Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Hailey girl named Miss Teen Idaho

Kylee Richmond to compete for national title

Express Staff Writer

Kylee Richmond

Of course, Hailey has a great rodeo, a beloved Fourth of July parade, the incredible Northern Rockies Folk Festival and the Liberty Theatre's residents, the Company of Fools. Of course. Of course. But new to the burg is the title of Miss Teen of Idaho's hometown.

Kylee Richmond, 14, was crowned with the honor on Sunday, July 29, at Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell. She is the daughter of Tommy and Karee Richmond of Hailey.

Richmond was selected from a field of 82 girls age 14 to 18 from across the state.

Each candidate is scored in six areas of competition: scholastic record, achievement and service to school and community, personal development of talents and skills, general awareness written test, personality projection in formal wear and judge interviews.

"She did a piano piece (for the talent competition)," said Mitzy Mecham, who is her piano instructor and one of her local sponsors. "She didn't do a standard piece, but did a kind of new-age piece that we tweaked. She is the most beautiful piano player and so talented. She really set herself apart from everyone else."

Richmond will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship and a $1,000 educational savings bond. A $250 grant will be made on behalf of the Miss Teen of America Pageant to the Wood River High School, where Richmond is an incoming freshman. She will compete in the national Miss Teen of America and vie for scholarships and prizes valued at $20,000.

Richmond's local sponsors were Richmond Construction, Notes Music Store, Hailey Paint and Supply, the Bead Shop, Bungalow and Wood River Insurance.

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