Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen for 2011 was crowned on Sunday at Sylacauga High School. Mi’a Callens, a junior at Oak Mountain High School, entertained the audience with a Piano/Vocal performance of “Hiding Underwater”. She was awarded $103,800 in scholarships. The contestants competed in a personal interview with the judges, talent, fitness, and evening gown. With the title, Mi’a was awarded 4-year renewable full-tuition scholarships to her choice of Auburn University, the University of Alabama, Troy University, as well as a 1-year scholarship to Jacksonville State University. She also received other cash scholarships and prizes. Mi’a is the daughter of Cassandra and Mike Callens.
In all, the pageant awarded over $300,000 in scholarship money. Forty-one contestants competed in preliminary events on Saturday, with 15 finalists competing on Sunday afternoon. The Top 15 finalists included: Mi’a Callens (winner) of Birmingham, Megan Smith (1st Alternate) of Hartselle, Hayley Barber (2nd Alternate) of Pelham, Bria Kalpen (3rd Alternate) of Phenix City, Cassidy Jacks (4th Alternate) of Springville, Shelby Andrews (Finalist) of Dothan, Susanna Bagwell (Finalist) of Birmingham, Elizabeth Anne Beasley (Finalist) of Eufaula, Hannah Brown (Finalist) of Northport, Madge Ellis (Finalist) of Sylacauga, Grace Kurosaka (Finalist) of Columbiana, Ashley Payton (Finalist) of Sylacauga, Ansley Rosson (Finalist) of Mobile, Georgia Sheridan (Finalist) of Prattville, and Emily Winkler (Finalist) of Dora. Megan Smith of Hartselle was also the overall Academic Winner. She received $98,200 in scholarships. Erin Shrewsbury and Elizabeth Anne Beasley were also awarded academic scholarships from Troy University. Mi’a Callens will compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in August in Orlando, Florida.
The Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is part of the Miss America Organization.
Photos provided by Danny Barrett of Pageant Works