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Accent on Achievement American Pageants welcomed a bevy of intelligent, poised, and beautiful young women to the Sunshine State O rlando, Florida, the City Beautiful welcomed the most academically-gifted, poised, and com- munity service-oriented young women from across the country in their quest for one of the five coveted crowns of American Pageants, for- merly known as Miss Teen of America. The Miss Teen of America Scholarship and Recognition Pageant was found- ed in 1983 by Mr. Warren Alexander, a former educator and pageant director, and designed to help America’s youth reach their full potential. In 2017, the Miss Teen of Amer- 110 PAGEANTRY ica Organization rebranded as American Pageants to in- clude additional age divisions: Little Miss of America (ages 7-9), Young Miss of America (ages 10-12), Junior Miss of America (ages 13-15), Miss Teen of America (ages 16-18), and Miss of America (19-26). In other words, Orlando had just welcomed another major attraction to its impressive cornucopia of must-see events. With its Accent on Achievement, all delegates compet- ed in the requisite competitions of Judge’s Interview (25%) and Personality Projection & Poise in Evening Wear (15%). The delegates of American Pageants’ youngest di- visions would also be judged in the categories of Scholas- tic Record (30%) and School Activities & Community Service (30%), while competing for the National Titles of Little Miss of America and Young Miss of America. Within the divisions of Junior Miss of America, Miss Teen of America, and Miss of America, 15% of the final score was awarded through each of the following categories: Scholastic (and/or Professional) Record, Service &