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Nisswa teen wins title

Lizzy Thurlow of Nisswa, Miss Northern Lakes’ Outstanding Teen 2013, recently won the first runner-up title at the Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen 2014 pageant, winning a $250 scholarship.

Thurlow also received the Interview Award, which is given to a contestant whom the five judges believe was the “overall best,” winning a $100 scholarship, and she received the Scholastic Achievement Award, judged by a separate panel of judges and given to the contestant with the best academic history, for another $100 scholarship.

Thurlow, the daughter of Mimi and the late Scott “Mike” Thurlow, has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average since fifth grade. The Interview Scholarship award was donated by Bailey Wachholz, Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen 2012 and the current Miss Brainerd Lakes.

When competing at the state pageant last year, Thurlow placed in the top five. She was crowned Miss Northern Lakes Outstanding Teen in October 2013 in Bemidji. Since then, she has promoted her platform, “Building Healthy Hearts: Heart Disease Prevention,” which was inspired by the loss of her father in January 2009.

While Thurlow usually plays flute for her talent, at the most recent pageant she danced a jazz routine to “Hot Honey Rag” from the musical “Chicago.”

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