We want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen 2007, Jasmine Murray, who made it into the Top 13 on American Idol. She was radiant and truly represented this program with class and grace. After Jasmine completed her time on the show, she did a media tour where she got to be a guest on the Regis and Kelly Show and the Ellen Degeneres Show. We know this is just the beginning and we are looking forward to supporting Jasmine in all of her future endeavors!
Orlando, FL– March 23, 2009 – The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization announced today that Bill O’Dowd, Emmy-nominated producer and President of Dolphin Entertainment, accepted the invitation to join the MAOT Board of Directors.
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program is scholarship-based and allows young women to showcase their accomplishments and awards the most outstanding young women with college funds. The organization not only promotes scholastic achievement, but also community involvement, creative accomplishment, and healthy living.
Mr. O’Dowd founded Dolphin Entertainment in 1996, and it has since gone to become one of the leading independent producers of family programming. His experience spans wide genres of television and film, from movies and mini-series to sitcoms and drama series. Additionally, Dolphin Entertainment recently secured a $100 million film fund for an upcoming slate of six features, the first of which will be based on the highly inspirational true story of shark attack survivor and professional surfer Bethany Hamilton. O’Dowd also resides as CEO and Chairman of Dolphin Digital Media, a publicly-traded technology company dedicated to providing solutions for keeping children safer on the Internet. Mr. O’Dowd graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, has received a master’s degree in modern European History from Creighton University, and was named 1st-Team Academic All-American by USA Today while an undergraduate at Creighton.
“I’m pleased to welcome Bill O’Dowd to the MAOT Board of Directors,” said Donna Bozarth, Chairman of the Board. “His company works to promote wholesome programming for teens and tweens and also helps to educate everyone about the entertainment industry. We feel he’s doing an incredible service for teens and their families and are excited to have him join our team.”
Dolphin Entertainment has been involved with MAOT since 2008 and was last year’s talent sponsor. Additionally, MAOT and Dolphin Entertainment partnered together for a workshop series.
Mr. O’Dowd will join the MAOT Board of Directors consisting of 12 business leaders from various parts of the United States. The Chairwoman of the Board is Donna Bozarth of Orlando, Florida.
For more information about Bill O’Dowd and Dolphin Entertainment, please visit www.DolphinTalent.com.
More information about MAOT is available at www.MAOTeen.org.
Dolphin Entertainment, founded by Executive Producer Bill O’Dowd in 1996, is the world’s leading producer of children’s and young adult live-action programming including Primetime Emmy(r) Award nominated Nickelodeon hit series Zoey 101 as well as Nick’s top-rated Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. Other Executive Producer credits include Nickelodeon’s TV movie, Gym Teacher, and highly anticipated, first-ever musical, Spectacular!.
Congratulations to Hailey Ates, Miss AL OT, Julia Rae Schlucter, Miss PA OT, and Shannon Folsom, Miss ME OT for winning the LA Experience from Dolphin Entertainment and MAOT!
The LA Experience is a summer trip to Los Angeles where students gain an exclusive insider’s guide to the entertainment industry. We limit our trips to 12 families and guest speakers are comprised of our friends and colleagues who donate their time because of their shared commitment to encouraging the country’s most talented young performers. Students will get a chance to meet with a variety of individuals that play a crucial role in the industry including writers, producers, and directors. They will also have the unique chance to audition for and receive performance feedback from Executive Producer Bill O’Dowd and industry leading talent agents and casting directors. In previous years the LA Experience has had Sharon Lieblein, the head of casting for Nickelodeon, Joey Paul, who casts for Disney and Cindy Osbrink who represents Dakota Fanning. Finally, students will meet with actors and their parents to get a personal account of their experiences as they have transitioned into the industry and moved to Los Angeles.
If you would like to know more about it or register for the LA Experience, please visit www.DolphinTalent.com
Taylor was a special guest at
Miss America, Katie Stam’s Homecoming in Indiana!
She was also very busy in Orlando! She was able to participate in the Children’s Miracle Network festivities with Miss America. She also had the chance to go to Universal Studios and Give Kids the World. Taylor also visited our wonderful MAOT supporters in Orlando!
Taylor at Universal Studios!
Taylor and Julieanne Hough
(Dancing with the Stars Champion and country singer)
Taylor with Katie Stam and
a CMN Champion, Connor, from Australia
Taylor and Carl Dunn of Pageantry Magazine and
Taylor at Regalia with David Lang and Carry O’Neal
Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen 2008- Madyson Foster
Madyson Foster, Miss TN OT, has been volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House long before she ever decided to compete in MAOT. It was an easy choice when it came time to pick a platform. From January 2008 through May 2008, she decided to organize a volunteer program for her local school system and called it the Common Cents program. It collects spare change for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. The Care Mobile provides dental care for at-risk children that can’t receive dental care or just do not have insurance. The winning class at each school wins a Happy Meal Party sponsored by local McDonald restaurants. Also, her high school’s Beta Club helped out tremendously by counting the money and bringing the Happy Meals. She had an incredible turnout! Four schools participated: Blythe Bower Elementary, Mayfield Elementary, Arnold Elementary, and Cleveland High School. With all these schools combined, they raised over $1,500 just in spare change!
Madyson has also participated in several other activities with the Ronald McDonald House. For the past three years, she has been chosen to be the Vanna girl on Chattanooga’s Ronald McDonald House Telethon. Channel 9 also collaborated and it was broadcast on TV. She has also dressed up as Wonder Woman and Sully from Monsters Inc. at their Autumn Children’s Festival and also ran a makeup booth as Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen.
Being involved with the program has taught her to be self-confident, poised, fun, organized, and importantly to be herself and she said that the program will always stay close to her heart!
Great job Madyson!
Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen- Amanda Debus
The Delaware State Office of Volunteerism has announced that Amanda Debus is the recipient of The Governors Youth Volunteer Service Award in the area of Public Safety! Amanda is one of nineteen young adults chosen from throughout the state for her excellence in service to others. This award celebrates the volunteer efforts of Delaware’s youth, and includes the areas of community service, public safety, human needs, social justice advocacy, environmental, arts and culture, and education. Amanda is being recognized for her service to public safety in her efforts to educate children about fire safety and prevention. Although only a high school junior, Amanda serves as an active member of the Volunteer Hose Company in Middletown, Delaware. As Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2008, Amanda has been an advocate for her platform, “SAFETY: Safety and Fire Education for Today’s Youth.” Wearing her fire suit and crown, Amanda visits schools to educate youth about fire safety and prevention. Amanda is truly an authentic role model for children and an example to young girls that they can be whatever they choose to be!
Amanda was nominated by Mrs. Melanie Hatter. A valuable Miss Delaware volunteer, Melanie serves as Dressing Room “Mom” for the Miss Delaware and Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen Pageants. Melanie is an Accounting Specialist for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Amanda will be honored at an Awards Ceremony April 23 at Dover Downs Hotel. Amanda’s home school, Middletown High School, will also be recognized. Gov. Jack Markell will present the awards. The public is invited to attend. Registration begins at 4:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be served from 5:00-6:00. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 6:00 pm. Reservations are $25 per person. For a reservation form and more information, visit:www.volunteerdelaware.org
Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen- Julia Rae Schlucter
Julia just returned from Clearwater, FL where she was asked to sing the National Anthem for the Philadelphia Phillies, the 2008 World Series Champions! Julia had an amazing time and was able to meet several of the players and take pictures with pitcher Jamie Moyer and catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Check out her performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpDX6htM6qY
Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen – JoAnna Adkisson
In celebration on JoAnna’s 18th Birthday, she decided to throw a Birthday Book Bash at Border’s this past weekend. She signed autographs, shared birthday cake with customers, distributed information about the Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen program and the Children’s Miracle Network. As JoAnna anticipated turning 18, she knew that she wanted to celebrate in a way that was out of the ordinary and that would have a significant impact on the children that she has met during her year of service.
JoAnna said, “Having met so many wonderful children and families facing medical crisis this year I have seen first hand how confusing and frightening a hospital stay can be for them. I have learned that familiar experiences such as reading can be a great help in calming some of those issues. As I was anticipating turning 18 I knew that I wanted to celebrate in a way that was out of the ordinary and that would have a significant impact on those children.”
Much to JoAnna’s delight, customers came out in droves on Saturday and donated over 250 new books which JoAnna will present to Skylakes Medical Center Pediatric Unit and Oregon’s three Children’s Miracle Network hospitals!!
Happy Birthday JoAnna and Great Job!
Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen!
Congratulations to Meredith Gaufin, who recently was recognized as one of the 50 most fabulous people in Utah Valley. Here is what the magazine had to say about her:
“Outstanding” may be the official adjective used to describe Meredith Gaufin, but beautiful, talented, smart and giving would work just as well. Meredith, of Provo, was crowned Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen in October 2008.
The 17-year old attends Timpview High School where she is ranked No. 1 in her junior class of 474. She is on the Honor Roll, is a varsity cheerleader and a founding member of the Green Team, a recycling program at the school.
Meredith’s platform for the scholarship program centers on helping children with cancer in Utah. She has already raised more than $1,000 for the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation. The funds went to 90 families with children affected by cancer.
“I decided to raise money for the organization after one of my sister’s friends was diagnosed with cancer and I saw the toll that it took on her family,” says Meredith, who would like to be a pediatric oncologist.
Meredith plans to raise more money for the foundation at a summer luau and golf tournament. .
Elena LaQuatra, Miss PA OT 2007:
Elena was just named a Top 8 finalist in a national search for the new face of Chickdowntown, an upscale clothing boutique based in Pittsburgh that advertises nationally. Please vote for Elena to be the grand winner. You can only vote one time per day from each computer.
The link is: http://chickdowntown.com/tv/modelsearch.asp
The Tony Bowls Collection and Pageantry’s Prom Time Photogenic Competition: Vote for your favorite photo from the Tony Bowls photo shoot that took place in August 2008! Help your favorite 2008 titleholder win a new gown and prizes courtesy of Tony Bowls and MAOT.
The competition kicked off on March 1st and voting will be open throughout the month of March. You can vote for the 2008 state titleholder that is your choice for the most photogenic and who represented the Tony Bowls Collection the best during their photo shoots which took place last summer during the national competition. We will accept votes from the public and the winner will receive an extraordinary prize package sponsored by Tony Bowls and Pageantry magazine.
The last day of voting is March 31, 2009 11:59 EST.
The winner will receive:
- Tony Bowls dress
- Subscription to Pageantry Magazine
- Season ticket to the 2009 MAOT competition
- MAOT tote bag
- Publicity and promotion in our weekly email blasts
Tony Bowls, MAOT’s Official Evening Gown Designer, has provided cocktail dresses for the opening number of the MAOT competition for the past three years. Tony also sponsors the photo shoot for each contestant at the national pageant giving the state titleholder the chance to experience a professional photo shoot from a top designer and nationally known photographer.
Info on Tony Bowls can be found at: http://www.tonybowls.com/
Cast your vote at http://maoteen.org/vote/index.php
Don’t forget to purchase a photo of your favorite contestant!
You can buy a poster or photo cards of your favorite contestant in the Tony Bowls photos for only $55!!!
Princess Program! Deadline for discount entry fee is April 15th SAVE $50!!!
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen is now accepting applications for their mentoring program. Girls ages 6 to 12 are invited to join us in Orlando, Florida August 11- 15, 2009 for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen’s Princess Program.
Team up with a Miss America’s Outstanding Teen contestant and learn her secrets to success! Each Princess will be paired with a state representative!
Enjoy the spotlight as you take the stage in a high energy production number during the national pageant! The Princesses will have their own production number during the national Preliminary Show. They will also participate in other on-stage events.
Learn from a variety of experts and authors as we take you through courses designed just for you!
Laugh, giggle and have fun during a PJ party and fashion show!
Have lunch with Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen! Get your picture taken with Miss America!
An Early Registration discount is available online through April 15th. Don’t miss out! We’re limiting the number of Princesses we can accept!
See you in Orlando!
Pageant Season items on sale!
Get ready for pageant season with these helpful items from the MAOT Store!
For more items, go to www.maoteenstore.com
If you are interested in advertising in our program book, please contact Allison, Allison@maoteen.org, for more information!