She will represent Massachusetts at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.
The teen pageant is the younger-sister event in the Miss America Organization. The pageant is for girls ages 13-17 years.
Ayanian, 15, is a resident of Burlington who attends Burlington High School, according to the pageant website.
The high school junior plays the piano. Her pageant platform is “"Food is Not a Privilege – It is a Right: Fighting Hunger Today."
She has been active in pageants for at least five years.
She was the winner in the acting category at the 2007 National American Miss Massachusetts Jr. Pre-Teen Pageant; and also the winner in the acting category at the 2008 National Miss Massachusetts Teen Pageant.
She was first runner-up at the 2012 Miss Massachusetts’ Outstanding Teen Pageant.
The national pageant is scheduled for Aug. 9-18 in Orlando, Fla.
The pageant was established in 2005 to make scholarships available to winning contestants.
"The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has also established community-based initiatives and mentoring programs aimed at helping our nation’s youth build character and gain the skills necessary for success in the real world," according to national pageant officials. "In partnership with committed adult volunteers, community and business leaders, as well as participants from the national competition, the Organization continues to implement programs aimed at helping young people develop strong values, leadership skills, social conscience, self-worth and conviction about their own potential."