By Tyson Mccloud, Intelligencer Journal Staff
Published: Jul 26, 2006 8:20 AM EST
LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - While watching the Miss Teen USA Pageant on TV last year, Inessa Rodriguez decided that she wanted to wear the $100,000 crown.Now she has the chance to do so.
The 17-year-old Manheim Central High School senior and reigning Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA winner will vie for the diamond- and pearl-encrusted tiara at the 24th annual Miss Teen USA Pageant in Palm Springs, Calif., Aug. 15.
The pageant, which will be broadcast live on NBC, features 51 girls, ages 15 to 19, competing in three categories: interview, swimsuit and evening gown.
Inessa, who never participated in a pageant before beating out more than 180 girls to become "Princess of the Keystone State" last November, remembers watching the 2005 Miss Teen USA contest on TV with her father, Jimmy.
"I was telling him, 'One day I'll be there,'"ˆ" Inessa said. "He said 'Okay' and laughed about it."
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