Local students vying for title of Outstanding Teen

DERRY – The twelfth annual Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen Competition is set for Saturday, Feb. 13, at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, with a preliminary competition at 1 p.m. and then a final competition at 8 p.m. Twenty-eight contestants will vie for $5,000 in scholarships and the right to compete at the 12th annual Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in August, in Orlando Fla., where Allie Nault, of Gilford, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, will crown her successor.

Stephanie Lemoine, Miss Apple Harvest’s Outstanding Teen, a student at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School in Bedford, will be competing for the state title.

New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen Competition is a program for girls’ ages 13 to 17 years of age. It is the little sister program to the Miss America Organization. The competition is intended to encourage and reward talent, communication skills, community service, and academic achievement. The Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, Inc., the official state chapter of the Miss America Organization, sponsors the teen program.

Miss New Hampshire 2015 Holly Blanchard along with Marc Willis, will serve as co-emcees of the event and Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen Skylar Rienert will crown her successor. The program’s producer is Miss New Hampshire 2003 Candace Glickman. Pattie Lamontagne chairs the event with her co-chair Miss New Hampshire 2005 Audra (Paquette) Burns.

The teens are scored using the same general criteria as the Miss New Hampshire and Miss America competitions. During the preliminary competitions the scoring is: Interview 25 percent, talent 35 percent, eveningwear/on-stage question 20 percent, lifestyle and fitness 10 percent and scholastic achievement 10 percent.

The final competition on Saturday evening will begin with an opening and then a top 10 will be announced. The top 10 will compete once again in the on-stage events with 35 percent of each contestant’s score carried forward from the preliminary in the form of a composite score. Talent will be worth 35 percent, eveningwear 15 percent and fitness competition 15 percent. By the end of the evening a top five will be named followed by the announcement of runners-up and winner.

Tickets are available at the door for $32.50 for adults and $17.50 for students under 18 or seniors over 62. One ticket allows entrance to both the Saturday preliminary and the finals on Saturday evening. The box office at the theater opens one hour before each event.