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miss teen america 2017

ciana pelekai

I’m so excited to be crowned as your 2017 Miss Teen America, which was the perfect gift and once in a lifetime opportunity…  For an island girl coming from the west side of Waianae, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, I feel so honored and privileged to be blessed with this amazing journey.  There are no words to describe my emotions and enthusiasm for the many experiences I will gain throughout my reign.  I can’t wait for the exciting journey ahead!
I’m currently a senior and honor student at Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Go Rams! I participate in several extracurricular activities in school, such as Bowling, Choir, and representing my school in a statewide talent competition.  Being the team captain for our bowling team has helped me develop my leadership skill and confidence that has helped me grow as a person. In college, I plan to pursue musical theater and represent my beautiful state with pride.
I’m excited to share my platform called “Sing Your Song.” It’s not about being able to succeed in music, instead it’s about being “your own voice”, having the courage to achieve your goals in life and not giving up. Whether it’s music, sports, or anything you are passionate about; don’t let others influence your decisions.  My personal life experiences motivated me to create this platform.  Singing is my passion… I want to help empower others to overcome personal challenges and obstacles such as bullying.  I love to make people smile and encourage them to follow their dreams. I enjoy giving back and participating in various community events, such as Hawaii Food Bank and Toys for Tots.  One of those most recent memorable events was working with Make a Wish Foundation Hawaii and helping to grant Jack his wish.   It was gratifying to see the biggest smile on this little boy's face.  I am ready to start this wonderful adventure and can’t wait to make a difference in people's lives by being a great representative and role model. 

Mahalo to the Miss Teen America Program for this amazing opportunity!  I am honored to be Miss Teen America 2017 and humbled for the experience ahead. This is going to be a fun year and I can’t wait! If you want to know more about Miss Teen America, please follow my Facebook page at Miss Teen America, Instagram @missteenamericaofficial, and Snapchat at missteenamerica.
Aloha and don’t forget to sign up for Miss Teen America 2018 for an experience of a lifetime!

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