The twelfth annual Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen Competition is set for Saturday, February 13, 2016 for a duel preliminary competition and then a final competition later in the evening.   Twenty-eight contestants, including Julie Downs Miss Berlin-Gorham 2016, vie for scholarships and the right to compete at the Twelfth annual Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in August, in Orlando Florida.  Where Allie Nault, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Gilford, NH resident will crown her successor.  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.

Julie Downs, Miss Berlin-Gorham 2016
Julie Downs, Miss Berlin-Gorham 2016

The competition takes place at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton’s Academy’s Spaulding Arts & Humanities Center in Derry.   On Saturday February 13, 2016 the first preliminary competition begins at 1:00 p.m. and the evening final competition begins at 8:00 p.m.   The contestants are vying for more than $5,000.00 in scholarship grants.

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 student 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%, Talent 35%, Evening-wear/On-Stage Question 20%, Life Style and Fitness 10% and Scholastic Achievement 10%.

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% of each contestant’s score carried forward from the preliminary in the form of a composite score.   Talent will be worth 35%, Eveningwear 15% and Fitness competition 15%.  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 at a price of $32.50 for adults and 17.50 for students under 18 or seniors over 62.   The 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.

Photos of the 28 contestants can be found on the Miss NH website at missnh.org/teen-titleholders.html


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