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Miss Red Rose City's Outstanding Teen 2020

Lizzie Plakans

Hometown: Lancaster, PA


Education: Manheim Township High School (9-11), 

Manheim Township Middle School (7-8)

Landis Run Intermediate School (5-6)

Nitrauer Elementary School (K-4)


Social Impact Initiative: Help for the Homeless

Scholastic/Career Ambition: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Musical Theater Performer/Entertainer/Teacher  

Talent: Musical Theatre Vocal – “Heart of Stone” 


Scholastic Honors:  Spanish Immersion student from Kindergarten through 5th  grade; Second Honor Roll all High School report card periods; International Baccalaureate program


Leadership Roles: I am the dance captain of our 2020 Manheim Township High School Musical, Mamma Mia; I choreographed dances for the 2019 and 2020 Miss Four Diamonds Fund Pageant


Accomplishments:  Tri-M Music Honor Society; I have performed in two New York City and numerous local cabarets, and been cast in regional theatre productions, including: Young Fiona in Shrek, Fern in Charlotte’s Web, and Esther Jane in A Christmas Story (Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre), July in Annie (EPAC), Cynthia in big, the Musical (Fulton) and Zaneeta Shin in Music Man (Servant Stage Company); I have appeared in print ads for the Whitaker Center, Hershey Camping Resort, FIG Magazine, Fine Living Lancaster and Granny’s Cupboard Antiques; I have performed the National Anthem for the Lancaster Barnstormers, F&M College, Manheim Township High School athletics, the U.S National Women’s Field Hockey and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association


Interesting Facts:  Voice, dance and acting lessons since age 10; Neffsville Mennonite Church worship team member; high school Dance Team for 3 years; traveled to Spain last summer; taking a mission trip to Mexico in July; slept in a box outside in February; fluent in Spanish; fascinated by forensic psychology; play bass guitar; member of Lancaster Barnstormers “Fun Patrol”; both my grandfather and my uncle were homeless 


Marketing Plan: I would market the Miss Lancaster County’s Outstanding Teen brand to potential sponsors, educational institutions and organizations as a unique, positive and widespread means for teens to present their talents, viewpoints and causes, while also promoting responsibility, time management, public speaking skills and confidence.  

Legacy: A year after giving up my title as Miss Lancaster County’s Outstanding Teen, I would like people to remember about my service year that I worked hard to impact our community’s homeless population, and I made a lasting impression on my audiences about homelessness and what they can continue to do to help. I also hope to have shown other teens that you do not have to be the best student, the best athlete or the best performer to make a difference; you just need a cause and a desire to promote it.


How do I feel about being Miss Red Rose City’s Outstanding Teen: I am proud to be selected as the 2020 Miss Red Rose  City’s Outstanding Teen. I am responsible, articulate and confident, and would energetically promote to my audiences and other teens what a tremendous opportunity this title is to highlighting my platform.  My public performance in a predominantly adult environment makes me uniquely suited to be the 2020 representative.