Anastasiya Allen of Sebago and Portland has been chosen as Miss Teen Maine International, and will be competing for the national title of Miss Teen International July 28-30 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Miss Teen International competition is focused on community service. It also includes competitions in interviewing, evening gown, fashion wear and fitness.

Because Anastasiya was adopted from a Russian orphanage, her platform is to increase awareness of adoption. Over the last year, she has been travelling around the state as a spokesperson and advocate for several organizations; including the organization through which she was adopted, the Maine Adoption Placement Service, and A Family for ME, which coordinates the adoption of Maine’s foster children. Anastasiya has participated in events at the State Capitol and Children’s Museum, has met Gov. John Baldacci, and been a guest at a Globetrotter’s basketball game.

Anastasiya is an honor student and three sport athlete. She is the daughter of Neal and Jill Allen of Sebago and Portland, and the granddaughter of Richard and Rita Pelletier of Topsham, and Alice Allen, of Sebago.

Because there are many expenses associated with spreading her message and her week in Chicago to seek the national title, Anastasiya is seeking sponsors. O’Naturals Restaurant on Exchange Street in Portland is hosting a Community Night July 6 from 4-8 p.m. for Allen to help her raise money for the national competition in Chicago. The restaurant is donating 10 percent of all sales to her trip expenses. Entertainment will be provided by Sebago resident, Taylor Wilk.

For additional appearance requests, please contact Anastasiya at 207-232-1941 or [email protected]

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