081213 Kenya Welch of Franklin Competing in Outstanding Teen Pageant (218 w/ 1 col Kenya) w photo

FRANKLIN — Kenya Welch, 16, of Franklin, will be among fifty-two of the country's most talented, bright and beautiful young women, ages 13 to 17, in Orlando, FL to compete in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) competition, the "little sister" to Miss America.

The competition will take place August 13-17 at the Linda Chapin Theater inside the Orange County Convention Center.

Promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America's teens, the MAOTeen contestants will be judged on personal interview, talent, evening wear, lifestyle & fitness in active wear, and on-stage question.

Welch, a senior at Franklin High School, will be performing a contemporary dance for the talent portion of the MAOTeen competition. She is promoting "Empowering Children to Make Healthier Choices" as a platform issue throughout her year of service as Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen 2013.

The contestants will be in Orlando from Saturday, August 10 through Saturday, August 17 for rehearsals and activities surrounding the pageant. They will visit Dave and Busters on Sunday, August 11 and Medieval Times on Monday, August 12. They will also participate in events such as the

star-studded Evening of Stars Extravaganza and the MAOTeen College Fair, both to be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, and will have several opportunities to train with professionals in the pageant and entertainment fields.



Kenya Welch (Courtesy photo)