Miss Metro St. Louis Tess Mandoli is Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2013
The final nights of the Miss Missouri Pageant introduced Miss Springfield Shelby Ringdahl as Miss Missouri 2013, and Miss Metro St. Louis Tess Mandoli as the 2013 Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen.
Ringdahl will represent Missouri in the Miss America Pageant, scheduled in September this year in Atlantic City, its original homeplace, while Miss Teen travels to Orlando, Fla., in August for her competition.
Both ladies greeted their fans, and had this to say about their wins:
"This has been a crazy week with a lot of happiness, stress and anxiety, but here we are, and I am so humbled," Ringdahl said excitedly. Ironically, her on-stage question in the Final Five competition was "If when you wake up tomorrow as Miss Missouri, what will be your first plan of action?"
Her answer: "I plan to start scheduling as many events as I can before the Miss America Pageant, so I will be polished and ready to go."
Ringdahl said she planned to meet with the Pageant Board Sunday, and leave for her first trip as Miss Missouri on Tuesday. "Wherever that might be," said she smiling.
The Top 10 (plus the People's Choice candidate) for the Miss Missouri title were: Miss Spirit of St. Louis, Darbi Fuhrman; Miss Boone County, Maikieta Brantley; Miss Springfield, Shelby Ringdahl; Miss Branson, Emily Wood; Miss Metro St. Louis, Jillian Richardson; Miss Missouri State University, Erica Cain; Miss Gateway St. Louis, Jennifer Davis; Miss Jackson, Mary Bauer; Miss Texas County, Jeni Dixon; and Miss Heartland, Amanda Sasek. Miss Chesterfield Valley, Stephanie Patton was the People's Choice.
Finalists were named as follows:
• Fourth runner-up: Miss Boone County, Maikieta Brantley, winning a $1,500 scholarship.
• Third runner-up: Miss Missouri State University, Erica Cain, winning a $2,000 scholarship.
• Second runner-up: Miss Metro St. Louis, Jillian Richardson, winning $3,000
• First runner-up: Miss Jackson, Mary Bauer, winning a $4,000 scholarship.
As the 2013 Miss Missouri, Ringdahl receives a $10,000 scholarship, her official crown and walnut crown box and crown pin, flowers, wardrobe, accessories, a training course, fashion photography, talent consultation, health and fitness, cellular phone and services and wardrobe alteration, plus photo shots in her new fur jacket – which she immediately tried on following her win Saturday.
As Ringdahl greeted the public, her family and fan club stood nearby and included everyone from her mom and dad, Bruce and Erika Ringdahl, to her siblings, her grandmother and boyfriend.
"They are all just the most incredible people, who have been behind me all the way. They have pushed me and encouraged me to succeed. Before coming here this year, I didn't know if I wanted to or should compete, but my dad said 'Do this. You have nothing to lose.' And I'm here tonight because of my family support. They are here, supporting me financially, because they believe in me and love me, and I love them very much."
When asked what she thinks set her apart from the other candidates, Ringdahl said "I think with Miss America in September this year, I wanted to be Miss America ready, so I worked with people who picked out what I should look like for that. I'm very conservative, but I wanted something with a little class. I think that's what made the difference. My long spider legs probably were a plus too."
This year was Ringdahl's second year on the Miss Missouri stage. Her first time around, she was selected as a runner-up. This year, she took the crown. This will be her first trip to Atlantic City, she said.
The Top 11 finalists in the Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen competition were:
• Miss Queen City, Jordan Smith (People's Choice);
• Miss Chesterfield Valley, Abbie Hebron;
• Miss Spirit St. Louis, Jocelyn Weyer;
• Miss Lake Ozarks, Cheyenne Parks;
• Miss Zona Rosa, Debrielle Patee-Merrill;
• Miss Springfield, Lauren Leigh Thrower;
• Miss Boone County, Rachel Spurling;
• Miss Metro St. Louis, Tess Mandoli;
• Miss Gateway St. Louis, Brooke Novinger;
• Miss Audrain Savannah Moore;
• Miss Columbia Charlee Bisch.
From that list, came the Top Five who ranked as follows:
• Fourth runner-up: Miss Spirit St. Louis Outstanding Teen Jocelyn Weyer, who won a $175 scholarship.
• Third runner-up: Miss Southwest Missouri Outstanding Teen Cheyenne Parks, who won a $350 scholarship.
• Second runner-up: Miss Springfield Outstanding Teen Lauren Leigh Thrower, who won a $525 scholarship; and
• First runner-up: Miss Columbia Outstanding Teen, Charlee Bisch, who won a $750 scholarship.
Miss Outstanding Teen won a $1,750 scholarship for her win.
When Mandoli heard her name called, the cheers from her family and supporters could be heard over the crowd's applause. Even the young Miss Outstanding Teen said she was surprised by the win.
When asked about her win, Mandoli said "I am actually so shocked that I have no words to explain how I feel right now. All I know is I made it all the way to the top."
Mandoli continued saying: "I hope I can do my best to represent Missouri. Right now, I can't believe this is happening, but I think I'm ready."
Once old enough, Mandoli said, her aspirations are to compete and win on the Miss Missouri stage and then take the Miss America title as well.
Other awards were presented and received by the following:
• Non-finalists award winners Miss Maryville, Katie Moeller and Miss Zona Rosa, Madison Chambers.
• Swimwear: Miss Midland Empire, Hannah Rhoad and Miss Crowder, Adrienne Burfield.
• Interview: Miss River City, Marissa Balmas and Miss Northeast Counties, Mikaela Carson.
• Cindy Baker Award: Miss Columbia Outstanding Teen, Charlee Bisch.
• Highest Academic Achievement Award: Miss Heartland, Amanda Sasek.
• Quality of Life Award and the Commerce Bank Community Service Award: Miss Chesterfield Valley, Stephanie Patton
• French Family Smile Award: Miss Boone County, Maikieta Brantley.
Newcomer Award: Miss Zona Rosa, Madison Chambers.
See more pageant week photos on Page 10.