A 2016 graduate of Tomball High School in Texas was crowned Miss Teen USA on Saturday. Miss Texas Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay will wear the national Miss Teen USA crown for the next year.

She was crowned after two days of pageantry at the Venetian Theater in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The contestants, from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, were judged in the categories of evening gown and interviews.

For the first time in the Pageant's history, there was no swimsuit competition. Instead, the contestants modeled athletic wear.

Will work for charity

The first item on Hay’s agenda is a media tour. For the remainder of the year, she will help raise money for charities and attend celebrity gatherings. 

Among the pageant’s charitable alliances are Best Buddies, Project Sunshine, Smile Train, Same Sky and Cordaid.

The teen pageant is part of the Miss Universe Organization, which also owns the Miss USA competition. 

Several who held the teen title went on to win state titles within the Miss USA pageant system and to represent their states at the Miss USA Pageant.

They include Miss Teen USA 1994 Shauna Gambill of California and Miss Teen USA 1989 Brandi Sherwood of Idaho.

Her future plans

Hay, age 17, was crowned Miss Texas Teen USA last November. Her plans include attending Texas A&M University and continuing to be an advocate for people affected by alcohol and drug abuse.

Her activities on behalf of victims of addiction are motivated by childhood experiences. She plans to become a businesswoman eventually. 

In high school, she maintained honor roll status while participating in cheerleading as team captain, editor of the yearbook, a photographer, and a member of Young Life and the Renaissance Program. 

She has also been involved in The Children’s Miracle Network, Susan G.

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The teen pageant was broadcast on national television from 1983 to 2007. In recent years, the pageant has been viewed on the pageant website

This year, the pageant also joined forces with such social media outlets as Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook. 

The pageant was owned for several years by Donald Trump. He sold the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA pageants last year to IMG / William Morris Endeavor.