Miss Missouri Teen crowned Friday night

Miss Metro St Louis' Outstanding Teen Lauren Vanlandingham, Miss Northwest's Outstanding Teen Faith Whatley-Blaine, Our Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen Ashley Whipple, Miss Audrain's Outstanding Teen Taylor Blackwell, and Miss Springfield's Outstanding Teen Shae Smith. Photo credits by David Pickering Photography

MEXICO, Mo. -- A Chesterfield teenager won the crown in the Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen pageant Friday evening at Missouri Military Academy.

The winner is Miss Heartland’s Outstanding Teen Ashley Whipple of Chesterfield. She is the daughter of Andy and Donna Whipple.

As the winner, Whipple will receive a $5,000 scholarship as well as an official prize package. Members of the class of 2018 are eligible for $12,000 in various scholarships.

Whipple will travel to Orlando in July to compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. This is a division of the Miss America Organization, which is the largest provider of college scholarships to young women in the country.

The remaining members of the top 5 were:
Fourth runner-up, Miss Metro St. Louis’ Outstanding Teen Lauren Vanlandingham of Ladue. She is the daughter of Chad and Jennifer Vanlandingham.

Third runner-up, Miss Springfield’s Outstanding Teen Shae Smith of Bolivar. She is the daughter of Mark and Angie Smith.

Second runner-up, Miss Audrain’s Outstanding Teen Taylor Blackwell of Frankford. She is the daughter of Troy and Amy Blackwell.

First runner-up, Miss Northwest’s Outstanding Teen Faith Whatley-Blaine of Florissant. She is the daughter of Jim Blaine and Nancy Whatley.