Miss Tennessee USA & Teen USA 2015 will be crowned Saturday afternoon & evening. Contestant photos can be found here - but scroll down to the end of this post to see contestant names!
In the Miss division contestant numbers have dropped from 53 last year to 36. The only returning runner-up from 2013 is Devin Grissom (Southern TN), who has also been a runner-up in Alabama, was third runner-up to Stormi Henley at Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2010 and was Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen 2007. Other past runners-up from Tennessee are Sarah Gross (Queen City) and Tara Zolfagharbik (Williamson Co) from 2013 and 2012.
There few other contestants this year who have competed in other states: Kiara Young (Greater Nashville) was a runner-up 2013 alongside Devin and a semi-finalist in 2014, Yesenia Quinones (North Chattanooga) was a semi-finalist in Georgia in 2013, and Rachael Turner (Rocky Top) was a non-finalist in Texas in 2011).
Whilst I’m generally less aware of who’s competed in MAO, some name recognition and a little googling has alerted me to the fact that Kaleigh Bullard (Music City) was 2nd runner-up at Miss Tennessee 2014 a few months ago, and Rachael Turner was a semi-finalist (apologies if I’ve missed any more MAO crossovers!).
Contestants mentioned above - and a couple of others who caught my eye:
Devin Grissom, Sarah Gross, Tara Zolfagharbik, Kiara Young, Yesenia Quinones, Rachael Turner, Kaleigh Bullard, Bailey Piercefield, Mariel Lane
In Teen there are three returning runners-up: Hannah Ann Sluss (TN Iris), second runner-up; Hope Parker (Waverly), third runner-up and Taylor Ramsey (Unite), 4th runner-up. Kincer Crutchfield (Chattanooga), third runner-up in Virginia Teen USA 2014 and a semi-finalist in 2013, is competing in Tennessee this year. 2014 semi-finalists include Olivia Hale (Greater Knoxville) and Jade Spilka (Hendersonville).
Hannah Ann Sluss, Hope Parker, Taylor Ramsey, Kinser Crutchfield, Olivia Hale, Jade Spilka
Click “read more” to see the full list of contestants with notes of past placements.