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)
Lexi Atkins of Champaign became only the second Miss Illinois Teen USA to win Miss Illinois USA on Sunday evening, while 2012 and 2013 first runner-up Miranda Fenzau captured the Miss Illinois Teen USA title earlier in the day.
Lexi was crowned for the second time by her Teen predecessor Stacie Juris (and actually competed with Stacie at Miss IL Teen USA 2009, but didn’t make the top 15). She was the second Miss Teen USA first runner-up to win a state title this weekend, and will be one of two Miss Teen USA 2010 runners-up to compete at Miss USA this year, alongside third runner-up Angie Layton. 2010 second runner-up Emma Bakerplaced 2RU in Washington in October.
In Miss, Jessica Albasha returned to the top five after being a semi-finalist last year and Lexi’s Teen second runner-up Victoria Login placed fourth runner-up her first year competing in Miss (Victoria was also 1RU to Stacie Juris in Teen.. Former Miss US International 2007 April Strong was 1RU - she was a runner-up at Miss Michigan Teen USA 2006 and I’m sure she’s competed in a USA pageant since then but it’s not showing on my records so maybe my memory is fuzzy.
Miranda placed first runner-up to Alex Plotz her first year competing, when she was just 15, and first runner-up to Grayson Hodgkiss last year. This year that “sparkly hat” is hers! Lexi’s younger sister Victoria Atkins was the first runner-up - coming very close to having sisters reigning at the same time for the first time! With one exception, all of the runners-up and semi-finalists were either new or had been non-finalists previously.
Miss Illinois USA 2014 - Lexi Atkins (Miss Illinois Teen USA 2010, NF IL TUSA 09) 1RU: April Strong (3RU MI TUSA 06) 2RU: Jessica Albasha (SF 13, 4RU 12) 3RU: Tabitha Turner (SF 13) 4RU: Victoria Login (2RU IL TUSA 10, 1RU IL TUSA 09)
Semi-finalists: Kelly Westbrook Hannah Gowdy (SF IL TUSA 13) Rachel McKane (SF 13) Morgan Sahagian Gemma Berto (NF 13) Ashley Reid (SF 13, SF 12, NF 11) Hannah Butler Alexandra Wilson (2RU 13, 3RU 12, 4RU IL TUSA 07) Caitlin Oponski Judith Ruiz-Branch Jasmine Guy (3RU 13, SF 11, SF 10) Ashley Brehmer Lindsay Jahnke (SF 13, SF 12, NF 11)
Congeniality: Olivia Younger Photogenic: Alexandra Wilson
Lexi Atkins, April Strong, Jessica Albasha, Tabisha Turner, Victoria Login
Miss Illinois Teen USA 2014 - Miranda Fenzau (1RU 13, 1RU 12) 1RU: Victoria Atkins 2RU: Abby Foster 3RU: Madison Langley 4RU: Hannah Cohn
Miss Vermont USA 2014 is Gina Bernasconi of Underhill and Miss Vermont Teen USA is Madison Cotaof Bellows Falls. Click their names to view their profiles or visit my Facebook page for more Miss USA & Teen USA coverage.
Gina is the first winner since 2009 who had not been a runner-up previously, although she was a non-finalist last year. She and 2009 winner Brooke Werner are the only titleholders in the past 12 years who had not previously been a runner-up in either the Miss or Teen pageant.
Conversely, Madison is the first returning runner-up to win the Teen title since 2010. Her first runner-up Melanie Hubbard was a semi-finalist last year and is the sister of Miss Vermont Teen USA 2007 Olivia Hubbard. The rest of the finalists were newcomers.
Miss Vermont USA 2014 - Gina Bernasconi (NF 13) 1RU: Sydney McEwen 2RU: Caroline Kemp (2RU 13, NF NY USA 12) 3RU: Myranda Benoit (SF 13, NF 12) 4RU: Ashley Audette
Semi-finalists: Mary Collins Hunter DiGangi Neely Fortune
Congeniality: Sydney McEwen Photogenic: Sydney McEwen
Miss Vermont Teen USA 2014 - Madison Cota (3RU 13) 1RU: Melanie Hubbard (SF 13) 2RU: Alacey German 3RU: Sofia Guzman 4RU: Tammy Vujanovic
Semi-finalists: Kasi White Sara Stryhas (SF 13) Maia Allo Michelle Maseroni Fiona Steele
Miss Georgia USA 2014 is Tiana Griggs of Monticello and Miss Georgia Teen USA is Noelle Hughleyof Lithonia. Click their names to view their profiles or visit my Facebook page for more Miss USA & Teen USA coverage.
Off the top of my head Noelle is only the second African-American to win the Teen title, and it’s also a rarity that both titleholders are African-American. A lot of attention had been focussed first runner-up Jamie Kelton and the three former Teens competing but at the end of the night it was Tiana, last year’s second runner-up, who stole the judges hearts & won the crown :) Following the recent trend with Georgia Teens, Noelle had not competed previously.
Jamie Kelton placed third runner-up on her last try (and will forever be in my heart as one of those girls who I can’t believe never got a shot at the Miss USA title), Miss Georgia Teen USA 2009 and Miss Teen USA first runner-up Brooke Fletcher placed second runner-up and newbies Keila Diaz and Emanii Davis placed first and fourth runners-up respectively.
In Teen, the first three runners-up were all new, while 2013 third runner-upAmelia Huntplaced 4RU.
Miss Georgia USA 2014 - Tiana Griggs (2RU 13) 1RU: Keila Diaz 2RU: Brooke Fletcher (Miss Georgia Teen USA 2009) 3RU: Jamie Kelton (1RU 13, 2RU 12, 3RU 11) 4RU: Emanii Davis
Semi-finalists: Keri Crosby (3RU 13, SF 12) Courtney Hollifield (T20 NC USA 12, T15 NC USA 10) Lauren Edmunds Sibahn Doxey (Miss Montana Teen USA 2011) Tatum Harmon Kristen Robinson (Miss Georgia Teen USA 2011) Holly Chastain (SF 12) Ashley Reiff (SF GA TUSA 04) Malone Galster (NF 11) Alyssa Huffingham
Congeniality: Lauren Edmund Photogenic: Amy Brady
Tiana Griggs, Keila Diaz, Brooke Fletcher, Jamie Kelton, Emanii Davis (= in my eyes, the best example of a headshot not doing a beautiful contestant justice!)
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2014 - Noelle Hughley 1RU: Ansley McGhee 2RU: Mary Calkins 3RU: Jamie Walloch 4RU: Amelia Hunt (3RU 13)
Caroline Lunny was crowned Miss Massachusetts USA 2014 on Sunday evening, while Bailey Medeiros won Miss Massachusetts Teen USA. Click their names to view their profiles (which have crowning photos etc) and visit my Facebook page for more coverage.
Caroline is the fifth Miss Massachusetts Teen USA to win Miss Massachusetts USA. Here’s a fun coincidence: Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1998 Susie Castillo won Miss Massachusetts USA and then Miss USA in 2003. Susie’s Massachusetts Teen titleholder “little sister” was Jackie Bruno. When Jackie won Miss Massachusetts USA in 2008, her ”little sister” was? You guessed it, Caroline! Love that chain and who knows, Bailey might be destined to be Miss MA USA herself one day :)
In the Miss division, 2013 second runner-up Renata De Carvalho moved up a spot to first runner-up. Two of the other runners-up had been non-finalists last year. 2013 first runner-up and former Miss New Hampshire Reagan Hartley made the top 15, as did other past runners-up Polikseni Manxhari, Kaelyn Serra and Kate Crochetiere and Julia Scaparotti, second runner-up in Rhode Island last year. 2013 fourth and 2012 third runner-up Alison DeJesus and Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2010 Morgan Lucas did not make the first cut.
In Teen, Pavit Arora placed first runner-up for the second year in a row, and Danae Bucci also repeated her fourth runner-up placement from last year.
Miss Massachusetts USA 2014 - Caroline Lunny(Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2008) 1RU: Renata De Carvalho (2RU 13) 2RU: Alexandra Mack 3RU: Gina Lewis (NF 13, SF 12) 4RU: Cara Lemire (NF 13)
Semi-finalists: Yesenia Geronimo Sally Meehan Regan Hartley (1RU 13, Miss New Hampshire 2011, 4RU NH TUSA 09) Luisaura Alvarez Kaelyn Serra (3RU 13) Julia Scaparotti (2RU RI USA 13) Amanda Soucy Polikseni Manxhari (SF 13, SF 12, 4RU 11) Kate Crochetiere (SF 13, 1RU 12) Kalia Pimentel (NF 13, SF 12)
Caroline Lunny, Renata De Carvalho, Alexandra Mack, Gina Lewis, Cara Lemire
Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2014 - Bailey Medeiros 1RU: Pavit Arora (1RU 13, 3RU 11) 2RU: Avery Stump 3RU: Megan Lynch (SF 13) 4RU: Danae Bucci (4RU 13)
Miss South Carolina USA and Teen USA 2014 results!
Christina Zapolskiis Miss South Carolina USA 2014 andK. Lee Grahamis Miss South Carolina Teen USA! Both were crowned in North Charleston on Saturday evening. Christina was second runner-up last year and K. Lee was fourth runner-up. Both are the first returning runners-up to win their division the following year since 2009. Click their names to view their profiles, with many pageant photos included.
In Miss, Summer Priester, last year’s Teen 3RU, continued the trend of Teen contestants making successful entries into the Miss division by placing second runner-up. Both third and fourth runners-up were in the top 5 at Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2011 - Keyla Childs won and Jennifer Young was her fourth runner-up.
Miss South Carolina USA 2014 - Christina Zapolski (Isle of Palms) (2RU 13) 1RU: Sarah Weishuhn (Columbia) (NF 13) 2RU: Summer Priester (Mid Carolina) (3RU SC TUSA 13) 3RU: Keyla Childs (Charleston) (Miss SC Teen USA 2011) 4RU: Jennifer Young (Williamston) (T15 13, NF 12, 4RU SC TUSA 11)
TOP 10: Anna Catherine Cox (Lake Keowee) Morgan Brown (Golden Corner) Courtney Ballenger (Walhalla) (T15 13, NF 12, NF 11, 4RU SC TUSA 10) Madelyn Wasden (Capital City) (NF SC TUSA 12) Catherine Fox (North Charleston)
TOP 15: Ashley West (West Ashley) Samantha Cook (Newberry County) Kandace Harbin (Palmetto) Morgan Wheeler (Murrells Inlet) (T10 13) Callie Ray Davis (Grand Strand)
Christina Zapolski, Sarah Weishuhn, Summer Priester, Keyla Childs, Jennifer Young
Miss South Carolina USA 2014 - K. Lee Graham (Lake Murray) (4RU 13) 1RU: Blythe Neal (Charleston) (T17 13) 2RU: Hannah Floyd (Palmetto) 3RU: Emma Webb (Capital City) (T17 13, 3RU 12) 4RU: Paige Holloway (North Charleston)
TOP 10 Marley Stokes (Columbia) (2RU 13) Eliza Cox (Upstate) Jordyn Rogge (Goose Creek) Sydney Sill (Golden Corner) Karson Terrell (Daniel Island)
TOP 15 Tatiana Ruiz (North Coast) Mary Caroline Owen (Lake Keowee) Victoria Singletary (Little River) Caroline Scruggs (Folly Beach) (T17 13) Jada Samuel (Piedmont)
K Lee Graham, Blythe Neal, Hannah Floyd, Emma Webb, Paige Holloway
Miss Vermont Teen USA will be held Sunday afternoon at 12.30pm followed by Miss finals at 3.30pm.
Sadly, after a rise in contestant numbers last year, the number of Miss Vermont USA competitors has dropped from 21 to 13. Miss Vermont Teen USA contestant numbers are similar to last year.
In Miss, the only returning runner-up is Caroline Kemp, second runner-up last year, who would be the second Miss NY USA 2012 non-finalist at Miss USA were she to win. Other returning contestants are Myranda Benoit (semi-finalist last year) and Gina Bernasconi (non-finalist).
In Teen, 2013 third runner-up Madison Cota is back this year, as are semi-finalists Melanie Hubbard (sister of Miss Vermont Teen USA 2007 Olivia Hubbard), and Sara Stryhas.
Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full list of contestants and notes of past placements.
Miss contestants - Caroline Kemp, Myranda Benoit, Gina Bernasconi Teen contestants - Madison Cote, Melanie Hubbard, Sara Stryhas
Miss North Dakota USA & Teen USA contestant rundown
Miss North Dakota USA and Teen USA will be crowned on Sunday evening, with the final show starting at 4pm. Contestants are posted here.
The big news is that Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2011 and first runner-up at Miss Teen USA Audra Mari is competing! Audra is one of three Teen USA runners-up competing this weekend, and one of five 2011 Teens. As well as Audra, 2013 1RU Raquel Wellentin and 4RU Meghan Yahna are also competing; Meghan was also 2RU in 2012. 2013 and 2012 Teen first runner-up Molly Ketterling is competing in Miss this year, continuing an interesting trend this year of 2013 Teen RUs competing in Miss this year.
The most recent former Teen to win Miss ND USA was Taylor Kearns, Miss ND USA 2007, who win Miss ND USA in 2010. Previous runners-up have won the past two years.
In Teen, 2013 second runner-up Madison Moen and fourth runner-up Hannah Brooks are competing, as well as some of last year’s semi-finalists.
2014 contestants marked in bold. Click “read more” after the photos to view the full contestant list and notes of past placements.
2013 Miss top five - Megan Yahna (4RU), Raquel Wellentin (1RU), Stephanie Erickson, Ashley Beach (2RU), Paige Hanson (3RU)
2013 Teen top five - Hannah Brooks (4RU), Molly Ketterling (1RU), Emilee Mahar, Madison Moen (2RU), Kelsi Schuelke (3RU)
Miss Oklahoma USA & Teen USA 2014 contestant rundown!
People’s Choice voting is open for Oklahoma here, supporting awesome childhood cancer foundation Warriors for Ross, which has special significance to the Vanbros family.
For the first time since 2008 there will be three past Miss Oklahoma Teen USA titleholders competing; this is a fresh generation of former Teens back, with none having competed in Miss previously. They are Taylor Gorton(2008), top 15 at Miss Teen USA, Kandis Holt (2010), top 15 at Miss Teen USA and Alma Sandoval (2011) (click their names to view their Teen profiles). Alma will be the fifth of the Miss Teen USA 2011 group to compete this weekend.
Returning runners-up this year are Carrie Baker, 2RU 2013, a semi-finalist in 2012 and fourth runner-up in 2012 and Jessika Williams, 4RU 2013. Miss Kansas USA 2009 and 2012 second runner-up Alexandra Miller is also competing, as Miss Texas Teen USA 2013 fourth runner-up Brooklynne Young.
There is a major trend for Miss Oklahoma USA in recent years - five out of the past six winners were competing for the first time, the only exception being Miss OK USA 2010 Morgan Woolard, previously Miss OK Teen USA 2006, who went on to place 1RU at Miss USA. I can’t wait to see what happens to this trend this year… will another former Teen break the trend? Can a former runner-up win for the first time since 2003? Or will it go to another newcomer???
In the Teen division, three time runner-up Cherokee Pearce, who’s highest placement was 1RU last year, is competing. Last year’s second runner-up Mariah Davis and third runner-up Serene Russell are also back. You can see their swimsuit and gown photos from last year here.
The Teen trend is also for newcomers, in the past five years only Jessica Morgan, a semi-finalist the previous year, had competed before.
Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full contestant list and notes of past placements.
Some of the Miss contestants: Taylor Gorton, Kandis Holt, Alma Sandoval, Carrie Young, Jessika Williams, Alex Miller, Brooklynne Young, Elizabeth Olsen, Brittani Spring
what's the word on Miss IL? will it be on Pageant Vision?
Unfortunately I don’t think it will be. The states being webcast this weekend are South Carolina and Oklahoma. I’ll do my best to post up to date results for Miss Illinois USA and Teen USA on my Facebook pageas I receive them.
Let me say this now… I’m glad I’m not a judge in Massachusetts this weekend! Both the Miss Massachusetts USA and Miss Massachusetts Teen USA competitions are packed full of experienced contestants and stunning newbies - this has to be one of the most competitive states this year! Miss contestant numbers are slightly lower than last year but higher than 2012, but there are almost 20 more Teen contestants this year than in 2013, the highest number of Teen contestants since 2008! Click here to view the Miss contestants, here to view the Teen contestants and visit my Facebook page on Sunday for results and more coverage.
In Miss, all four runners-up, Regan Hartley (a past Miss New Hampshire), Renata De Carvalho, Kaelyn Serra and Alison DeJesus are back competing; Alison was also a runner-up in 2012 as was Kate Crochetiere, first runner-up then and a semi-finalist last year and Polikseni Manxhari, 2011 fourth runner-up and a semi-finalist the past two years. In addition to these six past runners-up, Rhode Island’s 2013 second runner-up Julia Scarparotti is competing and there are two former Teen USA titleholders, Caroline Lunny, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2008 and a semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA and Morgan Lucas, Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2010.
In the Teen division three runners-up are back: Pavit Arora, 1RU last year and 3RU in 2011, Brianna Borghi, 3RU last year and Danae Bucci, 4RU last year. There are many returning semi-finalists, including Caroline’s sister Courtney Lunny, and a number of past non-finalists.
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 - Regan Hartley (1RU),Sarah Kidd (W), Renata De Carvalho (2RU), Kaelyn Serra (3RU), Alison DeJesus (4RU)
2013 Teen top five - Danae Bucci (4RU), Pavit Arora (1RU), Madyson Milordi, Jennifer Ross (2RU), Brianna Borghi (3RU)
Miss South Carolina USA and Teen USA 2014 will be crowned on Saturday night, with the combined finals starting at 7.30. The show will be webcast live on Pageant Vision (for $16).
While contestant numbers for Miss are up (by 15 on last year!), new contestants greatly outnumber returning contestants which is actually quite unusual with SC which often has one of the highest numbers of returnees. Keyla Childs, Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2011 is competing in Miss for the first time, and if she were to win she would be crowned for the second time by Megan Pinckney, who was Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2010! The only returning 2013 Miss runner-up is Christina Zapolski, 2RU last year, although 2013 Teen third runner-up Summer Priester is competing in Miss this year, as is 2012 second runner-up Lauren Johnson. Returning semi-finalists from 2013 are Morgan Wheeler (Top 10) and Courtney Ballenger and Jennifer Young (Top 15).
One of the peculiar trends with SC recently is that eight of the past 11 winners had competed in the Teen pageant previously (you can see the stats here). Given that, and the fact that 2013 Teen runners-up have been doing pretty well in Miss this year (including two winners!) I wouldn’t be in the least surprised to see Keyla or one of the former Teen runners-up or semi-finalists win - but trends can always be broken!
In Teen, the second and fourth runners-up from 2013, Marley Stokes and K. Lee Graham are competing, as is 2012 second runner-up and 2013 semi-finalist Emma Webb. There are a few other 2013 semi-finalists competing as well.
Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full list of contestants and notes of past placements. Here are some of the headshots for the girls listed above, and a few newbies I think will be competitive :)
Miss contestants - Keyla Childs, Christina Zapolski, Summer Priester, Lauren Johnson, Morgan Wheeler, Courtney Ballenger, Jennifer Young, MacKenzie Kondos, Morgan Brown
Miss Georgia USA & Teen USA 2014 contestant rundown
UPDATE - Congratulations to Tiana Griggs, Miss Georgia USA 2014 & Noelle Hughley, Miss Georgia Teen USA 2014. Click their names to view their profiles, and visit my Facebook page for more coverage.
Miss Georgia USA and Teen USA are one of the first of this weekend’s seven pageants, with the Teen finals being held at 4pm Saturday afternoon followed by Miss finals at 8pm. Contestant photos are posted here. Head to my Facebook page on Saturday for more coverage.
In both competitions, the vast majority of contestants are newbies, although it should be noted that because I don’t have the names of all the 2012 & 2013 contestants I haven’t been able to note any non-finalists from those years. Miss results in recent years have certainly favoured experience, with only one newcomer winning since 2009. In Teen, only one contestant with past USA experience has won in the past eight years, although last year’s winner Julia Martin was Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2011.
In Miss, there are three former Teen titleholders, each competing in Miss for the first time. Two competed at Miss Teen USA 2011, Kristen Robinson (Mid State) (Miss Georgia Teen USA 2011) and Sibahn Doxey(Northwest Atlanta) (Miss Montana Teen USA 2011); Sibahn is a student at Kennesaw State University in the outskirts of Atlanta. The third is Brooke Fletcher(Peachtree City), Miss Georgia Teen USA 2009 and first runner-up to Stormi Henley in a Greenwood one-two. Brittany is vying to be the third 2009 top five finalist to compete at Miss USA, after Kasey Staniszewski (3RU) placed top 15 last year and Brittany Guidry (4RU) recently won Miss Louisiana USA. There is also a former Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen Lauren Edmunds (Heart of the South), who competed in Miss Georgia every year from 2008 to 2013, placing first runner-up her first and last years of eligibility.
Three of last year’s runners-up are back. First runner-up Jamie Kelton (North Marietta) is on a roll, having improved from 3RU in 2011, to 2RU in 2012 and 1RU last year. Tiana Griggs (Monticello) was 2RU last year and Keri Crosby (Southern Heartland) placed 3RU, and was a semi-finalist in 2012. The only semi-finalist from last year who is back is Amy Brady (Henry Co). 2012 semi-finalist Holly Chastain (North GA Mountains) and past North Carolina semi-finalist Courtney Hollifield (Peachtree) are also competing.
In Teen, the only returning runner-up is Amelia Hunt (Kennesaw), 3RU last year. It’s worth noting that last year’s 2RU Brittany Pritchett made top 10 at Miss Alabama USA last weekend, and 2012’s first runner-up Liz Willis placed 2RU. 2012 second runner-up Bren Smith-Lezama was Miss Missouri USA 2013. Three of last year’s semi-finalists are also competing: McKayla Futral (McDonogh), Delaria Ridley (DeKalb Co) and Sydney Black (Georgia North).
Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full list of contestant names and local titles, useful as the website does not include these.
Miss contestants: Kristen Robinson, Sibahn Doxey, Brooke Fletcher, Lauren Edmunds, Jamie Kelton, Tiana Griggs, Keri Crosby, Amy Brady, Holly Chastain, Courtney Hollifield
Miss Connecticut USA 2014 is Desirée Pérezand Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2014 is Sydney West. Can Desiree or Sydney bring a third national title in three years back to CT?
Desiree was last year’s fourth runner-up. She recently won Miss Connecticut US International competed at Miss US International in August. There’s a great photo on Erin Brady's profile of Erin, Kendal & Desiree making an appearance together, before Erin became Miss USA.
Sydney was competing for the first time, although her name might sound familiar - she’s the younger sister of Miss Connecticut Teen USA and Miss Teen USA 2012 Logan West! Whilst a number of sister pairings have won state titles, and it’s more common in Teen than in Miss, this is the first time since 1980 that the sister of a past national MUO titleholder has won a state title. Sydney might not have USA experience, but she did place third runner-up at Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2012 a few months before Logan won Miss Teen USA. Sydney and Logan made many appearances together during that year.
Miss Connecticut USA 2014 - Desirée Pérez (4RU 13) 1RU: Nikki Delventhal 2RU: Tiffany Teixeira (1RU 13, Miss CT Teen USA 2009, 1RU CT TUSA 08, 2RU CT TUSA 07) 3RU: Jessica Bouwman 4RU: Ranya Rasamny (SF 13, 4RU 12)
Arielle Rosmarinois the new Miss Virginia USA 2014 and Olivia Fletcheris Miss Virginia Teen USA! Both won the Miss Fredericksburg prelim pageant earlier in the year, making this the second pairing of local titleholders to win their state titles this year (the other being Brittany Guidry and Mary Risener in Louisiana).
Arielle was first runner-up to Catherine Muldoon in 2012 and is the first winner in four years who had competed in VA before. Olivia was competing for the first time. Arielle’s win extends Virginia’s blonde streak to five years!
First runner-up in Miss VA USA was Maggie Lawson, Miss Virginia Teen USA 2009, who was a semi-finalist last year. Fellow former Teen titleholder (in Rhode Island) and 2013 semi-finalist Dominique Lee placed third runner-up. Past North Carolina finalist and sister of Miss NC USA 2004, Laura Puleo placed second runner-up and newcomer Kiara Williams was fourth runner-up. Four of the top 10, Dominique, Laura, Brittany Byrdy and Cecily King had all competed in other states previously.
In Teen, the two returning 2013 runners-up Skyla Bailey and Madison Macher both made top 12. This year’s top five included one 2013 semi-finalist, one 2013 non-finalist and three newcomers.
Miss Virginia USA 2014 - Arielle Rosmarino (1RU 12) 1RU: Maggie Lawson (SF 13, Miss Virginia Teen USA 2009) 2RU: Laura Puleo (T10 NC USA 13, 2RU NC USA 12) 3RU: Dominique Lee (SF 13, SF RI USA 12, Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2005, 2RU RI TUSA 04) 4RU: Kiara Williams
Semi-finalists: Tiffany Torrance (SF 12, SF 11, 3RU 10, 4RU VA TUSA 06) Brittany Byrdy (NF DC USA 13, 2RU AZ USA 12, 4RU AZ USA 11, T12 AZ TUSA 06) Cecily King (SF MA USA 13) Hannah Stiltner (SF VA TUSA 13) Rachel Stacy (SF 13)
Congeniality: Shaun Barber Photogenic: Dominique Lee
Arielle Rosmarino, Maggie Lawson, Laura Puleo, Dominique Lee, Kiara Williams
Miss Virginia Teen USA 2014 - Olivia Fletcher 1RU: Cameron Smith (NF 13) 2RU: Davina Seoparson 3RU: Kinser Crutchfield (SF 13) 4RU: Ashley Vollrath
This was the third time in four years that Alabama has crowned a previous runners-up, and the first time in recent years that their winner had previously competed in a different state (fun fact, Miss Florida USA 2006 Cristin Duren also competed in both Alabama and Florida before winning). On the other end of the spectrum, Baskin is only the second returning runner-up to win Miss Alabama Teen USA in the past nine years.
In the Miss division, both former Miss Georgia Teen USA runners-up made the top 10, with Liz Willis placing second runner-up. First runner-up Kara Leonard had only competed once before, in 2011, but did not place, and the third and fourth runners-up were new.
In Teen, Taylor Elliott returned to the top five but couldn’t quite win the title, placing 1RU. Hannah Carroll made top five for the first time, having previously made top 10 in 2012 but not competing last year, and Bayley Albinger was competing for the first time (from memory, she is only a high school freshman). Madison Lynn Neal, a non-finalist in 2013 & 2011, not only made the top 10 this year but also won the swimsuit award.
Miss Alabama USA 2014 - Jesica Ahlberg (2RU 13, T15 FL USA 12, T15 FL TUSA 08) 1RU: Kara Leonard (NF 11) 2RU: Liz Willis (1RU GA TUSA 12) 3RU: Jenna King 4RU: Cortney Burns
Top 10: Kiara Young (3RU 13, NF 12) Brittany Pritchett (2RU GA TUSA 13) Emily Bates Deanna Hayes Kennedy Ivey
Top 15: Jessica Roden Laura Owen (T10 13) Ashley Nicole Thompson Kelley Gibson (SF 12, SF 11, 4RU 08, SF AL TUSA 06) Jordan Estis
Swimsuit: Kelley Gibson Congeniality: Chelisa Ford Photogenic: Jesica Ahlberg
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2014 - Sarah-Baskin Champion (4RU 13) 1RU: Taylor Elliott (T10 13, 2RU 12) 2RU: Courtney Guidy 3RU: Hannah Carroll (T15 12) 4RU: Bayley Albinger
For the second consecutive year, Connecticut will be celebrating a national titleholder during their pageant week! Last week Erin Bradywas competing at Miss Universe 2013, this week she’s back home preparing to crown her state successor. She and Miss CT Teen USA 2013 Kendall Leary were two of my favourites right from the moment they won their state titles. Visit my Facebook page on Sunday night for results & more coverage.
In Miss, first runner-up and former Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2009 Tiffany Teixeirais competing again, as is last year’s fourth runner-up Desiree Perez, and 2012 fourth runner-up Ranya Rasamny (a semi-finalist last year). 2012 Teen fourth runner-up & 2013 Teen semi-finalist Jonet Nichelle is competing in Miss this year.
In Teen, 2013 and 2012 runners-up Cindy Nguyen and Taylor Gallagher are both competing, and it’s the last Teen year for both. 2013 third runner-up Erika Porras is also back. When I first posted this, I can’t believe I forgot to mention that Sydney West, younger sister of Miss Teen USA Logan West, is competing in Teen for the first time. We’ve had pairs of sisters win Teen titles before, but not the sister of a Miss Teen USA!
Connecticut has crowned the previous year’s 1RU the past two years so it will be interesting to see if that trend continues with Tiffany winning this year.
2014 runners-up noted in bold. Click “read more” after the photos to view a full list of contestants and notes of past placements.
2013 Miss top five - Back: Fiona White (3RU), Desiree Perez (4RU) Front: Amaryllis Rodriguez (2RU), Erin Brady, Tiffany Teixeira (1RU)
2013 Teen top five - Back: Erika Porras (3RU), Nicole Morin (4RU) Front: Taylor Gallagher (2RU), Kendall Leary, Cindy Nguyen (2RU)
Returning runners-up in Miss are Jesica Ahlberg, 2RU last year and a past semi-finalist in Florida and Kiara Young, 3RU. 2013 first runner-up Devin Grissom placed 3RU in Tennessee in October. Jesica, Kiara and Laura Owen, top 10, are the only returning semi-finalists from 2013. Kelley Gibson, a recent semi-finalist and 4RU in 2008 is back after choosing not to compete last year, and 2010 & 2011 Teen runner-up Jayde Jacobs is also competing. As well, two recent Georgia Teen runners-up, Brittany Pritchett, 2RU last year and Liz Willis, 1RU in 2012 are competing in Miss. From their local titles, I am guessing they both got to Auburn.
In the Teen division, first runner-up Christy Giles is back, as is 4RU Sarah-Baskin Champion, and 2012 2RU & 2013 Top 10 finalist Taylor Elliott. Other top 10 finalists from last year who are competing are Madeleine Overby and Taylor Blackburn. There are a number of past top 15 semi-finalists and non-finalists back as well.
Amazingly, there hasn’t been a newcomer win Miss Alabama USA since Haleigh Stidham in 2006, so it will be interesting to see if experience wins out yet again this year. In contrast, only two Miss Alabama Teen USA titleholders since 2006 had competed before. The major Teen trend in Alabama is blondes! Since 2005, there has been only one non-blonde winner, Barron-Rae Williams (2011).
Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full list of contestants & notes on past placements.
2014 contestants noted in bold:
2013 Miss Top 5 - Kiara Young (3RU), Devin Grissom (1RU), Mary-Margaret McCord, Jesica Ahlberg (2RU), Stormie Henderson (4RU)
2013 Teen Top 5 - Kelsey Copeland (3RU), Christy Giles (1RU), Lorin Holcombe, Caroline Pettey (2RU), Sarah-Baskin Champion (4RU)
MISS CONTESTANTS (48) Jesica Ahlberg (2RU 13, T15 FL USA 12, T15 FL TUSA 08) Emily Bates D’Aria Booker Victoria Brutlag (NF AL TUSA 13) Kaitlin Bryant Cortney Burns Kaitlin Chappell Ally Collum Brittany Downey Kaitlin Eaton Michelle Ellison Jorden Estis Krystal Fitzgerald (NF AL TUSA 13) Chelisa Ford Pratiti Gandhi Kelley Gibson (SF 12, SF 11, 4RU 08, SF AL TUSA 06) Deanna Hayes Margaret Holloway Ashley Ivey (NF 13) Kennedy Ivey Jayde Jacobs (4RU AL TUSA 11, 3RU AL TUSA 10) Hannah Jenkins Jesslyn Johnson Jenna Judah Jenna King Kara Leonard (NF 11) Kisena Leverette (NF 11) Brandi Lewis Brandi McGee Shimiyia McGlon Hannah McLean (NF AL TUSA 12) Mandy McQueen Elexis Miller Laura Owen (T10 13) Jennifer Perry Brittany Pierson Breann Pope (NF 13) Chalice Price Brittany Pritchett (2RU GA TUSA 13) Erica Quigley Jessica Roden Demanda Smith Ashley Nicole Thompson Re’Chelle Turner Victoria Veasey Timantha Williams Liz Willis (1RU GA TUSA 12) Kiara Young (3RU 13, NF 12)
TEEN CONTESTANTS (54) Kelli Abernathy Bayley Albinger Peyton Allen Tiara Baker Madison Barron Sarah-Baskin Champion (4RU 13) Taylor Blackburn (T10 13) Alexanne Bobo Savannah Brown (T15 13) Hannah Carroll (T15 12) Loghan Cripple Caroline Crowley Tabitha Dailey (NF 13) Lexie Daugherty Sara Katherine Dennis Chelsea Drew (NF 12) Madison Easterling Taylor Elliott (T10 13, 2RU 12) Celeste Forrester Pamela George (NF 13) Preslie Gifford (NF 13, T15 12) Christy Giles (1RU 13) Mackenzie Groves (NF 13) Courtney Guidy Ivey Hampton Ashley Hanks Heather Hillman Chandler Horton Madeline Hulsey (NF 11) Chancey Jordan Emily Kelly Jasmine Lee (NF 12) Rebekah Lester Veronica Lyle Kelsey Maddox Mary-Ella McClain (NF 13) Lexi McCulley (T15 13, T15 12) Mary Ann McDougal Madison Lynn Neal (NF 13, NF 11) Sarah Neill Madeleine Overby (T10 13) Myesa Pelton Bailey Pereira Montana Pilcher (NF 13, NF 12) Lauren Roberts Bay-Leigh Sawyers Crysalynn Sellers Anna Shepherd Asha Stevens Madie Taylor Rolanda Turner Sami Warren (NF 13) Allyssa Weyant Molly Grace Willingham (NF 13)
Miss Virginia USA and Teen USA finals will be held Saturday evening at 8pm. Miss contestants are posted here and Teen contestants here.
None of last year’s runners-up are coming back (congrats to 2RU Sarah (Jones) Thomas who got married a couple of months ago!), but there are a number of 2013 semi-finalists competing, including Maggie Lawson, Miss VA Teen USA 2009 and Dominique Lee, Miss RI Teen USA 2005. From 2012, first runner-up Arielle Rosmarino is competing. There are a number of contestants who have competed in other states, including Laura Puleo, sister of Miss NC USA 2009 Ashley Puleo and a runner-up at Miss NC USA 2012, and Brittany Byrdy, twice a runner-up in Arizona. Those who have competed in Virginia more than once are Megan Greber, and Tiffany Torrance (who is competing as a blonde this year!).
In Teen, 2013’s first runner-up Skyla Bailey and fourth runner-up Madison Macher are back, as well as one semi-finalist from last year and a few non-finalists.
Miss contestants - Maggie Lawson, Dominique Lee, Arielle Rosmarino, Brittany Byrdy, Laura Puleo, Megan Greber, Tiffany Torrance; Teen contestants - Skyla Bailey, Madison Macher
Click “read more” to view the full list of contestants & notes of their past placements.
In a very rare occurrence, the top three in the Miss division were all former Miss MO Teen USA titleholders, Erica (2010), 1st runner-up Lauren Petersen (2007) and 2nd runner-up Alissa Reitmeier (2004). Congratulations especially to Lauren for making top five after previously making the semi-finals three times. Alissa was previously 1RU in Ohio in 2010, and sadly this was her last chance at the title. She is engaged and now gets to enjoy planning her wedding! Erica is the first Miss MO Teen USA to win Miss MO USA since Amber Seyer in 2007. You can read more history of Miss Missouri Teen USA titleholders competing in Miss here.
In the Teen division, second runner-up Megan Kelly, 3RU last year, was the only contestant with previous experience. Last year’s 1RU Isabel Venezia placed in the top 15.
Miss Missouri USA 2014 - Erica Sturdefant(Miss Missouri Teen USA 2010, 1RU MO TUSA 09) 1RU:Lauren Petersen(SF 13, SF 12, SF 11, Miss Missouri Teen USA 2007) 2RU: Alissa Reitmeier (1RU OH USA 10, Miss Missouri Teen USA 2004) 3RU: Kelsey Stokes 4RU: Rebecca Dunn
Semi-finalists: Bayleigh Dayton Victoria Wright Emily Houck Meghan Caldwell Brianna LaRose Victoria Zeiser Paige Kolb (SF 13) Tiffany Lee Danielle McKeirnan (SF 13, SF 11, 3RU 10, SF MO TUSA 08, SF MO TUSA 07, SF MO TUSA 06) Heather Porter (SF 13, SF MO TUSA 12, NF MO TUSA 11) Casey Cobb (NF 13)
Photogenic: Heather Porter
Erica Sturdefant, Lauren Petersen, Alissa Reitmeier, Kelsey Stokes, Rebecca Dunn
Miss Missouri Teen USA 2014 - Samantha Bowers 1RU: Christina Stratton 2RU: Megan Kelly (3RU 13) 3RU: Olivia Crider 4RU: Alison Bowles
Semi-finalists: Mallory Keesling Cheyenne Parks (NF 12, SF 11) Korrin Tilley (NF 13, SF 12) Madeline Cochrane (NF 13) Hannah Noe Isabel Venezia (1RU 13, SF 12) Lindsay Tiefenbrunn Shelby Soderblom Madison Soots Katie Whipple (NF 13, SF 12) Joye Forrest
Photogenic: Alison Bowles
Samantha Bowers, Christina Stratton, Megan Kelly, Olivia Crider, Alison Bowles
Olivia competed in South Carolina for three years between 2011 and 2013, placing third runner-up twice and first runner-up once. Pammy competed at Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2011 and placed in the top 10, but has not competed since.
In the Miss division, first runner-up was Renee Burrows, top ten last year, and the second and third runners-up were former Teen titleholders Julia Dalton (2008) and Katie Coble (2007) respectively. Fourth runner-up was Allie Dunn, who made a very impressive turnaround from placing first runner-up in Teen last year. 2013 runners-up Kristina Cooper and Elizabeth Safrit both placed in the top 10.
There were a lot of surprises in the Teen competition, with 2013 runners-up Paige Adkins and Abby Labar being cut after top 15 - having watched prelims I was sure both were going to be competing in the top five again this year. Madison Hill was able to repeat her top five placement, however, finishing 1RU this year, one better than her 2RU placement in 2013.
Miss North Carolina USA 2014 - Olivia Olvera (3RU SC USA 13, 1RU SC USA 12, 3RU SC USA 11) 1RU: Renee Burrows (T10 13) 2RU:Julia Dalton (Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008, 3RU NC TUSA 07) 3RU:Katie Coble (3RU 13, 4RU AL USA 12, Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2007, 4RU NC TUSA 06) 4RU: Allie Dunn (1RU NC TUSA 13)