Saturday , August 02, 2014 - 3:02 PM
Savannah Lancaster, Utah’s hopeful Miss Teen USA is more than a pretty face; the 18-year old South Ogden teenager has talent, humility, and compassion to boot.
This week Utahn’s are watching her as she represents the state in the Miss Teen USA pageant in the Bahamas. But Savannah is no stranger to the Caribbean, as her first humanitarian mission was to the island of Haiti. It was here, interacting with the locals, that brought about her love for helping others.
“It was a humbling and life-changing experience,” Savannah said of the mission, and she vowed to continue this kind of work on her return home to the USA. She has since worked with local non-profit organizations such as the Utah Food Bank, Children’s Miracle Network, and Best Buddies and has just completed her second humanitarian mission, this time to Nicaragua.
But Savannah, a Bonneville High School graduate, already knows about winning in leaps and bounds. She began dancing at the age of four and has poured hard work and dedication into her craft. Last year she won Miss Teen Dance/Drill Team in Utah then went on to win Miss Drill USA at the Nationals. Savannah also won Miss Dance International this past year, but regardless of exposure to the bright and nerve-wracking lights of international competition, she remains a humble homegrown Ogden girl.
The Utah State University freshman is concentrating her studies on Human Movement Science and Business, a double major with plenty of additional activities to fill up her dance card. She is a member of the USU Spirit Squad and she also choreographs and teaches dance across the state. Like every truly accomplished young woman, nothing seems to phase her, she just sits pretty waiting with the other contestants.
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