Before each night of preliminary competitions began at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013 competition, the production host reminded audience members to cheer for contestants. But they weren't just referring to applause for the state titleholder groups in the crowd came to support. They asked that each contestant be equally cheered on.
Each one of this year's fifty-two contestants represents her state by exemplifying the values MAOTeen holds so dear. Last night at the Evening of the Stars event, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan reminded these contestants that being a titleholder isn't about wearing a crown, but rather it is about all the lives teen titleholders can touch with the crown. She encouraged them to use their positions and the opportunities they have to give back and serve others.
Tonight, Miss America 2014 will be crowned. And while she will travel far and wide and have the chance to serve thousands of men, women, children, and adults during her year of service, remember that each one of the teen state titleholders is still working in her state to serve those she meets each and every day.
Written by: Erika Rose is fourpoints magazine's staff writer.