Tiare Keeno, from Spanish Fork, was crowned Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen 2011 at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo. Tiare's crowning moment was just the beginning of a journey that will take her across the state of Utah during her year of service as Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen where she will speak about her platform, "S.T.O.P. & Show Respect". Her platform teaches people of all ages to show respect to everyone, regardless of race, income level, social background and political opinions.
Tiare is a straight A student at Penn Foster High School and loves to travel. She has traveled to 31 states, the Cayman Islands and Mexico.
One of her favorite experiences was living on her own in New York City for a month. Tiare comes from a diverse background of six nationalities including Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, America Indian, English and German.
Her career ambition is to be a professional dancer. At just fifteen years of age, Tiare already has a long list of accomplishments in the field of dance; nationally-ranked competitive dancer, principal dancer with Provo Civic Ballet pre-professional company, three-time New York City Dance Alliance National Outstanding Dancer, guest performer at the International Ballet Festival of Miami, lead dancer in Classical Ballet Academy's 'The Nutcracker' and 'Hansel and Gretel,' performer with the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular tour, silver medalist at the World Ballet Competition and lead dancer in Odyssey Dance Theater's 'The Dance.'
Along with the title of Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen 2011, Tiare won a $2,500 cash scholarship, a two-year scholarship to Utah State University, a two-year scholarship to Weber State University and over $4,000 in other prizes and sponsored gifts. For the talent portion of competition, Tiare performed and won a preliminary talent award for her contemporary performance to 'Spirit of the Earth' from the movie Gladiator. She was also given the eveningwear preliminary award.
Other top five finalists were as follows: First runner-up was Miss South Mountain, Megan Taylor. Second runner-up was Miss American Fork, Chloe Johnson. Third runner-up was Miss Cache Valley, Alexa Williams. Fourth runner-up was Miss Corner Canyon, Celina Wong. Other top ten finalists included Analicia Lowe from Midway, Aubrianne Boseman from Kaysville/Fruit Heights, Tavia Rasmussen from Draper, Madeleine Duffin from Uintah County and Cheyanne Gooch from Syracuse who was also voted "People's Choice."
Danielle Lauder, Miss Spanish Highlands was given the Scholastic Achievement award while Celina Wong, Miss Corner Canyon, was voted Miss Congeniality. Glenn S. Harmon instrumental awards and scholarships were given to Celina Wong for her piano performance and Megan Taylor for her violin solo.
The Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen organization awarded over $22,000 in scholarship money and awards throughout the evening. A sister company to the Miss America Organization, Miss America's Outstanding Teen promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America's teens.
The Miss Utah Organization is an affiliate of the Miss America Scholarship Pageant, the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs.