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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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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 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.

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!
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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.

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