A St. Louis teen will represent Missouri at the Miss America’s 2014 Outstanding Teen Pageant. Charlee Bisch was crowned Miss Missouri’s new Outstanding Teen on Friday after pageant competition in Mexico, Missouri.
The teen pageant is the younger-sister competition to the Miss America contest. Contestants are ages 13-17 years.
Bisch was the reigning Miss Metro St. Louis’ Outstanding Teen at the time of her crowning at the state pageant. Her pageant talent is as a vocalist.
As state titleholder, Bisch will help promote the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals, which donates millions of dollars to assist children’s hospitals and health programs. She will also promote her personal platform, “It’s as Easy as AIR: Accept, Include, Respect.”
The anti-bullying theme has become a popular platform at pageants throughout the United States. Pageant winners often travel to schools and special events to stress the importance of treating others with respect.
This was her fourth bid to be crowned Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen. Last year, she was first runner-up; and earned the Cindy Baker Spirit and Service Award.
The national pageant is scheduled for July 29-Aug. 2 in Orlando, Florida. If she wins the competition, she will become the first Missouri contestant to wear the national crown. The current top spot from her state is Miss Missouri’s Oustanding Teen 2008 Sydnee Stottlemyre, who finished as fourth runner-up at the national pageant.
Since it was founded in 2005, the national teen pageant has made available $5 million in scholarships and cash, according to pageant officials. The winner receives $30,000 in scholarship money.
The reigning Miss America’s Outstanding Teen is Leah Sykes. She was crowned in Orlando last year after winning the title of Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen.