Tampa, FL – November 30, 2016 – Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc. (MAOTeen) is honored to be among the nonprofit finalists for the 12th Annual WEDU Be More Awards.
Utilizing a panel of impartial judges who spent weeks reviewing applications and nominations, WEDU, West Central Florida’s primary PBS station, will recognize nonprofit organizations and individuals who were nominated for honors in a variety of categories. MAOTeen is a finalist Warren Averett People’s Choice Award.
This prestigious award exhibits the connection and relationship the organization has with the community and the people it serves by allowing area citizens to honor the nonprofit that they feel most exemplifies the spirit of the community. The winner in this category is chosen by public online voting in a poll. We invite all of our supporters to visit this page and vote! Voting closes Wednesday, December 6th at Noon Eastern. You can vote once every 24 hours.
MAOTeen’s “Presidential Project” is also nominated for the top Nielsen Marketing Campaign Award. This award recognizes the execution of creative and results-driven original marketing campaigns using multimedia platforms including, but not limited to, broadcast, print, social media and/or grassroots awareness campaigns.
“We are so excited for this honor and thrilled for the opportunity to celebrate our success,” said Kim Parrish, President of MAOTeen. “Our impact in the community is profound. Our organization is a strong example of how, together, we can change and improve lives.”
“The driving force behind the WEDU Be More Awards is not just simply to recognize the tremendous work and selfless acts that our area organizations and volunteers provide, but also to provide a level of awareness and understanding for these organizations that rely so heavily on the support of the community they serve. Organizations that participate in the WEDU Be More Awards report an increase in inquiries from potential volunteers, donors, and people interested in or in need of their services,” said Allison Hedrick, WEDU Vice President of Communications.
About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
One of the nation’s leading achievement programs, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization encourages positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth. In the past decade, MAOTeen has paid over $1 million in cash scholarships to more than 200 colleges and universities, while developing mentoring programs and community-based initiatives across the country. MAOTeen has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, raising more than $100,000 this year to help improve the lives of children nationwide. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.
(Minneapolis, Minnesota) – November 22, 2016 – 18 year old Serena Zamarripa of Palacious, Texas was crowned Miss Teen of America 2017 this past Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Serena is a recent graduate of Palacious High School, where she was ranked first in her class. She was the recipient of the TENARIS Student of the Year Award and $60,000 Scholarship. Serena also served as the Junior Class President and Senior Class President and was a two-year intern at the Chau Law Firm. Her future ambitions include becoming a corporate attorney. Serena will receive a prize package valued at over $20,000 and will also serve as an inclusion ambassador for Special Olympics, which is the Miss Teen of America Organization’s charitable alliance.
Throughout the pageant the candidates competed in six distinct categories of judging: Scholastic Achievement, Service to School and Community, Personal Development, Personality Poise and Projection in evening wear, a General Awareness Test and Interview. President, Sunny Hill, stated: “This pageant is not a typical beauty pageant, with sixty percent of our judging completed prior to the judges even seeing the young ladies. The Miss Teen of America Organization highlights achievement and promotes confidence in the leaders of tomorrow.”
The outgoing Miss Teen of America (Iowa), Cornelia Hayes, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the event.
Other highlights of the weekend include: Special Olympics Minnesota Bowling Event at Sky Deck in Mall of America, Forever 21 Exclusive Shopping Event at Mall of America, Autograph Stations at Macy’s Mall of America and time at Nickelodeon Universe. Steven Roddy, Founder of The Pageant Planet, co-emceed the Pageant Finals with MTOA Executive Director Becky Thoreson, and provided hosting of the live event on his social media networks. The Mall of America was deservingly named 2016 Sponsor of the Year, and participants greatly enjoyed time at both the Mall of America and Radisson Blu, which was the Miss Teen of America host hotel.
Miss Teen of America 2017: Miss Teen of Texas, Serena Zamarripa
1st Runner-Up: Miss Teen of New York, Leah Xiao
2nd Runner-Up: Miss Teen of Utah, Megan Okumura
3rd Runner Up: Miss Teen of Virginia, Kaitlyn Hyun
4th Runner Up: Miss Teen of North Dakota, Lauren Hinckley
Spirit Award: Miss Teen of California, Kara Eggink
Sponsor of the Year: Mall of America
About the Miss Teen of America Organization:
The Miss Teen of America Pageant was founded in 1983 by Mr. Warren Alexander, a former educator and pageant director, and designed to help young women reach their full potential. The scholastically based pageant recognizes young women ages 13-18 for their outstanding personal achievements, leadership abilities, and artistic, creative or athletic talents.
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen is proud to announce that we have been nominated for a WEDU Be More Award.
Each year, this multifaceted program celebrates the human spirit and showcases the best work by nonprofit organizations in West Central Florida and the individuals that support them.
MAOTeen has been nominated for the Be More Humble
Warren Averett People’s Choice Award. This award is driven by an online poll with votes from the general public. This prestigious award exhibits the connection and relationship the organization has with the community and the people it serves by allowing citizens to honor the nonprofit that they feel most exemplifies the spirit of the community.
One of the nation’s leading achievement programs, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization encourages positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth. In the past decade, MAOTeen has paid out nearly $1 million in cash scholarships to more than 200 colleges and universities, while developing mentoring programs and community-based initiatives across the country. MAOTeen has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, raising more than $100,000 this year to help improve the lives of children nationwide. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.
Atlantic City, NJ (November 2, 2016) – The Miss America Organization is proud to share that Miss Florida 2016 Courtney Sexton will be visiting schools across the state of Florida as a spokesperson for Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS), a leader in behavioral healthcare management, to educate high school students about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
Courtney’s 40-minute “Real Talk” presentation is based on prevention techniques included in The Alcohol Literacy Challenge™, developed by nationally-recognized researchers Michael Dunn, PhD and Thomas Hall, PhD. The Alcohol Literacy Challenge™ is the first classroom-based prevention program that specifically challenges students’ beliefs about the effects of drinking alcohol. Sexton will use this curriculum as a springboard to educate students on the risks associated with newly emerging drug trends and equip them with skills on how to abstain from dangerous behaviors.
Click here for more information and to learn how to get involved!
SOURCE: PR Newswire/Advanced Recovery Systems
About The Miss America Organization The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually. The Miss America Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.
Our annual Halloween Costume episode features more than fifty photos and videos submitted by viewers. We have submissions from these pageant personalities this year: Alissa Brumbaugh, Ashley Bond, Ashley Kay Hanson, Damaris Ortega Rivera, DeAnna Burke Emborski, Janet Bierer, Jessi Krueger, Jessica Smith, Karly Knaus, Katie-Britt Greenway, Kim Gelao, Maureen Huebel, Megan Rae Wise, Melissa Parker, Pam Hawes-Berg, Amanda Grad, Ashley Cambers, Beverly Boerner-Reynolds, Crystal Ellis, Elena LaQuatra, Nicole Palmer, Jenny Pritchett, Kathryn Dunn, Adrienne De Rose, Kelly O’Bannon Burns, Keyla Childs, Mikki Wiley, Rachel Fikes, Kimberly Reichard, Lisa Anderson Sonnenberg, Lucia Arseni, Missy Bourque, Kimberly Hoff, Mikell Reed Carrol, Saryna Ritter, Skylar Witte, Teresa Mudrow, Tina Hayes, Terra Lindberg, Wendy Lindberg, and Taylor Fitch.