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Newly crowned Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen

Dajania James is now representing the entire State of New York as she heads to Dallas for a chance to earn the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.

A junior at East Rochester High School, Dajania has been in the Urban-Suburban program since seventh grade. Her resume is long and impressive; Vice-President of the National Honor Society, Captain of the Senior Company Dance Team at the Floor Dance Company, a member of Jack and Jill of America Inc, and host of the teen-based radio show called “Simply Supreme” on 100.9 WXIR.

Those are just a few of her accomplishments, and now she can add Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen to that list.

The Miss America Organization hosts a Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program, which provides a year of service to candidates as they have opportunities to earn scholarships, develop public speaking skills, engage in community activism, and network with professionals from around the state and nation.

Dajania was representing the Rochester region during the state competition over Memorial Day weekend. She is noted on the organization’s website for her social impact mission of Amplifying Underrepresented Youth Through Media.

During the event, she won the Overall Interview portion and went on to be crowned the winner, earning the title of Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen.

In a public post made just after earning that title, Dajania wrote:

Hello everyone!

I am Dajania James , the Newly crowned Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen! I came representing Rochester and I am leaving representing the STATE! I’m so geeked for the year ahead and ready to put in the work! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me as I prepared to compete. To my family , friends , dance teachers and teammates! I’m so grateful for all of you! It is going to be a fabulous year!

I am so proud of every teen that competed this weekend! You all are examples of greatness , never stop chasing your dreams and showing everyone how incredible you are! Thank you for showing me your amazing personalities , I had so much fun with all of you!

Thank you @morefromgianna and @sydney.park.ny for setting an outstanding example and all of you encouraging words

@missamericany and I are in for the BEST YEAR EVER! Let’s do this


You can follow her journey through social media using the handle @MAOteenNY on both Facebook and Instagram.