By KELLY R. CANTRALL
A local teen has made her mark on the national pageant stage.
Candice Cruz, 19, won the Miss Teen United States contest July 15 in Las Vegas, after being crowned Miss Teen Kentucky United States. Cruz lives in Brandenburg and is formerly of Elizabethtown.
Cruz will spend the next year traveling with the winners of the United States pageant system and doing charitable work such as visiting hospitals and U.S. troops.