Our Symbols and Mottos
The official Miss American Teen International crown is adorned with five Pineapples, the international symbol of hospitality and friendship. Between the pineapples in the crown are eight Olive Branches, the well-known symbol of peace and friendship dating back to ancient Greece. Our symbols are an important representation of our belief that strength and empowerment of girls and young women is accomplished by creating a friendly environment in which all feel welcome and valued. We promote and require a non-bullying environment at all activities and interactions among our members. Even in "competition" we request support and applause by all attendees to all delegates. This philosophy promotes confidence and self-assurance that are the building blocks for future success in life. Our motto, "Be a Pineapple" furthers that objective. An additional symbol, a girl in a party dress, represents our goal to create fun activities for young women to participate in that grow their confidence.
Founded in 2014 as a local non-profit scholarship pageant in suburban Miami, Florida, our organization began as Miss South Miami-Dade Teen Scholarship Pageant, Inc. The pageant was the vision of Betty Davis, joined by her friends and members of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, including Shawna Cleveland, Dr. Kelli Hunter-Sheppard, Loretta Rahming and Myoushi Jones, its first directors. The inaugural pageant was held on Memorial Day Weekend 2015 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. Kiomi Hughes, a graduating honor student at Miami Killian Sr. High School was the first Miss South Miami-Dade Teen, winning a $5,000 scholarship. In 2015, we became Miss Florida Teen Scholarship Pageant, Inc and signed on to produce our first state-wide pageant for another pageantry organization. By 2017, we implemented plans to launch nationwide and rebranded as Miss American Teen and Collegiate Pageant in April 2018, produced by parent successor, Miss American Teen Scholarship Pageant, Inc. Today, Miss American Teen International is a thriving international pageant bringing young women together from across the world. We provide ambitious teens and young adults with opportunities to pursue modeling and acting jobs as a means of financing their academic studies.
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"Miss American Teen International" is a registered trademark at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce that serves as the national patent office and trademark registration authority for the United States. Our logo, consisting of a crown design, star and name, are incorporated as a part of our trademark.