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Former Miss America’s Granddaughter to Follow in Her Footsteps

We’ve recently seen a former Miss USA’s daughter compete and win a Miss USA state title, but there’s a new duo we’ve found. Miss America 1966’s granddaughter is competing in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen system and has won a local title. (Read: Former Miss USA’s Daughter to Compete for Miss USA 2017)

About Miss America 1966

If you know your Miss America history, you know that Deborah Bryant Berge was crowned Miss America in 1966. The Miss America 1966 pageant was the 39th Miss America pageant and was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was the first Miss Kansas to take the coveted Miss America crown, making her state proud.

Miss America 1966
Photo Credit: Miss American Organization

Berge won the swimsuit preliminary and the next day went on to win the crown. During her year of service, she advocated for her platform “Project Concern,” which provided medical support for underdeveloped countries. After her time as a titleholder, she attended the University of Kansas and graduated Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa. (Read: 5 Tips on How to Win the Miss America Swimsuit Competition)

Fast forward a number of years, after years of judging the preliminary competitions, Berge serves a board member of Miss America. Berge also has a granddaughter, Anna Alber, who is competing in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program.

About Anna Alber

Anna is a 15-year-old competitor and the newly crowned Miss Estrella Mountains Outstanding Teen. She is a freshman at Desert Vista High School in Arizona. She’s found an invaluable connection with her grandmother through pageantry. Anna cites her grandmother as “an inspiration and a person [she] admires so much.”

Miss Estrella Mountains OT
Photo Credit: Anna Alber Twitter (@AnnaAlberr)

Anna is now training to compete in the Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen pageant to take place on June 24, 2017. Her family says that she was the only one, besides her grandmother, who has expressed interest in pageantry. She’s a trained dancer, so the talent competition came naturally to her.

Anna was also diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 16 months old. This diagnosis presents a challenge for the teen as she trains six days a week for dance. Her recent win will allow her to bring attention to her platform of Diabetes awareness.

We certainly cannot wait to see if this teen takes the title of Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen and goes on to compete for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. We’ll definitely be following along with Anna’s journey!

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