Kolby Kayworth, of Lorena, was crowned America’s National Teenager 2016 during a pageant held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Representing Texas, the Lorena High School graduate spent a week in Nashville during August competing in the 45th annual national pageant for the America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization.

Kolby, 18, is the daughter of Dr. Timothy and Deana Kayworth, of Lorena. She is a freshman at Baylor University, majoring in business with a focus in marketing and international business.

While in high school, she was a member of Peer Assistance Leadership and ran varsity track all four years, including qualifying for the state meet with her relay team.

She was a member of the National Honor Society and earned All-American honors for four years with the National Cheer Association. She was captain of the cheer squad her senior year.

Kayworth is an active volunteer who has helped at numerous organizations, including the Waco Center for Youth, Special Olympics, Texas Angels Pageants and events for the American Cancer Society. She was a Heart O’Texas Sweetheart and served in Teen Leadership Waco in 2014.

By capturing the America’s National Teenager title, she will travel across the United States to speak and volunteer with various organizations, such as being an ambassador for the Boys and Girls Club of America, which is ANTSO’s national philanthropy.

“Contestants who competed at ANTSO are among the brightest in the country, having won their state representation through academic success, leadership, community service, interview and onstage competitions,” according to Jenny Telwar-Daniel, CEO and owner of ANTSO.

The event in Tennessee consisted of several days in competition, and fun events like a cowboy-themed luncheon and a family game night. Winners received more than $40,000 in scholarships for college along with various other prizes.

For more information about the organization, visit its website at www.nationalteen.com.

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Kolby Kayworth, of Lorena, receives her crown as America’s National Teenager for 2016 at the pageant in Nashville, Tennessee.

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