MARION -- Peyton Newman, 16, of Vernon Hills, was crowned Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen Friday night. She will move on to compete for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen in Orlando, Florida this July.
"I am completely shocked -- it hasn't hit me yet," said Newman of her win. "I'm really looking forward to expanding my platform and going to Miss America's Outstanding Teen in Orlando."
Newman, who competed as Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen, performed a vocal rendition of "Benny and the Jets."
"The incredible talent on stage tonight made for a tough decision by our judges" said Ashley Hatfield, Executive Director of the Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization. "We can't wait to spend the next year with Peyton and see her compete in Orlando."
Five additional young women were awarded runner-up positions:
• First Runner-Up: Victoria Shore, Miss Southern Illinois' Outstanding Teen
• Second Runner-Up: Imani Muse, Miss Northern Suburbs' Outstanding Teen
• Third Runner-Up: Morgan Hollon, Miss East Central's Outstanding Teen
• Fourth Runner-Up: Laila Haley, Miss Quad Cities' Outstanding Teen
• Fifth Runner-Up: Bella Rose, Miss Central Illinois' Outstanding Teen from Gibson City
Founded in 2005, Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Inc. has become one of the top scholarship providers for teen girls in the United States. Each year, MAOTeen, along with its state and local organizations, makes available millions in cash and tuition assistance. This assistance is not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America's Outstanding Teen, but is available to thousands of young women who compete at the national, state and local competitions, as well.
Learn more about Miss Illinois, a preliminary competition to Miss America, and Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen by visiting us online at www.missillinois.org.