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Reigning pageant winner has ties to Mt. Pleasant

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Nicole Carney of Cranberry Township, the reigning Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. United States and Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania, will crown a new state pageant winner on Saturday at the 2013 Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania Pageant at the Edwin S. Porter Theater in Connellsville.

On Saturday, a national pageant winner with ties to Mt. Pleasant will be back in the local spotlight.

Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. United States 2012 Nicole Carney will help crown a new winner at the 2013 Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania pageant at the Edwin S. Porter Theater in Connellsville.

Carney — a 15-year-old resident of Cranberry Township — has served as an ambassador for the Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival's “Queens for a Cause” program over the past year as the 2012 Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania 2012.

T.E.E.N. stands for “Teens Exemplifying Excellence Nationally.”

Carney was instrumental in the Queens for a Cause 2012 service project, “Snacks for Soldiers.”

She presented the group with the idea and the Spirit Queens and their mothers were responsible for packaging 50 large snack bags along with handmade cards for the American soldiers in Afghanistan.

In addition, she attended the 2012 Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival Pageant as visiting royalty and spent time greeting the contestants and assisting with the pageant.

Carney represented Pennsylvania at the national Jr. T.E.E.N. pageant in Houston under the direction of world-renowned hair and make-up artist, Gaspar Cruz.

She competed in various phases of competition during her one week stay there, including: gown, interview, and casual wear modeling competitions.

Carney won awards for best interview and best gown.

The national title has afforded her the opportunity to travel across America representing the Jr. T.E.E.N. system. Carney will be making an appearance at Saturday's pageant where she will be crowning her state successor.

The state pageant will be crowning a total of eight queens Saturday.

Winners will range from newborn through age 26, including: Miss Pennsylvania Intercontinental (ages 18-26); Miss T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania (ages 15-18); Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania (ages 12-14); and Princess Divisions of Young Miss (ages 10-12); Little Miss (ages 7-9); Mini Miss (ages 4-6); Toddler (ages 2-3); and Baby (ages newborn-1).

The Princess Divisions are judged on casual wear, formal wear and personality.

The Miss and T.E.E.N. divisions are judged on evening gown presentation, swimwear, and interview.

The Jr. T.E.E.N. contestants are judged on formal wear, casual wear modeling and interview.

Carney is excited to crown the next Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania along with her sister queens Miss Pennsylvania Intercontinental, Dessie Mitcheson from Apollo and Miss T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania Kailey Verbickey from Johnstown.

She is the daughter of Bob and Julie Carney.

The 2013 Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania Pageant will be held under the directorship of state director Leigh Langgle and contestant coordinator Lisa Wood.

The pageant begins at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the pageant website.

For more information, visiting the website at or by calling Langgle at 724-689-4795.