Presly Pedigo, a senior at White House Heritage High School, was named the 2019 Teen Universe USA winner during the national beauty pageant, held in Tempe, Arizona, on July 29. Pedigo now will represent the United States at the international Teen Universe Pageant in Panama next March.
“It’s such an honor to be named the Teen Universe USA winner, particularly because I will use this position to advocate for the men and women who serve our country in the U.S. military,” she said. “My grandfathers and my dad have served our country, and I’m passionate that our country gives our serving men and women the upmost respect.”
As part of her advocacy, Pedigo started a nonprofit organization called “Freedom Fighters,” which works to instill young children with respect for the nation’s service men and women.
“I go and speak to schoolchildren about this, and we have a great time,” she said. “We’ve made goodie bags, posters, cards, read books, and have the funniest discussions. I also work closely with the Robertson County VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapters) to help them when needed. I know they got my 6! My platform allows me to volunteer with something that I’m passionate about.”
Sunday night’s Teen Universe USA pageant marked the culmination of a big year for the Middle Tennessee teenager. Several months ago, Pedigo was named Tennessee Teen Universe USA, which sent her to Arizona last week for the national contest.
Pedigo joined 25 delegates from across the nation for the pageant. By the end of the evening, the judges narrowed the finalists down to three contestants from Tennessee, U.S. Mexico and Florida. When the final results were announced, Tennessee’s Pedigo received the winning crown.
The 17-year-old will begin her senior year at White House Heritage this fall, and she plans to enter college as a sophomore when she graduates.
Teen Universe USA is an international pageant, established 2012, with the mission of having “Beautiful Teenagers Making"