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MAOTeen Congratulates 2013 Footprint Award Recipients

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:53

Each year, the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization presents the Footprint Award to volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their service to MAOTeen. The award, created several years ago by Chairman of the Board Donna Bozarth, is presented at the annual Evening of Stars Extravaganza during MAOTeen week and recognizes the state who raised the most money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, as well as volunteers who have significantly contributed to the year's success.


"We all leave a footprint ... It is our legacy. It is a reminder that someone has gone before us, leading the way," Bozarth said. "The MAOTeen Footprint Award is our way of honoring those who leave an indelible print on our organization by their outstanding leadership and accomplishments."

This year, the Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen organization was awarded a Footprint Award for raising $12,395 for CMNH, which was more than any other state. As a result of their efforts, the organization was able to award $2,631 in additional scholarships at its state pageant and received free entry into the national competition for its titleholder. The award was accepted by the organization's field director, Twila Barker.  

Jennifer McKennaJennifer McKenna also received the Footprint Award for her dedication to and work with the National Princess Camp.  Jennifer, who joined the organization in 2008 as the director of development and then later joined the board, has worked to increase the Princess program to include exciting workshops, a chance to meet Miss America and perform with Miss America's Outstanding Teen, and fun events that help young girls create memories that will last a lifetime. Jennifer is a former Miss Virginia and is the co-owner of McKenna Walsh Coaching and Professional Management. 

Tawny DarbyTawni Darby, director of the Teens in Training Camp program, was also awarded a Footprint Award for her work with the teen camp. Since it launched in 2011, Teens in Training Camp has doubled in size and has become an integral part of the fundraising efforts for the MAOTeen scholarship fund. The camp provides teens with the opportunity to receive top notch training from pageantry pros and gives them a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to compete at MAOTeen.  

Source: MAOTeen