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Miss Lancaster County's Outstanding Teen 2020

Mahisha Tanna

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Education: Linden Hall School for Girls

Landis Run Intermediate School

Reidenbaugh Elementary School

The New School of Lancaster  


Platform Issue: Encouraging Inclusion 


Scholastic/Career Ambition: To obtain a Master of Business Administration 

To run my own NGO to promote inclusivity through the arts

Talent: Bollywood Fusion Dance – Aaja Nachle


Scholastic Honors:  High Honor Roll all report card periods; 8 Advanced Placement classes (or of equivalent academic standard) in the past two years; 4.5 GPA, National Honor Society Inductee


Leadership Roles: Residential Assistant; Student Ambassador; Class President for 2 consecutive years; Student Council President; DECA Chapter President; Linden Ledger Co-Editor-in-Chief; Varsity Tennis Team Captain; Youth Leader for the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition; International Thespian Society Inductee


Accomplishments: Hugh O’ Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador for Linden Hall; Helped raise over $200,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation as a member of CojoMotion Dance Company; Linden Hall Gold Four Award 4-year awardee

Interesting Facts: I have been learning Bharatanatyam since I was 3 years old; I worked with students from nearby schools to plan the Lancaster March for Our Lives; I am currently planning a self-defense and first aid forum for students at Linden Hall, I choreograph Bollywood Fusion dances and perform them at different events (i.e. raising money for UNICEF at a Hafla); I danced in the filming for a movie in December 2019; I also have a twin sister and our birthday is on Christmas Eve!  


Marketing Plan: When people donate their time or money to an organization, they want to know how the organization is going to benefit and make a change in the community. The Miss Lancaster County’s Outstanding Teen Organization gives girls the perfect avenue to build the self-confidence that is crucial to go out in the world and make changes for the better. It teaches young women to not be afraid, and strive to be the most generous, selfless, and yet strong woman they can be. It teaches us to be proud of who we are and what we believe, and to use that. As Miss Lancaster County’s Outstanding Teen, I would need people to know that; it’s more than girls walking in heels; it’s a platform to change the world.


Legacy: I would like to be remembered as the Miss Lancaster County’s Outstanding Teen who advocated and inspired others to advocate for people’s rights, promoted inclusion, and contributed to people living their lives freely and with equality. 

How do I feel about becoming Miss Lancaster County’s Outstanding Teen 2020: I am honored to be Miss Lancaster County’s Outstanding Teen 2019. I have a passion for public speaking, dancing, and making people smile. But, more than anything, I am thrilled to learn. A year as Miss Lancaster County’s Outstanding Teen is the most amazing opportunity to develop my speaking skills and learn about the world around me and how I can make a difference in it. I would like to use this as a platform to encourage inclusivity. I would also love to represent this organization; I have been watching these pageants since I was a little girl, and as cliché as it sounds, it would be so amazing to be that woman on that stage.


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