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Walking_Tall_11Sarah Stonier holds the title MIss Walking Tall, and it couldn't be more apt. This local Tennessee titleholder overcame great adversity, including homelessness and neglect, before becoming one of the young women who will vie for the title of Miss Tennessee later this summer. You can learn more about Sarah here:


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Published in State & Local News
Monday, 10 January 2011 12:54

MAOT Welcomes New Board Member

Miss America's Outstanding Teen (MAOT) Organization welcomes Michael Hannah as a new member of the MAOT Board of Directors. Michael brings with him a great deal of experience. Most recently he served as Treasurer of the Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization Board of Directors and was the State Director for the Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen Program.      s968

"It is an honor and a privilege to be part of the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization Board of Directors and it comes with tremendous responsibility," said Hannah. "I continue to be amazed by the growth and accomplishments of the teens who participate in this program. I am committed to expanding my involvement with the MAOT organization and its vision to provide some of the best opportunities for scholarships and community involvement to teens across the United States."

Michael has been affiliated with the Miss America Program for 21 years. During this time he has had the opportunity to judge State and Local Pageants in 33 states and the District of Columbia. He has served on the Miss Texas Organization's Board in various roles. And in 2004 Michael's efforts were recognized and he was inducted into the Miss Texas Organization Hall of Honor.

Throughout his professional career, Michael has served in managerial roles with IBM, British Petroleum, and Enron Corporations, and earned a Top Secret National Security Clearance while engaged on a three-year project with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. Michael is currently the President and CEO of H3, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Financial Systems Implementations, Business Process Improvement, and Business Realignment/ Reengineering. This position requires him to spend lots of time in the air commuting between his residence in Houston and his projects around the world.

He is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and is the father of two grown sons: Kristoffer "Kit" Hannah and Jonathan Michael Hannah, both residing in Northern California.

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Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization Congratulates Miss New York's Outstanding Teen 2010 Alison Stroming! Alison will be performing Pas de Deux from Vasily Vainonen's Flames of Parisstaged by Raymond Lukens as well as two other pieces as part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration on January 19 - 20, 2011.


Allison has been dancing since she was three years old. She is currently studying ballet at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theater. The American Ballet Theater is America's National Ballet Company which is one of the two most prestigious ballet schools in the country. Alison has achieved and is studing at Level 7 (the top level of the school).


"I feel so honored to be performing again for Michelle Obama and now her whole family," said Alison. " We have been rehearsing for the performance since November, 5-6 hours a day, six days a week!"


One year ago, Alison performed at the Metropolitan Opera House during the Opening Night Gala for American Ballet Theater in which Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy, and Jill Biden were in attendance.


(Photo Courtesy of MAOT)

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