Four local teens vie for crown.


    Nineteen contestants will vie for the title of Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2009 on Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. in the Centre for the Performing Arts at Sussex Central High School, Georgetown.
    Competing from the local area are Danielle Marshall, Valerie Lane, Chelsea Huang and Nikki Laws.
    Middletown resident Amanda Debus, Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2008, will have the honor of crowning the winner.
    The Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen is the sister pageant to the Miss Delaware Scholarship Pageant, and is an affiliate of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and Miss America Organizations, respectively. The winner will represent Delaware at the 2010 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in August in Orlando, Fla. 
    The pageant theme this year is “Rhythm Reigns” featuring the music of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and the Jackson Five. The pageant will spotlight Debus, and the 19 2009 Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen contestants.
    Special guests include Galen Giaccone, Miss Delaware 2008, who was a Top 15 Finalist and Preliminary Talent Award Winner at the recent Miss America 2009 Pageant; Aimee Voshell String, Miss Delaware 1996 and Pageant Emcee; Carly Economos, Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2005; Chelsea Betts, Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2006; Michelle Bennett-Buglio, Miss New Castle County 2005; and The Hockessin Dance Team. The pageant is produced and directed by Alison White, Miss Delaware 1997, and choreographed by Michelle Bennett-Buglio, Miss New Castle County 2005.
    The 19 contestants, hailing from towns throughout the state, are between the ages of 13 and 17 and will compete in the areas of Private Interview, Talent Presentation, Evening Gown, On-Stage Question, and Physical Fitness.
    Tickets are available now and are reserved seating only. Ticket prices are $30, $25 and $20 and may be purchased in advance by contacting Laurie VanSciver at (302) 249-9370 or LVanSciver2005@msn.com. A “Ticket Reservation Form,” with mailing instructions, is also available at www.MDOTeen.org.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for ticket sales; theater doors will open at 2 p.m.