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Success 2018 Miss America’s
Outstanding Teen Jessica
Baeder is eager to embrace
every opportunity her new
Pageantry magazine: It’s so exciting to be able to
speak with you, since you had your national event
down here in our hometown of Orlando, Florida.
How was that experience for you?
Jessica Baeder: It was amazing. That whole week in
Orlando was just full of fun, but also a little stressful, but
that’s why the other contestants and I got so close. And
those are deﬁnitely friendships that I’ll hold on to for the
rest of my life.
PM: What memory still stands out as you were stand-
ing there center stage awaiting the announcement for
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen?
JB: Oh goodness, wow. I don’t remember much from that
moment because there was a lot of emotions and chaos, but
I was standing there with Miss Georgia’s Outstanding
Teen. She was actually the ﬁrst MAOTeen pageant sister
that I met in the organization, so it was pretty crazy to have
my ﬁrst friend in the system and going to nationals with
her and then it being us two standing there in the end.
PM: You’ve now joined the MAOTeen sisterhood. What
are you looking most forward to?
JB: I’m really looking forward to raising more awareness for
the organization and what it does for young women across
the country. It opens up so many scholarship opportunities,
and it’s also a personal development program that I don’t
think a lot of people understand. It helps young girls devel-
op their public speaking skills and their talents and their pas-
sions and it gets them involved in community service, and
I’m excited to do that. And I’m also excited to take my plat-
form to the national level and work with national organiza-
tions to end hunger in the country.