West crowned Miss Teen USA

Photo courtesy of the Miss Teen USA Pageant

Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2012 Logan West reacts after being crowned.

Connecticut, and Southington in particular, can now lay claim to another national celebrity.

On Saturday night, at a competition held in the Bahamas, Logan West of Southington was crowned the 2012 Miss Teen USA.

The national pageant is described in press materials as “a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture, (which) is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. As part of the Miss Universe Organization, Miss Teen USA is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing awareness of teen issues.”

West, who was competing on Saturday as Miss Connecticut Teen USA, made it through the evening gown, on-stage interview, and swimsuit competitions during the two days of the pageant. Preliminary competitions were held last Friday. Finals were held on Saturday. Both nights were broadcast live over the internet.

On Saturday night, she made it through to the top five from among 51 contestants. At the end of the night, the hosts began the countdown of contestants to see who would win the crown. One by one, the runners-up were announced, and West finally was left standing with only Miss West Virginia Teen USA Elizabeth Sabatino by her side.

And as the hosts bantered, building suspense, West waited and waited, grasping the hands of Sabatino as they stood face to face, waiting to see which one of them would wear the crown.

Then finally, the hosts relented…

And they announced that West, a former Miss Southington’s Outstanding Teen, was the new Miss Teen USA.

Just as she did when she won Miss Connecticut USA in Farmington last year, West leapt in the air with excitement.

During the broadcast over the internet, after she was crowned, Logan was asked on-stage by the host, “What are you thinking and feeling?”

Without even a heartbeat passing, West said, “Where is my mother?”

West’s mother Patricia— and as well as her father Michael and Sydney— were all in the audience for Saturday’s crowning.

Then taking a moment to compose herself, and wiping away her tears of joy, West said, “Oh my goodness, I can’t describe how I’m feeling right now. I don’t have the words to say it. I want to thank everyone so much. Everyone from Connecticut who is here for me, thank you.”

West, who graduated from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts this year and plans to attend Pace University, succeeds Danielle Doty as Miss Teen USA.

In a previous interview, West—who had also been Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen in the Miss America Organization during the year previous to her Miss Connecticut Teen USA title, spoke to the Observer about her time thus far as a Miss Teen USA contender.

As Miss Connecticut Teen USA, West said, “I have continued my work with my program ‘BullyProof; Empowering Children Today to Prevent Bullying Tomorrow.’ I have now spoken to over 20,000 students. I have also worked very closely with Best Buddies and the Special Olympics, two organizations I now consider close to my heart. I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity, and I plan to live it to the fullest.”

On Monday, rather than flying back to Connecticut, West flew straight to New York City, where she will now live in the Trump Towers during her reign.

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