Crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2020 less than a month ago, Payton May is finishing out the last days of summer as a typical teen. May, whose experience with pageants is fairly limited, said she “never expected to compete in a national pageant.”

“Inspired by women who choose not to follow the path placed in front of them,” May’s platform focuses on increasing the number of young people who head to the polls and vote. As Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, May said she’s “hoping to hold registration drives at high schools in each state she visits (including Connecticut when she attends Miss America at the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville on Dec. 19).”

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