Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen 2016
50 teens compete for the crown
JACKSON, Tenn. — Saturday night, 50 young ladies took the stage at the Carl Perkins Civic Center with hopes of being crowned Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen 2016.
“That makes me very proud that we are bringing all these people in to the Hub City and really showing them how special Jackson is,” said Miss Tennessee Co-Executive Director Allison DeMarcus.
The young women got to showcase their fitness wear, evening gowns and their talents.
“It is beautiful and wonderful,” said Linda Sullivan. “You really can enjoy something like this.”
Each contestant was required to present a plan to serve to their community. It’s something pageant organizers believe is good to learn early.
“It just furthers their commitment to service,” said DeMarcus. “I think it makes them better community leaders and better citizens as they grow up and want to continue to serve because they learn how the serve at their age.”
The contestants weren’t only competing for a crown Saturday night. A $1000 scholarship and a chance to compete in the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant were also on the line.
“I think that’s the reason most of them are here to further their education,” said Sullivan.
Pageants like this one are more than glitz and glam. For Allison DeMarcus, competing is very rewarding.
“Truly builds leaders,” said DeMarcus. “And these girls who are on this stage, this experience this weekend is amazing. And they’re all going to be better young women for having competed.”
The results for the pageant are as follows:
Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen 2016:
Leah Humble,16, from Sevierville, Tennessee
Miss Music City Outstanding Teen
Miss Tennessee’s Teen Princess 2016:
Corbin Hinson, 18, from Columbia, TN