Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Grace Lange, and I'm seventeen years old. After a busy senior year of high school including playing varsity basketball, being class president, and taking several honors courses, I can't wait to graduate! This summer I will be busy volunteering, preparing for college, spending time with my family and friends, and of course going to Miss Teen USA!
What qualities should a woman have to represent a whole nation?
The most important quality hands down is confidence. When one is representing a group or an organization bigger than oneself, she has to be completely sure of who she is inside and out. I think Deshauna Barber and Kara McCullough, Miss USA 2016 and 2017, embody this trait completely. They are so confident that they are fearless which makes them both fit to have been and be Miss USA.
Who do you think will be your strongest competitor for the Miss Teen USA Competition?
Growing up as an athlete, I was always in a competition to win; and from that, I learned that it is better to work on yourself rather than worry about others. All of the girls are beautiful inside and out, and I'm looking forward to getting to know them all better and gain some life long friends. Pageantry is about sisterhood, not competition, and that's my attitude going into Miss Teen USA.
What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the Miss Teen USA competition?
I believe that I am a leader. I was my senior class president, captain of my basketball team, and now I'm Miss Delaware Teen USA. I'm hoping my leadership and love for helping and guiding others shows at Miss Teen USA.
How has competing in pageants shaped you to be the person you are today?
The Miss Delaware Teen USA 2017 pageant was actually my first pageant ever, but even the amount of time competing there and throughout my reign has taught me so much. I've learned lessons about confidence, public speaking, and most importantly how to keep my shoulders from slouching!
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your life?
My freshman year of high school I was diagnosed with a chronic spinal injury, a missing bone in my spine, and two stress fractures in my lower spine. I was put in a back brace for six months and couldn't play the sport I love: basketball. It was hours of bed rest and I lost a lot of the endurance, strength, and skills I had been working on. Rehabbing back from that injury: learning how to run, lift, and play all over again was definitely the biggest challenge in my life. But, thanks to a lot of great people who supported me and hard work, I completed a full rehabilitation. I got to go back to playing basketball and was even recognized as one of the Top Twenty girl's basketball players in Delaware this year!
Your favorite beauty queen?
My favorite beauty queen is Allie LaForce, Miss Teen USA 2005. She was so bright and youthful but made an impact throughout her reign, which is something I hope to do. Now, she is a head sports broadcaster for Columbia Broadcasting System, CBS, which is my dream job.
Where do we hope to see you in the next 10 years?
We can both hope that I will be on television reporting about the biggest basketball, baseball, or football games of the time. I believe my background of athletics and now pageants has given all of the tools necessary for me to complete that dream.
If there's one message that you would like everyone to hear so people can know who you are as a person, what would that message be?
My message to the people would be "make your own path." I believe that nowadays people, especially teens, are so caught in seeing what everyone else is doing through social media, the internet, and television. If you want your specific dream to come true, you have to make your own path to achieve that dream, not follow someone else's.