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by: , ABIGAIL RODRIGUEZ

A 17-year-old Gresham girl will represent Oregon next month in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition.


Abigail Rodriguez, 17, was crowned the 2007 Miss Oregon Outstanding Teen on Saturday, June 30, in Seaside as part of the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant.

Rodriguez won a $1,000 scholarship when she was chosen from among 10 contestants. She competed at the Seaside pageant as Miss Portland.

As an incoming senior at Centennial High School, Rodriguez enjoys peer mediation, is a sprinter and jumper on the track and field team, and sings in two school choirs - the C-Notes and the a cappella choir.

During this weekend's pageant, she sang the Ella Fitzgerald standard 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)' as part of the talent competition. Miss Oregon 2001 and Miss America 2002 Katie Harman, who also attended Centennial High School, served as mistress of ceremonies.

Rodriguez plans to earn a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in communications.

She will compete in the third annual Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant from Aug. 8-11 in Orlando, Fla.

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