SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Collins McMurray, a 17-year-old junior at Vestavia Hills High School, was crowned Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen 2018 at B.B. Comer Memorial High School on Sunday, March 4.

Miss McMurray is the daughter of Dan and Melissa McMurray of Vestavia Hills, Alabama. She represented the Miss Friendliest City’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Luverne, Alabama, performed the vocal, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” during the talent competition and was preliminary talent winner. Her platform is the Importance of Arts in Education. She was the recipient of the Overall Highest Academic Award and received a four-year renewable full-time scholarship and freshman housing to the University of Alabama, a four-year renewable full tuition scholarship to the University of Montevallo and a $500 cash scholarship.

With the title, Miss McMurray received a four-year renewable full tuition scholarship to Auburn University; four-year renewable full tuition scholarship to the University of Montevallo; four-year renewable $10,000 Scholarship to Troy University – Troy Campus; four-year renewable full tuition scholarship and freshman housing to the University of Alabama; four-year renewable full tuition scholarship to Jacksonville State University; four-year renewable full tuition scholarship to the University of North Alabama; one-year renewable tuition scholarship to Wallace State Community College – Hanceville; $5,000 cash scholarship (to be paid to her college or university); official Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen crown, trophy and pin; a week at the Miss Alabama Pageant in June; arm bouquet of flowers; One to One Personal Fitness package in preparation for the national pageant; all expenses paid and wardrobe assistance to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant to be held in Orlando, Florida in July; and a personal website by MeSky Designs.

First runner-up was Mary Catherine Dulaney, a 16-year-old sophomore at Houston Academy. She is from Ozark and represented the Miss Phenix City’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. Miss Dulaney received the $250 preliminary talent award. She performed ballet en pointe to, “Man of LaMancha”. She received a $2,000 cash scholarship to be paid to her college or university; trophy, an $8,000 stipend ($2,000 per year renewable) to the University of Alabama and a $14,000 ($3,500 per year renewable) scholarship to the University of Montevallo.

Second runner-up was Zoe’ Champion of Leeds, a 15-year-old freshman at Alabama Connections Academy. Miss Champion represented the Miss Leeds Area’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. She performed a dance to, “Top Secret.” She received a $1,500 cash scholarship to be paid to her college or university; trophy; an $8,000 stipend ($2,000 per year renewable) to the University of Alabama and a $14,000 ($3,500 per year renewable) scholarship to the University of Montevallo.

Third runner-up was Jayla Duncan of Childersburg representing the Miss Sylacauga’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. She received the $150 preliminary evening wear/onstage question award. She is a 14-year-old eighth grade student at Childersburg Middle School. She performed a dance to, “Get Up Off That Thing.” She also received a $1,250 cash scholarship to be paid to her college or university; trophy, a $8,000 stipend ($2,000 per year renewable) to the University of Alabama and a $14,000 ($3,500 per year renewable) scholarship to the University of Montevallo.

Fourth runner-up was Deseray Stone, a 14-year-old freshman at Smiths Station High School. She represented the Miss Chattahoochee Valley’s Outstanding Teen Pageant and performed a dance, “Who You Are.” She re-ceived a $1,000 cash scholarship to be paid to her college or university; trophy; an $8,000 stipend ($2,000 per year renewable) to the University of Alabama and a $14,000 ($3,500 per year renewable) scholarship to the University of Montevallo.

Others named to the top ten semi-finalists were Molly Meilunas of Fairhope, Hannah Gentz of Hamilton, Lydia Martin of Trussville, Grayson Gann of Thorsby, and Laura Grace Henry of Prattville. Each received a $300 cash award and plaque. Others named to the top 15 were Sara Beth Huntley of Clanton, Madison Chambliss of Prattville, Emmy Beason of Leeds, Destiny Schatzline of Tuscaloosa, and Mikella Anderson of Prattville. They received a $250 cash award and plaque. Miss Gentz and Miss Beason were preliminary evening wear/onstage question award winners.

Merrill Ann Culverhouse of Opp, Alabama, was the recipient of the $500 Scarlotte Deupree Kilgore Community Service Award; the $500 Jessica Baeder Children’s Miracle Network Award; and the $500 Achievement in Advertisement Sales Award.

Caitlyn Moreno of Mt. Olive was the recipient of the $200 Miss Congeniality award and received a trophy.

Lydia Martin of Trussville was the recipient of the $100 Most Photogenic award and received a trophy and she also received a $1,000 dance scholarship from Exclusively Ballet in Birmingham.

The $150 non-finalist interview award was presented to Ibby Dickson of Sylacauga.

The $150 non-finalist talent award was presented to Alexis Henson of Enterprise and Natalie Robertson of Hamilton.

Blakely Channell of Alabaster received the $1,000 dance scholarship from Jackie O’Neal School of Dance in Birmingham.

Zoe’ Champion of Leeds was the recipient of The Pointe Dance Arts $500 dance scholarship.
The Birmingham Dance Theatre presented a $500 dance scholarship to Emma Walters of Birmingham.

The Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is the only affiliate of the Miss Alabama Pageant. Each year the winner of the Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen Pageant travels to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

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