|Posted by Ken on July 20, 2015 at 9:40 PM|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 15th, 2015
Dreams came true in Orlando on Saturday, July 11th, when 4 young women were crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Miss, National Teen, National Jr. Teen and National Ms. 2015. The Doubletree by Hilton at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida played host to Princess America Pageants’ 2015 week-long national event. Contestants from across the country met in the Sunshine State to compete for cash, prizes, scholarships, and awards.
Produced by Perspectives Productions, Princess America Pageants continued its annual national event by crowning titleholders in four divisions. These include the National Ms. (18 – 28 and married, divorced, widowed or engaged, or over 28 and single, engaged, divorced, widowed, or married) … 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 Lakes Conference Center.
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 the village, a dance party, an educational and emotional video about the village, and a meet & greet with children and their families. The visit culminated with the presentation of a check for over $17,500 that this year’s participants had raised to donate to GKTW.
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 casual fashions. Delegates then prepared for the evening’s main event, an ‘Evening in the Emerald City” themed 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.
This year’s judges included Professional model & actor Ryan Adcock, Miss Teen USA 2012 Logan West, Reality show contestant Casey Ward, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, and “Survivor” alumnus and E! Entertainment’s Bradley Virata.
On Saturday, after two days of interviews (and preliminary competition for the Teens and the Miss) with the celebrity panel, the new national titleholders were crowned.
The Junior Teen Top Five included Missouri Junior Teen Rae-Ann R. (4th Runner Up), Alabama Junior Teen Emily G. (3rd Runner Up), North Carolina Junior Teen Tori G. (2nd Runner Up) Wyoming Junior Teen Grace T. (1st Runner Up), and Florida Junior Teen Lou Schieffelin who was crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Junior Teen 2015.
The 15 year old daughter of David and Stacey Schieffelin, Lou is from Orlando, Florida where she is an academic honor student who hopes to become a Lawyer. She is a peer mediator and student ambassador who is active in cheerleading and volleyball. Lou is passionate about community service and is involved in the Wounded Warrior Project, Best Buddies, Girls Inc., Relay for Life, and LIVE OUT LOUD to name a few. When asked what three words her friends would use to describe her, she answered with “positive, independent, and determined.”
The newly crowned National Ms. 2015 is Kristyn Ream who represented Virginia. Kristyn is currently a Senior Systems Engineer for the MITRE Corporation. She is the first and only person to graduate college in her family and says that the best advice she has ever received is to work hard, dream big, and to stay true to herself. Kristyn is married to her best friend Evan, she enjoys cooking and baking, loves outdoor activities including hiking, paddle-boarding, and running.
The TEEN Top Ten included … District of Columbia Teen Kendra H., South Carolina Teen Paige H., Michigan Teen Amanda St. G., Florida Teen Camryn T., Iowa Teen Emma Kate W., Minnesota Teen Brianna S., Georgia Teen Gracie A., Pennsylvania Teen Madonna M., North Carolina Teen Courtney S., and Louisiana Teen Alyx S.
The MISS Top Ten included Texas Miss Courtney L., Florida Miss Sophie L., Missouri Miss Aria P., South Carolina Miss Cat F., Vermont Miss Madison C., Minnesota Miss Shelby F., Virginia Miss Lehanna C., Maryland Miss Christina D., North Carolina Miss Taylor C., and Oklahoma Miss Mariah D.
The Teen results were announced next, beginning with Minnesota Teen Brianna S. taking the fourth Runner Up honor. Third Runner Up was Georgia Teen Gracie A. followed by second Runner Up, Iowa Teen Emma Kate W. As the audience held their breath, South Carolina Teen Paige H. received the distinction of being named the First Runner Up and North Carolina Teen Courtney Smith was crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Teen 2015.
The 17 year old daughter of Melanee and Rod Smith, Courtney is from Charlotte, North Carolina. A member of the National Society of High School Scholars, she plans to major in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. Her ultimate goal is to work in the field of Public Relations as an agent to help brand and promote major corporations. Courtney enjoys cheering on the Varsity team at her school, as well as, participating in DECA activities and competitive events. Outside of school she enjoys dancing, reading books, volunteering at church and spending time with her friends.
The final results of the night were only seconds away as the Miss delegates gathered on stage for the announcement. Virginia Miss Lehanna C. was named as the Fourth Runner Up. Oklahoma Miss Mariah Davis was the Third Runner Up and North Carolina Miss Taylor C. was Second Runner Up. While the room went silent with anticipation, the final two moved forward and waited the judges’ decision. Maryland Miss Christina D. took home First Runner Up honors and Missouri Miss Aria Parker was crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Miss 2015
The 19 year old sophomore at Missouri State University plans to graduate with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. Aria received the Presidential Award for Academics for four consecutive years and while in high school, and was vice President of both her Sophomore Class and of the Future Business Leaders of America. She enjoys ballet dancing, working out, singing, and pageantry. Aria is a member of Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi), and a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House, as well as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Her friends say that she is poised, optimistic, and compassionate.
The year ahead is one of great promise for the new titleholders and the Princess America Pageant system.