Linda Kay MannsLinda Kay Manns (formerly Snyder; née Fickus; July 4, 1965 – August 19, 2008), was the first [https://archive.is/20130128225805/http://www.missalaskausapageant.com/Titleholders.html Miss Alaska Teen USA] in 1983, the year the Miss Teen USA pageant debuted. She appeared in the 1983 Miss Teen USA Pageant telecast from Lakeland, Florida and was a press favorite.
Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States, to William and Lillian Fickus, she was crowned at age 17. She spent much of her childhood growing up on a ranch in the southern foothills of the Brooks Range in the Alaskan "bush". She was the third child of four, and the second daughter in the family to win a state pageant title. Her older sister, Mrs. Deborah Luper was Miss Alaska USA in 1980.
Following her year as Miss Alaska Teen USA, she began a career in business & government that ultimately led to political appointments by Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski, who she served as Deputy Director of Boards & Commissions, and as Special Assistant. She also served in Governor Sarah Palin's Fairbanks office, was president of a local Republican Women's Club, and was a member of the Rotary Club. Prior to her death, she appeared as a special guest at the 2007 Miss Alaska Teen USA pageant.