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Miss America Organization
MISS TEXAS' OUTSTANDING TEEN MEGHAN MILLER WINS FIRST EVER
MISS AMERICA'S OUTSTANDING TEEN COMPETITION
Orlando, FL - August 20, 2005 - Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen Meghan Miller walked the runway as the first Miss America's Outstanding Teen on Saturday night in the Linda Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. This historic crowning moment marked her first steps on a journey that will take her across the country promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, community involvement and healthy living for our nation's youth.
Through an official partnership with the US Dream Academy, Miller will help improve the outlook of America's young people by increasing literacy through creative mentoring. She will also continue work on her personal platform of character education called "Hop on the Bus with R.E.S.P.E.C.T."
Miller, a 17-year-old Beaumont, TX resident, attends West Brook High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society. She developed a character curriculum which is currently being used in elementary schools. She has starred in an independent film, is enrolled in an advanced placement/honors program and aspires to become an attorney.
The recipient of a $30,000 scholarship, Miller also won an additional $1,000 scholarship for preliminary awards in Talent and Evening Wear, as well as the Carole D. Holsonback Scholarship for Overall Talent for $1,000 for her uniquely delightful ventriloquism performance of "Dummies in a Disney Daze."
"I am so excited to be the first Miss America's Outstanding Teen," said Miller. "I have always dreamed of becoming Miss America. I remember watching Miss Pennsylvania 1990 Marla Wynne on television during the Miss America Pageant when I was barely three years old. Her talent was ventriloquism and I was just mesmerized. I spent hours in front of the mirror trying to figure out how she did it and I've been doing it ever since!"
Miss California's Outstanding Teen, 13-year-old Adrianna Afsar, earned a $20,000 scholarship as first runner-up. She also won a preliminary talent award for $500 for her powerful rendition of "Don't Rain on My Parade." She is an honor roll student and hopes to obtain a bachelor's degree in Engineering while pursuing her career ambition of becoming a legendary singer.
Second runner-up honors and a $15,000 scholarship went to Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen, 16-year-old Shalane Larango. Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen, 17-year-old Sierra Minott took home a $10,000 scholarship as third runner-up. Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen, 17-year-old Jennifer Gulbrandsen earned a $5,000 scholarship as fourth runner-up.