Friday, October 24, 2008



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Meagan Corlin of Honolulu took home top honors when she was crowned the first 2009 ANTSO's National Miss in Nashville, Tenn.

State pageant winners from all over the nation came to compete in the inaugural Miss division of the America's National Teenager Scholarship Pageant where college age women were able to compete in a pageant and showcase their achievements and community service, without having to don a swimsuit.

"I am very excited to offer a new pageant-based scholarship system that does not require girls to wear a swimsuit on stage," stated Jenny Telwar, National Director for America's National Teenager. "These young women are judged on their academics, community service and accolades to win cash scholarships…not how they look in a swimsuit."

On July 28, Corlin received a $5,000 cash scholarship, trips to Hollywood, New York City, and the U.S. Virgin Islands along with other prizes. Corlin resides in Hawaii, graduated from the University of Rhode Island, magna cum laude, and also attended the University of Hawaii. Ms. Corlin is presently employed as a Dolphin Trainer and Education Outreach Specialist, at the famous DolphinQuest Oahu, at the five star Kahala Resort in Honolulu.

Corlin, 24, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, attained from the University of Rhode Island and the University of Hawaii. She is the recipient of the exclusive National Toyota Community Scholar award, an honor given to only 11 students annually in the U.S. She plans to continue her education by obtaining a doctoral degree in Animal Behavior in order to research marine mammal intelligence and communication. Ultimately, her research would be focused on bridging the communication gap between humans and dolphins!

She is a dedicated community volunteer and has successfully fundraised over $30,000 for the New Hampshire area MDA organization. She was also chosen as a L'Oreal Paris Woman of Worth National Honoree in 2007 and is the founder of the award winning StarMight Foundation, the award winning national, non-profit organization empowering youth through volunteerism and youth service.

"The ANTSO National Miss competition was the most exciting and revitalizing experience," said Corlin of her week in Nashville. "I am so honored to represent the amazing women I met in Nashville and am looking forward to introducing this incredible opportunity to young women across this country."

America's National Teenager Scholarship Organization was founded in 1970 to recognize outstanding young women throughout the country and help them reach their educational goals. The pageant system has awarded more than $120 million in tuition, grants and cash scholarships in its 38-year existence. The National Miss division is a new division for the organization and titles are available in all 53 U.S. states and territories. For more information about America's National Teenager, call 866 NAT TEEN or visit the web at

Top Five finalist results for first ANTSO National Miss competition:

Meagan Corlin, 2009 ANTSO National Miss – Honolulu, HI

1st runner up Britan Mills - Oklahoma

2nd Runner UP Kristin Lee Hamerski - Alaska

3rd runner up, Marissa DiGennaro - New York

4th runner up, Brenna Welsh - New Jersey

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