"Moonlight Mystery" Brings Out the Stars at Mr./Miss Deaf Teen America Pageant
Bringing Home Great Memories from the Mr./Miss Deaf Teen America Pageant
The Mr./Miss Deaf Teen America Pageant was started in 1999 by the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD). The pageant is a fun annual event for deaf and hard of hearing teens, ages 13-19, from organizations, programs, and schools for the deaf.
Lukas Morkevicius and Tanea Brown, sophomores at MSSD, proudly represented their school as Mr. and Miss Washington, D.C. at this year's pageant hosted by the Maryland School for the Deaf from March 10-13.
Morkevicius and Brown each had a different motivation for taking part in the pageant. Morkevicius said he wanted to "really prove to people that I could be involved in the pageant. I wanted to learn from socializing with the people involved." Brown added, "I participated in the Deaf Teen America Pageant because I wanted to show diversity of color, to show that if I could do it, then other students [of color] can do it, too."
The night of the pageant, each team competed in the following categories: state spirit, platform presentation, talent performance, formal wear, and on-stage interviews. Each contestant also had a private interview with the judges the day before the pageant. Morkevicius and Brown presented on "Teen Obesity" for their platform. "We picked teen obesity because it is a really hot topic in the U.S. right now, and we wanted to find out more about it," said Morkevicius.
MSSD was not one of the winners this year, but that is not going to deter Brown from trying again next year for the crown. "I want to participate again next year because when I do something, I want to keep doing it until I am successful. I don't give up!" she said
Next year's pageant will take place in March 2011 at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis. For more information about the 2011 contest, contact Lottie Fears at LFears@sprint.blackberry.net.