Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization is pleased to announce a new sponsor who will be awarding a $500 Non- Finalist Interview Award. This award is made possible through the generosity of Valerie Hayes of The Pageant Coach(TM) and radio host of Pageant Talk Radio. MAOTeen thanks Valerie for her continued support of our program and our contestants.
"I'm very excited to be sponsoring the Non-Finalist Interview Award for the Miss America's Outstanding Teen program" said Hayes. "The young women who compete in MAOTeen are the best and the brightest of their generation and it's my honor to promote academic achievement, leadership in community service, and public speaking skills through this award."
Valerie will also be hosting some of our team on Pageant Talk Radio on Friday, March 11 at 3 p.m. CST. Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2011 Lacey Russ, Jennifer McKenna, Princess Camp Coordinator, and Tawni Darby, a new team member that will be introducing our new Teens In Training Camp program will be joining Valerie for a full hour to talk about MAOTeen and the exciting changes that are taking places in our program.
"The MAOTeen program is a clear leader in encouraging positive achievement in our nation's youth," said Hayes, "I'm thrilled to be partnering with them in recognizing the extraordinary achievements of these young women."
Miss America returns home.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of our 2011 Precious Princess Feature Contest will receive a dress from Sherri Hill’s Children Collection, courtesy of La Casa Hermosa.
The children’s collection by Sherri Hill is a new addition to her design offerings and features whimsical and age appropriate dresses for young girls.
Our 2011 Precious Princess will put her new dress to good use during MAOT pageant week in August, where she will take place in Princess Camp. Princess Camp is a once-in-a-life time experience for young ladies that will include sleepovers, time with mentors and new friends, and production numbers with the MAOT contestants.
Finally, our Precious Princess will be featured in the June/July issue of fourpoints magazine. We are proud to partner with the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization and La Casa Hermosa to make this our best Precious Princess Feature Contest ever.
To enter the Precious Princess contest: http://fourpointsmagazine.com/contests
Have You Ever Been A Victim of Bullying?
By Myrhanda Jones
With today's technological advances, my generation has the power to save a life yet putting that power in the wrong hands can harm someone. Today's teenagers are hiding behind a screen that gives them the invincibility to bully one another without being caught or named.
Recently, I was chosen by Cox Communications here in Florida to represent teenagers at a summit called "Take Charge." It was held in Washington, D.C. and was hosted by John Walsh of America's Most Wanted. Teens from all over the U.S. attended and we spoke about Internet safety, sexting, and texting issues that our generation is experiencing. John Walsh and I went to Capitol Hill where we spoke with Rep. Cliff Stearns. I gave him information about the lack of safety that teens seem to have on Facebook and Myspace.
Here are some tips on how to help and prevent bullying:
1. If you are being harassed via text message, ask the person to stop texting you. Then, tell your parents what is happening.
2. If the harassment persists, call the police.
3. Do not return any phone calls or texts from the person harassing you.
Remember that although it is not a crime (yet) to text about your peers or write about them on the Internet, it can be very damaging.
For more information, visit my Web site at www.huhgsforhearts.com.