Contestants for Miss Wyoming USA and Miss WyomingTeen USA 2015 are up and I am very excited to see that former Miss WY Teen USA - and Miss Teen USA semi-finalist! - Caroline Scott is back. More on that later… The preliminary competition will be held Saturday evening with finals on Sunday afternoon, and for the first time you’ll be able to watch them webcast here. In the Miss division there are 26 contestants, which means WY has improved one contestant each year since 2012! In Teen, this year’s 42 contestants is five up on last year, but still well off the peak between 2008-2010. You can see the photos here.
As I said in the introduction, Caroline Scott is competing this year. She and Claire Schreiner made history in 2010 as the first Wyoming duo to made the cut at both Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. Wyoming generally has a low former Teen return rate - in the last 15 years or so only four, Katie Rudoff (1999), Kristin George (2000), Brenna Mader (2005 - in Tennessee) and Callie Bishop,returned to compete in the Miss pageant so it’s great to add Caroline to that list.
Of last year’s runners-up, third runner-up Emily Stevens and fourth runner-up Lexi Revelli are back - both were also runners-up at Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2013. It’s disappointing not to see long-time contestant and 2013 & 2014 first runner-up Danielle Soulier-Kelley back, and we are also missing 2013 & 2014 second runner-up Jessie Allen - because she is the current Miss Wyoming and competed at Miss America on the weekend!!!! 2014 Teen 1RU & 2013 4RU Kaylynn Keller is competing in Miss this year (keep in mind outgoing Miss WY USA Lexi Hill was 1RU in Teen in 2013!). Returning semi-finalists are Christina Davis, Haylee Sauerwine and Rachel Prouhet who was a SF in Colorado.
There’s one really interesting stat with Wyoming: the last winner who had not been a runner-up in either Miss or Teen previously before she won was Robyn Johnson in 2007. The last new contestant to win - and I’m not even 100% sure of this as I’m missing semi-finalists for a few years - was Abby Norman in 2005. Will be interesting to see if that trend is extended or broken this year!
In Teen there are also two returning runners-up, 2RU Samantha Taylor who was also a semi-finalist in 2012 & 2013 and 3RU Jacey Phipps. Other returning semi-finalists are Inez Brunson (14), Hannah Carter (13), Taylor DeBock (14), and Bethany Good (14, 13).
Here are last year’s top fives with returning contestants in bold:
2014 Miss top five - Emily Stevens (3RU), Jessie Allen (2RU), Lexi Hill, Danielle Soulier Kelley (1RU), Lexi Revelli (4RU)
2014 Teen top five - Jacelyn Phipps (3RU), Samantha Taylor (2RU), Karlie Sanders, Kaylynn Keller (1RU), Korinn Gubbels (4RU)
Caroline Scott winning Miss Wyoming Teen USA and at Miss Teen USA 2010
Click “read more” to view the full list of contestants with notes of past placements.