Klamath Falls, Ore. – A junior from Henley High School is getting ready to compete for the title of ‘Miss Teen USA’.
17 year old Mackenzie Peterson was crowned ‘Miss Oregon Teen USA’ in January.
The news didn’t take long to hit Henley High School.
“A lot of my friends were really excited – I still get called ‘queen’ at school.” Notes Peterson. “So everyone’s been really supportive and excited for me.”
Peterson is now getting ready to head to the national pageant in Reno April 28th. “For the competition, there’s interview, fitness, and evening gown – and then the top 5 does an on-stage question.”
Peterson says she’s looking forward to the challenge. “I’ve already gained so much, such as confidence and new friends – but next week, I’ll be going to the national pageant, so I’ll be making 50 more girlfriends.”
After graduating, Peterson hopes to pursue a career in radiology.
The competition will be streamed live: www.missteenusa.com
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.