It will not be the first time Debus has represented Delaware at a national pageant. As Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2008, she was a contestant for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. The teen pageant is the younger-sister pageant within the Miss America Organization. Contestants are ages 13-17 years old. They are judged on the basis of talent, interviews, fitness and evening gowns. They compete for scholarships and other awards.
Debus also reigned for one year as Miss Delaware Teen USA. She competed at the Miss Teen USA Pageant. Teens compete in interviews, swimsuits and evening gowns. The Miss Teen USA Pageant is part of the Miss Universe Organization.