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Miss Three Rivers & Outstanding Teen Pageant Winners Talk to WFFT

Every year dozens of young women compete for the title of Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen. The pageant is organized under the Miss America Organization.
"I walked into that pageant just hoping to place. I knew I would be one of the younger contestants." - Lauren Butler, Miss Three Rivers
Every year dozens of young women compete for the title of Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen.  The pageant is organized under the Miss America Organization, which is the largest provider of scholarship to women in the world.

Earlier this year WFFT's Audra Streetman had the opportunity to judge the Miss Three Rivers Festival here in Fort Wayne.  The 2 ladies crowned from the pageant will have the opportunity to compete in the Miss Indiana Pageant this June.

"I walked into that pageant just hoping to place.  I knew I would be one of the younger contestants", says Lauren Butler who was crowned Miss Three Rivers Festival in October.  The 18 year old says she dreams of one day making a broadway debut.

"I do all of it, tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and musical theater."

Maddie Bryan was crowned Miss Three Rivers Outstanding Teen.  Lauren and Maddie have both been dancing since they were 5 and plan to take their talents with them to the Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen Pageant in June.

"I've just kind of grown up with the Miss Indiana Organization and I've always looked up to the girls so that's what inspired me to get involved."

The morning of the competition, a panel of judges interview each contestant.  The girls come prepared with a platform involving a charity, cause, or issue that's important to them.

"Sports and extracurricular activities have been such a big impact of my life and have really sculpted me into who I am so I think that's what's really important."

Lauren and Maddie will make a number of appearances throughout the year, including the Three Rivers Festival in July.
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