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MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN 2018 CROWNED IN ORLANDO

 
Orlando, FL, July 30, 2017 — Jessica Baeder was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018 on Saturday, July 29 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. Baeder is the embodiment of MAOTeen’s mission to be the nation’s leading program for scholastic achievement, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth.
With Miss America Savvy Shields looking on, Baeder accepted the crown and a thirty thousand dollar scholarship toward her college education provided by The Harris Rosen Foundation and the Orlando Scholarship Foundation, Inc. The 17-year old resides in Auburn, Alabama. Speaking to audiences about her platform, “Healthy Food For All,” Miss America’s Outstanding Teen will also act as the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals.
“The MAOTeen organization is always impressed by the leadership skills as well as academic and community achievements of these inspiring young women,” said Steve Frocchi, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Vice President of Marketing and Development. “Jessica flourished in this group of extremely hard-working and talented students.”
Jessica is a member of the National Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society at Auburn High School, maintaining a 4.2 GPA. She plans to utilize her scholarships won to pursue her scholastic ambition of obtaining her MD and become an orthopedic surgeon.

The first runner-up was Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Annie Swan, who earned a $10,000scholarship with her personal platform, Raise a Voice for ALS.”
Second runner-up honors and a $7,500 scholarship were awarded to Maryland’s Outstanding Teen, Chloe Wildman, with her personal platform, “Suffering in Silence: The Invisible Illness.”
Third runner-up and the winner of a $5,000 scholarship was Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen, Stephanie Wendt. Her personal platform is “#SpeadTheSmile.”
The winner of a $2,000 scholarship and fourth runner-up was Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen, Katie Preston. Her platform is “Youth Coping with Anxiety; Your Story Isn’t Over Yet.”
Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen, Emily Schumacher, was the winner of America’s Choice, an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America’s Outstanding Teen contestant and guarantee them a spot as a semi-finalist and a $1,000 scholarship. She became the 11th Semi-Finalist to compete in the finale.
Source: MAOTeen

About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs. The MAOTeen 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. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives across the country. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, MAOTeen contestants raise over $300,000 annually to help improve the lives of CMNH children and families. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.

2017 MAOTeen Production Team announced

JM BEST ENTERTAINMENT TO PRODUCE
THE 2017 MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN PAGEANT
For the 13th consecutive year, JM BEST ENTERTAINMENT of Orlando has been named the Producer of the 2017 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant to be held at the Linda Chapin Theatre at the Orange County Convention Center July 25th – July 29th.  JM BEST ENTERTAINMENT produces television and special events all over the country including: The Nashville Christmas Parade, The US Dream Academy Gala, The National Cherry Blossom and National Memorial Day Parades in Washington, DC, the 4th of July Parades both in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago and Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to name a few.
John M Best is a 3-time EMMY Award winning producer for the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade for ABC, The Chicago Auto Show and The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival for WLS-TV in Chicago.  He is in pre-production for the 98th Anniversary of the 6ABC Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago, The Nashville Christmas Parade and The Chicago Auto Show.
When it was time to welcome Pope Francis to the United States and open the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, John teamed with Access Philadelphia and long-time producing partner Maria DiBenedetto to produce that historical event.  The team also produced the opening Kick-off Event last summer for over 7,000 Volunteers for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
John M. Best said, “Many members of our production team has had the privilege to be part of this organization from day one.  To see so many talented and bright young women go through this program has been amazing. It is incredible to be back for the 13th year producing the pageant.  Our team really enjoys working with the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization and bringing new and fresh ideas to the pageant.  It is a privilege to work with the 51 incredibly bright state representatives.   All of us look forward to seeing everyone back in Orlando in July.”
The production team that will be producing MAOTeen this year are:
John M. Best – Executive Producer & Director, Sarah Griffith – Producer, Pamela Bolling – Staging Director & Choreographer, Arin Dale & Aris Poulos – Coordinating Producers, Andy Bamberger – Video Director, Deb Shoemaker – Production Stage Manager, Don Mascheri & Diacom Video Productions – Video Producer and Video Production,  Brenda Goldsmith – Production Manager, Jack Gooch – Production Designer, Jason Roland – Lighting Designer and Erich Dale – Production Coordinator.

Miss America, MAOTeen, and Contestants to participate in Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon

Atlantic City, NJ (July 10, 2017) –  The Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization’s are excited to announce Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2017 Nicole Jia will join the Miss America and MAOTeen contestants in Orlando, Florida, this July to participate in a Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon!

In 1991, students at Indiana University founded dance marathon in the memory of Ryan White, a fellow student who passed away from HIV/AIDS. The program now spans North America, benefiting hundreds of hospitals and countless kids in the United States and Canada. Dance marathons have become a tradition on campus and in the community.
The Miss America Organization, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will host the marathon on July 28, 2017 from 7-10 pm ET at The Rosen Centre  during the national MAOTeen Competition and the Miss America contestant orientation. Miss America Savvy Shields and MAOTeen Nicole Jia will emcee and do their part to keep the contestants dancing and raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!

 



Miss America Contestant Donations:

All donations made in the name of a national Miss America contestant during the dance marathon July 28, 2017 from 7-10 pm ET will count towards the marathon total and benefit their overall national contestant fundraising.

To make a donation during the marathon, visit: www.missamericaforkids.org. Click “Search for a Contestant” then enter the contestants first name, last name, and state. Select the contestants personal donation page from the list and make your donation. Or, check out our contestants social media accounts for their individual donation links and help raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships!

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Contestant Donations:

All donations made in the name of a national MAOTeen contestant during the dance marathon July 28, 2017 from 7-10 pm ET will count towards the marathon total and benefit the contestants fundraising total for the MAOTeen Miracle Maker Award. The fundraising deadline for this award has been extended to July 28, 2017 at 10 pm.

To make a donation during the marathon, visit: www.maoteen4kids.org. Enter the contestants first and last name in the search bar and select their personal donation page to make your donation to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!

 

 


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 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. For more information, visit www.MissAmerica.org.
About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc.
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs. The MAOTeen 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. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives across the country. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, MAOTeen contestants raise over $300,000 annually to help improve the lives of CMNH children and families. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. Every year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat more than 10 million kids – that’s 32 million hospital visits annually. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through corporate partners and fundraising programs. These donations support research and training, purchase equipment, and provide charitable care, all in support of its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn why member hospitals rely on community support at www.CMNHospitals.org.

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2017 MAOTeen Judges Panel

ANNOUNCING THE 2017 MAOTEEN COMPETITION PANEL OF JUDGES
Meet the panel that will select Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018 live in Orlando, Florida at the Linda Chapin Theater in the Orange County Convention Center
 
Tampa, FL (July 7, 2017) – The MAOTeen Organization announced today the distinguished panel of judges that will have the tough job of narrowing the field of 51 to just 1…MAOTeen 2018!
From preliminary competition to the event finals, these judges will be looking for the young lady that represents the best of America’s outstanding teens.

DR. DEBBYE TURNER BELL
Miss America 1990, Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, is a veterinarian, journalist, minister, motivational speaker, wife and mother. For three years she served as the lead U.S. anchor for Arise News, a global news network, and she was staff correspondent for CBS News for 11 years, being dubbed The Early Show’sresident veterinarian and periodically reporting for the CBS Evening News. Currently, she can be seen as an expert contributor to the show DOGS 101 on Animal Planet. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Arkansas State.

BENJAMIN BRECHER

Benjamin Brecher, an operatic and concert tenor, has gained great acclaim with his many performances on the opera and concert stages. Having performed over 50 operatic roles with more than 40 orchestras at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including 15 roles with the New York Opera, Mr. Brecher specializes in the high lyric tenor repertoire. He is currently an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Benjamin is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, the New England Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University.

PROFESSOR HILARY LEVEY FRIEDMAN
Professor Hilary Levey Friedman is a sociologist who teaches courses on after-school activities, pageantry, and sports at Brown University. She holds degrees from Harvard University, Princeton University and the University of Cambridge. Her first book, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, follows families with elementary school-age children involved in chess, dance, and soccer, covering the activities, what they mean to parents and children and the implications for inequality and gender in the educational system.

SINEAD NORENIUS
Sinead Norenius is a business development and marketing executive with strong social media roots with the beauty and fashion industries. She is currently a partner at The Pienza Collective, where she helps clients navigate the ever-changing landscape of e-commerce technology, digital marketing, social media strategy and influencer outreach, along with preparing clients for TV Shopping (QVC, HSN, Evine) and other retail distribution channels. She was also the Founder and CEO of the premium influencer marketing network, iFabbo. iFabbo was a spinoff of Sinead’s skincare company, Beautisol, a luxury sunless tanning brand.

JULIA (JULIE) CARELL STADLER
Julie Stadler’s passion for competitive ballroom dancing inspired her to create Dance Network, the first-ever digital network which showcases all styles of dance in one place. Stadler is co-owner in Carell Family, LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm. Julie and her sisters continue their family’s philanthropic legacy of supporting their community and issues surrounding the health and wellness of children. She currently serves on the Board of Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

DR. JAMIE WELLS

Dr. Jamie Wells, MD, FAAP, is a Board-Certified physician with over a decade of experience caring for patients and the Director of Medicine at the American Council on Science and Health. She served as a Clinical Instructor/Attending at NYU Langone, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel and St. Vincent’s Medical Centers in Manhattan. Dr. Wells not only graduated from Yale University with honors and was inducted as a junior and elected President of Jefferson Medical College’s Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society; but also, has been named a New York Super Doctor.

MEET THE AUDITORS
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Source: MAOTeen

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen attends CMNH Momentum

 
  
 
Tampa, FL, March 31, 2017 –
A Note From Nicole:
This past week I had the honor of attending “Momentum17”, the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion’s Event.  It was an absolutely amazing experience and I want to share some of the highlights with you.
I learned of incredible medical advances that would not be possible without the funds that are needed for research and development.  I heard the stories of children with tremendous health challenges who, without the help of many donors like us, could face obstacles that simply should not exist.  I watched a little boy whose greatest challenge is to bear the weight of his own body walk the entire length of a runway (with the help of his mother) to receive his Champion’s Medal.  I listened to a rapper share a rap written by a young boy who was born with no lower jaw and the pure joy this young man felt as he shared his journey with the audience through his lyrics.
I want each of you to know that your fundraising efforts for CMNH mean something very important.  I know that the kids and families that benefit from the funds we raise receive a priceless gift and I also know that CMNH honors this relationship with sincere gratitude.
From The Chairman:
I was humbled to attend Momentum with Nicole in celebration of our partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  Nicole and I were invited to meet the children and their families and to take part in all of the activities.  Little did we know the impact and emotional imprint this event would leave on our hearts!
We were just two of 2500 attendees.  Nicole danced with the kids, collected THEIR autographs and state pins, applauded their tremendous accomplishments, and shed a few tears when realizing the gravity of some of their illnesses.  Our hearts were touched by their joy, smiles, laughter, and hope.
But, there was another part of this experience that I found equally as heartwarming and amazing.  This event also honored corporations across the country for their fundraising and emotional support of CMNH.  I listened as teams from Walmart, Aflac, Panda Express, Rite-Aid, Chico’s, Marriott, RE/MAX, and many more shared their fundraising ideas, outreach, and the importance of employee and volunteer relations.  I couldn’t help but think of the tremendous impact that we (MAOTeen and MAO) have, through our giving, to make the lives of these children and their parents more manageable.
One of our local/state titleholders will become Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.  She will assume the role of National Teen Ambassador for CMNH.  Monies raised in her CMNH account should be a reflection of her personal commitment to our national platform.
So, when you raise funds for CMNH, know that your efforts are helping some of the most incredible children and families we could ever know.  They face everyday challenges just like you and I, but their challenges are magnified in ways that are hard for us to imagine.  You are giving so others can have a chance to live a “normal” life through the MIRACLE of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! ….Donna
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
St. Francis of Assisi

  

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MAOTeen: 2017 Teens In Training Camp Discount Deadline Extended!

Due to the overwhelming response, the discount deadline for TNT Camp has been extended until May 31st!
 
Ready to have fun as a Teens In Training Camp participant in Orlando?  
 
Be sure to join us for the 2017 Teens in Training Camp from July 24th to July 29th.
We are pleased to offer a special discount just for you! 
 
Receive $300 off by using the discount code TNT17 at check out and your spot will only be $600.
  
Go to www.maoteenstore.com TODAY to take advantage of this offer while it lasts!
 
We look forward to seeing you in Orlando this summer!
 
You can also visit our YouTube Channel to see our special Teens In Training Camp Video.
Source: Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Promotes “Chain Reaction” of Kindness in Schools

Partners with Organization Helping Schools Become Safer, More Connected

Tampa, FL, Feb 21, 2017 – The organization that honors Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting, is partnering with Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) to promote kindness, hope and a positive climate in K-12 schools.

 

“We are thrilled about our partnership with Miss America’s Outstanding Teen,” said Rob Unger, CEO of Rachel’s Challenge, the non-profit organization founded in Rachel’s name to encourage kindness in schools. “This is a movement to shine light on Rachel’s story and most importantly the power of reaching out and being kind to those around you.”
In this newly released video produced by Rachel’s Challenge, reigning Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Nicole Jia reveals her story of exclusion and isolation bullying, including on social media, when she switched schools during her freshman year. She shared the emotional story with teens from the Chickasaw Nation Chickasha Pehlichi Ikbi Youth Leadership Program in Ada, Oklahoma during a kickoff event with Rachel’s Challenge.

 

“I am incredibly inspired by Rachel, who dedicated herself to being kind and accepting of other students at Columbine High School before the tragic events that took her life,” says Jia. “160,000 students skip school every day for fear of being bullied. Working together, we can help to create supportive communities both in schools and online that are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.”

 

Since being named MAOTeen in August, Jia has worked to increase awareness that ignoring or isolating peers is a silent form of bullying. She is leading MAOTeen’s #BeSelfless campaign, which challenges kids to post fewer selfies and share more selfless acts of kindness and authenticity on social media. The #BeSelfless campaign has built momentum over the past year through partnerships with anti-bullying organizations, teen therapists and social media responsibility advocates.
 

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Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Reaches $1,000,000 Milestone

TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 21, 2016 — The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization (MAOTeen) announced today that is has reached a significant milestone. Since its inception in 2005, MAOTeen has now paid over $1,000,000 in cash scholarships to over 200 colleges and universities on behalf of our participants.
 
MAOTeen Board Chair Donna Bozarth said it was humbling to hit the $1,000,000 mark. “We look at today as just our first down payment on giving future generations the ability to access higher education,” she said. “This is only the beginning.”
Michaela McLean, Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen 2014, is on her way to obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. An Honor Roll student, Michaela found the process of affording a college education difficult. “I am so happy that I am attending the University of Alabama! I am so thankful to MAOTeen and the scholarships they provide that helped me attend college.”
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Lacey Russ, graduated from Oral Roberts University and is now working full time as a Campus Visits Coordinator at ORU. “My three and a half years at ORU were more shaping, challenging, rewarding and joyful than I could ever express. I could never say thank you enough to the MAOTeen Organization for making it possible for me to graduate debt free.
 
“Scholarships are not just an abstract concept. They help students reach their dreams,” said Kim Parrish, President of MAOTeen. “And, as you know about the talented and articulate young women that participate in our program, they have big dreams. They want to change the world and make a difference.”
SOURCE: MAOT email

MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN NAMED FINALIST FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL WEDU BE MORE AWARDS

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.

2017 MAOTeen Dates Announced & Room Block Is Open!

MAOTeen Competition Dates!

MAOTeen 2017
MAOTeen 2017

The 2017 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Preliminary Competition will be held July 25-27 with

Finals on July 29, 2017 in Orlando, FL.

We are also excited to announce that the Rosen Centre Hotel will remain our host hotel and that our room block is now open.  Please book your rooms in advance as our room block sells out each year.

http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1691441&hotelID=2018&themeId=19534 

Source: Miss America’s Outstanding Teen email