In mid August, Jessica Richards of Sandy made Utah History, at least in the world of pageantry. She represented Utah in Orlando at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, the little sister program to the Miss America Pageant.
"I felt so comfortable. It wasn't really a competition, it was just friendship."
Richards came home with $3,500 in scholarship money after winning the Talent and Evening Gown Preliminary Awards, and the Glenn S. Harmon Instrumentalist award.
Richards is the current Miss Utah Outstanding Teen and will be giving up her crown to a new young woman at the Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen pageant this October.