February 21, 2009

Former Teen Contestants on Idol!



FORMER CONTESTANTS FOR MISS AMERICA'S OUTSTANDING TEEN
MAKE IT TO THE TOP 36 ON AMERICAN IDOL

Two former state titleholders continue on in their quest to become the American Idol

Orlando, FL-- February 12, 2009- The Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization announced today that two of their former contestants have made it to the next round on American Idol. Arianna Afsar, 17, was Miss California's Outstanding Teen 2005 and Jasmine Murray, 17, was Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2007.

Afsar originally auditioned in Phoenix, AZ and Murray auditioned in Jacksonville, FL. Afsar was the first runner-up to Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2006 and started a mentoring program called "Adopt a Grandparent." Murray was a top 10 finalist and has received recognition for her outstanding community service with the U.S. Dream Academy. Both girls received scholarship money for their achievements.

Miss America's Outstanding Teen, the "little sister" to the Miss America Organization, is a scholarship-based program offering accomplished teens the opportunity to be awarded funds for college. The program promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America's teens. In the past four years, the organization has made available more than $3 million in college scholarships.

"Jasmine and Arianna are two perfect examples of what this country needs as the next America Idol. They are both academic leaders, community activists, and dedicated volunteers," said Kim Parrish, president of MAOT. "They are well-rounded teens and would set a shining example for other teens to follow. MAOT is proud of these two former contestants."

Both girls will continue on in the competition which can be seen nationally on FOX on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 8/7 Central.

For more information about MAOT, please visit MAOTeen website
For additional information about American Idol, please visit American Idol website

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