Anne Buys vying for MAOTeen title

From Press Reports


Anne Elizabeth Buys, 17, of Vicksburg, will be among 52 of the country’s most talented, bright and beautiful young women, ages 13 to 17, in Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition, the “little sister” to Miss America.

Buys is the granddaughter of Mattelyn and the late Dr. James E. Booth of Eupora.

The competition will take place Aug. 13-17 at the Linda Chapin Theater inside the Orange County Convention Center.

Promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America’s teens, the MAOTeen contestants will be judged on personal interview, talent, evening wear, lifestyle and fitness in active wear, and on-stage question.

Buys, a senior at Porter’s Chapel Academy, will be performing a jazz dance for the talent portion of the MAOTeen competition. She is promoting “Operation Blessing International – Give the Gift of Clean Water” as a platform issue throughout her year of service as Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen.

The contestants will be in Orlando from Aug. 10-17 for rehearsals and activities surrounding the pageant. They will visit Dave and Busters on Aug. 11 and Medieval Times on Aug. 12. They will also participate in events such as the star-studded Evening of Stars Extravaganza and the MAOTeen College Fair, both to be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, and will have opportunities to train with professionals in the pageant and entertainment fields.

Information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition can be found at