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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

MISS GEORGIA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN AND MISS NEBRASKA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN WIN PRELIMINARY AWARDS AT THE 2016 MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN COMPETITION

Orlando, Florida – August 2, 2016 – Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Kelsey Hollis was named Tuesday night’s preliminary Talent winner for her vocal performance of “Hallelujah” during the first night of the 2016 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition at the Linda Chapin Theater in Orlando. Kelsey will receive a $500 scholarship. Also in the spotlight was Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen, Hannah Miller, who was the preliminary Evening Wear/On-Stage Question winner. Hannah will receive a $500 scholarship.
Four contestants were recognized for their achievement in the category of Ad Sales. Tied for second place, each selling four pages and receiving a $1,000 scholarship were: Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen, Christina Stratton; Miss District of Columbia Outstanding Teen, Nilah Pettus; and Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen, Alysa Bainbridge. In first place, with eight pages sold and receiving a $1,500 scholarship was Miss South Carolina’s Outstanding Teen, Makayla Stark.
Six other young women were recognized as Finalists as the Teens in Action Award, a $1,000 scholarship that recognizes outstanding achievement in their personal platform. The Finalists are: Tiara Pennington, Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen; Emily Brewer, Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen; Teghan Gregson, Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen; Nina Mojares, Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen; Stella Ford, Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen; and Lyndsey Scheurer, Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen.
 
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and will make available more than $33 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance in 2016. 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. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has a long standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization raises over $100,000 annually to help improve the lives of children across the country.
Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization can be found atwww.maoteen.org.

 

Source: MAOTeen email

MISS FLORIDA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN AND MISS IDAHO’S OUTSTANDING TEEN WIN PRELIMINARY AWARDS AT THE 2016 MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN COMPETITION

Orlando, Florida – August 4, 2016 – Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen, Anjelica Jones was named Thursday night’s preliminary Talent winner for her contemporary ballet performance to “Billboards” during the third night of the 2016 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition at the Linda Chapin Theater in Orlando. Anjelica will receive a $500 scholarship. Also in the spotlight was Miss Idaho’s Outstanding Teen, Mady Thornquest, who was the preliminary Evening Wear/On-Stage Question winner. Mady will receive a $500 scholarship.
Academic Awards were also a special highlight of the evening.  This year’s Scholastic Excellent Award for the highest GPA went to Miss South Carolina’s Outstanding Teen, Makayla Stark.  Makayla will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Outstanding Achievement in Academic Life was presented to Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen, Ashley Swanson. Ashley will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and will make available more than $33 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance in 2016. 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. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has a long standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization raises over $100,000 annually to help improve the lives of children across the country.
Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization can be found atwww.maoteen.org.

 

Source: MAOTeen email

MISS WISCONSIN’S OUTSTANDING TEEN AND MISS NORTH CAROLINA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN WIN PRELIMINARY AWARDS AT THE 2016 MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN COMPETITION

Orlando, Florida – August 3, 2016 – Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen, Kylene Spanbauer was named Wednesday night’s preliminary Talent winner for her dance/twirl performance to “Explosive” during the second night of the 2016 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition at the Linda Chapin Theater in Orlando. Kylene will receive a $500 scholarship. Also in the spotlight was Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen, Catherine White, who was the preliminary Evening Wear/On-Stage Question winner. Catherine will receive a $500 scholarship.
Five contestants were recognized for their achievement in raising awareness and fund for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and MAOTeen Partnership. In fifth place, raising $4,180, was Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen, Jordan Axel. Raising $5,167 and placing in fourth was Paige Kauffman, Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen. Miss South Carolina’s Outstanding, Makayla Stark raising $5431 was third. In second place with $9,630.71 was Miss West Virginia’s Outstanding Teen, Grace Aulabaugh. In first place, with $21,554.14 raised, was Alysa Bainbridge, Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen.
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and will make available more than $33 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance in 2016. 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. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has a long standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization raises over $100,000 annually to help improve the lives of children across the country.
Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization can be found atwww.maoteen.org.

Source: MAOTeen email

ANNOUNCING THE 2016 MAOTEEN COMPETITION HOSTS

Meet the individuals hosting the 2016 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition taking place in Orlando, Florida at the Linda Chapin Theater inside the Orange County Convention Center
Tampa, FL (July 13, 2016) – The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization announced today that David Weincek will return as the preliminary competition host of the 2016 MAOTeen Competition for the third year.  Clint Robinson will be taking to the MAOTeen stage for the first time as final night host with Miss Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell, joining him as co-host.

PRELIMINARY COMPETITION HOST – DAVID WEINCEK
David is an actor, spokesman, host, avid traveler and dedicated volunteer.  A graduate of the prestigious New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, David spent most of his career onstage.  Recent credits include shooting an ad campaign for Morgan Stanley; filming a commercial for ETrade; starring in a recent workshop at The Dramatist Guild and appearing this season on Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife and Younger. He is a longtime volunteer with Make A Wish and BOOK Pals.  David is honored to be returning to Orlando to host the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen national preliminaries for the third time.

FINAL NIGHT HOST – CLINT ROBINSON

Clint is an actor and radio DJ based in Orlando where he currently hosts the afternoon show on Orlando’s Mix 105.1. He has been in the entertainment industry since his high school years where his acting and radio career began at the age of 16. Clint works closely with many charities including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. He is a member of the International Thespian Society, often appearing on local news channels to discuss the entertainment stories of the day.  He is “thrilled” to be hosting Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. When he’s not in front of a camera or behind the mic, you can usually find him supporting Orlando City Soccer, spending time with family and friends at the theme parks or at the beach.

FINAL NIGHT CO-HOST – MISS AMERICA 2016

This past year, thousands of young women vied for the coveted title of Miss America 2016 and the $50,000 scholarship award. On Sunday, September 13th, Betty Cantrell, from Warner Robins, Georgia, became the first Miss Georgia since 1953 to take home the crown.
As Miss America 2016, Betty has experienced a year of service that has taken her on a national tour to educate audiences on her platform – Healthy Children, Strong America – encouraging children to make healthy choices and to stay physically active. She will also continue to entertain the nation with her remarkable vocal performances, as well as serve as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Betty is currently a junior at Mercer University, where she studies musical performance. She grew up on a 700-acre farm in Warner Robins, Georgia, and aspires to one day perform on Broadway.

Source: MAOTeen email

Select a finalist for MAOTeen!

The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is proud to bring back the America’s Choice vote for the 2016 MAOTeen Competition! The votes will determine one contestant as America’s Choice and guarantee them a spot as a Semi-Finalist on Saturday Night, August 6th, and a $1,000 scholarship courtesy of The Sash Company!

Go to https://fourpointsmagazine.com/maoteen16 and vote for your favorite National Contestant! Share the link on your social media and ROCK THE VOTE for your favorite! She could go on to become MAOTeen 2017!


Each vote is only $1 and only ONE contestant will receive a $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP and become an AUTOMATIC SEMI-FINALIST! 
Source: MAOT email