Congratulations to our Thursday night preliminary winners in On-Stage Interview & Talent! Finalists for the Miss Florida Quality of Life and Teens in Action awards also announced.
Miss River City Aaliyah Manning was the recipient of the On Stage Interview preliminary award. She is a 20-year-old student at the University of Central Florida from Jacksonville, Florida and spoke about prioritizing training first responders in how to respond most effectively to individuals with special needs if she had the opportunity to address congress. Congratulations, Aaliyah!
Miss Tallahassee Alana Scheuerer and Miss Tampa Lauren Nielsen were the recipients of the Talent award. Alana is a 22-year-old graduate of Florida State University and performed a tap dance to "Rolling in the Deep". Lauren is a 25-year-old graduate of the University of Tampa and performed the operatic vocal,"Nessun Dorma". Congratulations, Alana and Lauren!
Tonight's On-Stage Interview award was sponsored by Amber & John Duke. Regalia Magnificent Apparel was kind enough to double their scholarship donation for the Talent award upon a tie being determined for the second night this week. We are so grateful to our incredible sponsors!
Additionally, 6 finalists each were announced for the Miss Florida Quality of Life award and the Teens in Action award, honoring outstanding contributions in community service among our Miss & Outstanding Teen titleholders:
Quality of Life Finalists & their Social Impact Initiatives
Lindsay Franxman, Miss Jacksonville - "All the World's a Stage: A Quest for Theater Education"
Leah Roddenbery, Miss University of Florida- "Be a Leadher: Igniting the Spark Within"
Amanda Shoopman, Miss Florida Everglades- "Get Back to Nature: Connecting Youth to Public Lands"
Lauren Nielsen, Miss Tampa- "Uniquely You: Overcoming Eating Disorders with a Healthy Body and Mind"
Sydney Groom, Miss Desoto Heritage Festival- "Organ Donation Awareness"
Rachel Barcellona, Miss Manatee River- "Ability Beyond Disability"
Teens in Action Finalists & their Platforms
Ruby Tilghman, Miss Northwest Florida's Outstanding Teen - "Many Mini Musicians"
Hannah Adams, Miss Orlando's Outstanding Teen- "Finding a Cure for Pediatric Cancer"
Mary Kathryn France, Miss Largo's Outstanding Teen-"Early Childhood Literacy"
Brooke Spreitzer, Miss North Florida's Outstanding Teen- "Raising Awareness of the Foster Closet System"
Elizabeth Stoeber, Miss Jacksonville's Outstanding Teen- "Hope for Underprivileged Kids"
Olivia Foster, Miss Gainesville's Outstanding Teen- "March of Dimes"
Congratulations to all of our finalists! These ladies will interview with an independent panel of judges who will select winners to be announced during the final competitions. A huge thank you to our generous patrons, LaVoyce Porter and Miss Florida 2012 Laura McKeeman Rutledge for sponsoring the Quality of Life award and Agape Leaders for supporting our Teens in Action award.
Additionally, Miss Florida 2006 Allison Kreiger Walsh introduced a Personal Brand Challenge award, providing a $500 scholarship to one winner in both miss & teen. Top honors were given to Miss Orlando Lindsay Bettis & Miss Ponte Vedra's Outstanding Teen Jasmine Hurt.
The Outstanding Teen preliminary competition will take place at the R.P Funding Center in Lakeland, Fla. at 6:00 P.M. and finals for Miss Florida & Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2019 beginning at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, 6/29. To purchase tickets, visit MissFlorida.org and to tune in live, visit PageantsLive.com