Miss Texas Outstanding Teen
Brief history and overview of the program
The Miss Teen Texas Program, created by then Miss Texas Pageant, Inc. Chairman B. Don Magness in 1990, was sponsored by the Miss Texas Local Franchise Association. This Association was comprised of franchise holders whose local representatives competed in the Miss Texas Pageant.
Magness felt there should be a program – for girls between 13 and 17 – that would encourage and reward talent, healthy living, communication skills, community service and academic achievement. The program also would provide these young women the opportunity to be better prepared as they moved into the “Miss” competition age group. Unlike the Miss Texas and Miss America Pageants, there would be no swimwear competition.
Since the first teen titleholder was selected, four winners have gone on to win the Miss Texas title:
- Miss Teen Texas 1992 and Miss Texas 1995 Carly Jarmon
- Miss Teen Texas 1993 and Miss Texas 2000 Tara Watson
- Miss Teen Texas 2000 and Miss Texas 2008 Rebecca Robinson
- Miss Teen Texas 2006 and Miss Texas 2011 Kendall Morris
After Texas having a teen program for 15 years, the Miss America Organization sponsored their first national competition in Orlando – Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.
Interestingly, Texas’ own Meghan Miller made history in 2006 when she was selected the first ever Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. Then a 17-year-old from Beaumont, she was the recipient of a $30,000 scholarship and also won preliminary awards in Evening Wear and in Talent for her ventriloquism performance of "Dummies in a Disney Daze."
To become Miss Teen Texas, a contestant must first win a local competition, a process requiring personal commitment, hard work and talent. To compete you must:
Be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17.
- The contestant must be a minimum of thirteen (13) years of age on the first day of the State competition.
- May not have graduated from high school before the start of the MAOT National Finals, except for 16 year olds (or younger) who graduated early.
- May not turn eighteen (18) years of age on or before July 31 of the year of the National Finals in which she will compete.
- Not eligible to compete in the Miss America Pageant.
- Click here to view a chart further detailing the age/education eligibility requirements.
Be a United States citizen.
Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state.
Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization
Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.
Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.
Must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition.