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Teens in Training Update from Guest Blogger Tawni

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:19
Hello fourpoints followers! It’s been a while since my last post, so I have a lot to tell you!  Now that the Easter holiday is over and everyone is pledging to get back on a strict diet because we’ve all consumed way too many peanut butter-filled chocolate eggs, I have some incentive for you – there are only a few short weeks until it is officially summer, which not only means swimsuits and afternoons on the beach but also that Miss America’s Outstanding Teen is right around the corner!  And with MAOTeen comes the first annual Teens in Training Camp!  Since my last post, a lot has developed and the TNT Camp Team has been working hard to put into place some really exciting things.  So, let me fill you in.

About a month ago, Teens in Training Camp teamed up with and launched a free registration contest to award one lucky teen entry into this summer’s Teens in Training Camp.  The contestants had to submit a photo and brief statement describing why they thought they should win the contest, which were then both posted on’s Facebook page.  For a couple weeks, the public voted for their favorite contestant, which determined our Top 10 Finalists.  Now, we have 10 extremely beautiful and talented teens who need your help to win the spot at TNT Camp.  You can help them win the top spot by voting for them on Facebook until April 30th, 2011.  All you have to do to vote is go to’s Facebook page and “Like” your favorite contestant’s photo in the Teens in Training Camp Contest album.  You can also check out some awesome videos of MAOTeen Lacey Russ, the 2011 Outstanding Teen Contestants, and the National Princesses at Miss America on’s page and website.  Trust me, you want to check it out!

Now, let’s talk prizes.  The girl who finishes with the most votes wins free registration for Teens in Training Camp, but she won’t be the only one who walks away with a prize.  Each Top 10 Finalist will receive a $25 gift certificate toward a cocktail dress or evening gown and free matching earrings from our contest sponsor, La Casa Hermosa.  I am so excited about this fabulous prize for our Top 10 and am very grateful to La Casa Hermosa for their support and generosity.  Not only is La Casa Hermosa our Free Registration Contest sponsor, but they are also going to be joining us for Camp this summer.  Fashion stylist Robin Fleming and the La Casa Hermosa styling team will be teaching workshops and hosting events that will give participants the opportunity to learn style tips and techniques from the best in the business!

So as you can see, we’ve been busy at Teens in Training Camp and I hope it gets you excited for this summer.  However, I haven’t forgotten this post’s tip for success that, in fact, comes from our very own Robin Fleming.  This tip will not only give you advice on how to be your own fashionista, but it will also give you another ingredient to add to your recipe for success.  So here it is.

Tip #2: Use style savvy fashionistas as personal inspiration, rather than copy exactly what someone else may be wearing.  The biggest mistake a young woman can make in fashion today is copy the previous 'winner' or a big-name celebrity, or in fact, copy anyone.  To be a copy is to be a poor version of an original.   To be an original, is to be true to your inner self.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to vote for your favorite contestant!  Stay tuned for my next post!