Miss DC's Outstanding Teen 2016
Nilah Pettus was crowned Miss District of Columbia’s Outstanding Teen on June 19, 2016 and competed for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in August 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Her platform, Keep it Moving: Fitness through Dance and Healthy Life Choices, keeps youth in the Nation’s Capitol engaged through dance empowerment sessions at schools and dance studios.
Nilah is a scholar, dancer, poet and actress. She is an honors student and rising junior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School where she participates in the highly competitive International Baccalaureate ® Program. Nilah began her dance training at the internationally-recognized Jones Haywood School of Dance. For the past two years, Nilah has been awarded a coveted full-scholarship to attend the Alvin Ailey Junior Division Summer Intensive. She has also been accepted to the Debbie Allen Dance Summer Intensive (Los Angeles) and the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program (San Francisco).