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FDL Woman Named Miss Wisconsin Outstanding Teen

            Kylene Spanbauer, 17, the 2016 Miss Fond du Lac’s Outstanding Teen, was crowned the 2016 Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen the evening of June 25.  The competition took place at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium, adjacent to Oshkosh West High School, with 21 contestants representing their communities from throughout Wisconsin. 

Spanbauer, a Fond du Lac resident, is a student at Winnebago Lutheran Academy.  For the talent portion of the competition, she performed a dance twirl routine with gymnastics elements to the song, “Explosive,” by Bond.  Spanbauer will advance to the 2016 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition, which takes place in Orlando, Florida on August 2, 3, 4 and 6, 2016.

“I was shocked!” said Spanbauer of her new title.  “I was really just so excited to be in the top five that I didn’t know I would end up becoming the winner.  That was amazing.  I just didn’t expect that!”

As part of her year of community service, Spanbauer will promote her personal platform, entitled “Alzheimers Disease – Remember: Early Detection Matters.”  “My platform means a lot to me because I have two very special people in my life who have Alzheimer’s, and they mean the world to me,” she said.

The fourth runner-up in the 2016 Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Pageant was Miss Badgerland’s Outstanding Teen, Keeley Collins of Waunakee; third runner-up was Miss River City’s Outstanding Teen, Maria Ekern of West Salem; second runner-up was Miss Onalaska’s Outstanding Teen, Annie Skogen of Onalaska; and the first runner-up was Miss Racine’s Outstanding Teen, Zeli Frantz of Racine. 

Spanbauer was crowned by the former Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen, Jordenne Butler,17, of Onalaska.  She captured the title in 2015 with her talent as a lyrical en pointe dancer and dedicated her year of service to her platform of helping others achieve their life goals through Leadership, Empowerment, Attitude and Perseverance (LEAP).

Today Amber Wells, a 16-year-old junior at Fond du Lac High School, is being crowned the new Miss Fond du Lac’s Outstanding Teen.  Previously the first runner-up at the local pageant in March, 2016, Wells performed a flute solo.  She will dedicate her year of service to promoting her platform – “Heartfelt Hellos:  Putting People First” – which advocates focusing on people’s abilities versus disabilities.