Miss America's Outstanding Teen

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Miss America's Outstanding Teen
Scholarship pageant
Founded2005 (2005)
Headquarters,
Key people
Donna Bozarth (Chairman, Board of Directors)
Kim Parrish (President)
Websitemaoteen.org

Miss America's Outstanding Teen is an American scholarship pageant. It is a sister company 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 a ten-minute interview in front of a panel of judges, talent, physical fitness, evening wear, and an on stage question. All competitors must be girls between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age.[1]

More than $175,000 in scholarship grants were distributed among the 52 contestants in the pageant, with a $30,000 scholarship being awarded to the winner. The current titleholder is London Hibbs representing Texas. The chairwoman for the Miss America's Outstanding Teen program is Donna Bozarth.

History[edit]

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

Winners[edit]

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
Ventriloquism
  • 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[13] South Carolina South Carolina Anderson 17 Musical Theater Dance
2010
August 15, 2009 Jeanette Morelan[14][15] Wisconsin Wisconsin Racine 15 Vocal, “Think of Me” from The Phantom of The Opera
2011
August 28, 2010 Lacey Russ[19] 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[20] Florida Florida Leesburg 17 Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award Musical Theater Jazz Dance, "I Am What I Am"

2013
August 18, 2012 Rachel Wyatt[23] South Carolina South Carolina Piedmont 17 Dance

2014
August 17, 2013 Leah Sykes[25] Florida Florida Jacksonville 16 Vocal, “Someone Like You” by Adele
2015
August 2, 2014 Olivia McMillan[26] Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Centerville 17 Outstanding Vocalist Award[27]

Preliminary Talent Award[27]
Classical Vocal, “Nessun dorma” from Puccini's opera, Turandot
2016
August 1, 2015 Allie Nault[28] New Hampshire New Hampshire Gilford 17 Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award[29]

Teens in Action Award[29]
Dance/Twirl
2017
August 6, 2016 Nicole Jia[30] Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma City 17 Outstanding Instrumentalist Award Piano, Variations on Mozart's “Rondo Alla Turca
2018
July 29, 2017 Jessica Baeder[31] Alabama Alabama Auburn 17 Teens in Action Award[32] Ballet en pointe, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
2019
July 28, 2018 London Hibbs[33][34] Texas Texas Tyler 17 Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award

Preliminary Talent Award
Vocal, "Think of Me" from The Phantom of the Opera

Winners by state[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Become a Contestant". Miss America's Outstanding Teen. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Reed, Travis (August 21, 2005). "Texas teen ventriloquist wins Orlando Miss America youth pageant". Plainview Herald. Plainview, TX. Associated Press. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Abel, Fred. "A Thunderous Teen Success". Pageantry Magazine.
  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.
  7. ^ a b Hogencamp, Kevin (August 1, 2014). "Mark Brunell's daughter, Miss Alabama, hoping to be crowned Miss America in September". The Florida Times-Union.
  8. ^ Abel, Fred. "MAOT's Super Bowl". Pageantry Magazine.
  9. ^ "Tracks, Tds, and a toddler: keeping up with Caitlin... Brunell's Sporting Life revolves around daughter". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. May 15, 1993.
  10. ^ Centazzo, Kim (2007-05-02). "Kniffin Collects Dresses, Makes Prom Reality". Connection Newspapers. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.
  11. ^ Watkins, Mia (June 7, 2014). "Caitlin Brunell, a University of Alabama graduate, is new Miss Alabama". AL.com. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  12. ^ Lala, Diane D'Amico Elisa; Loring, Devin (September 15, 2014). "Miss New York is the new Miss America (again)". The Press of Atlantic City. Atlantic City, New Jersey: BH Media Group.
  13. ^ "Next in Line for Greatness". Pageantry Magazine. August 20, 2008.
  14. ^ "Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2010". Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
  15. ^ "Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen, Jeanette Morelan, Wins Miss America's Outstanding Teen Competition". Miss America's Outstanding Teen. August 15, 2009. Archived from the original on January 29, 2010.
  16. ^ Bauter, Alison (August 21, 2013). "Racine's Miss Outstanding Teen makes national top 10". The Journal Times.
  17. ^ Hill, Emily (June 25, 2012). "Distinguished Young Women enjoy beach day at Dauphin Island (gallery)". AL.com.
  18. ^ "Miss Mid-South wins Miss Tennessee". The Jackson Sun. June 18, 2016.
  19. ^ Mendez, Angel-Anthony. "Full of Surprises". Pageantry Magazine.
  20. ^ "Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012 Rides In The University of Florida's Homecoming Parade". Tampa, FL: Miss America's Outstanding Teen. November 2012.
  21. ^ Campbell, Theresa (February 18, 2015). "Back-to-back pageant wins as Miss UF for Fechtel sisters". Daily Commercial. Leesburg, FL: New Media Investment Group.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Hayes, Stephanie (June 27, 2014). "Miss Florida pageant crowns the wrong winner". St. Petersburg, Florida: Tampa Bay Times.
  23. ^ a b "Rachel Wyatt Wins Miss South Carolina". WLTX19. June 25, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  24. ^ "Who Is Rachel Wyatt? The Miss America 2017 Runner-Up Still Wins Big". Bustle.com. September 11, 2016.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ Pennell, Julie (November 1, 2014). "How This Teen Pageant Star Refused to Be Fat-Shamed and Went on to Win". Teen Vogue.
  27. ^ a b "2014 Scholarships". Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
  28. ^ Tracey, Sara (September 12, 2015). "Conversation with Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Allie Nault". Press of Atlantic City.
  29. ^ a b "2015 Scholarships". Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
  30. ^ Stewart, Kristen (August 8, 2016). "Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2017 Crowned in Orlando". PR Newswire.
  31. ^ Berson, Scott (31 July 2017). "Miss Smiths Station Jessica Baeder crowned Miss America's Outstanding Teen". The Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  32. ^ "2017 Scholarships". Miss America's Outstanding Teen. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  33. ^ "Tyler's London Hibbs is 2019's Miss America's Outstanding Teen". Tyler Morning Telegraph. July 31, 2018.
  34. ^ "2019 Miss America's Outstanding Teen Crowned in Orlando in Historic Moment". PR Newswire. July 30, 2018.

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