Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Advances to Compete in Statewide Marketing Competition

We all want beauty and brains, but let’s be honest…It takes WORK! Current Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Payton May, is proving she is in fact more than a pretty face.  Payton placed third in her district level DECA competition. This high placement qualifies her for the competitive in the Washington State DECA competition.  

Queens support queens! Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin showed her support for Payton. (Photo Cred: Instagram)

She shared her excitement with a photo of her with the third-place medal on social media with the caption, “That feeling when you get 3rd place in your event at DECA and qualify for state.” 

DECA is a not-for-profit student organization founded in 1946, designed to help further students’ entrepreneurship skills in different areas of marketing, finance and business. The organization currently has 4,000 active high school chapters who compete on the district, state and national level. 

Award winners from last year’s Washington DECA. Will May be up there this year? (Photo Cred: Washington DECA)

The organization’s highly competitive events are based on the National Curriculum Standards of marketing, business management and administration, finance and hospitality and tourism industries. The competition consists of both a written component, similar to an school exam and an interactive component involving a presentation judged by industry professionals.

Payton plans to run for Congress after studying political science when she goes to college (Photo Cred: Instagram)

The high school senior is an active member of, Skyview High School’s DECA chapter for 3 years and is currently serving it’s student president. This year Payton has her eyes set on nationals, “I’m more ready than ever to get to nationals.” The organization awarded her previously, receiving the DECA Award for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.

One can assume Payton has incorporated her learned skills from DECA into pageantry when she was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, on July 27, 2019. Winning over $30K in scholarship from The Harris Rosen Foundation and the Orlando Scholarship Organization, Inc. After winning she shared, “there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude and appreciation for everyone who made this dream possible.” 

Payton’s social impact platform is to encourage young people to vote and increase civic involvement (Photo Cred: Instagram)

This will be her third time competing at the state level for DECA. Will she make it to nationals? We will just have to wait and see! 


Published by Bee Nikole

Just a pageant girl from Chicago currently suffering from Shiny Object Syndrome.

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