2011 Teen Winner, Melanie Shaner (Kansas)
America’s U.S. Teen ~ Melanie Shaner, age 14 • Overland Park, KS
I am so thankful to have this opportunity! Not very many teens my age get this chance to represent the country and I am so happy that I can do it along with all of my sister queens – I could never have asked for more! There are so many new things that I get to do this year. It is going by pretty fast but I have enjoyed every minute of it. I am also excited for all of the opportunities to come.
My favorite memory of pageant weekend was meeting all of the girls. I think that the most important part of pageant weekend is meeting as many people as you can and having fun, whether you win the title or not!
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re usually right.” –Henry Ford
Of course I want to grow up, get into a good college, and later get a job. But beyond that, I believe that it is important for me to not be afraid to take risks. I don’t want to have any regrets, and by stepping outside of my comfort zone I believe it is the key to becoming successful in life.