ORLANDO — For the first time, Miss North Carolina’s Teen has captured the crown of Miss America’s Teen. On Saturday night, North Carolina native Hanley House was named Miss America’s Teen at the national competition in Orlando.
House, who was born in Raleigh and attends Cleveland High School in Johnston County, is a competitive dancer. She has been a dancer for many years and won numerous national awards. She also studied ballet in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet School and Alonzo King Lines Ballet School.
Prior to her victory on Saturday, House had already taken home two preliminary awards in Orlando — for evening gown and physical fitness — and earned $6,000 in scholarships.
Miss America’s Teen is a division of the Miss America program for young women ages 13-18. Since its founding in 2005, Miss America’s Teen has paid over $1.3 million in cash scholarships to 200 colleges and universities. The organization has also established in-kind partnerships with the University of Alabama and Dakota State University.