May 9, 2002
UW-RF Student Named Miss Wisconsin National Teenager
UW-River Falls student Lauren Burkee was crowned "Miss Wisconsin National Teenager" at the state pageant, held recently in Oconomowoc at the Olympia Resort and Conference Center. Burkee is a freshman from West Allis pursuing a degree in marketing communications.
The America's National Teenager Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college-bound teenage girls, based on competitions in various categories. Burkee earned the state crown and more than $15,000 in college scholarships by demonstrating her scholastic achievements, community involvement, leadership abilities, talent and individuality to a panel of five judges.
Among her contributions to life in Wisconsin are reading and music programs that she founded. For "Afternoon Adventures," Burkee and fellow UW-RF students read to children at the River Falls Public Library. Her "Share the Music" program is dedicated to collecting gently-used CDs and CD players and distributing them to Wisconsin charities.
During her reign as Miss Wisconsin National Teenager, Burkee will appear in several parades, festivals, public celebrations and special events, including the Wauwatosa Fourth of July parade, South Shore Water Frolics, Summerfest and the Wisconsin State Fair.
She will represent the state of Wisconsin at the 2002 America's National Teenager Scholarship Program on July 27 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
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