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by Patty Cheffey
In less than a month, a new Miss Missouri’s Teen will be crowned at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico and several area teen titleholders have their sights set on the crown.
Among those is Miss Northeast Teen, Avery Trower, Palmyra, the daughter of Kim and Mike Trower.
Trower will be a freshman at Palmyra High School this fall.
During her year as Miss Northeast’s Teen, she has focused on helping other teens cope with ADHD and anxiety with her social impact initiative, “Don’t Dim Your Sparkle”. She will also be promoting that at next week’s pageant.
Trower, who won her first pageant, the Littlest Miss Marion County when she was five-year-old, has been entering pageants since then.
Trower said she has numerous people to thank for that love of pageants.
“Mrs. Rita Nelson was the number one person who inspired me to start participating in the Miss Missouri Teen Organization. I know she will be watching from above when I am on that stage,” she said. “I also want to thank Mrs. Destiny Kizer, Mrs. Ruthie Kiehl and my family for supporting me.”
Stating her parents say she has always loved to perform, Trower will be doing a vocal of “Mamma Mia” by ABBA for her talent at the Miss Missouri Teen pageant next week.
“My favorite thing is meeting lots of new people and making connections throughout the State of Missouri,” said Trower, explaining one of the reasons why she enjoys participating in pageants. “I am very thankful that I am representing the northeast part of Missouri as I compete for the Miss Missouri Teen crown.”
Four other girls from this area will also be hoping to capture the crown.
• Miss Northwest Counties’ Teen Kampbel James, the daughter of Doug and Nolene James of Kahoka, who is a student at Clark County R-I High School.
During her year as Miss Northwest Counties’ Teen, James has advocated for her service initiative of: “Fostering a Brighter Future”. Through this initiative, she advocates for and assists foster children and their families by holding fundraisers and hygiene drives;
• Miss Lewis and Clark’s Teen Evan Jones, the daughter of Jesse Jones and Sharon Jones of Kahoka and a student at Clark County R-I High School.
During her year as Miss Lewis and Clark’s Teen, Jones has focused her efforts to promote allergy awareness;
• Miss Clark County’s Outstanding Teen Maggie Weaver, the daughter of John and Cari Weaver of Revere and a student at Clark County R-I High School.
During her year as Miss Clark County’s Outstanding Teen, Weaver’s social impact initiative promotes the program, Parents As Teachers and early childhood development and learning. Maggie’s title covers the northeast region of the state; and
• Miss Boone County’s Teen Alana Lemon, the daughter of James and Anna Lemon of Hannibal, who is a student at Hannibal Senior High School.
During her year as Miss Boone County’s Teen, Lemon has advocated for her service initiative of: “Project Bookworm,” which focuses on the life-long values that can be found during reading.
The organization’s reigning Miss Missouri’s Teen is Mallory Sublette of Palmyra.
Using her scholarships as a state titleholder, Sublette graduated from Palmyra High School recently and will continue her academic journey at the University of Alabama.
She is the daughter of Brandon and Jessica Sublette of Palmyra.
Beginning June 12, local teen titleholders from across the state of Missouri will spend a week in Mexico, competing in interview, talent, evening gown and on-stage question, and health and fitness preliminaries.
On Friday, June 16, the Miss Missouri Scholarship Organization will crown a new Miss Missouri’s Teen who will compete on the national stage later this summer.
The Miss Missouri Scholarship Organization is one of the largest providers of scholarships to young women in the state.
This year, the organization will award more than $85,000 in scholarships between the Miss Missouri and Outstanding Teen programs.
Tickets for the Miss Missouri and Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen Pageants are available through the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 100 West Jackson St. or by calling 573-581-2765.