Taylor Parsons, 16 of Mountain City, reacts to her being crowned as the new Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen last Saturday, at Gallatin High School. Parsons will now represent Tennessee
in July at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando.
Photo submitted by Richard Suter

By Tamas Mondovics

Mountain City, resident Taylor Parsons, 16, was chosen as the new Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen last Saturday evening, at
Gallatin High School.
The competition featured 24 candidates from around the state of Tennessee before Parsons was crowned enjoying the spotlight and receiving a well-deserved title.
According to competition officials, as Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen, Parsons received a $3,000 College Scholarship and the opportunity to compete for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen title in Orlando, Florida on July 23-27.
Currently a student at Johnson County High School, Parsons hopes to use her scholarship winnings through the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Program pursue a career as a Pediatrician.
Moments after being selected, Parsons reportedly shared her excitement about winning the title. “I am already looking forward to my duties this year – traveling, meeting new people and getting the word out about my platform, “The Color Red,” said Parsons. During her year as Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen, Parsons will travel throughout the state of Tennessee advocating her platform issue. Parsons wants to be a Pediatrician, so the process of Blood donation is close to her heart.
“I entered MAO Teen Tennessee to advocate the importance of blood donation,” Parsons said. “Not only will it help to promote my platform but the preparation for competing has helped me with my interview skills for future employment and has developed me to be a better leader not only in my church and school but now for our state.”
Parsons hopes to talk to various government representatives, business leaders, community groups and citizens-at-large, urging them to get involved in the fight for Project Red.
Hollie Alexander and Elisabeth Reef, Co-Executive Directors of the Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen, commented on the new Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen.
“Taylor Parsons embodies the qualities a role model for young women and girls should have,” Alexander said. Reef added, “She’s talented, ambitious and accomplished. We are excited about working with her this year.”
Parsons did not shy away from expressing her feelings about having the opportunity to represent her state.
“One of my goals this year is to put Mountain City on the map,” she said, adding, “I am only the second Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding from East Tennessee. I feel so honored to have been chosen by the prestigious panel of judges to take home this crown. It is my dream job, and I plan to do my best and give God the rest. I look forward to traveling to Florida to compete for the national title in July and the many other places and events in which I will be representing our state not just in Tennessee, but all across the country. There are so many opportunities that I have been given a chance to experience over the upcoming year with this title, and I can’t wait.”
Pleased with his daughter’s accomplishment, Kevin Parsons said, “This is a big deal for Mountain City. Taylor has worked hard for this because she knows it will help her to promote her platform ‘The Color Red’ better. She will be representing over six and a half million people who live in the state at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen held in Orlando Florida in July.”
MAO Teen Competition has made available more than $9,400 in scholarships and cash awards for 2019 for the 24 young women throughout the State of Tennessee.
Taylor Parsons will represent Tennessee July 23-27 at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando.

Other winners include:
1st Runner Up Chloe Warren, Miss Sumner County’s Outstanding Teen winner of a $2,000 College Scholarship.
2nd Runner Up AnnaLee Story, Miss Middle Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen winner of a $1,500 College Scholarship
3rd Runner Up Amanda Simmons, Miss Jackson’s Outstanding Teen winner of a $1,000 College Scholarship
4th Runner Up Kinsey Burchett, Miss Music City’s Outstanding Teen winner of a $500 College Scholarship
Teen Competition has made available more than $9,400 in scholarships and cash awards for 2019 for the 24 young women throughout the State of Tennessee. Taylor Parsons will represent Tennessee July 23-27 at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando.