Tianna Golliglee, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School, has been named Miss Northern Gila County Teen USA 2003.
Golliglee, who won the crown Sept. 21, is one of 70 finalists chosen from a field of 600 who will compete for the Miss Teen Arizona 2003 title Nov. 17 in Phoenix. The competition was based on a personal interview, evening gown competition and physical fitness.
The winner of the state title will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and other prizes, and will then compete in the internationally televised Miss Teen USA pageant in August 2003.
Golliglee, whose interests include writing poetry and playing soccer and other competitive sports, said the D.A.R.E. program, Payson Youth Organization and other local youth programs have had a major impact on her life.
"Advancing in the pageant will give me opportunities to promote activities that will benefit children and young adults all over Arizona," she said.
Golliglee hopes to study marine biology in college.
The Miss Teen USA pageant was founded in 1952 and is intended to showcase young ladies, in their roles as students and community volunteers, who have a "flair and commitment uncommonly found elsewhere," according to Connie Bottiglione, state pageant director.