Teen Keepers of the Crown


Name: Tori Pedruzzi
Title: Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen
Hometown: Wichita, KS

Bishop Carroll High School
St. Jude Catholic Middle School
St. Jude Catholic Elementary
St. Jude Catholic Pre-School

Platform Issue: Movement Matters: The Power of You

Scholastic/Career Ambition: Nursing Degree
Traveling nurse specializing in pediatrics

Talent: Lyrical Dance – “Ashes” by Celine Dion

Scholastic Honors: Current GPA 4.0; Presidential Academic Achievement Award; Diocesan Honor Roll; Consecutively achieved Honor Roll; Scholars Bowl team member; selected for Honors English

Leadership Roles: Choreographer for Midwest Dance Mechanix dance camp; this past school year conducted dance classes for elementary students at St. Jude Catholic School totally approximately 200 hours; founder of “Precious Pets Week” collecting and distributing supplies to Kansas Humane Society; initiated and lead policy change to include freshman on to the dance team after 30 years of exclusion

Accomplishments: Four-time Division II State Swim qualifier; awarded Student of the Month multiple months/years; Two-time 2nd Place Overall Solo at Revolution Dance Competition; Two-time 2nd Place Overall Solo at Starpower Dance Competition and was awarded a $250 scholarship; Two-time Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen Overall Talent winner; Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen Overall Fitness winner; Set the St. Jude Middle School  track record for the 1600-meter dash

Interesting Facts: Basketball nickname is “the linebacker”; Yellow Belt in Kenpo Karate; I am of Brazilian decent

Marketing Plan: As Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, I will motivate not only young girls, but all youth and teens through social media with the “5-minute movement” weekly posts. This will challenge individuals to get away from their screens and get up and move. In addition, I will go to schools around the country to promote the benefits of reduced screen time through movement. I have been a dancer for over nine years, dancing has prepared me to promote wellness within communities locally and nationally.

How would I promote the MAOTeen Organization? Pulling from my individual drive and vision, I will empower others to live a healthy lifestyle through movement. Given that the MAOTeen Organization encourages following dreams to create vision, this scholastic program has given me the confidence and passion to reach out and make a difference in other’s lives. I will continue to work hard under pressure with a strong determination to connect with people. My goal is to connect with children and teens of all backgrounds, races, and economic levels and introduce them to ways to move. Once others see the benefit of movement it will encourage them to connect with the MAOTeen vision to promote recruitment, sponsorship and community involvement.



(Photos by Linda Werhan Photography)

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Miss Kansas
June 11, 2022
Dennis Lesh Sports Arena

Pratt Community College in Pratt, KS

Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen
March 25-27, 2022
Carpenter Auditorium
Pratt Community College in Pratt, KS