Local Teen in National Spotlight for Miss Teen USA Competition

By Nick Hughes | nhughes@pahomepage.com, Eyewitness News

Published 07/22 2014 09:29PM

Updated 07/23 2014 02:44PM

Williamsport, Lycoming County- A young lady from Lycoming County will soon compete to be named Miss Teen U.S.A. 2014.

Sixteen year old Sydney Robertson of Williamsport is the reigning Miss Pennsylvania Teen U.S.A.

''I have been doing a lot of appearances over the past seven months which have been overall helping me. I have been able to go to schools to speak to kids on self-confidence. And recently I have been working with Carey Stiller. She is a trainer and the owner of the Fitness Factory so she is helping me tone up," Robertson said.

Back in December, Sydney won the state competition in Pittsburgh.

She says the experience was nerve wracking and exciting at the same time.

"Definitely a little bit of both, but for me a little more exciting because I have worked so hard. And in just that one moment, you get to go on stage and show everybody just how hard you worked. And you get to stand on stage and show everyone how confident you are and give off your energy," Robertson said.

As Sydney prepares to compete in The Bahamas, her father says their friends and family are very proud.

''It's hard to describe what a growth experience it has been for her and what appreciation we have for what pageantry does for these young ladies. It really gives them the confidence to go on and let them do whatever they want to do, said Allan Robertson.

One portion of the pageant that Sydney is preparing for is the interview.

She may have to answer a question like this one.

Sydney, what is one thing that a young lady can do to improve her self confidence?

Not to compare herself to anyone from someone in a magazine to her friends.

And to just do the things that really make her feel her best.

As she practices her pageant walk in her pageant shoes in a swimsuit and evening gown, this young lady says she knows where she is going.

"Ten years from now I am going to be an Academy Award winning actress. In all honesty that is my dream, my goal. I have wanted to do that since I was eleven years old and I plan on pursuing it," Robertson said.

Sydney Robertson is reaching those goals one victory at a time.

The Miss Teen U.S.A. Competition will be streamed live on the internet from The Bahamas on Saturday August 2, at 8pm.

Link to Watch:   Miss Teen USA

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