Christina Stratton, a freshman at Sacred Heart and Miss Sedalia Teen finished as 1st Runner Up at the Miss Missouri Teen USA Pageant in St Louis last weekend.
Her prize is a $48,000 scholarship to Lindenwood University. She also received the first award of the pageant at Preliminaries on Friday. The first award, called the “Spirit Award” is chosen by the pageant staff and given to the contestant who displays a spirit of kindness and cooperation during the pageant rehearsals.
On Saturday, Stratton, 14, also won the Swimsuit award given to the candidate who displays the best physical fitness and appearance in the swimsuit category. When she earned her spot in the top five, she had to answer three on-stage interview questions. She was the only contestant in the top five who was not a senior in high school.
“We were very proud of Christina for being first runner-up at a pageant, but even more proud of her for receiving the Spirit Award, because raising a child with good values is what is most important to us,” said Victoria Stratton, Christina’s mother. “It was a wonderful experience for her and we are so grateful to all of her friends and sponsors.”
Christina, daughter of Chris and Victoria Stratton, was sponsored by Studio A Dance Conservatory, Sara Tafoya Photography, Mia Bella Salon and Impact Signs. Studio A held a celebration reception to honor Stratton when she returned to Sedalia. –Submitted.