Special to the Parade
McKenzie Kaye Stanton is the 16-year-old daughter of Daniel and Kelli Stanton. She was crowned Miss Teen Texas United States 2012 on Oct. 9, 2011 in Galveston.
She will be competing for the National title of Miss Teen United States held Tuesday, July 2 – Sunday, July 8 in Washington D.C. McKenzie, along with all of the contestants will be participating in the annual 4th of July Parade at the Capitol – and then escorted to the 4th of July Fireworks show at the Capitol.
McKenzie Stanton is currently a student at McAllen Memorial High School, where she will graduate in three years with 12 college credit hours in the Distinguished Achievement Program as well as a Tech Prep Scholar. She is ranked in the Top 10 percent of her high school class and is an active member in the National Honor Society. Along with the dedication to her studies, she has a passion for cheerleading and is captain of the varsity cheerleading squad. She has enjoyed participating on a competitive cheerleading squad for many years. McKenzie moved to McAllen from South Padre Island in the seventh grade and enjoys spending much of her spare time on the Island.
During her reign as Miss Teen Texas United States, she will focus on an anti-bullying platform to raise awareness of the harmful effects of bullying and to promote anti-bullying campaigns and educational programs. She also enjoys community service and has volunteered and participated with many community activities such as: Walk for Women South Padre Island, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, South Padre Island Beach Clean-Up, Salvation Army, and the Easter Seals Telethon just to name a few.
The Miss Texas United States Pageant is open to delegates ages: 16-55 in three age divisions (Teen, Miss, and Ms.) and is under the direction of Heather Rosplock. For more information on the Miss Texas United States Pageant, visit: www.texasuspageant.org.