Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen to vie for National Title

Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen, Jenna Lawrence, is off to Orlando to represent Vermont at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant this week.  She has fine-tuned her vocal talent piece with the help of a local studio and has been grilled by panels of “mock” interview judges.  Since becoming Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen at the end of April, Jenna has travelled across the state promoting her platform, Alzheimers and Dementia Awareness and Advocacy. She even spoke at the Longest Day event in Burlington, sharing her story with the supporters of the Alzheimers Association of Vermont.

“Alzheimers and dementia are diseases that affect everyone. As I watched a love one struggle with these diseases, I became passionate about helping others manage relationships with their loved ones fighting this illness. I hope to become Miss America’s Outstanding Teen to spread awareness for this issue and to ultimately be a part of the solution and end Alzheimers for good” said Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen, Jenna Lawrence.

Jenna will compete for the national title and $25,000 in academic scholarships over three nights of preliminary competition. On Monday, July 24th, she has a private interview with the judges. On Tuesday, July 25th, she will showcase her vocal talent onstage. Wednesday, July 26th, Jenna will compete in Evening Wear and On-Stage Question and Thursday, July 27th she will compete in Lifestyle & Fitness. The final night of competition will feature the top fifteen states and is available to the public on a live webcast. More information on how to view the final night of competition can be found at http://maoteen.org/.

Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization Executive Director, Roberta “Cookie” Steponaitis says “Jenna has made us proud with her work as Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen. She is an outstanding advocate for Alzheimers and dementia awareness and has raised thousands of dollars to support this cause through local organizations. We’re excited to see her continue to share her gifts and hope to see her become the next Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.”