And the winner is ...Jeanette Morelan!
The Mount Pleasant 14-year-old was selected Miss America's Outstanding Teen in Orlando on Saturday, beating 51 competitors. She and her mother, Helen, will return from Florida Tuesday night, holding a press conference in the Milwaukee airport.
She won a $30,000 college scholarship and other prizes. For the talent portion of the competition she sang, "Think of Me," from The Phantom of the Opera.
More information and photos are on the pageant website.
Original story, July 3, 2009:
New Miss Wisconsin Teen will be in parade
Appearing near the beginning of Racine's July 4th parade is the city's newest "royalty," Racine native Jeanette Morelan, who won the title of Miss Wisconsin Outstanding Teen in Oshkosh just two weeks ago, on June 17.
Jeanette, a student at the Prairie School, is the daughter of Dr. Robert and Helen Morelan. She and other contestants competed in scholastic achievement, talent, interview, fitness, onstage question and formal wear. A vocalist, Jeanette performed “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked for her talent.
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America’s teens. Through her platform “The Power of One,” Jeanette hopes to inspire and encourage every person to realize their power: the power to dream, the power to believe in that dream and ultimately the power to act on that dream.”
In addition to winning a $1,000 scholarship, she also received a $200 savings bond for optional categories of Most Photogenic and Best Smile. She will represent Wisconsin at the National Outstanding Teen program in Orlando, FL, in August.
Her ambition is to graduate from Harvard with a degree in political science and government as well as a degree in law. Setting her sights high, she plans to become President of the United States in 2040.