Orlando, FL, February 28, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc., a little sister to the Miss America Organization that promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America's teens, has named TV fashion commentator and entrepreneur Kim Parrish as president. A former Miss West Virginia (1992), Kim is the creator of The Kim Parrish Collection clothing line on HSN and HSN.com. (see www.kimparrishcollection.com and www.maoteen.org)
Miss America's Outstanding Teen is a scholarship-based program offering accomplished teens the opportunity to be awarded funds for college, thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteers across the country. The first Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition for girls 13 to 17 was held in 2005, and the current titleholder is Caitlin Brunell of Great Falls, VA. The 2008 competition will take place August 12 – 16, 2008 in Orlando, FL.
Kim Parrish has volunteered with the Miss America Organization for the past 15 years, including directing the Miss West Virginia’s Outstanding Teen competition and serving as a judge for the national finals in Orlando.
“I intend to help develop a strong financial foundation and expand national recognition for this outstanding organization and its participants,” says Kim. “In today’s fast-paced world, teens can’t afford to look to young Hollywood for role models. They need to find inspiration within themselves, their families, schools and community. Through its exceptional mentoring program, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for teens, that will help them prepare for successful futures.”
As a result of spending eight years as a popular TV shopping host on QVC, she is a familiar face to millions of viewers across the country, and has been featured in dozens of articles from TV Guide to the New York Times. Her TV assignments have taken her to Ireland, Italy and across the USA, including to Salt Lake City, where she reported on the 2002 Winter Olympics. She also has appeared in hundreds of television, theatre and off-Broadway productions. In 2005 she launched the Kim Parrish Collection, a designer-inspired clothing line, on HSN.
A graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, and a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Kim resides in the Tampa Bay area with her husband and their son.