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Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2017

10, January 2018
Pageantry is one of the best ways to grow self-confidence, get involved in your community and make friendships that last a lifetime. There are a wide range of age divisions in pageantry and finding the best system for each can prove to be a challenge. However, when you find the perfect fit, especially within the Teen division, the benefits are endless.

Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2017

10. Miss Teenage Canada  The Miss Teenage Canada pageant searches across the country for confident, enthusiastic and intelligent young women to compete for the national title. Its motto, "Be your own kind of beautiful," shows that the Miss Teenage Canada stage is a place where contestants can shine while being themselves. Miss Teenage Canada prides itself on crowning winners who shine from the inside out. Past winners have ranged in height from 5 feet 2 inches to 6 feet tall, showing that height has no bearing on the competition. Experience in pageantry has little bearing as well, since workshops help prepare contestants for the competition ahead of time.

The Top 5 a Miss Teenage Canada 2017. Photo: Darren Lee The Top 5 at Miss Teenage Canada 2017. Photo: Darren Lee

9. Miss Teen International  The Miss Teen International pageant celebrates the achievements of young women from across the globe. This pageant, which consists of a week of activities and two nights of competition. These include evening gown, fitness wear, fun fashion and interview. The winning contestant is awarded both prizes and scholarships. Miss Teen International focuses on showcasing deserving teenagers. Its titleholders are committed to becoming positive role models. Each contestant has the opportunity to choose a platform to promote throughout their reign and make a difference within their state or country. (Read: How To Turn Your Passion Into A Successful Pageant Platform)

Carly Peters, Miss Teen International 2017. Photo: International Pageants Carly Peters, Miss Teen International 2017. Photo: International Pageants

8. Miss American Teenager  The Miss American Teenager pageants focus on contestants' poise, personality and inner beauty. Its goal is to help contestants develop their intelligence, grace and integrity, which will last a lifetime. Contestants compete in three fun areas of competition, including evening gown, interview and swimwear or resort wear. Miss American Teenager stands out from other pageants because it is perfect for both contestants and families. This pageant is held at a water resort and hotel, making it ideal for a pageant and a vacation!

State queen during the Miss American Teenager pageant. Photo: Miss American Teenager Facebook page. State queen during the Miss American Teenager pageant. Photo: Miss American Teenager Facebook page.

7. USA National Miss  USA National Miss offers one of the highest quality pageant programs in the country. This program recognizes the achievements of young women across the USA who are able to unleash their full potentials at the national pageant in Boca Raton, Florida. Its three-time award-winning national director perfectly combines glamour and fun to create a unique pageant experience. (Read: USA National Miss Takes Pageantry to New York Fashion Week) At USA National Miss, delegates aren't just titleholders, they are outstanding members of the community. As Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015 explained, “The USA National Miss Organization sets the highest standards for their competition by recognizing confident, accomplished young women and rewarding those that go above and beyond to be outstanding representatives for UNM and their communities."

Laurel Stiekes, USA National Teen 2017. Photo: USANationalMiss.com Laurel Stiekes, USA National Teen 2017. Photo: USANationalMiss.com

6. National American Miss  The National American Miss program is designed for today's girl. By helping young ladies grow confidence, make lifelong friendships, and celebrate their individuality, National American Miss is a pageant unlike any other. It provides contestants with valuable skills that give them a competitive edge in any field they choose to enter. (Read: What Kind of Girls Win at NAM?) The National American Miss naitonal competition is held annually in Anaheim, California, where titleholders can enjoy Disneyland before beginning to compete in the pageant. Sunny California is the ideal backdrop for a high-quality pageant like National American Miss.

Hermona Girmay, National American Miss Teen 2017-2018. Photo: Rod Aberegg Hermona Girmay, National American Miss Teen 2017-2018. Photo: Rod Aberegg

5. World's Perfect Teen  The World's Perfect Teen fashion competition is one of the most fashion-forward and contemporary pageants. Each contestant competes in three areas of competition, including fashion walk with an onstage question, swimwear and formal attire. Winners receive an extensive prize package, including cash, scholarships, photoshoots, an opportunity to walk in New York Fashion Week and a free entry to other pageants. At World's Perfect Teen, contestants are seen as "perfect" in their own right. When Michael Galanes, the international director, is asked "What are the judges looking for?" he simply replies with a "you!" All contestants are encouraged to shine in their own unique way.

2017 World's Perfect Pageant winners. Photo: World's Perfect Pageant and Model Search Facebook page. 2017 World's Perfect Pageant winners. Photo: World's Perfect Pageant and Model Search Facebook page

4. American Pageants  American Pageants searches for well-rounded titleholders who want to reach their full potentials. Contestants are judged on their scholastic records, service and achievement to school and community, personal development, general awareness, personality projection and poise in evening wear, and their interview. Once the competition has concluded, the winner is awarded prizes, including a $5,000 cash scholarship. What makes American Pageants truly unique is its commitments to service. Included in each titleholder's prize package are funds to host an inclusion event, such as a Special Olympics event. Delegates, therefore, form stronger ties within their communities and actively promote change.

Miss Teen of America 2018, Alana Castle. Photo: Miss Teen of America Facebook page. Miss Teen of America 2018, Alana Castle. Photo: Miss Teen of America Facebook page.

3. Miss High School America  The Miss High School America pageant provides personal and professional opportunities for high school students. This organization prides itself on having the highest moral values among pageant systems. In addition, national titleholders are able to jet set around the world as part of their prize package! (Read: Pageant Tips For Contestants Traveling Internationally) The prize pachage at Miss High School America also includes a much larger, more beneficial prize. Miss High School America is awarded a full tuition scholarship to Western State Colorado University, which is ranked as a "Top College" by Forbes. Education is clearly a ccore value of the Miss High School America system, making it perfect for contestants who pride themselves on their intelligence.

Katie Schaaf, Miss High School America 2017. Photo: Miss High School America Facebook Katie Schaaf, Miss High School America 2017. Photo: Miss High School America Facebook

2. Miss America's Outstanding Teen A sister company to the Miss America Organization, Miss America's Outstanding Teen provides over $175,000 in scholarships to its contestants. The winning contestant alone is awarded a $30,000 scholarship in order to further her education. To compete at the national pageant, contestants must first win a local title before advancing to the state pageant, which would then qualify them for nationals. The Miss America's Outstanding Teen organization is focused on helping young women develop leadership skills, self-worth and conviction about their own potential. This is not only acheived through the pageant, but also through community-based initiatives and mentoring programs.

The Top 5 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Inc. The Top 5 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Inc.

1. Miss Teen USA  Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. Contestants are encouraged to be "Confidently Beautiful" on stage during the various stages of the competition, including evening gown, activewear, interview and onstage question. Like many other Teen pageants, there is no longer a swimsuit competition at Miss Teen USA, but rather an activewear competition. Many Miss Teen USA contestants often go on to have successful careers in fashion, modeling and pageantry, making it the perfect stepping stone for young women who want to move even further in pageantry. In addition, you can find former titleholders on various television shows and movies, which truly shows the types of big things contestants go on to do. (Read: 9 Former Teen USAs Will Compete at Miss USA 2018)

Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, Miss Teen USA 2018. Photo: Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, Miss Teen USA 2018. Photo: Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization

Congratulations to all of the Teen pageants that made the Top 10 list this year! These incredible organizations have helped grow the confidence of young women across the globe and give them lifelong skills and friendships. Let me know if your favorite Teen pageant made the list!

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