Miss Teen USA Report
July 30, 2010
MISS TEEN USA WRAP-UP
Sunday was getaway day as it was all aboard the taxis to Nassau Airport and then to all parts of the United States. But as everyone was sad to leave paradise it was clear a fun weekend was had by one and all. Our Florida Teen USA Camp had a mid afternoon flight back to Lake City as everyone was very proud of their efforts. Our Miss Florida Teen USA Sydney Martinez was tired but good spirits as she got to dress casually again as she concludes the competitive part of her journey. It was also great to wish our new Miss Teen USA Logan West and her parents a wonderful year as we caught her catching a Jet Blue flight to New York.
POST PAGEANT STAGE
Miss Teen USA 2012, Logan West poses for photos following the 2012 Miss Teen USA Show
at ATLANTIS, Paradise Island, Bahamas on Saturday, July 28, 2012 / Miss Teen
USA 2012, Logan West, poses for photos with Miss Teen USA 2011, Danielle Doty
Miss USA 2012, Olivia Culpo; Miss Teen USA 2012, Logan West; and Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes / Miss Teen USA 2012,
Logan West, poses for photos with the Miss Teen USA 2012 Judges, Maruchi Santana, Dara A. Busch, Stefan Campbell, David Knapp, Tanya Zuckerbrot, and Tami Ferrell
Miss Teen USA 2012, Logan West, poses for photos with runners up Miss Ohio Teen USA 2012, Kendall McKnight Fein;
Miss Michigan Teen USA 2012, Courtney Pizzimenti; Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2012, Elizabeth Sabatino;
and Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2012, Jessica Lee Morgan
MEET MISS TEEN USA 2012
Logan West, a 17-year old from Southington, was crowned the 2012 Miss Teen USA Saturday night, defeating 15 other finalists from across the country in a competition held in the Bahamas. West, who in 2010 was named Connecticut's Outstanding Teen, is the first contestant from the Nutmeg State to land a win at the Miss Teen USA Pageant. She will spend the next year alongside Miss USA Olivia Culpo, of Rhode Island, and Miss Universe 2012, who has not yet been crowned. "I've never met a challenge that I could not beat," said West in an interview with the Miss Universe Organization. "Whenever I hear the words 'you can't' I repeat the words 'yes, I can!'" West, who recently graduated from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, hopes to pursue a degree in dance at Pace University in New York. The young woman also said she would like to pursue a law degree that would allow her to practice family law and advocate on behalf of children in divorce cases, according to the Miss Universe Organization.
When she was in middle school, the then 16-year-old West, in an interview with The Courant, said she had been ruthlessly bullied. "I was punched; I was kicked. There was one time I was waiting for my bus when it was raining outside. [The bully] and her friends stabbed me with umbrellas," West said. "I was spat at. I was so embarrassed by the situation that I didn't want to say anything." So she didn't. For months West kept the bullying to herself, hoping it would go away. But after getting suspended for responding to one of the bullies' threats by throwing rice, West created "Bully Proof: Empowering Children Today to Prevent Bullying Tomorrow." The five step program works to empower student leaders and to prevent bullying at schools throughout the state. West said her pageant victories have helped to push along her platform by visiting schools and speaking openly about bullying.
FLORIDA IN THE AUDIENCE
The island was full of pageantry and thought you might enjoy these pictures of a fun filled Saturday night as we head into the audience at Miss Teen USA. Now itís full speed ahead as Miss Florida Teen USA 2013 begins this September and starts the pursuit as we seek next years representative on the Atlantis Stage.
Mrs. Ewald and Mrs. Lewis waved the Florida banner
The Martinez family prior to Fridayís competition
The Gibbonís family ventured to Nassau to show some Florida love
Natalie Martinez, Ms. Brez and Amber Jackson (Miss Tallahassee USA 2013) during intermission /
Team Florida USA 2012