|Posted by Ken on April 17, 2014 at 1:15 PM|
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Dreams came true in Orlando on Saturday, July 27th, when 3 young women were crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Miss, National Teen, and National Jr. Teen 2013. The Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida played host to Princess America Pageants’ 2013 week-long national event. Contestants from across the country met in the Sunshine State to compete for a combined total of over $25,000 is cash, prizes, scholarships, and awards.
Produced by Perspectives Productions, Princess America Pageants launched its annual national event by crowning titleholders in three divisions. These include the National Junior Teen (13 – 15 years of age) National Teen (16 – 18 years of age) and National Miss (19 – 28 years of age). Phases of competition, each worth 25% of the total score, included Physical Fitness, Personal Expression, Private Interview, and Evening Wear.
After arriving in Orlando the delegates registered, and then along with their families, enjoyed a welcome luncheon themed as a summer garden party. Many wearing floral print dresses and hats, they prepared for orientation and their first rehearsal in the hotel’s Martinique Ballroom.
On Wednesday morning the contestants participated in an “Ice Cream for Breakfast Social” and then boarded the bus for the Give Kids the World Village. The contestants enjoyed lunch provided by Sweet Tomatoes, an emotional video and personal tour of the village, and a meet & greet with children and their families. The visit culminated with the presentation of a check for over $23,000 that this year’s participants had raised to donate to GKTW. After an inspirational visit to the village, delegates boarded the bus yet again to enjoy an evening at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.
Thursday morning began with a poolside swimwear photo shoot with Deanna Meredith. The shoot lasted throughout the day with delegates receiving call times in which they shot in physical fitness, eveningwear, and Deanna Meredith fashions. Delegates then prepared for the evening’s main event, a silent auction & gala. After an elegant dinner, attendees also bid on items brought by each state representative in an attempt to raise money for Give Kids the World, as well as for the Princess America Scholarship Fund. The efforts of those in attendance paid off when more than $4000 was raised.
Friday began with a general rehearsal for the Miss contestants while the Jr. Teen & Teens met with the judges for their 7 minute interview. The evening culminated with the teen and miss contestants competing in Physical Fitness, Personal Expression, and Evening Wear. Shannon Colvin, representing Louisiana, was crowned the first annual NATIONAL MRS.
This year’s judges included “Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad” star Nick Peterson, Miss Georgia USA and 3rd Runner Up to Miss USA 2012 Jazz Wilkins, Fitness trainer and model B.G. Howell, Miss Alabama USA and 1st Runner Up to Miss USA 2013 Mary Margaret McCord, and television personality and international model Kaya Wittenburg.
On Saturday morning the Miss delegates had their chance to interview with the judges and then all contestants met for their final rehearsal. The Junior Teen finals were held at 3:00pm and The Teen/Miss Finals began at 7:30pm with the Top Ten Teens, and Top Ten Miss competing in all phases of on-stage competition.
The Junior Teen Top Five included Sooner State Junior Teen Cynda McElvana, Oklahoma Junior Teen Frances Ramsey, Connecticut Junior Teen Shelby Gallagher, Missouri Teen Kayli Tanner, and Mississippi Junior Teen Kaitlyn Kennedy.
The Teen Top Ten included Alabama Teen Michelle Baughn, Oklahoma Teen Rachel Fike, Pennsylvania Teen Sydney Robertson, Missouri Teen Isabel Venezia, Georgia Teen Savannah Bradford, Ark-La-Tex Teen Brianna Graham, Ohio Teen Hazel Pray, Arkansas Teen Arynn Johnson, Virginia Teen Kinser Crutchfield, and Maryland Teen Olivia Diventi.
The Miss Top Ten included Ohio Miss Sierra Nowak, Louisiana Miss Claire Goudeau, Mississippi Miss McKenzie Mitchell, Virginia Miss Kristyn Admire, Florida Miss Christina Nicholson, Sunshine State Miss Brie Edmister, Maryland Miss Hannah Kate Beauchamp, Texas Miss Shannon Byrd, East Coast Miss Harley Parsons, and Missouri Miss Paige Kolb.
Fourth Runner Up in the Junior Teen division went to Sooner State Jr.Teen Cynda McElvana, Third Runner Up was Oklahoma Jr. Teen Frances Ramsey, Second Runner Up was Connecticut Jr. Teen Shelby Gallagher, First Runner Up was Missouri Jr. Teen Kayli Tanner, and the newly crowned National Junior Teen 2013 is Mississippi’s own Kaitlyn Kennedy.
The 13 year old daughter of Andy and Kimber Kennedy, Kaitlyn is a student council representative and academic honor student. She is actively involved in track, volleyball, cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics. Kaitlyn played an orphan in the musical ‘Annie” and has been involved in volunteering with the Humane Society since she was 5 years old. She has aspirations of becoming a professional cheerleader (preferably for the Dallas Cowboys).
The Teen results were announced next, beginning with Maryland Teen Olivia Diventi taking the Fourth Runner Up honor. Third Runner Up was Virginia Teen Kinser Crutchfield followed by Second Runner Up, Georgia Teen Savannah Bradford. As the audience held their breath, Arkansas Teen Arynn Johnson received the distinction of being the First Runner Up and Pennsylvania Teen Sydney Robertson was crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Teen 2013.
The 15 year old daughter of Allan and Diane Robertson, Sydney is from Williamsport, PA. A distinguished honor roll student, she enjoys singing, acting, theatre performing, working, and volunteering. Sydney plans to pursue a career as a model, actress, and animal trainer. She played the lead role of Willy Wonka in the musical, and lists eating dried crickets and riding a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon as interesting facts about herself.
The final results of the night were only seconds away. As the Miss delegates gathered on stage the announcement. Florida Miss Christina Nicholson was the Fourth Runner Up. Virginia Miss Kristyn Admire was the Third Runner Up and Missouri Miss Paige Kolb was Second Runner Up. While the room when silent with anticipation, the final two moved forward and awaited the judge’s decision. Maryland Miss Hannah Kate Beauchamp took home First Runner Up honors and Mississippi Miss McKenzie Mitchell was crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Miss 2013. The audience erupted in applause as McKenzie was met on stage by her sister queens Sydney and Kaitlyn.
The 19 year old daughter of Kevin and Ann-Marie Mitchell, McKenzie is from Dexter and a student at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). She plans to receive a degree in Broadcast Journalism and complete a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is an Ole Miss “Diamond Girl”, was a member of the Freshman Council, and is proud to be an active member of Chi Omega sorority. McKenzie enjoys traveling, cooking, modeling, and spending time with the ones she loves.
The year ahead is one of great promise for the new titleholders and the Princess America Pageant system.