A young woman from North Haven was crowned Miss Connecticut Teen USA on Sunday, April 10. Mya Xeller, 17, said she was in shock after winning the title -- the happiest moment of her life.
“I have been in pageants since I was 11 and to win the crown the first time participating in Miss Connecticut Teen USA was something amazing,” said Xeller. a senior at North Haven High School.
Xeller now moves on to the national competition for Miss Teen USA.
Over the course of the next year, Xeller and Miss Connecticut USA Cynthia Dias will make several appearances throughout the state.
Xeller isn't planning to attend college in the fall. Instead, she wants to take a year to explore opportunities before deciding on her next step.
Barbara Ewald, executive state director for Miss Connecticut USA and Teen USA, said she's looking forward to watching Xeller grow into her new role. “I am also excited to help her prepare for Miss Teen USA,” Ewald said.
Xeller is vice president of More Than Likes, a local non-profit creatred by her cousin Alex Ranciato.
More Than Likes focuses on getting teenagers away from technology and out into the community, where they can do alot of good.
"Everyone spends too much time on social media," said Xeller, pointing out that she gives herself one hour at night to scroll around online.
Away from pageants and her work with More Than Likes, Xeller is your typical high school senior. Currently shes's figuring out plans for prom. “When it comes to pageants, I am great at planning," she said. "But outside of that, not as much."