Meet the teens creating change in your area. Connect with them to join their fight.


They are among the brightest young women in our state and doing admirable work every day.  In addition to focusing on excelling academically, each Outstanding Teen is volunteering her time in the community around her fighting for a cause of her choice.  They are winning scholarships towards their own self improvement through higher education while further developing their skills of advocacy .  They are the movers and shakers of their community. They are the leaders of tomorrow.


 
LAURYN WHITFIELD Upstate New York's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Dance Platform: G.E.M.S (Girls Empowered Motivated and Shining): A Pathway to Confidence

Miss New York's Outstanding Teen 2017

ASIA HICKMAN

 

New York's Outstanding Teen
Class of 2017

 

 
ARLENA OCCHIPINTI Copper City's Outstanding Teen Talent: Dance Platform: Love Your Selfie #NoFilterNecessary

ARLENA OCCHIPINTI

Copper City's Outstanding Teen

Talent: Dance

Platform: Love Your Selfie #NoFilterNecessary

MELANIE ALMENAS Queens' Outstanding Teen Talent: Liturgical Dance Platform: Break the Mold, Learn to Code

MELANIE ALMENAS

Queens' Outstanding Teen

Talent: Liturgical Dance

Platform: Break the Mold, Learn to Code

EMILY ERTZ Cosmopolitan's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Vocal Platform: Make-A-Wish Foundation

EMILY ERTZ

Cosmopolitan's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Vocal

Platform: Make-A-Wish Foundation

MARIALENA MOUAIKEL Thousand Island's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Jazz Dance Platform: The Dangers of Distracted Driving

MARIALENA MOUAIKEL

Thousand Island's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Jazz Dance

Platform: The Dangers of Distracted Driving

CJ MCDERMOTT Finger Lake's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Baton Twirling Platform: The Fight Against MS

CJ MCDERMOTT

Finger Lake's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Baton Twirling

Platform: The Fight Against MS

KATIE MANUEL Empire Spirit's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Dance Platform:  Prevent the Pen-Allergy Awareness

KATIE MANUEL

Empire Spirit's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Dance

Platform:  Prevent the Pen-Allergy Awareness

ASHLEY LAWRENCE Colonial's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Clarinet Platform: Recognizing the Unseen: Understanding the Signs of Anxiety and Mental Illness.

ASHLEY LAWRENCE

Colonial's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Clarinet

Platform: Recognizing the Unseen: Understanding the Signs of Anxiety and Mental Illness.

JAYDEN WAUGH Adirondack's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Pop Vocal Platform: From Fear to Future-Overcoming Depression and Anxiety

JAYDEN WAUGH

Adirondack's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Pop Vocal

Platform: From Fear to Future-Overcoming Depression and Anxiety

COLLEEN DENMON Revere's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Jazz Dance Platform: Different Doesn't Mean Inferior: Embrace, Empower, Energize

COLLEEN DENMON

Revere's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Jazz Dance

Platform: Different Doesn't Mean Inferior: Embrace, Empower, Energize

CAYLA KUMAR Greater NYC's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Bollywood Fusion Dance Platform: Be the Cure: Ending Pediatric Cancer

CAYLA KUMAR

Greater NYC's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Bollywood Fusion Dance

Platform: Be the Cure: Ending Pediatric Cancer

MEGHAN HAAG Staten Island's Outstanding Teen Talent: Monologue Platform: Brain Cancer Awareness

MEGHAN HAAG

Staten Island's Outstanding Teen

Talent: Monologue

Platform: Brain Cancer Awareness

CIARA ROSE TYREL Empire Rose's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Musical Theater Vocal Platform: Be a Hometown Hero: Supporting Emergency Services in Our Community

CIARA ROSE TYREL

Empire Rose's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Musical Theater Vocal

Platform: Be a Hometown Hero: Supporting Emergency Services in Our Community

JOELLE LEEK Upstate New York's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Vocal Platform: Concussion Awareness-Understanding the Invisible Injury

JOELLE LEEK

Upstate New York's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Vocal

PlatformConcussion Awareness-Understanding the Invisible Injury

LIZA COTTER Rochester's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Vocal and Ukulele Platform: Encouraging Girls to Blossom From Their STEM

LIZA COTTER

Rochester's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Vocal and Ukulele

Platform: Encouraging Girls to Blossom From Their STEM

CHRISTINA MCLAUGHLIN Mohawk Valley's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Modern Dance Platform: Self Esteem

CHRISTINA MCLAUGHLIN

Mohawk Valley's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Modern Dance

Platform: Self Esteem

GRACE SEYBERT  Heart of New York's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Dance Platform: Online Bullying has Offline Impacts

GRACE SEYBERT

 Heart of New York's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Dance

Platform: Online Bullying has Offline Impacts

ASIA HICKMAN Brooklyn's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Piano Platform: A Piece from The Heart: Inspiring Youth to Find Their Musical Passion

ASIA HICKMAN

Brooklyn's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Piano

Platform: A Piece from The Heart: Inspiring Youth to Find Their Musical Passion

ANGELA SIMONIELLO Manhattan's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Contemporary Dance Platform: Live YOUR Truth - Acceptance and Tolerance for ALL

ANGELA SIMONIELLO

Manhattan's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Contemporary Dance

Platform: Live YOUR Truth - Acceptance and Tolerance for ALL

GABRIELLA MARINELLI Richmond County's Outstanding Teen Talent: Dance Platform: No Restrictions on Your Ambitions

GABRIELLA MARINELLI

Richmond County's Outstanding Teen

Talent: Dance

Platform: No Restrictions on Your Ambitions

SOPHIE KARENE FAUL Empire Star's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Musical Theater Vocal Platform: Connecting The Generations

SOPHIE KARENE FAUL

Empire Star's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Musical Theater Vocal

Platform: Connecting The Generations

LEXY CONTI Fulton County's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Contemporary Dance Platform: S.A.Y Something Supporting America's Youth through Health and Fitness

LEXY CONTI

Fulton County's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Contemporary Dance

Platform: S.A.Y Something Supporting America's Youth through Health and Fitness

ALEXANDRA PAGAN Apple Festival's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Contemporary Dance Platform: Together To Fight AIDS

ALEXANDRA PAGAN

Apple Festival's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Contemporary Dance

Platform: Together To Fight AIDS

LILLIAN LIGHTHALL Montgomery County's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Tap Dance Platform: Be True to You

LILLIAN LIGHTHALL

Montgomery County's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Tap Dance

Platform: Be True to You

KIANNA-RAE CUMMINGS  Southern Tier's Outstanding Teen Talent:  Tap Dance Platform: TEACH

KIANNA-RAE CUMMINGS

 Southern Tier's Outstanding Teen

Talent:  Tap Dance

Platform: TEACH