August 20, 2013


Orlando, FL - August 17, 2013 - Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen, Leah Sykes was crowned Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014 tonight in the Linda Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

This historic crowning moment marked her first steps on a journey that will take her across the country promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, community involvement and healthy living for our nation's youth.


She will travel the country speaking to audiences about her platform "Seeing Beyond Disabilities" and acting as the teen ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals, is the national platform of the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization.

Leah is a homeschooled student from Jacksonville, FL. Along with the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014, Leah won a $25,000 scholarship subsidized by the Rosen Centre Hotel to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Leah performed a Vocal to "Someone Like You" by Adele.

The first runner-up was Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen, Ashten Vincent who earned a $12,000 scholarship subsidized by Ronald Brouillette. Her talent performance was a Vocal and her personal platform is "S.E.R.V.E. - Students Encouraging and Recognizing Volunteer Efforts".

Second runner-up honors and a $8,000 scholarship subsidized by Princess Camp were awarded to Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen, Jessica Procter. Her talent was a Vocal performance, and her personal platform is "Each One, Reach One".

Third runner-up and winner of a $5,000 scholarship provided by Lynn Weidner, Mary Bocchicchio, US Dream Academy and Donna Bozarth was Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen, Tess Mandoli. Her talent was Piano and her personal platform is "National Diversity Alliance".


The fourth runner-up was Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen, Cassie Donegan who earned $2,000 scholarship subsidized by the Miss AOT Sorority. Her talent was a Vocal performance and her platform is "Promoting Arts Education".

Miss America's Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) is the "little sister" organization of the Miss America Scholarship Organization. This not-for-profit program has made available more than $4 million in college scholarships nationally to young women from 13 to 17 years of age.


Additional information about the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization can be found at

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