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Thursday, December 29, 2011

MISS TEEN USA 2012 CONTESTANT - Alexandra Plotz (Illinois)

Name
Alexandra Plotz
Age
17
Hometown
Geneva, Illinois
Previous experience
Non-finalist 2011

Biography

Alex is 17 years old and lives in Geneva, Illinois. She is the daughter of Kelli and Rick Plotz. Alex is a senior at Rosary High School in Aurora where she has participated in the Spanish Club, the school newspaper and the Go Green Club. Alex has been a member of the cheer squad for Marmion Academy in Aurora for the past four years. During her tenure as one of their cheerleaders, she was honored to have been elected and serve as Co-Captain of both the JV squad and the Varsity squad. Alex will continue her education by attending college in the upcoming fall.

In her spare time when she is not studying, Alex is actively involved with community service. She feels that giving back to her community and others is one the greatest rewards one can receive. Fox Valley Special Recreation Association and Feed My Starving Children are a few of the many organizations where she has donated her time.


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MISS TEEN USA 2012 CONTESTANT - Kimberly Layne (Idaho)

Name
Kimberly Layne
Age
18
Hometown
Nampa, Idaho
Previous experience
None

Biography

Kim, who is Filipino & Irish, is a senior this year at Skyview High School in Nampa, Idaho. She is the National Honor Society president and member of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and Idaho Drug Free Youth. In the summer of 2010, Kim traveled to Orlando, Florida, with a HOSA team and competed in the HOSA Bowl, a game show competition designed to test a wide array of knowledge over health care in general. Nationally, they placed 6th in the country and was one of the top ranking Idaho teams ever in that event.

Aside from clubs, Kim is an athlete in track and field and takes advantage of concurrent enrollment programs through colleges and AP classes. This year alone she is studying Literature, Calculus, Organic Chemistry, and Physics while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Kim also enjoys volunteering in her community at the Salvation Army and the Canyon County Animal Shelter throughout the school months. On summer mornings, you'll most likely find her tutoring during the summer school program at the middle school she attended several years ago. In her free time, she likes to kick it and hang out with her best friends, adventure out to new places to eat, workout, and attend her school's sports events. A couple talents that Kim has been working on are her drawing abilities and guitar playing.

Some of the most important figures in Kim's life are her parents who have instilled within her a blunt determination to face any adversity in life, and the war veterans who have sacrificed their homes, families, and security, all so that we can maintain our own. After high school, Kim will continue with her education at a university most likely on the west coast. With a major in animal science or engineering, she hopes to later attend a school of veterinary medicine so that she can combine her love of animals, science, and medicine into a rewarding career benefiting not only animals but humans and society as well.


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MISS TEEN USA 2012 CONTESTANT - Carissa Becker (Iowa)

Name
Carissa Becker
Age
17
Hometown
Waterloo, Iowa
Previous experience
1st runner-up 2011

Biography

Carissa resides in Waterloo and is currently a senior at Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville. She has both an older and younger sister and younger brother. She has been touring colleges and is still undecided on her college choice, but is currently planning on a major centering on dietetics, nutrition, or exercise science, with a minor in Spanish.

In high school, she is a high honor role student and is currently the Yearbook Editor, Student Council Vice President, and National Honor Society Secretary/Treasurer. She also started 'Volunteer Wednesdays' so students could have an opportunity to volunteer in the community the first two Wednesdays of every month. She played Varsity volleyball and has been a State Speech Qualifier every year. Outside of school, she participated for many years in club volleyball with USA Volleyball and enjoys volunteering in the community. In her free time, she loves to play ping-pong; the card game ÔPhase 10Õ; work out; travel; hang out with her boyfriend, Carson; and watch her favorite TV series 'The Office'.

Carissa has been involved in many volunteer activities throughout her high school years. She volunteered at the information desk at Covenant Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity, and many, many service activities as part of the schoolÕs campus ministry and Bosco Service Club. She was selected to be in Teen Trust, a teen philanthropic group which is given the responsibility to select how to disperse $10,000 of donated monies to various non-profits who apply for consideration. Because of her various services to the community she was recognized with the Cedar Valley MayorÕs Top Teen Award and was fortunate to receive the Mother Moon Service Scholarship as well.


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MISS TEEN USA 2012 CONTESTANT - Katie Taylor (Kansas)

Name
Katie Taylor
Age

Hometown
Olathe, Kansas
Previous experience
3rd runner-up 2011

Biography



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MISS TEEN USA 2012 CONTESTANT - Marlee Henry (Louisiana)

Name
Marlee Henry
Age
18
Hometown
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Previous experience
Top 10 2011

Biography

Marlee Ann Henry is the 18 year-old daughter of Mike and Alecia Henry. She has two older siblings Nic and Corren, 22 and 21 respectively. Marlee graduated from Lacassine High School and now attends McNeese State University where she is studying nursing. She is involved in Rotaract, a nonprofit society that strives to serve the community, and is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity. Marlee works closely with her sororityÕs philanthropic organization, the ChildrenÕs Miracle Network, along with Colors for a Cause. She hopes to raise awareness for Melanoma and to remind everyone about the importance of sunscreen. She also wants to visit schools to speak about bullying, peer pressure, and to help young girls around Louisiana find confidence in their own skin.

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MISS TEEN USA 2012 CONTESTANT - Molly Fitzpatrick (Maine)

Name
Molly Fitzpatrick
Age
16
Hometown
Cumberland, Maine
Previous experience
None

Biography

Molly is a junior at Greely High School in Cumberland Maine. She am very involved in her school and community. She has been a class officer for two years at Greely High School and will continue in this role next year. She am also in Spanish club, community service club, and on the Prom Committee. This past summer she volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She plays soccer, runs indoor and outdoor track, plays rugby, played lacrosse for 7 years, and has been a competition Irish Dancer for 10 years. She has two sisters and one brother who she loves and supports with everything they do. Her grandfather always used to say "Family is Everything", and that is something she believes in strongly. She is also someone who believes in the importance of helping people other people. She cares a lot about others and has high hopes for making a difference in the world we live in.


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MISS TEEN USA 2012 CONTESTANT - Stephanie Chervenkov (Maryland)

Name
Stephanie Chervenkov
Age
17
Hometown
Bel Air, Maryland
Previous experience
Top 15 2011

Biography

Stephanie is a 17-year-old senior at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, where she is an honors student and involved in the National Art Honors Society. Stephanie was born and raised in Maryland to Bulgarian parents, the reason she speaks fluent Bulgarian. At school, she has taken French and Russian language classes and hopes to become fluent in both languages as well.

Stephanie's hobbies include visual arts which she enjoys both at school and in her free time. Photography and drawing are some of Stephanie's favorite forms of art. In 2009, she won an annual school-wide Christmas card contest. Visiting museums, exploring art galleries, and going to musicals are activities she enjoys to do. Stephanie exercises daily and one of her favorite forms of exercise is yoga; she feels it gives her both mental and physical strength. She volunteers at local places like AnnaÕs house and Eden Mill Nature Center. Stephanie will continue her education by attending one of the many wonderful colleges in her state of Maryland this coming fall.

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MISS TEEN USA 2012 CONTESTANT - Jordyn Jagolinzer-Machado (Massachusetts)

Name
Jordyn Jagolinzer-Machado
Age
16
Hometown
Seekonk, Massachusetts
Previous experience
1st runner-up 2011

Biography

Jordyn Jagolinzer-Machado, 16, from Seekonk, Massachusetts is a junior at St. Mary Academy - Bay View in Providence, Rhode Island - the same school Danielle Lacourse (RI USA 07) attended. She is an honors student in the AP Program with a 4.2 GPA. Her goal is to graduate in the top ten percent of her high-school class and attend the college of her choice where she'll receive a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She'd love to one day be on the Today Show or E! Jordyn is actively involved in her school community. She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball team, the Sailing team and is a member of the Peer Ministry group. She has received the President's Award for Educational Achievement, the Community Service Citizenship Award and has been nominated twice for the People-to-People Ambassador program.

Jordyn began volunteering at a very young age in honor of family members with different diseases. Organizations close to her heart include the New England Organ Bank and the Greater New England: National MS Society. She grew to have a passion for helping others and became increasingly involved with a variety of organizations. Having volunteered over 700 hours, she was honored with a citation from former Governor Romney & the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in recognition of her work and accomplishments. She has been teaching fourth-grade catechism classes at her church for two years and believes that in order to have a strong future you need to build a belief of oneself in younger generations of children in order to ensure their success.

As well as placing 1RU at Miss Massachusetts Teen USA last year, Jordyn was also first runner-up at Miss Massachusett's Outstanding Teen 2010.

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