MANCHESTER, NH ─ Emma Tyler was named 2018 Miss New Hampshire National Teenager at the America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization (ANTSO) New Hampshire/Massachusetts pageant held Saturday, June 2, in Manchester.
ANTSO, founded in 1970, is the longest-running scholarship program for gifted young women ages 9-25, a pageant focused on celebrating the “real girl.” With no swimsuit or mandatory talent competition, ANTSO focuses on how each contestant is special based on their everyday lives. ANTSO’s scoring system reflects that, with 70 percent of the score focused on academics, community service, leadership and interview!
ANTSO has awarded more than $102 million scholarships since its creation in 1970. America’s National Teenager continues to set high standards for excellence by awarding cash scholarships at every national competition each year.
Emma won the title in the ANTSO National Teenager division. During the next year, Emma’s activities will focus on community service projects for the nonprofit organizations that ANTSO works with and supports: Miss Amazing, Luila Village Ministries, Operation Christmas Child and the Goodwill Thanksgiving Feast in Baltimore, Maryland.
Emma, the daughter of Michelle and Brian Tyler, is a rising senior at Manchester School of Technology High School. For the past three years, she’s been an active leader in her school community, serving as class president during her sophomore and junior years. She will continue in this role as president of her senior class. Emma is double-majoring in Culinary Arts and Green Technology. Of her talents, she highlights cooking as her greatest passion. “I have been cooking ever since I was a kid. I won my first cooking competition in Nashua at the age of 12, and my love of cooking grew from there.”
Perhaps it is no surprise that her dedication to academic, extracurricular, community, and
culinary success has helped her develop her platform for the coming year.
“With my ANTSO title, my platform will be ‘Cooking for a Cause.’ I plan to use food and my cooking skills to partner with local restaurants to help feed the hungry in my own and surrounding communities. No one should have to wonder where their next meal is coming from. Did you know that one in 11 people in New Hampshire struggle with hunger, and one in nine are children? My goal is to use ‘Cooking for a Cause’ to help make those numbers go down!,” Emma said.
Throughout her upcoming year of service, Emma will be hosting different virtual and community events to help raise money for local food banks and soup kitchens. According to Jenny Telwar-Daniel, CEO and owner of the ANTSO pageant organization, Emma will be in good company.
“ANTSO was founded on the principals of celebrating a young woman’s smarts and big heart. While the world around us has changed, our company has not. We still focus on the female’s academic potential, contribution to community, and the ideas and power that women have, at any age, to make a difference. This year we celebrate 48 years of glamour, scholarship, community service, and style.”
Emma will represent New Hampshire at the ANTSO National Teen competition in Baltimore, MD, in November 2018.