Waianae Teen's Crowning Journey

Tesia Worley
Tesia Worley

(KHNL) - She's young, talented and getting ready to represent Hawaii in a national pageant.

We heard about Tesia Worley through our "talk story" segment.

Although the Waianae teen is only 14 years old, she's already becoming a role model.

She became the youngest person to win the Miss Hawaii Teen America Pageant last month, when she was just 13.

"I was totally shocked, I couldn't even talk at that time," she said.

She beat 21 other teens from across the state and it was her first pageant.

"When they called the first runner up, I wasn't really thinking I was going to win or anything. I was overwhelmed, all the hard work we put in," said Worley.

By "we", she means her entire family. The Kamehameha freshman didn't have thousands of dollars to spend on fancy dresses or talent coaches. She wore a lot of hand-me-downs and her aunt served as one of her coaches.

"The rest I couldn't get, it was too expensive," she said.

But she's not complaining. Tesia is already using her title to bridge the gap between the youth and the elders.

"I'm currently making a program called Adopt-a-Tutu and it's at my youth ministry class at Sacred Hearts Church and we perform at hospitals," she said.

Tesia's one of five kids and is being raised in a single-parent household. She says winning this pageant is teaching her responsibility, maturity and determination. And Tesia's also learning that dreams do come true.

Tesia, who has a 4.0 grade point average, will compete in the national pageant in July.