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Williams to crown new Miss Alabama Teen USA

Published 12:44pm Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dadeville’s Rae Williams will end her reign as Miss Alabama Teen USA this weekend.

But looking back at the past year, the 16-year-old says she wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.

Williams, a junior at Dadeville High School, was crowned the 2011 Miss Alabama Teen USA Nov. 6, 2010 and will crown the 2012 winner this weekend during the 2012 Miss Alabama/Miss Alabama Teen USA pageant in Montgomery.

“The experience has been more than great,” Rae said. “It’s been a dream come true. I’ve gotten to do things I never thought I would get to do.”

Williams, who is the daughter of Stanley and Sherri Williams, has represented the state in numerous appearances over the past year, including events in Virginia, Las Vegas and Miami.

She participated in numerous DARE graduations during her reign and was selected by the State of Alabama to represent the state on the DARE Youth Advisory Board.

She has also worked with Girl Talk, Inc., a student-to-student program that pairs middle school girls with high school girls who serve as mentors, and volunteered her time with several other organizations.

Williams said she has enjoyed representing the state and thanked the staff at DHS – especially principal Chris Hand – for allowing her to attend the

numerous appearances while having to miss some school.

“It was a great experience, and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it,” she said.

Although Williams said she is sad her reign as Miss Teen Alabama USA is ending, she is excited to see what the future holds.

And, she added that she does plan to compete in the Miss Alabama USA pageant, which she will become eligible to do at 19.

The 2012 Miss Alabama/Miss Alabama Teen USA pageant will be held this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28, at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery.

Several local girls will be competing in the pageant this year, including Alexander City’s Jordan Jones, who will represent Alexander City in the Miss Alabama Teen USA pageant. Alexander City’s Jillian Van Blair will represent Huntingdon University and Tallassee’s Kayla Davis will represent Tallassee in the Miss Alabama USA pageant.

The pageants are the official state preliminaries to the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants, which are part of the Miss Universe Organization, an NBC Universal and Donald J. Trump partnership.

For information about purchasing tickets, visit missalabamausa.com.

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