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Handstand Beauty J She's Detroit's Queen of Teens BY TAULINE STERLING FrM Press Staff Writer Diane O'Dell, a Junior in Roosevelt High School at Wyandotte, is Detroit's entry entry in the Miss Teenage America America contest to be held in Dallas, Dallas, Tex., Oct. 20 to 26. Blond, 16 -year -year -old -old Diane, with the willowy figure of a model, won the judge's decision decision Wednesday afternoon in the Sheraton - Cadillac Hotel with her acrobatic dancing, her youthful exuberant personality, personality, intelligence, alertness, alertness, poise and appearance. But it was no snap decision decision for the judges. They had real trouble. All eight finalists finalists were the cream of the crop. They are sharp and have talents galore. The Judges balloted many timr to arrive at a final decision. The contestants performed like professionals, answered with the conviction of politicians politicians and weren't half? as nervous as their mothers, sitting in the audience. DIANE did her acrobatic dance in a green sequined costume. She did the splits standing on two chairs and did forward and backward somersaults standing on the chairs. For the quiz which followed, followed, she came back in wearing a red wool sheath. Diane says she likes tennis and dancing and intends to go to college. Second place winner was Jo-Jo Jo-Jo Jo-Jo Shutty, 15, a 10th grade student of Berkley High School, a world champion champion baton twirler. Third place winner was Ann Olsen, a Cooley High School senior and pianist. Wednesday Wednesday she played Respighi's Nocturno, with skill and understanding. understanding. IN DALLAS, Diane, who lives at 1728 Second, Wyandotte, Wyandotte, will be competing with 110 Miss Teenage America contestants throughout the states. The national winner, to be selected Oct. 26 will have her choice of a Mercury Comet convertible or a Mercury guwcvi qose ;M:iicicy;isssMsjMsgMSiMsiai r Y, IT,S 'fflmma- 'fflmma- iniw-irnn iniw-irnn iniw-irnn .i.i ml Free Press Photo by WALLY STEIGER Diane: "I just can't believe it!" Comet sports car. She will be given a four-year four-year four-year college scholarship and a one-year one-year one-year trip throughout the United States. The contest locally is spon- spon- sored by the Central Business Business District Association. National National sponsors are Lincoln Mercury; the United States Rubber Co. and Coty cosmetics. cosmetics. Locally Sponsored Contest The Miss Teenage America contest, now in its second year and sponsored locally by the Central Business District District Association, is not to be confused with the Miss American Teenager contest, which has no local sponsorship. sponsorship. Last month Patricia Deeb, 17, of Dearborn, was named a national finalist in the Miss American Teenager contest, co-sponsored co-sponsored co-sponsored by a radio station station in New York and the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey, only to learn that she would have to pay her own expenses to participate. participate. Pat had filled out a coupon she found In a teenage magazine. magazine. When notified she was a winner, she realized ehe could not afford to compete for the title.