Lake Highlands resident Mariah White recently was crowned Miss Black Teen.

Lake Highlands resident Mariah White recently was crowned Miss Black Teen Ambassador.

Lake Highlands graduate Mariah White was crowned Miss Black Teen Ambassador 2015 at the Miss Black Teen US Ambassador Scholarship Pageant, held last week in Atlanta, Georgia.

Miss Black US Ambassador pageant prizes are awarded based partly on entrants’ history of community service, interviews revolving around philanthropy, current news and events, and issues facing communities, especially African American ones. They also compete in fitness, evening gown and on-stage Q&A segments.

Winners earn a $5,000 scholarship, a personal appearance contract,  plus an array of goodies.

White, a Lake Highlands High School graduate, is preparing for her first year at Southern Methodist University. She is an advocate for Mighty Fine Arts, which brings music and arts programs to struggling communities. She was one of two Texans represented at the nationwide competition (Houston resident Princess Murray made it to the semi-finals and won “most photogenic”).

“Both of our Texas representatives did an amazing job at nationals in Atlanta last week,” notes Darnetta Forteau, a Miss Black Teen Texas US Ambassador spokesperson. “We are so very proud of both Princess and Mariah.”