Florida Jacksonville 16 Vocal, “Someone Like You” by Adele
2015 August 2, 2014 Olivia McMillan[28] Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Centerville 17 Outstanding Vocalist Award[29]

Preliminary Talent Award[29]
Classical Vocal, “Nessun dorma” from Puccini's opera, Turandot
2016 August 1, 2015 Allie Nault[30] New Hampshire New Hampshire Gilford 17 Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award[31]

Teens in Action Award[31]
2017 August 6, 2016 Nicole Jia[32] Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma City 17 Outstanding Instrumentalist Award Piano, Variations on Mozart's “Rondo Alla Turca
2018 July 29, 2017 Jessica Baeder[33] Alabama Alabama Auburn 17 Teens in Action Award[34] Ballet en pointe, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
2019 July 28, 2018 London Hibbs[35] Texas Texas Tyler 17 Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award

Preliminary Talent Award
Vocal, "Think of Me" from The Phantom of the Opera
2020 July 27, 2019 Payton May[36] Washington (state) Washington Vancouver 17 Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award Vocal, "Over the Rainbow"
  • Held title for two years since no competition was held in 2020
2021 No national pageant was held due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2022 July 30, 2021 Marcelle LeBlanc[37] Alabama Alabama Birmingham 18 Teens in Action Finalist

Preliminary Talent Award

Top Interview Award (tie)

Broadway Vocal, "On My Own" from Les Miserables
2023 August 12, 2022 Morgan Greco[38] Washington (state) Washington Camas 16 Preliminary Talent Award

Top Vocalist Award

Operatic Vocal, "The Jewel Song" from Faust

Winners by state[edit]

State Number of
Titles Won
Year(s) Won
Alabama 2 2018, 2022
Florida 2012, 2014
Oklahoma 2011, 2017
South Carolina 2009, 2013
Texas 2006, 2019
Washington 2020, 2023
Georgia 1 2015
New Hampshire 2016
New York 2007
Virginia 2008
Wisconsin 2010

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ The Beaumont Enterprise – West Brook grad on 'America's Got Talent' Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Bollenbacher, Abby (August 20, 2006). "Congratulations to Miss America's New Outstanding Teen, Maria DeSantis!". Being Miss Maumee Valley.
  6. ^ Abel, Fred. "MAOT's Ready for Prime Time Debut". Pageantry Magazine.
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  27. ^ Holifield, Cindy (October 23, 2013). "Good News: Three scouts earn their Eagle award". The Florida Times-Union. As the first runner-up, Leah Roddenberry of Bradenton has been passed Sykes' title of Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen.
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  30. ^ Tracey, Sara (September 12, 2015). "Conversation with Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Allie Nault". Press of Atlantic City.
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  32. ^ Stewart, Kristen (August 8, 2016). "Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2017 Crowned in Orlando". PR Newswire.
  33. ^ Berson, Scott (31 July 2017). "Miss Smiths Station Jessica Baeder crowned Miss America's Outstanding Teen". The Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  34. ^ "2017 Scholarships". Miss America's Outstanding Teen. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  35. ^ "Tyler's London Hibbs is 2019's Miss America's Outstanding Teen". Tyler Morning Telegraph. July 31, 2018.
  36. ^ Middlewood, Erin (July 27, 2019). "Skyview senior wins Miss America's Outstanding Teen". The Columbian.
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