They’re at it again to a slightly more lively crowd but just as much heart. For the second of three nights, fifty-three teens represented their home states. Tonight recognized judges in particular. In addition to a special reception following the program, audience members serenaded distinguished judge Chris Judd who celebrated his birthday today.
Another group of young women rocked the stage and showed off their workout gear but not before all fifty-three contestants flexed their muscles in the lifestyle and fitness in sportswear production number. Exemplifying healthy living throughout each night of competitions, this portion of the show promotes a higher standard of living. Contestants of all shapes and sizes are competing for the crown this week proving that beauty radiates from the inside out.
Celebration was in the air, not only for birthday boy Chris Judd, but also for three more teens who were awarded preliminary scholarships and four teens who received medals. The Duke of Edinburgh award was presented to Outstanding Teens from Connecticut, Maryland, Alabama, and South Carolina who were honored for their volunteerism, physical fitness, skills, and expedition.
The preliminary scholarship award for talent was bestowed on not one but two teen contestants who tied for their performances Wednesday evening. Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen Jameson Kenerly performed a lyrical twirl to “Once Upon a December,” and Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Laura Leigh Turner tapped to “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. The talent portion of the program counts for 35 percent of the total score. In addition to preliminary scholarships, an instrumental talent scholarship will be awarded to two contestants this week.
Accounting for 20 percent of the total score, evening wear and on-stage question tests contestants’ confidence and poise. Preliminary scholarship recipient Andolyn Medina, Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen, has these qualities in spades. She was asked how she remains a positive role model in times of adversity.
Andolyn says that although the media at times portrays teens in a negative light, children of this age group should continue to show others the passion they have inside them. She added teens are a great group of people, “I would know, I am one,” she said.
Tomorrow’s program will welcome Teens in Training Camp participants and Precious Princesses on stage. Stay tuned!
Written by: Erika Fifelski, fourpoints staff writer Photos: Allen Dye