Miss Rhode Island USA & Teen USA 2015 results!

Congratulations to Anea Garcia Miss Rhode Island USA 2015 and Mary Malloy Miss RI Teen USA 2015!  For the third time in four years a 19 year old from Cranston won the Miss Rhode Island USA title!  What’s in the water in Cranston?  Mary is from Cumberland, in the north-east of Rhode Island, and is the first ever winner from her town (Miss or Teen).  

Brunettes took out both top fives this year, which made me click to something I hadn’t picked up on before: Rhode Island hasn’t crowned a blonde Teen titleholder since 2003!  Anea was competing for the first time, although has experience with pageants in the Dominican Republic and Mary was a semi-finalist last year.

In a sea of new faces, the only returning contestant in the top five was third runner-up Nicole Eacuello who had twice been a non-finalist.  Miss Rhode Island 2011 Robin Bonner made the top 14, as did 2014 semi-finalist Courtney Sheehan.

In Teen, three 2014 semi-finalists made the top five this year, as well as Kristen Hanlon who was 3RU last year and 4RU in 2012.

Full results:

Miss Rhode Island USA 2015 - Anea Garcia 
1RU: Kelsey Swanson
2RU: Lyndsey Laramee 
3RU: Nicole Eacuello (NF 14, NF 11)
4RU: Amanda Rodriguez

Semi-finalists:
Robin Bonner (NF NY USA 14, Miss Rhode Island 2011)
Jessica Cherenza
Gina Colao
 (NF 14)
Alexandra Heidenthal

Taylor Kells
Christine Kong

Angie Santana
Heather Santoro

Courtney Sheehan (SF 14)

Congeniality: Isabella Bennet
Photogenic: 
Fallon Medeiros

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Anea Garcia, Kelsey Swanson, Lyndsey Laramee, Nicole Eacuello, Amanda Rodriguez

Full results:

Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2015 - Mary Malloy (SF 14)
1RU: Kristen Hanlon (3RU 14, 4RU 12)
2RU: Elizabeth Kane 
3RU: Abby Mansolillo (SF 14)
4RU: Nicole Pallozzi (SF 14)

Semi-finalists:
Gabriella Alves
Katie Bergantine  (4RU 14, SF 13)

Cosette Coston
Mackenzie Davis
Sophia Kaczmarzyk
Joviana Key

Ariana Salera
Sarah Stebbins
Diana Sutherland

Congeniality: Nina DiBenedetto
Photogenic: 
Mary Malloy

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Mary Malloy, Kristen Hanlon, Elizabeth Kane, Abby Mansolillo, Nicole Pallozzi

amydiaz:

CONGRATULATIONS to our newly crowned Miss Rhode Island USA Anea Garcia and Miss Rhode Island Teen USA Mary Malloy!!! Both of these ladies are exceptionally beautiful and I look forward to following their journeys to the national stage! #AmyDiaz #Emcee #MissRhodeIslandUSA #MissRhodeIslandTeenUSA #Pageant #2015 #RhodeIsland #RIConventionCenter

amydiaz:

CONGRATULATIONS to our newly crowned Miss Rhode Island USA Anea Garcia and Miss Rhode Island Teen USA Mary Malloy!!! Both of these ladies are exceptionally beautiful and I look forward to following their journeys to the national stage! #AmyDiaz #Emcee #MissRhodeIslandUSA #MissRhodeIslandTeenUSA #Pageant #2015 #RhodeIsland #RIConventionCenter

Miss Rhode Island USA & Teen USA contestant rundown!

Update! Congratulations to Anea Garcia, the new Miss Rhode Island USA 2015 and Mary Malloy, the new Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2015! Click their names to view their profiles, and there’s more coverage on my Facebook page.   Results post coming soon.

Miss Rhode Island USA & Miss RI Teen USA contestant photos were posted yesterday - view them here.  Apologies in the delay for getting this post up: life ;).  But as I’m writing this the prelim show is happening!  Who are going to be Rhode Island’s new titleholders?  And is there a special someone in the group who can follow Olivia Culpo’s success?  (poor Rhode Island girls, I think they’re always going to be compared to Olivia from now on!  I must stop that :P).  Can you tell I’m in a slightly loopy mood today?  Enjoy… (oh, and check out my Facebook page tomorrow for updates!)

Right!  So after a huge jump in contestant numbers in Miss last year (almost 20 contestants on previous averages) the rise has continued with 63 contestants, up six from last year.  This is the highest number of Miss contestants they’ve had since at least 2007 and is double the numbers from 2010-2013.  Nice work with recruitment, RI!  In Teen, however the numbers have dropped, 43 this year compared to 55 last year, but are still higher than between 2010-2013.

The interesting thing with the Miss competition this year is that most of the contestants are either new or have been non-finalists: there is only one semi-finalist and no runners-up back!  Robin Bonner, Miss Rhode Island 2011 is competing, after missing the cut in New York last year.  The returning semi-finalist is Courtney Sheehan - although 2007 Teen semi-finalist  Nicole Harootunian is back after eight years!  One interesting note:  their last three winners have all been 18 or 19 when they won, will be fun to see if that trend continues.

In comparison, the Teen division has two 2014 runners-up back: Kristen Hanlon, 3RU last year & 4RU in 2012, and Katie Bergantine, 4RU last year and a semi-finalist in 2013.  There are three other semi-finalists back: Mary Malloy, Abby Mansolillo, and Nicole Pallozzi.

With so few returnees & so many newcomers in Miss this year I’ve decided to highlight just a few contestant photos that caught my eye :)

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Robin Bonner, Gina Colao, Nicole Eacuello, Nicole Harootunian, Amanda Jackson, Amber Lacey, Lyndsey Laramee, Bryce McGillivray, Fallon Medeiros, Heather Santoro, Courtney Sheehan, Jessica Zapata

Here is last year’s Teen top five, with Kristen Hanlon (far left) and Katie Bergantine (far right):

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Kristen, Katie, returning semi-finalists and a few newbies who’s photos I like:

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Kristen Hanlon, Katie Bergantine, Mary Malloy, Abby Mansolillo, Nicole Palozzi, Tara Houle, Grace Palardy, Tori Silva, Samantha Deeg, Brantasha Figueroa, Kristen Martone, Sarah Stebbins.

Oh, and Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2001 & Miss Rhode Island USA 2008 Amy Diaz who recently won The Amazing Race with her now-fiance (congrats Amy!!!!!) Jason is hosting this year! So thrilled for you Amy :)  Amy has been an amazing source of results, photos and info for many years now and is a total sweetheart.

Click “read more” to view if the full list of contestants.

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Miss Montana USA & Teen USA 2015 results recap!

First-time contestants Tahnee Peppenger and Miranda Youngren are the new Miss Montana USA 2015 and Miss Montana Teen USA 2015!  Congratulations girls!  Tahnee is 26 and from Great Falls - the first titleholder from there in at least 20 years.  Miranda is 17 and from Columbus, and the first Teen titleholder from her town!  Click their names to view their titleholder profiles, and head to my Facebook page for continuing coverage.

Full results:

Miss Montana USA 2015 - Tahnee Peppenger 
1RU: Victoria Price
2RU: Kylie Letasky (NF 14, NF MT TUSA 12)
3RU: Peri-Ann McLaren
4RU: Katie Owen

Semi-finalists:
Baylee Eisenman
Olivia Dowler
Tessa Barton 

Congeniality: Shannon Kautzmann
Photogenic: 
Emily McCrea

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Tahnee Peppenger, Victoria Price, Kylie Letasky, Peri McLaren, Katie Owen

Miss Montana Teen USA 2015 - Miranda Youngren 
1RU: Jami Forseth
2RU: Victoria Shay 
3RU: Berit DeGrandpre
4RU: Kaelyn Binder

Semi-finalists:
Ella Crowder
Katarina Göettlich
Sidney Kiefer 

Congeniality: Jami Forseth
Photogenic: 
Sydney Kiefer

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Miranda Youngren, Jami Forseth, Victoria Shay, Berit DeGrandpre, Kaelyn Binder

Miss Wisconsin USA & Teen USA 2015 results recap!

On Sunday afternoon newcomer Haley Laundrie (pronounced Lon-dray) won Miss Wisconsin USA 2015 and Kenna Mia Harke, last year’s 1st runner-up, won the Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2015 title!   Haley is 21 and from Lake Mills, the same town as Miss WI Teen USA 2014 Patience Vallier.  Kenna Mia is 16 and from Greenville, near Appleton (if you’re a geography geek like me you might like this map which has the hometowns of the titleholders since 2005!).  Click Haley & Kenna Mia’s names above to view their titleholder profiles, or head to my Facebook page for continuing coverage.

For the first time the pageant was webcast and it was great to see the high level of competition in Wisconsin.  The top five were all super competitive and all were highly deserving of that crown.  I think Haley should be particuarly applauded for beating out so many experienced contestants!  First runner-up Heidi Golznig was 2nd runner-up in the 2012 pageant and first runner-up in Teen in 2009.  Second runner-up Carolyn Cianciolo repeated her placement from last year, and has also been a runner-up & semi-finalist in Missouri.  Third runner-up Jenny White finally made the top 5 in her last year competing; she was a semi-finalist the last two years.  Congrats Jenny!   Fourth runner-up Victoria Sorone Johnston was first runner-up last year, fourth runner-up in 2013 and Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2011.

In the Teen division, the top five was an almost all-blonde competition!  Kenna Mia is the first returning 1RU to win the following year since 1999!  Her first runner-up McKenna Collins and second runner-up Brittany Georgia were competing for the first time.  Third runner-up Alexis Preibe was a non-finalist last year and fourth runner-up Grace Mackey-Natz, the only brunette in the top five, was also a newcomer.

A portion of the People’s Choice award revenue this year was dedicated to a fund for Melissa Consin Young, Miss Wisconsin USA 2005, and her six-year-old son Jack.  Melissa is gravely ill after medical misadventure during her pregnancy and has been fighting valiantly for the past six years but is sadly now in hospice care.  Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley has been an inspirational support to Melissa and her family in recent months and set up a fund for Jack’s future.  In one of the most touching moments of the pageant she and Melissa surprised everyone by making it to the finals - Melissa is a close friend of outgoing Miss Wisconsin USA Bishara Dorre and was determined to see Bishara take her final walk!  This titleholder reunion photo for 2015 will be treasured by all in the Future Productions and Wisconsin pageant community I’m sure.

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Past Miss Wisconsin USA & Teen USA titleholders - Caitlin Machol (Morall) (WI USA 07), Jordin Morkin (WI USA 11), Melissa Consin Young (WI USA 05), Bishara Dorre (WI TUSA 06 & WI USA 14), Haley Laundrie (WI USA 15), Denise Heitkamp (Director), Kenna Mia Harke (WI TUSA 15), Patience Vallier (WI TUSA 14), Kate Redeker (WI TUSA 13), Victoria Sorone Johnston (WI TUSA 11), Shauna Hyler (Sabir) (WI TUSA 07)

Full results:

Miss Wisconsin USA 2015 - Haley Laundrie 
1RU: Heidi Golznig (2RU 12, 1RU WI TUSA 09)
2RU: Carolyn Cianciolo (2RU 14, 4RU MO USA 13, SF MO USA 12) 
3RU: Jennifer White (SF 14, SF 13)
4RU: Victoria Sorone Johnston (1RU 14, 4RU 13, WI TUSA 11)

Semi-finalists:
Sara Axness 
Cassandra Besaw (4RU 14, SF 13, SF 12)
Regina Gray (SF 14) 
Natalie Hamilton (3RU WI TUSA 14, SF 13) 
Natalie Howard 
Paige Kazak
Zenaida Maldonado (NF 14, SF 13)

Heather Periard 
Nicole Petrie

Crystal Sims 

Congeniality: Jameica Feltson
Photogenic: Heidi Golznig
Non-finalist Interview: Lauren Skelton 
Non-finalist Swimsuit: Jackie Rollmann
Non-finalist Gown: Maggie Kuiper

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Haley Laundrie, Heidi Golznig, Carolyn Cianciolo, Jennifer White, Victoria Sorone

Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2015 - Kenna Mia Harke (1RU 14)
1RU: McKenna Collins
2RU: Brittany Georgia 
3RU: Alexis Preibe (NF 14)
4RU: Grace Mackey-Natz

Semi-finalists:
Autumn Ash 
Eleanny Barrera
Shaina Baumeister
Morgan Hillmann
Karly Knaus

Jessica Krueger
Emily Slawski (SF 14)
Easton Smiskey
Alysse Thompson (SF 14, NF 13, NF 12) 
Victoria Wood

Congeniality: Eleanny Barrera
Photogenic: Autumn Ash
Non-finalist Interview: Rebecca Ratajczak
Non-finalist Swimsuit: Phylicia Quiroz
Non-finalist Gown: Kira Boerst
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Kenna Mia Harke, McKenna Collins, Brittany Georgia, Alexis Preibe, Grace Mackey-Natz

Joint awards
Spokesmodel: Andrea Kienlen
Director’s Award: Tania Alvarez 
Most Dedicated: Jessa Ammann
People’s Choice: Heidi Lorenzen 

Miss Montana USA & Teen USA 2015 contestant rundown!

Update! Congratulations to Tahnee Peppenger, the new Miss Montana USA 2015 and Miranda Youngren, the new Miss Montana Teen USA 2015! Click their names to view their profiles, and there’s more coverage on my Facebook page.   Results post coming soon.

Miss Montana USA & Teen USA will be crowned on Sunday afternoon!  This is Montana’s second year with Pageants NW and there has already been a small jump in the Miss contestant numbers, with 14 competing this year (highest number since 2007).  Congratulations to Kadie Latimer and Madyson Rigg for doing a fab job of representing Montana this year!

Contestant photos can be viewed here: Miss / Teen.  I love how they include a short bio!   Most of the contestants in both divisions are new this year.  In Miss the only returning contestants are Olivia Dowler and Kylie Letasky.  Olivia was a non-finalist in 2012 (although no semi-finalists were called that year) and 2RU in 2011.  Most recently she was first runner-up at Miss Montana a few months ago. Kylie was a non-finalist last year and in Teen in 2012.

In Teen, 2014 semi-finalist Ella Crowder is back, as is non-finalist Briann Grimshaw.  Jami Forseth is the sister of Mikal, 4RU in Miss Montana USA 2014 and 3RU in 2013.

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2011 top five - Olivia in gold, second from right

Click “read more” to view the full list of contestants with notes of past placements.

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Miss Wisconsin USA & Teen USA 2015 contestant rundown!

Update! Congratulations to Haley Laundrie, the new Miss Wisconsin USA 2015 and Kenna Mia Harke, the new Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2015! Click their names to view their profiles, and there’s more coverage on my Facebook page.   Results post coming soon.

Miss Wisconsin USA & Teen USA finals start at 4pm CST this Sunday and for the first time will be webcast!  Click here to access it. Congratulations to the Future Productions team for some awesome recruiting work, in Miss the number of contestants has jumped to 54, it’s highest number since at least 2007.  This is a 16 contestant improvement on last year’s numbers.  You can see the contestant photos here.

Congratulations also to Wisconsin’s 2014 titleholders Bishara Dorre and Patience Vallier.  This was the first year ever that both Wisconsin titleholders placed at their national pageants.  Bishara’s top 10 placement was Wisconsin’s highest since the 1970s!  

There are three 2014 runners-up back to compete for the 2015 Miss Wisconsin USA title: Victoria Sorone Johnston, 1st runner-up last year, 4th runner-up in 2013 & Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2011; Carolyn Cianciolo, 2nd runner-up last year, 4th runner-up in Missouri in 2013; and Cassandra Besaw, 4th runner-up last year, a semi-finalist in 2013 & 2012 and three-time Miss Photogenic winner!  Other past returnees include Heidi Golznig, 2RU in 2012 and 1RU in Teen in 2009, Natalie Hamilton, 4RU in Teen last year, Lauren Skelton, a semi-finalist in Nebraska last year and three-time Wisconsin Teen USA runner-up (she was 1RU to Victoria in 2011!) and Heather Klewicki, 1RU in Teen in 2007.  Returning semi-finalists are Regina GrayHeidi LorenzenZenaida MaldonadoDeirdre Pribek and Jennifer White.  I’m not 100% sure but I think Maggie Kuiper, one of the new contestants, is the sister of Paula Kuiper Miss Wisconsin 2012!

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Victoria Sorone, Carolyn Cianciolo, Cassandra Besaw, Heidi Golznig
Natalie Hamilton, Lauren Skelton, Heather Klewicki, Regina Gray
Heidi Lorenzen, Zenaida Maldonado, Deirdre Pribek, Jennifer White.

In Teen there are fewer returning contestants.  The only returning runner-up is 2014 first runner-up Kenna Mia Harke.  Returning semi-finalists are Justine EngmanEmily Slawski and Alysse Thompson.

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Kenna Mia Harke, Justine Engman, Emily Slawski, Alyssa Thompson.

Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full list of contestants.  Contestants in bold in the photos below are competing in 2014.

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Cassandra Besaw (4RU), Carolyn Cianciolo (2RU), Bishara DorreVictoria Sorone Johnston (1RU), Heather Herrick (3RU)

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Abby Rockendorf (4RU), Teaka Griesbach (2RU), Patience Vallier, Kenna Mia Harke (1RU), Natalie Hamilton (3RU)

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Miss Illinois USA & Teen USA 2015 results!

Congratulations to Renee Wronecki, Miss Illinois USA 2015 and Megan Riesner, Miss Illinois Teen USA 2015!  Renee and Megan were crowned in separate pageants on the afternoon & evening of Labour Day.

Renee, who is 22 and from Burbank, was a non-finalist last year, a non-finalist in Miss Illinois Teen USA 2011 and a semi-finalist at Miss Illinois Teen USA 2010.  In 2010 she competed alongside her predecessor Lexi Atkins, Miss IL Teen USA 2011 Paige Higgerson and Miss Mississippi USA 2014 Chelsea Reardon.

Megan, an 18 year old from Plainfield, was a non-finalist at Miss Illinois Teen USA 2013 but did not compete last year.

First runner-up in Miss was Gina Melchiorri, third runner-up in Iowa in 2014 & 2013, second runner-up was Ashley Reid, who was a semi-finalist the past three years, third runner-up was Gemma Berto, a 2014 semi-finalist, and fourth runner-up was Gabriella Roth, non-finalist last year.

In Teen, Kaitlyn Baughman was first runner-up (semi-finalist in 2014, non-finalist 2013), Caroline Campbell (semi-finalist 2013) was second runner-up, newcomer Julia Szumny was third runner-up and 2014 semi-finalist Madison Mueller was fourth runner-up.

This was the first year that Vanbros produced the Illinois pageant and it was a great show!  Thanks to the Vannattas for helping me out with webcast access :)

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Full results:

Miss Illinois USA 2015 - Renee Wronecki (NF 14, NF IL TUSA 11, SF IL TUSA 10)
1RU: Gina Melchiorri (3RU IA USA 14, 3RU IA USA 13)
2RU: Ashley Reid (SF 14, SF 13, SF 12, NF 11) 
3RU: Gemma Berto (SF 14, NF 13)
4RU: Gabriella Roth (NF 14) 

Semi-finalists:
Rayni Lasley 
Elizabeth Vernon  
Gabriella Lock  
Christy Praljak 
Alina Pazniak
Nicole Tuquilar 
Shay Mayweather 
Kruti Dave 
Brittany Moore
Amanda Signorelli 
Cydney Wiggs

Congeniality: Shay Mayweather
Photogenic: Dominique Jones
People’s Choice: Nicole Tuquilar
Contestant’s Choice: Gina Melchiorri
Swimsuit: Rayni Lasley
Gown: Renee Wronecki
Interview: Gina Melchiorri

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Renee Wronecki, Gina Melchiorri, Ashley Reid, Gemma Berto, Gabriella Roth

Miss Illinois Teen USA 2015 - Megan Riesner (NF 13)
1RU: Kaitlyn Baughman (SF 14, NF 13)
2RU: Caroline Campbell (SF 13) 
3RU: Julia Szumny
4RU: Madison Mueller (SF 14) 

Semi-finalists:
Dayanna Barrera 
Amber Campen
Hailey Corcoran  

Emily Deichmann (SF 14) 
Lexy Lyman 

Kaitlyn Manion 
Katelyn Mernack 
Caroline Sipiera  
Courtney Shotton (SF 14)

Emily Stewart
Claudia VanOpdorp

Congeniality: Emily Deichmann
Photogenic:  Haley Heeg
People’s Choice: Hailey Corcoran 
Swimsuit: Kaitlyn Baughman
Gown: Caroline Campbell
Interview: Alexis Caraballo

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Megan Riesner, Kaitlyn Baughman, Caroline Campbell, Julia Szumny, Madison Mueller

Miss Texas USA 2015 results!

Miss Texas USA 2015 is Ylianna Guerra, the first titleholder from the Rio Grande Valley since the 1960s!  Ylianna placed second runner-up last year and was a semi-finalist in 2012.  She also won the Miss Photogenic award.

Three of the 2014 runners-up made top five again: Ylianna, first runner-up Alejandra Gonzalez, 4RU last year and Peyton Saverance, 3RU last year.  This is the first time three of the previous year’s runners-up made the top five since 2005 (when all four runners-up made top five!).   The other two runners-up this year were Brianna Webb (second runner-up) and Logan Lester (third runner-up).  Brianna, Logan and semi-finalist Chaney Shadrock were all semi-finalists at Miss Texas Teen USA 2011.  Congratulations to Logan for making top five her first year competing in Miss!  This was the third year in a row that there were no blondes in the top five!

The rest of the top 18 included past semi-finalists Kenda Carroll, Ligia De Uriarte, Christina Entsminger, Alex NiniMelissa NovakAndrea Foxand Victoria Sinclair and 2013 & 2014 first runner-up Jordan Schultz.  Others in the top 18 were 2013 Teen first runner-up Ciara Jasso and 2013 Iowa semi-finalist Lauren Kennewell.  The only newbies to make the cut were Danielle Bosley and Katie Sicula.

Full results:

Miss Texas USA 2015 - Ylianna Guerra (2RU 14, SF 12)
1RU: Alejandra Gonzalez (4RU 14, SF 13, NF 12, NF TX TUSA 11
2RU: Brianna Webb (SF 14, NF 13, SF TX TUSA 11) 
3RU: Logan Lester (SF TX TUSA 13, 4RU 12, SF 11)
4RU: Peyton Saverance (3RU 14, SF 13, NF 12, NF 11, NF 10, NF 09, NF 08, NF TX TUSA 06)

Semi-finalists:
Danielle Bosley
Kenda Carroll (SF 14, NF 13)
Ligia De Uriarte (SF 14)
Christina Entsminger (SF 14, SF 13, T15 12, T15 11, NF 10, NF TX TUSA 08, NF TX TUSA 07)
Andrea Fox (SF 13, NF 12)
Lauren Kennewell (SF IA USA 13)
Ciara Jasso (1RU TX TUSA 13, SF 12)
Alexandra Nini (SF 13, SF TX TUSA 09, NF TX TUSA 08)
Melissa Novak (SF 14, NF TX TUSA 11, NF TX TUSA 10)
Jordan Schultz (1RU 14, 1RU 13, 1RU TN USA 11)
Chaney Shadrock (NF 14, NF 13, SF TX TUSA 11)
Katie Sicula 
Victoria Sinclair (SF 14) 

Congeniality: Taylor Harmon
Photogenic: Ylianna Guerra
Swimsuit: Logan Lester

Ylianna Guerra, Alejandra Gonzalez, Brianna Webb, Logan Lester, Peyton Saverance

Miss Illinois USA & Teen USA 2015 contestant rundown!

Update! Congratulations to Renee Wronecki, the new Miss Illinois USA 2015!  Renee’s profile is up here, and there’s more coverage on my Facebook page.  Read the full results & analysis here.

Miss Illinois USA & Teen USA 2015 will be crowned on Labour Day - the pageant is being held a few months earlier than usual this year!  This is the first year that Vanbros will be directing Illinois, their sixth state.  The new Miss Illinois USA will be the third 2015 titleholder crowned (one day after Texas) whilst their Teen will be the first.  You can see all the contestant photos here.

Miss Illinois USA

There are actually very few returning contestants this year - no former Illinois USA runners-up are back although 2011’s Teen 2RU Katie Cunningham is competing.  There are two Miss runners-up from other states competing in Illinois this year: Gina Melchiorri, 3RU in Iowa in 2014 & 2013 and Amanda Signorelli, 3RU in Missouri in 2013 & 3RU at Miss Nevada Teen USA 2009.  Miss Iowa Teen USA 2008 Emily Bey is also back - she was a non-finalist at Miss Illinois USA 2013.   You can read my interview with Gina here.

Past semi-finalists include Ashley Reid, Hannah Butler and Gemma Berto (2014), Rayni Lasley (2013) and Quini Amma (2012).  Also among the contestants is Renee Wronecki who was a Teen semi-finalist in 2010, competing alongside current Miss Illinois USA Lexi Atkins and Miss Mississippi USA Chelsea Reardon and Miss Illinois Teen USA 2011 Paige Higgerson

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Katie Cunningham, Gina Melchiorri, Amanda Signorelli, Emily Bey, Ashley Reid, Hannah Butler, Gemma Berto, Rayni Lasley, Quini Amma

Miss Illinois Teen USA

Among the Teen contestants is Jodie Juris, sister of Stacie Juris, Miss Illinois Teen USA 2009 & Miss Illinois USA 2013.  Last year’s fourth runner-up Hannah Cohn is back, as are six semi-finalists: Katelyn Baughman (last year’s Teen Photogenic winner), Emily DeichmannMadeline FlynnEmily Lymberopoulos,  Madison Mueller and Alexia Vigue and Caroline Campbell, a semi-finalist in 2013.One newbie who caught my eye is Allison Caulk… would love to hear what other newbies you think will do well this year!

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Jodie Juris, Hannah Cohn, Katelyn Baughman, Emily Deichmann, Madeline Flynn, Emily Lymberopoulos, Madison Mueller, Alexia Vigue, Allison Caulk

Click “read more” to view the full lists of Miss & Teen contestants and notes of their past placements (FYI - unfortunately I never saved the list of 2014 contestants so I haven’t been able to note any non-finalists from last year)

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Miss Texas USA 2015 contestant rundown!

Update! Congratulations to Ylianna Guerra, the new Miss Texas USA 2015!  Ylianna’s profile is up here, and there’s more coverage on my Facebook page.  Read the full results & analysis here.

At long last here is the contestant rundown for Miss Texas USA 2015 - prelims are on 30 August and finals on the 31st so there’s just a little over 10 days to go!!!!  As always with Texas there’s many returning runners-up (in fact all from 2014 are back, including some recent Teen runners-up) as well as a few other contestants with a long list of past experience - although I can’t help thinking this group doesn’t quite have the depth of experience of some past Texas years???  Let me know what you think!

For many years Texas gained a reputation for only crowning girls who had “paid their dues”, having competed for a number of years, often making runner-up positions a number of times (although Kandace Krueger was a non-finalist for a number of years & had not placed before she won Miss Texas USA then Miss USA!).  This trend has shifted in the 2010s with newbies Kelsey Moore and Brittany Booker winning in 2010 & 2012 respectively; and Miss Texas USA 2013 Ali Nugent had only competed once (non-finalist in 2012) before she won.  If the recent trend continues this is anyone’s game!

Let’s get into it!   FYI when I mention years I’m talking about their title years not the actual year of competition (i.e. when I talk about “2014” I’m talking about the pageant held last year in 2013).  In the lead up to the pageant I have interviewed Jordan Schultz, Tahnae Tarkenton and Logan Lester - links to their interviews are below.

Recent runners-up (Miss & Teen) - my notes here aren’t necessarily all their past placements, check out the full listings at the end:

  • Jordan Schultz - 1RU 2014, 1RU 13, 1RU Miss TN USA 11 (read her interview)
  • Ylianna Guerra - 2RU 2014, SF 12
  • Peyton Saverance - 3RU last year, has been competing since 2006
  • Alejandra Gonzalez - 4RU 2014, SF 13, NF 11, NF Teen 10
  • Ciara Jasso - 1RU in Teen 2013 (current Miss OK USA Brooklynne Young was 4RU that year!)
  • Alayah Benavidez - 2RU in Teen last year
  • Logan Lester - 4RU in Teen in 2012, this is her first year in Miss (read her interview)

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Miss Texas USA 2014 top 5 - Peyton Saverance (3RU), Jordan Schultz (1RU), Lauren Guzman, Ylianna Guerra (2RU), Alejandra Gonzalez (4RU)

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Miss Texas Teen USA 2014 Top 5 - Angelika Gorecki (4RU), Alayah Benavidez (2RU), Kellie Stewart, Lanie McAlpin (1RU), Kimberly Jester (3RU)

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Miss Texas Teen USA 2013 - Brooklynne Young (4RU), Tiffany Faul (2RU), Daniella Rodriguez, Ciara Jasso (1RU), Kaitlyn Phillips (3RU)

Others to watch for:

  • Tahnae Tarkenton - 4RU 2009, has been competing since Teen in 2005 (read her interview)
  • Christina Entsminger - semi-finalist the past four years, non-finalist in 2010 & non-finalist in Teen in 2007 & 2008.
  • Lauren Adkins - returned to Texas last year after a number of years competing in NY where her highest placement was 4RU in 2010.  Didn’t make the cut last year but that doesn’t mean she won’t break through this year!
  • Kenda Carroll - current Miss Kemah USA, 2014 swimsuit winner (& semi-finalist) 
  • Melissa Novak (Miss Austin USA), Brianna Webb, Victoria Sinclair (Miss El Paso USA), Ligia De Uriarte (Miss Houston USA), Kourtney Magnes, 2014 semi-finalists
  • Alexandra Nini  & Andrea Fox - 2013 semi-finalists
  • Lauren Kennewell - current Miss Dallas USA (the Dallas org is on fire lately!), hasn’t competed in Texas before but was a SF in Iowa in 2013.
  • Victoria Nugent - sister of Miss Texas USA 2013 Ali Nugent
  • Haley Spathias - 4RU in Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2012, SF in Texas in 2011.
  • Hannah Uhlig - 2RU in Miss Virginia Teen USA 2010

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