(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 Zamarripa, Miss Teen of America 2017
Serena Zamarripa, Miss Teen of America 2017

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.

Final Results:

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.

For more information, please visit www.missteenofamerica.com.

SOURCE: Miss Teen of America

Jesse Ladoue Miss International 2013: The Pageant Planet


Jesse Ladoue Miss International 2013: The Pageant Planet

  • Interview with Jesse Ladoue, Miss International 2013 featuring The Pageant Planet discussion


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Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Nominated for Prestigious  “Be More Award”

 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.

Please click HERE to vote!

You can cast your vote until Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at noon and you may vote once per 24 hours.
Be sure to use #WEDUBeMore whenever possible so that your posts can be tracked and shared!
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 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.

Field Guide to Pageants: Practice Out Loud

Field Guide to Pageants

Practice Out Loud

Pageant coach Michelle Field gives us another great tip about pageants today…do more than think about practicing. Oral exercises can make a big difference. Learn more in the video!


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 Advanced Recovery Systems Partners with Miss Florida 2016 to Educate Students about Substance Abuse and Addiction

Miss Florida 2016 Courtney Sexton on stage during the 2017 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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.

PageantCast Gazette: Halloween 2016

PageantCast Gazette: Halloween 2016

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.

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Royalty International Pageant 2016 interviews


Royalty International Pageant 2016 interviews

Interviews with:

  • Tausha Cameron
  • Jenny Pritchett
  • Beverly Roberts & Natalia Drag
  • Autumn Kastein
  • Rangana Wanniarachchi
  • Alaysia Nelson & Delanie Roll


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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields Returns to Arkansas for Homecoming Celebration

Atlantic City, NJ (October 26, 2016) –  Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields returned home to Arkansas for a weekend-long celebration hosted by The Miss Arkansas Organization. Savvy’s homecoming events began on Thursday in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she had a photo shoot and luncheon with former Miss Arkansas’ and Miss America’s. She then rode in the 2017 Welcome Home Parade in downtown Little Rock before attending a concert at the Riverfront Amphitheater.
On Friday, Savvy met with the Arkansas delegates at the Capitol and attended a beautiful luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by Arkansas’ First Lady, Susan Hutchison. Following the luncheon, Savvy visited the Arkansas Children’s Hospital with her fellow Miss America contestants in town for the celebration. “Selfies with Savvy” took place at the KARK News studio where fans had the opportunity to take a photo with Savvy and make a donation to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Savvy wrapped up the evening at a beautiful black tie gala in her honor at the Chenal Country Club.
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The celebration continued on Saturday when Savvy returned to her hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. She attended a private reception at the University of Arkansas’ Chancellor’s residence, rode in the Welcome Home Parade, and met with fans for photos and autographs at the UofA’s Greek Theatre. Savvy was joined by Executive Chairman & CEO, Sam Haskell, and his wife, Mary Haskell, during the events.

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The homecoming celebrations concluded on Sunday with a breakfast at the Kappa Kappa Gamma house on the University of Arkansas campus, where Savvy had the opportunity to meet and celebrate with her sisters during a breakfast in her honor.

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Savvy will continue her year of service traveling the country to advocate for her personal platform, Eat Better, Live Better, while also supporting the Miss America Organization’s national platform partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Miss America Organization would like to thank the Miss Arkansas Organization and State Executive Director Jessie Ward Bennett for their continued support and for all of their efforts in planning and hosting an incredible weekend of events for Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields!

SOURCE: The Miss America Organization

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 52 licensed organizations which includes all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. 
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Stacey Bruss, Mrs. Captivating 2017: Show & Tell


Stacey Bruss, Mrs. Captivating 2017: Show & Tell

  • Interview with Stacey Bruss, Mrs. Captivating 2017 with her Show & Tell item


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Miss America Merchandise On Sale Now!


Atlantic City, NJ (October 17, 2016) – Check out the  Miss America Store to purchase all new merchandise. MAO has partnered with The Vanity Project (TVP) to design new merchandise for competitors, supporters, and fans to represent the Miss America brand in style. Items on sale now include: Miss America active wear, clothing, phone cases, accessories, and more! To check out the latest offerings on sale now, visit Shop.MissAmerica.org.


The 2017 Miss America Competition Magazine is still on sale! The Miss America Competition Magazine includes information on the all Miss America State Titleholders who competed in the 2017 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, including Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields. Click here to order your commemorative magazine today.

Source: MAO email