Miss Maine Teen USA 2012
I can honestly say that being Miss Maine Teen USA 2012 completely changed my life. This was my very first pageant and I feel blessed to have been given so many opportunities by winning the title. Miss Maine Teen USA opened up so many doors for me and has truly helped me grow as an individual. I have met so many inspiring people through this industry and have also created life long friendships. I am currently signed with Empower Model Management and I am also working on potentially expanding my modeling career with agencies in Boston and New York. Aside from modeling, my athletic career has also expanded. I have been a Varsity Athlete since my Freshmen Year in High School and this past year I became a Captain of my Varsity Track Team. I have also participated in Varsity Soccer and played on a Nationally ranked rugby team. Academically I am involved in multiple school clubs and organizations including being a Student Class Officer for all four years of High School. Some of my greatest accomplishments were made throughout my Irish Step Dancing career. I have been a competitive Irish Step Dancer for over ten years and have achieved the highest level of becoming an Open Champion Irish Step Dancer. I have competed Regionally, Nationally, and in the World Championships of Irish Dance. I am personally ranked in the top 20% of New England as well as the top 50% of the Nation for Irish Step Dancing.
Also, I have been blessed with the opportunity to make friends at the Special Olympics Games and because my experience was so heart warming, I have continued my charity work with the Special Olympics. Miss Maine Teen gave me so many wonderful experiences as well as beneficial knowledge that I have applied to my everyday life. Being Miss Maine Teen USA has inspired me to pursue my passion for modeling, acting, stage performance, and working with children. I never would have imagined myself having the courage to live out my dream but my experience as Miss Maine Teen USA has truly altered my out look on life forever. I will be graduating High School in Spring of 2013 and then I will be attending a University to further my education and pursue all of my passions. I may not know exactly what I am going to do with my life but I know that no matter what I do or where I go, I will hold my head high and never back down from anything or anyone. Miss Maine Teen USA has given me the confidence and strength to evolve into the person I have always wanted to be. I have learned so much about who I am and I am determined to live out all of my dreams and passions. Lastly, there is no doubt that I will take everything I have learned from my reign and continue to positively impact the lives of those around me.
Miss Maine Teen USA 2010
Winning the title my junior year in high school became a huge life changer for me. I think I knew of myself as someone who could fill such a role, but never did I imagine it actually happening to me. Once I got crowned my outlooks completely changed, I blossomed into a young adult who knew what she wanted and went for it. My experience being in reign is more than words can explain. Being able to represent the state of Maine locally and on a national level was a privilege and honor. I am now continuing my work with the pageant, doing community events, as well as pursuing my modeling and fashion related hobbies. I am finishing college in Florida, but I still enjoy spending time in Maine when I can. My family and I have been a part of the pageant world for more than 7 seven years now, so it really feels like an extended family. I will always have a love for pageantry, especially because it opened so many doors for me and adventures!
Some past & present highlights:
• Intern/Model for Seventeen Magazine
• Representative/Model for a luxury swimwear line, Miss Kinsman out of LA
• Signed with agencies in Boston & Florida
• Promotional/ modeling work for Miami Dolphins
• Model for a Maine game show called, Tradin’Up on the CW
• Correspondent on the Ray & Ted radio talk show, WLOB News Talk 1310 am
Along with winning the title, these opportunities came up along the way. I have been blessed to be able to give each and every single opportunity my all. I came to find that the entertainment industry and fashion industry is all mixed into pageantry. For me, finding this passion of dream pursuing has been a part of my life. I unintentionally walked into opportunities that made me who I am today. All the travel for photo shoots, and fashion events is so worth while. I made connections and networked tons, which got me amazing internships. It has been a journey ever since the crown.
Miss Maine USA 2009
Since Ashley’s reign, she went on to compete on the CBS hit reality show, “Survivor: Redemption Island”, and was the 3rd runner up of Season 22. Beyond reality TV, Ashley is a former professional basketball player, a registered nurse and wellness coach.
Ashley learned the importance of hard work and dedication while growing up in a close-knit family where she worked on a produce farm in Maine. Ashley received a full basketball scholarship to the University of Maine where she is one of their top 10 scorers of all time. After graduation, she furthered her basketball career competing professionally in Switzerland. In need of a change, Ashley challenged herself yet again when she entered into her first beauty pageant ever and took home the crowning title of Miss Maine USA 2009. She began her hosting career as the Miss Maine USA 2010 and 2011 pageant host as well as the sideline reporter/color commentator for the America East Conference men’s and women’s basketball championship tournament on ESPN 3. Ashley loves adventure and most recently, she traveled to Kenya and Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of the non-profit organization, Flying Kites Global.
Miss Maine USA 2008 & Miss Maine Teen USA 2005
Kaet Parent began competing in pageants at the age of 6 and instantly set her sights on Miss USA. After 10 years, she was crowned Miss Maine Teen USA 2005. Three short years later, in 2008, she reached her goal and was one of the youngest women to win the title of Miss Maine USA at the age of 19. Her love for pageantry kept her very closely connected to the pageant world. She served as the producer of the Miss Maine USA and Teen USA pageants in 2009 and 2010. She then founded The Crowning Image and began coaching girls throughout New England. She credits much of her success and personal growth to pageantry and strives to help each of her clients become the best they can, in every aspect of their lives.
Kaet is a 2010 graduate of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She continued her education at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, earning her Masters of Education in 2012. She is currently studying for the LSAT and applying to law school, she hopes to one day work in litigation. Aside from her coaching, she is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Chief of Staff of Gordon College, she is signed with Dynasty Modeling and Talent Agency in Boston and she works as a recruiter for the Maine and Massachusetts USA and Teen USA pageants.
Miss Maine Teen USA 2007
Amanda Pelletier, Miss Maine Teen USA 2007 At the national pageant she was noticed for her incredible dance talent and was placed front and center for opening number. Through this experience, Amanda was sought out by American Cheerleader Magazine and was asked to be the cover model for an upcoming issue. Amanda proudly appeared on the cover and a 2 page spread of the April/May 2008 issue, sold world wide.
After this incredible experience brought on by her participation in the Miss Maine Teen USA pageant, she realized her love for makeup and photography. Amanda decided to attend makeup school at JLS in Manhattan New York, and is now a certified makeup artist. She has her Bachelors of Science in Marketing with a minor in photography from the New England School of Communication.
Amanda currently works full time in marketing production at Pine State Beverage and also has a successful photography business in Waterville, Maine.
Miss Maine USA 2006
Katee Stearns, Miss Maine USA 2006, placed in the Top 15 at the national Miss USA pageant. She graduated from UMaine in 2008 with BA in Communcations/Journalism. Katee took part in local print and runway modeling throughout New England and Atlanta, Ga. She moved to Atlanta to teach dance and ended up staying to go back to school for Nursing where she Graduated with honors at GSU Byrdine F Lewis School of Nursing.
After graduating, Katee moved to Northern California to start her career as an RN where she worked in cutting edge holistic and integrative medicine at a private MD’s office. She currently is in the process of relocating to Denver CO to further her nursing experience in critical care.
Katee is a USPA certified skydiver, and enjoys the sub disciplines of freestyle (a sort of “sky dancing”), group formations and especially flying wingsuits (flying squirrel suits). Other hobbies/interests include aerial silks, yoga, board sports (wakeboarding, snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding) and playing with her yorkie, Rosco.