Abilene Lortz, Miss Missouri Junior High, competed for the title of Miss Junior High School America on July 1 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Abilene Lortz, Miss Missouri Junior High, competed for the title of Miss Junior High School America on July 1 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Abilene placed first runner up, top five community service, and was the overall Fashion Runway winner. Abilene is a thirteen year-old student at St. James Middle School and will be in the eighth grade this coming school year. Abilene plays basketball for Team Blackout 2022, is a member of the Duke Talent Identification Program for gifted students, is a Kode with Klossy scholarship recipient, and a St. James Veterans Home volunteer.