By Brenda Fike
Managing Editor
Friday was the night for the Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teens to take to the Miss Missouri Pageant stage.
After competing in interviews, evening wear, talent and style and fitness throughout the week, the top 11 contestants were chosen Friday night. At the end of the evening Miss River City's Outstanding Teen Alexis Piskulic was crowned Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2015.
The 15-year-old had the audience cheering and applauding during her talent competition. A baton twirler for five years, the new titleholder twirled to "A Brand New Day." Twirling with perfection, she twirled three batons at any given time during her performance without dropping a single one. She also twirls with fire during ball games.
Piskulic said she took up twirling because she was shy. "Twirling got me out of my shell. I had many opinions thrown at me, but you have to be true to yourself." she said. "On the stage I can be myself and relax." When asked about her first year at the state competition she simply said. "This is an amazing experience."
Piskulic is the daughter of Deanna and Joe Piskulic. Her home is in Arnold and she attends Seckman Senior High School.
First runner-up was Miss Springfield's OT Rachel Spurling, who danced to "Say Yes" during talent competition. Second runner-up was Queen City's OT Claire Rowe, who performed a tap dance to "Another One Bites The Dust." Miss Kansas City's OT Debrielle Patee-Merrill, was third runner up. She performed a lyrical dance to "To Where You Are." Fourth runner-up was Miss Zona Rosa's OT Hailee Beemer who performed a jazz dance to "Beautiful People."
Rounding out the top 11 finalists were Miss Gateway St. Louis' OT Shade Bullock, who performed a tap dance to "Smooth Criminal;" Miss Crowder's OT Rebekah Rhoad, who performed "Gypsy" on the piano; Miss Texas County's OT Madison Horner, who sang "What I Did For Love;" Miss Branson's OT, Addyson Wilgus (the People's Choice contestant) who performed a lyrical dance to "Little Sparrow;" Miss Metro St. Louis' OT Megan Pennington, who performed "Cumana" on the piano; and Route 66's OT Lauren Vanlandingham, who performed a theater dance to Amayzing Mayzie."