Thoughts and reactions on Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013
This weekend, Prita and I attended our first Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando,Florida and witnessed Rachel Wyatt, Miss South Carolina’s Outstanding Teen 2012, best 52 other contestants and win the national title. She will be embarking on a life changing year and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store for this talented teen. Rachel will support the national platform, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as well as her personal platform, “Dance Therapy – Miracles through Movement” throughout her reign.
From the Survivor-like eliminations to a video vignette of the contestants and staff lip-syncing to LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization seemed to borrow a few pages from Miss USA pageants past.
The highlights of the show included a talent competition that couldn’t be beat, the colorful parade of gowns, and a tough question and answer round that truly tested the contestants grace under fire.
As we learned while attending Miss Massachusetts’s Outstanding Teen 2012, anything can happen during a live show. Miss Arkansas’s Outstanding Teen 2012, Laura Leigh Turner took the stage in a red sequined jacket, bedazzled black pants and a white glove for a flashy tap number to Michael Jackon’s Beat It. Would she or wouldn’t she? Moonwalk that is. Laura brought down the house with her infectious smile and an iconic dance move. Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2012, Jameson Kenerly lost a baton during her routine. With an extra baton in the wings and spirit of a true competitor, Jameson twirled her way into the Top 5.
Color has been huge all year and I was delighted to see the 53 contestants step out in shades of pink, purple, green and yellow. An unexpected trend I fell in love with on stage was ombre. If you are unfamiliar with the term “ombre”, it just means color that graduates from light to dark. Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny the how youthful and stylish these dip dyed gowns are.
Miss Arkansas’s Outstanding Teen, Laura Leigh Turner wore a Pageant Professors’ favorite, a light pink, one shoulder custom gown with plenty of bling from The Royal We and Clarks Bridal. Rachel Wyatt wore an understated white gown with a tight bodice and silver rhinestones at the straps.
Final questions came via “text message” from the celebrity panel of judges. The most memorable questions were:
- Who is the most important woman in the world?
- If you could change one thing about America what would it be?
- What do you think money can and can’t buy?
- What are ways for teen to get involved in the political process if they’re too young to vote?
- Rachel was asked, “What is more important, a strong body or a strong mind?”
We had a blast at our first Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant, are marking our calendars for next year and cannot wait until January for Miss America 2013!