Ava Hunter of Franklin has been crowned Miss Tennessee Tween National Teenager, and will
represent Tennessee at the 2018 America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization pageant in
Baltimore, Maryland this November.
Ava, 9, just completed the third grade at Clovercroft Elementary school. She is a Girl Scout, and
participates in volleyball, swim team, running club, and is a member of the Rising Stars Show Choir. Ava also is an active volunteer in the community, and is currently collecting bottled water for the Nashville Rescue Mission. Her goal is to share her platform, “Pretty is as Pretty Does,” which encourages everyone, especially children, to volunteer in their communities.
Contestants who attend ANTSO are among the brightest in the country, having won their state
representation through academic, community service, interview and onstage competitions.
“ANTSO was founded in 1970 upon the principles of celebrating a young woman’s smarts and big heart,” CEO and owner, Jenny Telwar-Daniel said of the organization. “Therefore, while the world around us has changed, our company has not. We still focus on the female’s academic potential, contribution to community, and the ideals and power that women have, at any age, to make a difference. This year we celebrate 48 years of glamour, scholarship, community and style.”
The 2018 National event in Baltimore will consist of several days of competition, and fun city events
like a Celebration 48th Queens Ball, a visit to the National Aquarium, family fun bingo night, participation in the Baltimore Goodwill Convention Center Thanksgiving Feast for homeless and needy in Baltimore, and a day in Washington, D.C. Winners will walk away with cash scholarships for college along with various other amazing prizes and trips. The shows will be at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
“ANTSO truly promotes a positive and enriching experience for all young women involved and their
families,” Telwar-Daniel said. “While each young woman competes for several thousands in scholarships, she also gets to spend quality time in positive, self-esteem building activities with her family. It’s a win-win for all involved.”
Parents, young women and educators interested in any of ANTSO’s programs, at either the state or
national level, are encouraged to contact the ANTSO office at 615-405-5107 or visit its website at