|The very first Miss Teen USA Pageant final was held at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida on August 30, 1983. The formal Opening ceremony of the pageant was held on August 20 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena. 14 local judges selected the best state costume award and it was handed out to Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, Christine Lawlor. The preliminary show on Thursday, August 25th, was highlighted by the presentation of 2 special awards.
Named as Miss Photogenic was Miss Illinois Teen USA, Linda Burkholder who was voted on by the press photographers covering the pageant. Then, the contestants themselves decided who among them would receive the Miss Amity award, given to the girl they would "most like to be their best friend." Miss Arkansas Teen USA, Angie Boyd was their choice. At the conclusion of the final night on August 30th, Ruth Zakarian of New York was crowned the very first Miss Teen USA by Miss USA 1983 Julie Hayek. ( Wikipedia )