California Teen-ager Chosen Miss Teenage America
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jennifer Kissick of Carlsbad, Calif., was chosen the 28th Miss Teenage America on Tuesday night in the seaside community of Marina del Rey.
Kimberly N. Tucker, 17, of Birmingham, Ala., was named runner-up among 12 finalists in an event hosted by television actress Khyrstyne Haje, star of ABC’s ″Head of the Class.″ The 12 were chosen from 10,000 entries nationwide.
Miss Kissick, 17, receives a $15,000 college scholarship and complete wardrobe from K Mart.
The contestants were judged on their scholastic achievements, general awareness, individual accomplishments, community service, poise and appearance. The winner was determined by a week of interviews prior to the pageant and on her poise in on-stage interviews during the pageant.
″The program is not a beauty pageant or a talent contest, rather it’s an achievement program which recognizes outstanding young women between ages 13 and 18,″ said contest spokesman Marc Powell.
She will have her own monthly column in ’Teen Magazine, which is the chief sponsor for the contest, and make personal appearances to speak on issues important to teen-agers.
The other finalists were: Candace Adams, 16, of Ralls, Texas; Michele Renee Allen, 17, Roanoake, Va.; Tracy Leigh Bondy, 16, Toledo, Ohio; Trina Clark, 16, Bellingham, Wash.; Samantha Harris, 15, Hopkins, Minn.; Virginia Baker Norton, 17, Jacksonville, Fla., Holly Rouse, 16, Hornersville, Mo.; Dawn Wade, 16, Goleta, Calif.; Deirdre Dianne Walusis, 15, Youngstown, Ohio; Tracy Wong, 16, Springfield, Va.