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RHS student is crowned Miss Teen Vermont International

RUTLAND - It came as a big surprise for 15-year-old Rutland High School student Taylor Hough-the friendly, goal-oriented young woman was thrilled when she heard the big news that she was crowned Miss Teen Vermont International recently. It's an honor to be crowned for this teen pageant, a pageant that stresses character and smarts over the usual pageant kitsch.

To travel the long road to the ultimate crowning event of the Miss Teen International contest, Hough will be busy during the next few months. Then, she will head to Chicago, Ill., in July to compete at the gala national pageant for the title of Miss Teen International.

For any Miss Teen contestant heading to Chicago this summer, the areas of competition are designed to help weed out the major players from the others. So, far, Taylor Hough looks like a star. This winter, the RHS student has remained focused on her personal competition platform titled "Rising above a Disability".

Most parents and teachers will tell you there is plenty of negative news reported about today's youth. But there are far more positive news stories to tell about contemporary teens that don't make it to the headlines. That's why Miss Teen International, an organization based in Roanoke, Va., was developed as a positive means to promote today's young women, ages 13-18, and their many in-school and after-school accomplishments.

The Miss Teen International 2010 competition will be held July 22-24 at the Northshore Center for the Performing Arts in Chicago. This event will give Hough the opportunity to learn about customs and family life in other countries along with the chance to share her beliefs and make plenty of new friends during the entire week of activities leading up to two exciting nights of competition. Prizes and scholarships will be awarded to the winning contestant.

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