If you are single and between the ages of 13 and 18, applications are now being accepted for the title of 2008 “Miss Teen McCulloch County.” Miss Teen McCulloch County will represent her county at the Miss Teen Texas Pageant to be held at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, April 11-13, 2008. The young woman selected as “Miss Teen McCulloch County” will become an ambassador for the McCulloch County area and receive an official title and sash. The young lady crowned Miss Teen Texas will receive a scholarship and prize package valued at over $15,000 and the opportunity to represent Texas at the Miss Teen International Pageant. The American Heart Association and The United Way are the official charities of the Miss Teen Texas Pageant. The current reigning 2007 Miss Teen Texas is Kari Beth Langbein of Comfort. As Miss Teen Texas, she speaks to children and teens about “Peer Support: a Solution to Peer Pressure.” “I believe that the biggest challenge facing teens today is peer pressure,” she said. Miss Langbein has partnered with The Young Life Organization to promote her cause (www.younglife.org). “As a teenager, I know what peer pressure feels like and just how powerful it can be,” she added. “Even though I’m from a small town in the Texas Hill Country, every day I see proof that peer pressure affects the lives of our youth. Teenagers feel the overwhelming pressure to fit into a culture crowded with the noise and glare of media messages and peer expectations. There is no more relevant issue for teens today. “My main goal is to help teenagers understand the effects of peer pressure and how to overcome them,” added Miss Langbein. “As Miss Teen Texas, I am in a position to be a positive influence and role model to teenagers. I have set and reached goals because I’ve been able to resist peer pressure. Now I am able to speak to teenagers across the state, provide reassurance and let them know the options and support systems available through the Young Life Program. Teen contestants will compete in personal interview, fitness wear, fun fashion wear and evening gown (There is no talent or swimsuit competition.). Teenage ladies living or attending school in McCulloch County interested in applying should submit a biography form to: Miss Teen Texas International Pageant, 14427 Brookhollow, Suite 197, San Antonio, Tex. 78232 or call, email or visit the Web site for more information: 210-403-0589, Kristin@TexasInternationalPageants.com or www.missteentexasinternational.com.