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Milo teen vies for Miss Maine crown

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 33, August 14, 2002

MILO This fall, Penquis Valley High School student Melissa Miller will be travelling to South Portland to participate in the Miss Maine Teen USA Pageant.

Miller, who was chosen to participate after submitting an application and several pictures, will compete for $150,000 in scholarship money.

She said the whole opportunity started when she saw an ad for a modeling agency in Seventeen magazine.

"I saw the ad and sent my picture in," she said. 'They sent my picture to the pageant agency."

Although she confesses that she is a little nervous about the November competition, she said she's also happy about the chance to compete.

"I was really excited and surprised when they called," she said.

"I definitely want to say 'thank you' to the whole town of Milo," said the 16-year-old.

Miller, a junior at PVHS, is a member of the school track team and the relay team that has broken the school record several times. After high school graduation, she said she is considering heading to the University of Maine at Orono to pursue a degree in nursing.

Miller explained that even after she found out she had been chosen for the Portland pageant, she wasn't sure if she'd be able to attend because entry fees are close to $700.

But, thanks to support from people and organizations all over Milo, Miller will be heading off to the event, hoping to see what other opportunities might open up for her in the modeling field. She said she was surprised by how willing people were to help with this chance.

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