Winners of Miss Austin and Miss Austin’s Outstanding Teen crowned

Miss Austin and Miss Austin's Outstanding Teen talked about their victories (photo courtesy: Amanda Dugan)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Miss Universe wasn’t the only pageant Sunday. Miss Austin and Miss Austin Outstanding Teen 2015 were both crowned. KXAN’s Brian Sanders was one of the judges and got to follow up with the winners Monday morning on KXAN News Today on the CW Austin.

Keli Kryfko, 23, won the Miss Austin crown. The Texas Tech graduate lost over 100 pounds and has been on a national television tour talking about her healthier lifestyle choices. Kryfko is using her weight loss to inspire others to do the same and is fighting obesity for her pageant platform. She is currently working on a book that is scheduled to come out in August 2015.  She’s also the National Spokesperson for “Shape Up America!”.

Miss Austin’s Outstanding Teen is McNeil High School junior, Rya Mahaney, 16. Her platform is “BE-U: Beautiful, Equal and Unique”.  Mahaney’s hope is that, in her year of service, to be role model for other teens who struggle because of confidence issues. She wants to graduate from The University of Texas and pursue a law degree.

Both Kryfko and Mahaney now advance to the state level competition. The Miss Texas pageant is June 27 through July 4 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, Texas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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