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An East Texas Teen Heads To Miss Teen USA

"It's not really overwhelming actually," says Magen Ellis, Miss Texas Teen USA.

She is cool as a cucumber, even though in just a few days she'll be competing for the Miss Teen USA title.

"It will be kind of crazy because I am traveling and getting registered and settled in," she says.

She leaves Thursday, and is packing up all of her gowns and sashes today. She had her evening gown custom made for the competition.

"I've always worn white and I've always won in white, so I am not changing anything," she says.

So what is she looking forward to most?

"I am really excited to learn the dance, I like learning the dance. Also all of the fun appearances. I hear they closed down a water park for us for a day," she says.

But her favorite part will of course be the pageant.

"I love the dresses, don't get me wrong, but my favorite part is the interview. I like to let the judges know who I am and what I am all about," she explains.

She admits, though, she will be a little nervous the night of the competition.

"It's very stressful for all the girls, especially if you are called out towards the end for the top15."

But even if she doesn't take home the crown she says she's already a winner, because being Miss Texas Teen USA and representing East Texas has been a dream come true.

"It's helped me grow as a person. When I started out at 15, I didn't even know what I wanted to be. Now I have a better idea of who I am what I want to do with my life."

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