Saturday, March 31, 2007

Congratulations to the New Butler County Outstanding Teen, Aunjanna Million

Last night in Hamilton, 13 year old Aunjanna Million was crowned Butler County’s Outstanding Teen! She is a 7th Grader at Vail Middle School who plays soccer and participates in track and cheerleading. She enjoys playing with her brother and sister, going to mentoring groups, singing and dancing. For the talent competition she performed a self choreographed dance. Her community involvement includes food and clothing drives, volunteering at church and tutoring, specifically helping those with neurological disorders.

With her crown she has won the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Ohio’s Outstanding Teen on June 15 in Mansfield, during Miss Ohio week. This pageant is, of course, a feeder program to the Miss America Scholarship program; Outstanding Teen pageants are very similar to Miss pageants, except the teens model “active wear” instead of swimsuits.

The First Runner-up was Angela DeCello, a 17 year old vocalist. She is a Junior at Talawanda High School. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking and is involved in St. Mary’s Youth Group.

Second Runner-up honors went to Katie Denning, a dancer. This 15 year old is a Freshman at Hamilton High School; she enjoys cheerleading, dancing, swimming, football and sports and is involved in a local food bank and St. Raphael’s.

The Third Runner-up was 13 year old Brittany Nicole Kelley. She is a 7th Grader at Wilson Junior High who participates in tennis and cheerleading and enjoys singing, scrapbooking, camping and horseback riding. She tutors elementary students and was awarded an honor of achievement by Head Start Preschool Program for raising the most books to be donated to the program. Also, Brittany danced to raise money for the Cure Our Kid’s Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis. She performed a Tahitian and Hula Dance.

Finally, the Fourth Runner-up was Leah Burch. This 16 year old is a Sophomore at Talawanda High School. She is an FFA member and participated in Relay for Life. Leah enjoys horseback riding, tap, jazz and ballet; not surprisingly she performed a dance routine for the talent competition.

All of the above photos were by Nick Graham Photography, the official Miss Hamilton Photographer; all information came from the Miss Hamilton website.

Aunjanna Million joins Kellie Kulka, Maumee Valley’s Outstanding Teen and Ashley Miller, Portsmouth’s Outstanding Teen. While these are the only three local programs to hold teen pageants, young women may enter Miss Ohio’s Outstanding Teen pageant “at large.” CLICK HERE for all the information.

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