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Pageant Success Tips from Miss America's Outstanding Teen
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How you prepare for your next competition can either make or break you as a pageant contestant. Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014, Leah Sykes, about what it takes to win over the judges and find success at your next pageant! Leah will share her down-to-earth advice about impressing the judges during both your personal interview and onstage competition. Plus, David Hatfield of Studio D Photography will share his tips on how you can get a winning headshot that impresses the judges before you even walk in the room. It’s an episode that will leave you better prepared to find success at your next pageant!
Episode Segments:
Pageant Talk Radio: Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014 Leah Sykes

Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014 Leah Sykes shares her tips on how to prepare for your state or national competition. She'll give you the inside scoop so you can be totally pageant fab!
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Pageant Talk Radio: Studio D's David Hatfield

Leading pageant photographer David Hatfield tells Valerie how to get that perfect pageant headshot during your next photoshoot.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Leah Sykes
On Saturday, August 17, 2013, Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen, Leah Sykes was crowned Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014 in the Linda Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. This historic crowning moment marked her first steps on a journey that will take her across the country promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, community involvement and healthy living for our nation's youth. She will travel the country speaking to audiences about her platform "Seeing Beyond Disabilities" and acting as the teen ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals, is the national platform of the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization. Leah is a homeschooled student from Jacksonville, FL. Along with the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014, Leah won a $25,000 scholarship subsidized by the Rosen Centre Hotel to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Leah performed a Vocal to "Someone Like You" by Adele. She has competed in the Junior Olympics and has her own foundation that strives to provide equal opportunities for disabled children and teens.

Miss America's Outstanding Teen

Dave Hattfield
An award winning photographer, Dave Hatfield has been actively involved in photography for over 35 years. Published nationally, his initial interests were in wildlife, fine art, and landscape photography. For the last 5 years, along with his daughter, Laine Berry of “The Royal We”, he has been providing cutting edge headshots for young women involved in the pageant world through his latest photographic venture, “Studio D Imaging” located in Conway, Arkansas.

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