Miss New Hampshire USA 2014 is Bridget Brunet of South Hampton and Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2014 is Mikaela Seamansof Keene! Both have experience, Bridget was a Teen semi-finalist in 2005 & 2006 and Mikaela was a non-finalist in 2012 and third runner-up last year. Congratulations girls! Click their names to view their profiles, which have more photos.
First runner-up, for the second year in a row - and her fourth year in the top five - was Samantha Poirier. Second runner-up was former Miss New Hampshire and past semi-finalist Krystal Muccioli, making the top five for the first time in three years. Third runner-up was Chelsie Goerndt and fourth runner-up was Dana Mozzoni, both newcomers. Miss Vermont Teen USA 2007 Olivia Hubbard was one of the semi-finalists.
In Teen, three of the four returning contestants made top five, Mikaela, third runner-up Mattison Trotter and fourth runner-up Etta Poppek. The other runners-up were Micaela McIntyre, first runner-up and Daniella Gibadlo, second runner-up.
Miss New Hampshire USA 2014 - Bridget Brunet (SF NH TUSA 06, SF NH TUSA 05) 1RU: Samantha Poirier (1RU 13, 2RU 12, 2RU 11) 2RU: Krystal Muccioli (SF 13, SF 12, Miss New Hampshire 2011) 3RU: Chelsie Goerndt 4RU: Dana Mozzoni
Top 10: Katrina Waller (SF 13, NF 12) Belle Kiley Michelle Robichaud Olivia Hubbard (Miss Vermont Teen USA 2007, SF VT TUSA 06) Candice Dodge
Congeniality: Sara Sheppard Photogenic: Dana Mozzoni
Bridget Brunet, Samantha Poirier, Krystal Muccioli, Chelsie Goerndt, Dana Mozzoni
Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2014 - Mikaela Seamans (3RU 13, NF 12) 1RU: Micaela McIntyre 2RU: Daniella Gibaldo 3RU: Matison Trotter (SF 13) 4RU: Etta Popek (SF 12)
Top 10: Kerri Sears Daniella Doolen Bryana Clark Angelita Colon Chelsea Marie Marshall
Miss New York USA & Miss New York Teen USA contestant rundown!
The final titleholders crowned for 2014 will be the new Miss New York USA & Miss New York Teen USA, with the Teen show starting at 3pm and Miss show starting at 7pm. This year the pageant is being directed by Cynthia Provost & Debbie Miller from D&D Investments, for the first time. Miss contestants are posted here and Teen contestants are here.
The change of director hasn’t dampened contestant numbers, with 171 contestants in the Miss division. This year there are no less than SIX former Teen titleholders competing, three from New York and one each from Maryland, Illinois and Connecticut - and three of whom competed at Miss Teen USA 2008. They are (click each name to view their Teen profile): Candace Kuykendall(competing as Candace Kendall), Miss New York Teen USA 2006, Sana Idnani (competing as Sana Serrai), Miss New York Teen USA 2008, Lisa Drouillard, Miss New York Teen USA 2011, Nora Downs, Miss Illinois Teen USA 2008, Ana Maria Lawson, Miss Maryland Teen USA 2008 and Olga Litvinenko, Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2007. Olga and Sana competed in New York in both 2012 and 2013, with Sana making the top 20 in 2012. Nora has twice been a semi-finalist in Pennsylvania, and the other three are competing in Miss for the first time. Miss Rhode Island 2011 Robin Bonner is competing in a USA pageant for the first time.
There are no returning runners-up from last year, although Brittany Jasenski, 2011’s first runner-up, is back after not competing last year (she was also top 10 in 2012, made the top 10 in competed in SC in 2010 and the top 25 in NY in 2008). Past Teen runners-up competing include Michelle Medoff, 4RU in 2011 and Hannah Lopa, 3RU in 2010 (Top 10 last year). 2013 Mississippi first runner-up Cayla Brooks - also a runner-up in 2011 & 2012 and Teen runner-up in 2006 - is competing in New York for the first time.
Other returning semi-finalists from 2012 & 2013 are April Maroschick, Kelly Bojos, Chelsea Irwin, Brittany Chen and Nadia Manginelli.
In the Teen division, very few of the 81 contestants have competed previously. The only returning runner-up is 2013 second runner-up Marisa Pierini and returning semi-finalists are Geena Cardalena (T10 13), Sabrina Franza (T10 13) and Amanda Torchia. Rachel Gibbons, 3RU in Miss Florida Teen USA 2013, is competing in New York this year.
Miss New Hampshire USA & Teen USA 2014 contestant rundown!
Miss New Hampshire USA & Teen USA 2014 will be held Sunday afternoon from 3pm, under the directorship of Laurie Clemente & Clemente Productions for the first time. Miss contestants are posted here and Teen contestants here.
The only runner-up from 2013 is first runner-up Samantha Poirier who was also a runner-up in 2012 and 2011. Returning semi-finalists from last year include Sophia Panourgias, Katrina Waller and Krystal Muccioli (who was Miss New Hampshire 2011). Miss Vermont Teen USA 2007 Olivia Hubbard is competing in a Miss pageant for the first time. Her sister Melanie was first runner-up at Miss Vermont Teen USA 2014 late in 2013.
In the Teen competition, 2013 third runner-up Mikaela Seamans is back, as are 2013 semi-finalists Jamie Lander and Matison Trotter and 2012 semi-finalist Etta Popek.
Destin Kincer from Whitesburg is the new Miss Kentucky USA 2014 and Megan Ducharm from Shelbyville is Miss Kentucky Teen USA. Neither are strangers to the pageant, as both have placed first runner-up in Teen previously! The Miss competition final two this year was a repeat of Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2011, with Destin and Stephanie Jones holding hands at the end, but this year it was Destin who emerged with the win. Megan was also first runner-up in the Teen competition, in 2013.
Miss Kentucky USA 2014 - Destin Kincer (1RU KY TUSA 11) 1RU: Stephanie Jones (Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2011, 1RU KY TUSA 10) 2RU: Monica Robertson (SF 13) 3RU: Megan Kasama (Miss KY County Fair 2010) 4RU: Emily Bryant (2RU 13)
Top 10: Katrina Giannini (2RU 12, Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2007) Jessica Wallace (SF 12) Samantha Moore Callie Smith (SF 13) Kelsey White (SF 11)
L to R Destin Kincer (Miss KY USA), Monica Robertson (2RU), Emily Bryant (4RU), Stephanie Jones (1RU), Megan Kasama (3RU)
Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2014 - Megan Ducharm (1RU 13) 1RU: Destiny Guffey 2RU: Samantha Strong 3RU: Caroline Ford (Miss Teen KY County Fair 2012) 4RU: Jamie Wise
Top 10: Emily Brucken Harper Gray Bailey Pride Madelyn Carek (3RU 13) Lauren Dunn
Destiny Guffey (1RU), Jamie Wise (4RU), Caroline Ford (3RU), Samantha Strong (2RU), Megan Ducharm (Miss KY Teen USA)
Helen Wisner had an amazing night on Sunday, winning the Miss Arkansas USA 2014 title… and getting proposed to by her now-fiance! Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2014 is Lauren Weaver.
Both Helen and Lauren made the top five last year, with Helen placing first runner-up and Lauren third runner-up (for the second year in a row). Helen is the first returning 1RU to win Miss Arkansas USA since at least 2000, when my records start. She is one of only two in the past eight titleholders who had competed in the USA system before she won. The past three titleholders were all newbies.
Helen competed at Miss Arkansas (America) twice, winning Alpha prelim awards but never placing. She competed at Miss Arkansas 2012 with her predecessor Hannah Billingsley and at Miss Arkansas 2011 with both Hannah and Miss Arkansas USA Kelsey Dow. In fact, seven of the past eight Miss Arkansas USA titleholders have past MAO experience, with only Lakynn McBride not having competed in that system. Amazingly, Helen, Miss Arkansas USA 2008 Rachel Howells, Miss AR USA 2009 Chanley PainterAND Miss AR USA 2010 Adrielle Churchill all won the “Miss White River” local title during their MAO career.
Helen’s first runner-up Adrianna Nelson is also a MAO veteran, having placed first runner-up at Miss Texas 2011 & 2012 (ouch :( poor thing!). Second runner-up Leah Blefko was competing in Miss for the first time, having been first runner-up at Miss Kansas Teen USA 2012 and third runner-up Allison Kusenberger (Miss AR Teen USA 2009) and fourth runner-up Kyndal Hayes both made the top five for the second year in a row. Helen won the interview award, Adrianna won gown and Kyndal won swimsuit.
In the Teen competition, first runner-up Abby Marrin and third runner-up Haley Bird were both returning semi-finalists from 2013. Fourth runner-up Makenzie Sexton repeated her placement from 2013 and second runner-up KeLee King was the only newcomer in the top five. The semi-finalist group included four contestants who were semi-finalists in 2012, three of whom were non-finalists last year. Leah was the interview winner, Abby won gown and Makenzie won swimsuit.
Miss Arkansas USA 2014 - Helen Wisner (1RU 13) 1RU: Adrianna Nelson 2RU: Leah Blefko (1RU KS TUSA 11) 3RU: Allison Kusenberger (2RU 13, 3RU 12, Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2009, SF AR TUSA 08) 4RU: Kyndal Hayes (4RU 13, T15 TN USA 11, 3RU TN TUSA 10, T15 TN TUSA 09)
Top 11: Miranda Johnson Amber Gross Stacey Butler Morgan Miller (2RU AR TUSA 11, T12 AR TUSA 10, T12 AR TUSA 09, NF 08) Amber Brewer (SF 13) Sarah Sutton
Congeniality: Apryl Jackson Photogenic: Leah Blefko
Helen Wisner, Adrianna Nelson, Leah Blefko, Allison Kusenberger, Kyndal Hayes
Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2014 - Lauren Weaver (3RU 13, 3RU 12) 1RU: Abby Marrin (SF 13) 2RU: KeLee King 3RU: Haley Bird (SF 13, SF 12) 4RU: Makenzie Sexton (4RU 13)
Top 16: Kate Johnson Ciara Hibdon (NF 13, SF 12, NF 11) Blair Wortsmith Courtney Shepard (NF 13, SF 12) Olivia Day (NF 13, SF 12) Linzee Davis Brenna Yates Bailey Breving Dana Francis Haven Bennett (SF 12) Alexis Toney
Miss Nevada USA 2014 is Nia Sanchezand Miss Nevada Teen USA 2014 is Alexa Taylor. Click their names to view their profiles, which have more photos.
Both Nia and Alexa live in the Las Vegas area. Of the pair, only Nia has competed in the USA system previously. She was second runner-up at Miss California USA 2010 (behind Nicole Johnson and Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether) and top 20 in California in 2011 and 2012.
Nia’s first runner-up was newcomer Stephanie Cook, second runner-up was 2013 semi-finalist Jessica Davis. Both the third and fourth runners-up are past California contestants, third runner-up Brittany McGowan making the top five in a USA state pageant for the second time and Cierra Jackson for her first, having been a semi-finalist in 2012 but a non-finalist in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
The top 10 bracket consisted of two past Nevada semi-finalists and Miss Nevada Teen USA 2010 first runner-up Cory Bradley and the top 15 included three-time runner-up Whitney Green, 2013 third runner-up Talyah Polee, past Texas semi-finalist Jordan Johannsen and California semi-finalists Mary-Kate Fitzpatrick and Susan Romanishin. Of the top 15, five competed at Miss California USA 2012.
Miss Nevada Teen USA 2007 Danielle Hashimoto, 2013 semi-finalist Kimberly Andres, and past Florida contestant Anastasia Pavlenko failed to make the cut.
In the Teen competition most of the contestants were newcomers so there were no noticeable trends, although it should be noted returning runner-up Marilyn Kennedy placed 4th runner-up (she was 3RU last year and 2RU in 2012).
Miss Nevada USA 2014 - Nia Sanchez (T20 CA USA 12, T20 CA USA 11, 2RU CA USA 10) 1RU: Stephanie Cook 2RU: Jessica Davis (SF 13) 3RU: Brittany McGowan (T10 CA USA 13, 4RU CA USA 12, T10 CA USA 11, T10 CA USA 10) 4RU: Cierra Jackson (NF CA USA 13, T20 CA USA 12, NF CA USA 10, NF CA USA 09)
Top 10: Felice Garcia (SF 12) Chris Salas (SF 13) Emmy Adams Joy Thompson Cory Bradley (1RU NV TUSA 10)
Top 15: Jordan Johannsen (SF TX USA 13) Talyah Polee (3RU 13, NF 12) Susan Romanishin (T20 CA USA 12, NF CA USA 11) Mary Kate Fitzpatrick Whitney Green (2RU 13, 2RU 11, 4RU 10)
Nia Sanchez, Stephanie Cook, Jessica Davis, Brittany McGowan, Cierra Jackson
Miss Nevada Teen USA 2014 - Alexa Taylor 1RU: Natasha Cook 2RU: Zitlaly Cervantes 3RU: Kami Deike 4RU: Marilyn Kennedy (3RU 13, 2RU 12)
Top 10: Sandy Byrd Hailey Petersen Paris Regan Sarahy De La Rosa Mackenzie Zurcher (NF 13)
Miss Kentucky USA & Teen USA 2014 contestant rundown!
UPDATE! Congratulations to Destin Kincer, Miss Kentucky USA 2014 & Megan Ducharm, Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2014! Click their names to view their profiles.
Miss Kentucky USA & Teen USA 2014 start at 7pm and I should be able to post updates at my Facebook page (expect a results rundown post after the show).
I am very grateful to have been sent the contestant list, as KY is a rather mysterious state which never posts their contestants and is hard to find photos of! So this is fun :)
Firstly, there is only one 2013 runner-up returning, Emily Bryant who was 2RU last year. There are two former Miss Kentucky Teen USA titleholders (off the top of my head, this is the first time since 2006 that two are back), Katrina Giannini, Miss KY Teen USA 2007, who was 2RU in 2012 and Stephanie Jones, Miss KY Teen USA 2011 who is competing in Miss for the first time.
Stephanie’s first runner-up in 2011 Destin Kincer (also a Teen fourth runner-up in 2010) is back to compete in Miss. There are two 2013 semi-finalists and two other semi-finalists from other years back.
Megan Kassama was Miss Kentucky County Fair in 2010. The importance of this shouldn’t be overlooked - past Miss KY County Fair queens have included Tara Conner (2004, Miss KY USA 2006 & Miss USA), Maria Montgomery (2008, Miss KY USA 2010 & 4RU at Miss USA), Lori Mitchell (2000, Miss KY USA 2004), Jo Pritchard (1999, Miss KY USA 2001), Jolene Youngster (1995, Miss KY USA 2000) , Lori West (1994, Miss KY USA 1996) and Mitzi Jones (1992, Miss KY USA 1995)!
In Teen, it appears that the only returning contestant is Madelyn Carek, 3RU last year. Of course because I don’t have lists from 2012 and 2013 I can’t note any past non-finalists. (update - I totally missed that winner Megan Ducharm was 1RU in 2013, as I was given the incorrect spelling of her name last year!)
Click “read more” to view the full list of contestants and notes of past placements.
Miss Nevada USA & Teen USA 2014 contestant rundown!
UPDATE! Congratulations to Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada USA 2014 &Alexa Taylor, Miss Nevada Teen USA 2014! Click their names to view their profiles.
Miss Nevada USA & Teen USA prelims and finals are being held on Sunday, with prelims in the afternoon and finals in the evening. Contestants are posted here. I’ll be posting photos and updates on my Facebook pageover the weekend (there are already photos of lead-up events!).
Super strong competition this year, with some returning NV contestants and a number who have previously competed in other states, including no less than six from California! Nevada has long been attractive for girls who have moved there from other states (whether they competed in pageants or not), with original 2007 winner Katie Rees coming from Florida, 2008 winner Veronica Grabowski from Texas, 2011 winner Sarah Chapman from California, Miss NV USA 2012 Jade Kelsall from New Jersey and Miss NV USA 2013 Chelsea Caswell from Indiana via Missouri.
There is one former Teen returning, Miss Nevada Teen USA 2007 Danielle Hashimoto. There are two returning top five contestants from last year, 2RU Whitney Green (also a runner-up in 2010 & 2011) and 3RU Talyah Polee. Returning semi-finalists are Jessica Davis and Chris Salas and from 2012, Felice Garcia. 2010 Teen first runner-up Cory Bradley is competing in Miss Nevada USA for the first time.
The California girls are 2012 fourth runner-up and three-time semi-finalist Brittany McGowan, 2010 second runner-up and two-time semi-finalist Nia Sanchez, 2012 semi-finalists Susan Romanishin and Cierra Jackson and non-finalist Alexis Rivera.
From Texas there is 2013 Miss TX USA semi-finalist and first runner-up at Miss Texas 2010 Jordan Johannsen and from Florida, Anastasia Pavlenko.
It’s wonderful to see such a great rise in Teen contestant numbers, given only a few years ago they were lucky to hit double digits! Not surprisingly most of the contestants are new, although I’m disappointed not to see more of last year’s top five back as it was a really great group. The returnees are Marilyn Kennedy, 3RU last year and 2RU in 2012, 2013 semi-finalist Kiara Bettis and 2013 non-finalist Mackenzie Zurcher. Should be a great competition though as there are lots of really stunning Teens!
Click “read more” for a full list of contestants and notes of past placements.
UPDATE! Congratulations to Helen Wisner, Miss Arkansas USA 2014 &Lauren Weaver, Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2014! Click their names to view their profiles.
Miss Arkansas USA & Teen USA 2014 will be crowned on Sunday evening in Bentonville, Arkansas and there is a strong lineup of contestants! For the moment, contestants can be seen on the Warriors for Ross People’s Choice voting site here - don’t forget to vote for your favourite contestant and support a great cause!
Returning contestants in the Miss division include last year’s first runner-up Helen Wisner and second runner-up Allison Kusenberger and fourth runner-up Kyndal Hayes. Allison was Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2009 and also third runner-up in 2012. Kyndal previously competed in Tennessee, where she was a semi-finalist in 2011, third runner-up in Teen in 2010 and a semi-finalist in Teen in 2009. The only other returning 2013 contestant is semi-finalist Amber Brewer. 2011 Teen second runner-up Morgan Miller, a semi-finalist in 2010 & 2009 and non-finalist in 2008, is competing in Miss for the first time. Also moving up to the Miss division is Leah Blefko, first runner-up at Miss Kansas Teen USA 2012. One notable newcomer is Adrianna Nelson, first runner-up at the Miss Texas (America) pageant in 2011 and 2012.
In Teen, 2013 and 2012 third runner-up Lauren Weaver is back, as well as 2013 fourth runner-up Makenzie Sexton. 2013 semi-finalists Haley Bird and Abby Marrin are back, andthere are three contestants who were semi-finalists in 2012 but non-finalists last year, which is quite unusual.
Just have to add I’m sad not to see Kayla DelSanto competing this year! Kayla, please come back :)
Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full list of contestants with notes of past placements. 2014 contestants noted in bold.
2013 Miss top five - Helen Wisner (1RU), Allison Kusenberger (2RU), Hannah Billingsley, Kayla DelSanto (3RU), Kyndal Hayes (4RU)
2013 Teen top five - Makenzie Sexton (4RU), Lauren Weaver (3RU), Abby Floyd, Arynn Johnson (1RU), Brittany Smith (2RU)
Amanda is only the second Miss Nebraska Teen USA titleholder to win Miss Nebraska USA and is the fifth 2010 Teen titleholder to win this year (tying the record from 2009). Savannah made the top 10 last year and is the first titleholder who had previously competed at Miss NE Teen USA since 2004!
The Miss top five included the 2013 first runners-up from both the Miss & Teen divisions, Jane Rabe and Jennifer Monson respectively, former Teen titleholders Amanda (2010) and Sarah Hollins (2009) and Kiley Herold, sister of Miss Nebraska USA 2011. Jennifer placed 1RU, Sarah 2RU, Jane 3RU and Kiley 4RU.
In Teen, the three 2013 returning contestants Savannah, Paige Lancaster, and Taylor Cooprider all made the top five. Newcomer Lauren Brown placed 1RU, Paige was 2RU for the second year in a row, another newcomer Sydney Childers was 3RU and Taylor was 4RU.
Miss Nebraska USA 2014 - Amanda Soltero (Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2010) 1RU: Jennifer Monson (1RU NE TUSA 13, 3RU MN TUSA 11) 2RU: Sarah Hollins (Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2009) 3RU: Jane Rabe (1RU 13, 2RU 12, T10 09) 4RU: Kiley Herold
Top 11: Talia Jacik (SF 13) Megan Foutch Lauren Skelton (2RU WI TUSA 13, 1RU WI TUSA 12, 1RU WI USA 11) Franque Thompson (SF 13) Kaylee Carlberg (SF IA USA 12, 4RU 11, SF IA TUSA 10) Ashley Wojtalewicz
Kamryn Blackwood, competing in her first pageant, won Miss New Mexico USA 2014 on Saturday night, with 2013 second runner-up Aundria Littlejohn winning the Miss New Mexico Teen USA title! New Mexico is always low on photos and information, but here are the top five results.
Miss New Mexico USA 2014 - Kamryn Blackwood 1RU: Britana Campos (1RU 12) 2RU: Nicole Gomez 3RU: Angelica Calderon (T10 13) 4RU: Ashley Mora (4RU 12, 1RU NM TUSA 10, 3RU NM TUSA 07)
Congeniality: Kamryn Blackwood Photogenic: Ashley Mora
Miss Nebraska USA & Teen USA 2014 start in about 40 minutes! Sorry this is late up, but here goes :)
Returning are two former Miss Nebraska Teen USA titleholders, Sarah Hollins (2009) and Amanda Soltero (2010). It’s been four years since a former Teen competed, and so far the only Teen to win Miss Nebraska USA has been Sarah’s “big sister” Meagan Winings, Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2004 & Miss Nebraska USA 2009. With Amanda competing, all four eligible 2010 Vanbros Teens have now returned to compete this year. Of the three preceding her, Erica Sturdefant won Miss Missouri USA, Kandis Holt was 3RU in Oklahoma and Olivia Harlan was a semi-finalist in Kansas (the fifth from that year, Megan Burgess, has a gorgeous baby boy).
The only returning 2013 runner-up is Jane Rabe, 1RU last year, 2RU in 2012 and a semi-finalist in 2009. Last year’s Teen 1RU Jennifer Monson is also competing in Miss this year. Jennifer is one of a number of contestants who have competed in other states previously; she was 3RU in Miss MN Teen USA in 2012. Other who have competed in different states are Kaylee Carlberg from Iowa, Rachel Kronish from California and Lauren Skelton from Wisconsin. Read the full list below for their past placements - Lauren in particular has an amazing record, having placed 2RU in Teen last year and 1RU in both 2012 and 2011.
Returning 2013 NE finalists are Talia Jacikand Franque Thompson.
There is only a very small group of Teen contestants this year, with 2013 second runner-up Paige Thompson and semi-finalists Taylor Cooprider and Savannah Rave returning.
Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full list of contestants & notes of past placements.
Sarah Hollins, Amanda Soltero, Jane Rabe, Jennifer Monson, Lauren Skelton, Kaylee Carlberg, Rachel Kronish, Talia Jacik, Franque Thompson
Cassandra Kunze is Miss California USA 2014 and Bianca Vierra is Miss California Teen USA 2014. Click their names to view their profiles (which have more photos) and visit my Facebook page for other updates.
Both were competing in the USA system for the first time (other than local titles) but have other experience - they were both Miss Teenage California, and Bianca (2011) actually crowned Cassandra (2012)! Bianca also won the Miss High School America 2012 title, reigning with Miss Collegiate America 2012 Haley O’Brien who is the current Miss Minnesota USA.
Cassandra is now 20 and Bianca is 18. Bianca is the first Teen titleholder from northern California since 2007!
First runner-up in the Miss division was last year’s 3RU, and Cassandra’s local title “sister”, Miss Malibu Natasha Martinez (congratulations to Kristen Bradford). Second runner-up was 2012 Miss US International Amanda Delgado (whose sister Emily made T10 in Teen); Miss California Teen USA 2011 Alexis Swanstrom placed 3RU (and was handed her flowers by her Teen first runner-up and outgoing Miss CA Teen USA Chloe Hatfield) and fourth runner-up was 2012 Teen semi-finalist Lauren York.
In Teen, first runner-up was Miss Greater San Diego Gigi Gauthier, nearly making it four in a row for past Miss GSD Teen contestants (Alexis Swanstrom & Cassidy Wolf were past titleholders, Alexa Jones was a runner-up). Second runner-up was newcomer Madison Day-Robinson, third runner-up was 2013 semi-finalist & 2012 second runner-up Toneata Morgan and fourth runner-up was newcomer Melanie Mitchell.
Miss California USA 2014 - Cassandra Kunze 1RU: Natasha Martinez (3RU 13, T10 11) 2RU: Amanda Delgado (Miss US International 12, NF 10, T10 CA TUSA 08) 3RU: Alexis Swanstrom (Miss California Teen USA 2011) 4RU: Lauren York (T10 CA TUSA 12)
Top 10: Brittney Brown Brittany Wagner (NF 10, T10 CA TUSA 07) Dia Davis (NF 13) Shélynne Hoyt (NF 12) Elizabeth Cardillo (T10 13, T20 12)
Top 20: Katie Bozner Tommy Lynn Calhoun (T20 13) Brooklyn Bizzle Rowena Chop (T20 13) Lindsay Becker (4RU MN USA 13, 4RU MN USA 12, T20 CA USA 11, 2RU MN TUSA 09, 1RU MN TUSA 08, 1RU MN TUSA 07, 4RU MN TUSA 06) Alison Kim (T20 13) Lauren Smolka Coco Hunter (T20 13, 3RU 11, NF 10) Sierra Billock (NF 11) Yalda Safai
Congeniality: Kristina Blum
Cassie Kunze, Natasha Martinez, Amanda Delgado, Alexis Swanstrom, Lauren York
Miss California Teen USA 2014 - Bianca Vierra 1RU: Gigi Gauthier 2RU: Madison Day-Robinson 3RU: Toneata Morgan (T10 13, 2RU 12) 4RU: Melanie Mitchell
Top 10: Charli Burnett (2RU 13) Savannah Ellison (T20 13) Emily Delgado (NF 12) Athenna Crosby (T20 13) Taylor Nelson
Apologies for the delay of this, the pageant starts in half an hour but I still wanted to get this up. Interesting competition this year, new directors, half the contestants (which I don’t necessarily think is a bad thing!) and tons of quality girls. I haven’t had time to go through the Teen contestants but here are some comments on the Miss contestants!
First up, Alexis Swanstrom (2011) is the first Miss California Teen USA titleholder competing for Miss California USA in almost a decade - but interestingly the THIRD to compete this year, following Emma Baker’s (2010) 2RU placement in Washington and Alexa Jones (2012) placing 1RU in Arizona. Only one Teen has won Miss California USA - former Miss Teen USA 1994 Shauna Gambill who was Miss CA USA 1998!
Also competing is 2012 Miss US International and Miss International semi-finalist Amanda Delgado who I am expecting to do well! She has competed in California previously and was a semi-finalist in Teen in 2008.
The only returning 2013 runner-up is 3RU Natasha Martinez (2RU Brie Gabrielle competed in Florida in July, and 1RU Olivia Jordan competed at Miss World!). Coco Hunter, top 20 last year and 3RU in 2011 is back. 2012 Teen 3RU Rachael Maurer has moved into the Miss division this year.
Other returning Top 10s from last year are Elizabeth Cardillo, Samantha Brooks, and from the Top 20, Tommy Lynn Calhoun, Alison Kim, Rowena Chopand Taelyr Robinson. Past Teen contestants include Brittany Wagner and Lauren York.
From Minnesota, Lindsey Becker is competing in California for the second time. She made top 20 the last time she competed in Cali, in 2011, and has placed 4RU in her home state the past two years (including more runner-up placements as a Teen). Missouri 2013 semi-finalist and 2012 3RU Amanda Riley is competing in California for the first time.
And of course there are a TON of newbies who will give all these returning contestants a run for their money!
Click “read more” to view the full list of contestants.
Miss Kansas USA & Teen USA 2014 contestant rundown!
Kansas is the last pageant for 2014 and two lucky ladies will get an early Christmas present Sunday night! Contestants are posted here and please head to my Facebook page for more updates and coverage.
There are TWO 2013 first runners-up competing this year, Kansas’ Jenna Kaufmann and Sara Herbel from Oklahoma, who was also 1RU at Miss Oklahoma USA 2012 and has competed previously in Texas. Jenna is the only returning runner-up from 2013. There are THREE former Miss Kansas Teen USA titleholders competing, all holding consecutive titles from 2008-2010. Jessie Colonna (Miss KS Teen USA 2008) was a non-finalist at Miss California USA last year, 2009 titleholder Alexis Rewalt (Jessie’s 2RU) was a semi-finalist last year and Olivia Harlan, 2010, is competing in Miss for the first time. Victoria Wiggins, who has competed in two other Vanbros states, has also moved to Kansas. Her highest placement was fourth runner-up at Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2008 and she was a semi-finalist in Missouri the past two years.
In the Teen division, 2013 second runner-up Talia Hubble and fourth runner-up Alexis Railsback are competing this year. Congratulations to last year’s first runner-up Hayley Erbert for making the top six on a recent season of So You Think You Can Dance! Two of last year’s semi-finalists and a couple of non-finalists are back.
Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full list of contestants with notes of their past placements. I’ve included photos for the girls listed, and some of my other favourites too :)
Miss contestants - Jenna Kaufman, Sara Herbel, Jessie Colonna, Alexis Rewalt, Olivia Harlan, Victoria Wiggins, Catherine Carmichael, Rachel Morris, Kaiti Hermann
Teen contestants - Talia Hubble, Alexis Railsback, Madison Wheat
Congratulations to Amy Diaz & Jason Case, winners of the Amazing Race 23!
Amy was Miss Rhode Island USA 2008 and from the moment she won became one of my most awesome supporters, sending me pageant results, photos and other info for many, many states for every single year since. I don’t know what I’d have done without her! Safe to say that, and her genuinely friendly nature made her one of my favourite people in Pageant Land :P One of the highlights of my trip to Miss USA in 2012 was getting to meet Amy at the Miss USA Welcome Party. Amy was also Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2001 and the first in a string of three successive RI Teens to win the Miss title. I was so excited to hear she’d been cast for the Amazing Race and I’m even more ecstatic to see they won, she totally deserves it! Click here to view her Miss Rhode Island USA profile from 2008, which has photos from her year!
Miss Pennsylvania USA & Teen USA 2014 contestant rundown!
The Miss Pennsylvania USA & Teen USA final show is Sunday afternoon, starting at 1.30pm. Miss contestants are posted here and Teen contestants are posted here. Check my Facebook page during the pageant for results updates and photos.
In the Miss division, 2013 first runner-up Laura DiFrancesco andsecond runner-up Billie Jo Powers are back - you can see their swimsuit & gown photos from last year here. Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 2008 Elliot Griffin, second runner-up in 2012 and 2011 is back after choosing not to compete last year. There are also a number of past semi-finalists and non-finalists, including some who have moved up from the Teen division, competing.
The last newcomer Pennsylvania crowned was Lindsey Nelsen in 2009. All four titleholders since then have competed at least twice before winning - 2013 titleholder Jessica Billings had competed seven times in three states (excluding PA, where she competed for the first time) and 2012 titleholder Sheena Monnin (who later resigned) had competed eight times in three states (including PA, where she had been 1RU the two years prior to her win).
In Teen, Alex-Taylor Deitz, first runner-up in both 2013 and 2012, is competing in her last attempt to capture the Teen title. 2013’s third runner-up Veronica Howard is also back. In addition to Alex, Sydney Jane Robertson, second runner-up and Katie Smith, 4th runner-up, from 2012’s top five are also competing (neither competed last year). Swimsuit and gown photos from 2013 can be seen here and 2012’s here.
Here are top five photos from Miss PA USA 2013, Miss PA USA 2012, Miss PA Teen USA 2013 and Miss PA Teen USA 2012. Click “read more” after the photos to view the full list of 2014 contestants, including notes of any past participation and placements.
2014 contestants noted in bold:
2013 Miss top five Back: Valerie Compeggie (3RU), Lyndi Jo Delisio (4RU) Front:Laura DiFrancesco (1RU), Jessica Billings, Billie Jo Powers (2RU)
Emma Pelett is Miss Oregon USA 2014 and her Teen counterpart is Alexandra Perry. Emma was first runner-up last year, a semi-finalist in 2012 and second runner-up in 2009. Emma is the first returning runner-up to win since Sharitha McKenzie in 2007.
Miss Oregon USA 2014 - Emma Pelett (1RU 13, SF 12, 2RU 09) 1RU: Mary Maldonado (T20 CA TUSA 06) 2RU: Kayla Bowker 3RU: Natasha Parekh 4RU: Natalie Tonnenson
Miss Oregon Teen USA 2014 - Alexandra Perry 1RU: Kenna Sloy (3RU 13) 2RU: Manju Bangalore 3RU: Kaylee Davidson 4RU: Brooke Eid
Haley O’Brienof Excelsior is the new Miss Minnesota USA 2014 and Catherine Stanley of Bloomington is Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2014.
Haley is the first former Teen titleholder to win Miss MN USA since Alla Ilushka, Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2002, won in 2007. Catherine is the fourth consecutive newcomer to win the Teen titleholder.
The only newcomer in the Miss top five was newcomer Kayla Casciano. 2012 semi-finalists Jessica Scheu and Brittany Dyshaw, neither of whom competed last year, were first and third runners-up respectively, and Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2007 Vanessa Vonbehren placed fourth runner-up. Brie Anderson made the top 15 and has sadly aged out after competing every year since 2006 (and in Teen in 2005). 2009 and 2010 Teen runner-up Ashley Johnson missed the cut for the second time.
In the Teen competition, the top five were all new. 2013 first runner-up Dasia Mestad made the semi-finals and 2012 first runner-up Marina Kong won the non-finalist swimsuit award.
Miss Minnesota USA 2014 - Haley O’Brien (Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2010, 3RU MN TUSA 09) 1RU: Jessica Scheu (SF 12, 2RU MN TUSA 11, SF MN TUSA 09, SF MN TUSA 08) 2RU: Kayla Casciano 3RU: Brittany Dyshaw (SF 12) 4RU: Vanessa VonBehren (Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2007)
Samantha was the only newcomer of the top five. Heather Elwell was third runner-up for the third consecutive year (sadface!). 2013 non-finalist Annie Jean-Baptiste stormed into the top five after being a non-finalist last year, and former Miss Maine Teen USA 2009 Jordan Shiersplaced fourth runner-up.
The entire top five in the Teen division was new - not surprising given the only returning contestant was 2013 non-finalist Drew Graves, who finished in the semi-finals this year.
Miss Maine USA 2014 - Samantha Dahlborg 1RU: Heather Elwell (1RU 13, 1RU 12, SF FL USA 10, SF FL USA 09) 2RU: Annie Jean-Baptiste (NF 13) 3RU: Tara Cavanagh (1RU ME TUSA 11) 4RU: Jordan Shiers (Miss Maine Teen USA 2009)
Semi-finalists: Kristina Lilley (SF ME TUSA 08) Lyna Bak Courtney Gee (SF ME TUSA 10) Brooke Harris Samantha Hall (NF 12)
Miss District of Columbia USA & Teen USA 2014 results
Miss District of Columbia USA 2014 is Ciera Nicole Butts and Miss DC Teen USA 2014 is Dominick Fink. Both had prior experience in other states: Ciera, in addition to being 2RU in DC last year, was a non-finalist at Miss Maryland USA 2012 and Dominick was second runner-up at Miss Virginia Teen USA 2013 and is a past Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen 2011. She is the first former Miss America’s Outstanding Teen delegate to win a Teen state title this year. Ciera is originally from Baltimore and Dominick is from Chesapeake.
The top two in each state had past experience - MUO and/or MAO - in either Virginia or Maryland prior to competing in DC. Another 2013 Virginia Teen contestant placed 3RU in Miss DC Teen USA, and two 2013 Miss VA USA contestants made the Miss semi-finals.
Miss District of Columbia USA 2014 - Ciera Nicole Butts (2RU 13, NF MD USA 12) 1RU: Jessica Bermudez (4RU 13) 2RU: Shannon Lynch 3RU: Jasmine Niernberger (Miss DC Teen USA 2006) 4RU: Samira Howard
Semi-finalists: Fionnghuala Eley O’Reilly Kristen Adams (SF VA USA 13) Johanna King Merrill Bankston Yaa Genfi Caitlin Wilenchik (1RU AZ USA 13, 1RU AZ USA 12) Ryann Richardson (SF 12) Ashley Greenfield (NF VA USA 13, NF VA TUSA 11) Brittany Larson (SF WY USA 13, SF CO USA 12, NF OK USA 11) Michelle Pierrot Kaitlyn Wozniak (SF MD USA 11, 4RU MD TUSA 10, SF MD TUSA 08, SF MD TUSA 07)
Congeniality: Jessica Burmudez Photogenic: Kristen Adams
Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 2014 - Dominick Finck (2RU VA TUSA 13) 1RU: Maura Deegan (2RU 13, NF MD TUSA 12, NF MD TUSA 10) 2RU: Niara Tarleton-Allen 3RU: Emily Berriz (NF VA TUSA 13) 4RU: Erica White-Ruffin (1RU 13)
Semi-finalists: Laniya Bullie Nina Moiseiwitsch Shalla Hurtt Mia Beasley Gabrielle Cooper Joanna Chery (2RU 12)
Congeniality: Gabrielle Cooper Photogenic: Niara Tarleton-Allen
Dominick Fink, Maura Deegan, Niara Tarleton-Allen, Emily Berriz, Erica White-Ruffin
Miss Delaware USA 2014 is Kelsey Millerfrom Wilmington and Mia Jones of Bear is Miss Delaware Teen USA 2014. Kelsey was Miss Delaware Teen USA and is the first former Teen to win since Cheryl Crowe in 2003, and the first blonde winner since Sheena Benton in 2005. She was second runner-up last year, the first returning Miss runner-up to win since 2010. The other three returning runners-up from last year could not repeat their top five placements, but were all semi-finalists.
Miss Delaware USA 2014 - Kelsey Miller(2RU 13, Miss Delaware Teen USA 2009) 1RU: Emily Wareheim (2RU MD TUSA 12) 2RU: Renee Bull 3RU: Jennifer Lilley (SF DE TUSA 12) 4RU: Crystal Rush (NF 13)
Semi-finalists: Alyssa Murray (Miss Delaware 2012) Alina Wade (4RU 13, 2RU 12, 4RU 11, SF 10) Rachel Humerick (SF MD USA 13, SF PA USA 09, SF PA USA 08, SF MD TUSA 06, SF MD TUSA 05) Lauren Parkes (SF 13, 1RU 12, 4RU MD USA 11, SF DE USA 10, 4RU DE USA 09, SF DE USA 08) Kaitlin Repella (NF DE TUSA 11) Hannah Beauchamp (NF MD TUSA 12, SF MD TUSA 11) Amanda Longacre Emily Drake (3RU 13, SF DE TUSA 05) Jenna Xarhoulakos Kimberly Martin (SF DE TUSA 12)
Congeniality: Lydia Howard Photogenic: Valerie Ogle
Kelsey Miller, Emily Wareheim, Renee Bull, Jennifer Lilley, Crystal Rush
Miss Delaware Teen USA 2014 - Mia Jones 1RU: Brighid Minemier (3RU 13) 2RU: Kassady Sever 3RU: Carin Prechtl 4RU: Elizabeth Schreiber (2RU 13, SF 11)
Semi-finalists: Savannah Horne Sierra Wright Kayla Radford Morgan Civita Kelly Pierson (NF 13, SF 12) Brielle Close (SF 13) Amanda DePhillips Candice Bannister-Gibbs (SF 13, SF 12)
Congeniality: Sierra Wright Photogenic: Kelsey Sill
Mia Jones, Brighid Minemier, Kassady Sever, Carin Prechtl, Elizabeth Schreiber
Miss Arizona USA 2014 is Jordan Wessel, a newcomer from Colorado Springs who attends Arizona State University in Tempe, and Miss Arizona Teen USA 2014 is Savannah Wix of Paradise Valley, last year’s second runner-up.
Miss Arizona USA 2014 - Jordan Wessell 1RU: Alexa Jones (Miss California Teen USA 2012) 2RU: Brittany Mazur (Miss AZ’s Outstanding Teen 2006) 3RU: Nicole Smith (2RU 13, 2RU AZ TUSA 12) 4RU: Victoria Mendoza
Semi-finalists: Tiffany Martin (SF 11, Miss Arizona Teen USA 2007) Lexi Wetherell Alma Marin Lauren Medwed (SF IA USA 12, 1RU IA USA 11, SF IL USA 09) Kristina Anderson Dylan Hendricks Kathryn Bulkley (Miss Arizona 2010) Whitney Irene Thomas (SF 13) Kimberly Haug Jacque Stuard Alexis Mouer Marie O’Malley
Jordan Wessel, Alexa Jones, Brittany Mazur, Nicole Smith, Victoria Mendoza
Miss Arizona Teen USA 2014 - Savannah Wix (2RU 12) 1RU: Neda Danilovic 2RU: Ashley Skye 3RU: Jordynn Robinson 4RU: Mary Espiritu
Semi-finalists: Catherine Lontz Tatum Smith Savannah Ferguson Elizabeth Erickson Angelica VanAuken Indigo Sky Zuber Madison Jean Courtney Ortega Ashley Hancock (4RU 13) Taylor Rosenow
Savannah Wix, Neda Danilovic, Ashley Skye, Jordynn Robinson, Mary Espiritu
UPDATE - Congratulations to Kellie Smith Miss Texas Teen USA 2014! Full results post up soon, in the meantime visit my Facebook page for more coverage.
The final contestant rundown for this Sunday is for Miss Texas Teen USA 2014, starting at 1pm. Contestants are posted here. This is largely a new field of contestants, with no returning runners-up - congrats to last year’s fourth runner-up Brooklynne Young who won Miss Oklahoma USA just last weekend!
Returning semi-finalists from 2013 are Allison Higginbotham, Ashley Harris, Corinn Figueroa, Katherine O’Connor and Kellie Stewart. There are a number of 2012 and 2013 non-finalists competing.
Here are the girls mentioned, as well as some of my other favourites. Click “read more” after the photos for a full list of contestants, including notes of any past placements etc.
Miss Delaware USA and Teen USA 2014 will be held Sunday afternoon. Contestants are posted here - there has been a noticeable increase from last year.
It will be a tough competition this year with all four Miss runners-up returning from last year and two of the remaining three Teen runners-up (first runner-up Hailey Lawler assumed the title in February). You can see swimsuit and gown photos of last year’s Miss runners-up here and Teen runners-up here. The returning Miss runners-up are Kimberly Martin (1RU), Kelsey Miller (2RU), Emily Drake (3RU) and Alina Wade (4RU, also a runner-up in 2011 and 2012). Kelsey was Miss Delaware Teen USA 2009. Also competing is Miss Delaware 2012 Alyssa Murray. 2013 semi-finalist and past runner-up Lauren Parkes, who has competed every year since 2008, is competing for the final time before she ages out. Nadirah Aaliyah, a Teen runner-up in 2012 and 2011, and Emily Wareheim, second runner-up at Miss MD Teen USA 2012, have moved up to the Miss competition. Past Maryland and Pennsylvania contestant Rachel Humerick is competing in Delaware for the first time.
Only two newcomers (Nicole Bosso and Krista Clausen) have won Miss DE USA in the past decade, so it will be interesting to see if that trend continues. Also, there hasn’t been a blonde winner since 2005!
In Teen, Elizabeth Schreiber, 2RU and Brighid Minemier, 3RU are back, as well as 2013 semi-finalists Candice Bannister-Gibbs and Brielle Close.
2014 Miss top fives - Emily Drake (3RU), Kelsey Miller (2RU), Rachel Baiocco, Kimberly Martin (1RU), Alina Wade (4RU)
2014 Teen top fives - Holt Querey (4RU), Elizabeth Schreiber (2RU), Melissa King (W - Resigned), Hailey Lawler (1RU - Miss DE Teen USA 13), Brighid Minemier (3RU)
Miss Maine USA and Teen USA starts at 3pm Sunday afternoon. This is Maine’s first year under the directorship of Laurie Clemente and numbers have grown significantly compared to last year. Miss contestants are posted here and Teen is posted here. Check my Facebook page for coverage and results on the day.
Jordan Shiers, Miss Maine Teen USA 2009, is competing, the first former Teen to compete since Kaetlin Parent won Miss Maine USA 2008. In the Miss division, Heather Elwell, first runner-up in both 2012 and 2013 is back, but she is the only returning runner-up from last year. 2011 Teen first runner-up Tara Cavanagh is competing in Miss for the first time, and there are a few other former Teen contestants who have also stepped up to the Miss competition this year.
In what must be either a first or very rare this year, the only returning contestant the Teen competition is one solitary non-finalist from 2012.
Here are some of the Miss contestants I mentioned, and three of my other favourites. Click “read more” after the photos to view a full list of contestants and notes of past placements.
Jordan Shiers, Heather Elwell, Tara Cavanagh, Courtney Gee, Lyna Bak, Brooke Harris
Miss Arizona USA & Teen USA will be crowned Sunday night, with the show starting at 4.30 MST. View the Miss contestants here and Teen contestants here. You can view the show at Pageant Vision and keep an eye on my Facebook page for results and other coverage.
There are two former Miss Teen USA state titleholders competing, Tiffany Martin, Miss AZ Teen USA 2007, who was a semi-finalist in 2011 but has not competed since, and Alexa Jones, Miss California Teen USA 2012, in her first year of eligibility. Alexa, a student at the University of Arizona, will be the first and thus far only 2012 Teen to compete for a Miss USA state title.
There are two past MAO titleholders competing this year. Miss Arizona 2010 and top 10 at Miss America Katy Bulkley is the first, she was also fourth runner-up at Miss Arizona Teen USA 2008 and a semi-finalist in 2007. Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen 2006 Brittany Mazur, who has competed at Miss Arizona a number of times, including placing first runner-up, is competing in Miss AZ USA for the first time.
Nicole Smith (2RU last year, also Teen 2RU in 2012) is the only returning runner-up from 2013 (first runner-up Caite Wilenchik is competing in DC). Miss Iowa USA 2012 first runner-up Lauren Medwed, is competing in Arizona for the first time (she also competed in Illinois in 2009). Whitney Thomas and Melissa Younkins are the only other returning semi-finalists.
There are a number of stunning newbies competing this year. I want to give a special shoutout to Kristina Anderson, who chose to compete depsite battling a rare form of ovarian cancer. Her headshot is beautiful :)
In Teen, 2013 second runner-up Savannah Wix and fourth runner-up Ashley Hancock are back, as are a number of last year’s semi-finalists.
Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full list of contestants, with notes of past placements.
Miss contestants: Tiffany Martin, Alexa Jones, Kathryn Bulkley, Brittany Mazur, Nicole Smith, Lauren Medwed, Whitney Thomas, Melissa Marie Younkins, Kristina Anderson
2013 Teen top five (2014 contestants in bold): Back: Nicolle Bell (3RU), Ashley Hancock (4RU) Front: Lexe Richardson (1RU) (1RU), Olivia Argue, Savannah Wix (2RU)
Miss DC USA & Teen USA will be held Sunday afternoon. Contestants are posted here. Congratulations to the outgoing titleholders Jessica Frith and Despina Ades for a great year! It is great to see continued growth in number and diversity of contestants under new director Carla Crawford, who took over DC last year. Carla is the mother of Kamie Crawford, Miss Teen USA 2010. I met them both in Vegas last year (feels longer than 18 months ago!) and both are really lovely people.
The Miss division features last year’s second runner-up Ciera Nicole Butts and fourth runner-up Jessica Bermudez. Miss DC Teen USA 2006 Jasmine Niernberger is competing for the first time, the first former Teen to compete in DC in a number of years. There are also a number of contestants who have competed in other states, including past top five in Louisiana Merrill Bankston, Maryland Teen runner-up Kaitlyn Wozniak and first runner-up in Arizona the past two years Caitlin Wilenchik. See the full contestant list below for more.
In Teen the returning runners-up from 2013 are Erica White-Ruffin (1RU), Maura Deegan (2RU), and Dionne Wright (4RU). 2012 second runner-up Joanna Chery is also back. Last year’s third runner-up at Miss VA Teen USA, and past Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Dominick Fink has moved to DC.
Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full lists of contestants and notes of their past placements.
Some of the Miss contestants: Ciera Nicole Butts, Jessica Bermudez, Jasmine Niernberger, Merrill Bankston, Kaitlyn Wozniak, Caitlin Wilenchik, Brittany Larson, Amanda Mobley, Yaa Genfi
Some of the Teen contestants: Erica White-Ruffin, Maura Deegan, Dionne Wright, Joanna Chery, Dominick Fink, Emily Berriz
Miss Minnesota USA & Teen USA 2014 contestant rundown
Miss Minnesota USA and Teen USA 2014 will be crowned Sunday afternoon . Let me start this by sending a shout out to the 2013 titleholders Danielle Hooper and Maggie McGill. Danielle was one of my top contestants for Miss USA 2013 and I was bitterly disappointed when she did not place (what was with all the awesome blondes missing out last year?!). On the other hand, I didn’t really have Maggie on my list before Miss Teen USA but she caught my eye during prelims and ended finals night as the most successful Miss Minnesota Teen USA ever, the first to make the top five.
Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2007 Vanessa VonBehren and 2010 Haley O’Brien are competing, the first time former Teens are competing since 2008.
Also returning this year, for what may be the final time, is Brianne Anderson, last year’s second runner-up. Brianne started competing in the Teen division in 2005, and has competed in Miss every year since 2006. Her highest placement was first runner-up in 2008 and 2012. Bri is the only returning Miss runner-up, but there are a number of former Teen runners-up competing in Miss this year. They are Jessica Scheu, a Miss semi-finalist in 2012, second runner-up in Teen in 2011 and a semi-finalist in 2008 and 2009, Ashley Johnson, Miss non-finalist in 2011, Teen second runner-up in 2010 and first runner-up in 2009 and Ashley Stangler, third runner-up at Miss MN Teen USA 2013.
Other returning Miss semi-finalists are Taylor Bacon, Brittany Dyshaw, and Mandy Peterson.
Vanessa Panemalaythong is the sister of Miss Minnesota USA 2012 Nitaya Panemalaythong.
It has been six years since a former Teen won Miss Minnesota USA, so it will be interesting to see if Vanessa or Haley can break that trend this year. Somewhat surprisingly, given the number of runners-up who have competed numerous years, the last time a Miss runner-up won Miss MN USA was Dottie Cannon’s win in 2006 - although Kaylee Unverzagt (2008) and outgoing titleholder Danielle Hooper are past Teen runners-up.
In Teen, there are two first runners-up returning, Marina Kong from 2012 and Dasia Mestad from 2013, aside from one non-finalist from last year otherwise the rest of the contestants are new.
Miss contestants: Vanessa VonBehren, Haley O’Brien, Brianne Anderson, Jessica Scheu, Ashley Johnson, Ashley Spangler, Taylor Bacon, Brittany Dyshaw, Mandy Peterson, Vanessa Panemalaythong; Teen contestants: Marina Kong, Dasia Mestad
Two Brooklynnes will be reigning over Oklahoma in 2014! Miss Oklahoma USA is Brooklynne Young and Miss Oklahoma Teen USA is Brooklynne Bond! Brooklynne Young was competing in Oklahoma for the first time, but was fourth runner-up in Miss Texas Teen USA 2013 and a semi-finalist at Miss Texas Teen USA 2012. She attends college in Oklahoma and will turn 19 in December, making her one of the youngest contestants at Miss . Brooklynne Bond had not competed at Miss OK Teen USA before but has experience in the America system. Both are from Tulsa (although Brooklynne Young is from Southlake, Texas).
First runner-up was Alex Miller, twice a runner-up in Kansas previously, second and third runners-up were former Teens Taylor Gorton and Kandis Holt and fourth runner-up was two-time past OK runner-up Carrie Baker.
In a rare occurrence, 2013 Miss OK Teen USA first, second and third runners-up achieved the same placements in 2014. Cherokee Pearce was a runner-up for the fourth time. Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen 2012 Julianne Thomison was a semi-finalist.
Miss Oklahoma USA 2014 - Brooklynne Young (4RU TX TUSA 13, SF TX TUSA 12) 1RU: Alex Miller (2RU KS USA 12, 2RU KS USA 09) 2RU: Taylor Gorton (Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2008, NF 07) 3RU: Kandis Holt (Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2010) 4RU: Carrie Baker (2RU 14, SF 12, 4RU 11)
Semi-finalists: Elizabeth Olsen Jessika Williams (4RU 13) Hannah Moore Ashley Hancock Alexys Razien Baillie Burmaster Alma Sandoval (Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2011) Molly Kitchen (SF 13)
Brooklynne Young, Alex Miller, Taylor Gorton, Kandis Holt, Carrie Baker
Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2014 - Brooklynne Bond 1RU: Cherokee Pearce (1RU 13, 3RU 12, 4RU 11) 2RU: Mariah Davis (2RU 13) 3RU: Serene Russell (3RU 13) 4RU: Madison Plott
Miss North Dakota USA 2014 is Audra Mari of Fargo and Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2014 is Josie Hettich of Wilton! Click their names to view their profiles or visit my Facebook page for more Miss USA & Teen USA coverage.
Audra was the first of two Miss Teen USA first runners-up crowned on Sunday, the other being Miss IL USA Lexi Atkins, 2010’s first runner-up. Audra will the second 2011 teen titleholder to compete at Miss USA and the sixth Miss North Dakota Teen USA to win Miss ND USA.
Miss North Dakota USA 2014 - Audra Mari (Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2011) 1RU: Molly Ketterling (1RU ND TUSA 13, 1RU ND TUSA 12) 2RU: Raquel Wellentin (1RU 13) 3RU: Kate Wilson 4RU: Megan Yahna (4RU 13, 2RU 12, T10 ND TUSA 10)