Miss Florida USA 2015 is first-time contestant Ashleigh Lollie! Ashleigh is from Grand Ridge, northwest of Tallahassee, and is the first Panhandle titleholder since 2006. Ashleigh also won Miss Photogenic - the first Miss Photogenic winner to win Miss Florida USA since Angelia Savage in 1997!
Only one of the many returning runners-up made it to the top five, with 2014 third runner-up Kailyn Perez placing first runner-up. Second runner-up was Jessica Voight, a semi-finalist last year and third and fourth runners-up Lacey Morgan & Heather Martin were both competing for the first time.
In many respects this was a surprise top five, which few people watching the pageant predicted. Left in the top 16 were three of last year’s runners-up: Linette De Los Santos, three-time runner-up Brie Gabrielle and two-time runner-up Melissa Ramirez. Quite a few shocks - I thought for sure Brie & Melissa, along with Pageant Update interviewee Mel Ziegler would make it through. Congratulations to past non-finalists Natalie Carbonell & Ana Perez for breaking into the semi-finals for the first time.
Florida often years some amazing contestants out of the top 16 and this year was no different. I was particularly surprised that Rachel Stacy and Anh Do did not make the top 15, along with Valetina Esquivel and Elise Lobb.
Miss Florida USA 2015 - Ashleigh Lollie
1RU: Kailyn Perez (3RU 14)
2RU: Jessica Voigt (SF 14)
3RU: Lacey Morgan
4RU: Heather Martin
Natalie Carbonell (NF 12)
Melissa Ramirez (4RU 14, 1RU 12, NF FL TUSA 10))
LInette De Los Santos (2RU 14, NF 13)
Sarah Rogers (SF FL TUSA 14)
Marissa Danish (4RU 12)
Ana Perez (NF 13)
Brittany Lugo (SF 14, NF 13)
Brie Gabrielle (1RU 14, 2RU CA USA 13, 1RU CA USA 12, T10 CA TUSA 07, T10 CA TUSA 06)
Miss Amity: Crystal Stephens
Miss Photogenic: Ashleigh Lollie
Ashleigh Lollie, Kailyn Perez, Jessica Voight, Lacey Morgan, Heather Martin