Thomas wins talent and fitness

Valerie Thomas, Miss Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen

Miss Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen Courtney Hammons might want some tea to go along with her two! Today at the Miss LA’s Outstanding Teen pageant, Courtney was a double-preliminary winner taking both the afternoon Preliminary Talent Award for her piano performance and then, later in the evening, the Preliminary Fitness Award.

The 2013 Miss LA Outstanding Teen pageant is held at ULM’s Brown Auditorium. The finals, including the coronation of Miss LA’s Outstanding Teen 2013 will be held Saturday, June 1. Tickets are available at the door.

The mission of the Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen organization is to promote scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America’s teens. Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen is an official preliminary to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.

Founded in 2005, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc. has become one of the top scholarship providers for teen girls in the United States.  Participants, on the local, state, and national levels, have been the recipients of valuable scholarship assistance upon graduation from high school. Almost $4,000,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships have been made available to date.

As of September 2012, scholarship checks totaling over $611,000 have been written to more than 120 different colleges and universities across the country.  Scholarships earned by contestants are paid directly to the institution attended and cover tuition, books, room, and board. (Some restrictions apply.)

The Dixie Gem Peach pageant will be held June 22, 2013 at the historic Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston. For pageant information and to download application forms, click here.