EDIT - Congratulations to newly crowned Miss RI USA 2014 Christina Palavra & Miss RI Teen USA 2014 Gabriella Maggiacomo! Click here to view full results of the pagenat and here to view my Facebook page, which has more photos.
Miss Rhode Island USA & Teen USA contestants have finally been posted and it’s a very interesting year! A lot of states have had a huge recruitment push in recent months and it’s immediately obvious in Rhode Island, where their numbers have almost doubled. I expected RI to get a boost last year after Olivia Culpo won Miss USA but that never eventuated… maybe after she won Miss Universe the rate of interest grew! A list of all past Miss Rhode Island USA & Teen USA titleholders, & links to titleholder profiles, can be found on their State Index page
There aren’t many returning contestants either, although two of last year’s runners-up, Theresa Agonia and Nicole Iannuccillo are competing, as is Olivia’s first runner-up and former Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2008 Tiondra Martinez. Tiondra is the only former Teen competing this year, but Miss RI Teen USA 2011 Lindsey Bucci’s fraternal twin sister Amanda is competing (in the Miss division). There are some fabulous newbies competing, however, including (just a few who caught my eye) Victoria Cuartas, Gianna Izzo, Katherine McPhillips, and Caroline Williams.
In Teen, two of last year’s runners-up, Ashton Penney and Meaghan Corse are competing, as well as 2012 runner-up Kristen Hanlon (who did not compete last year). Miss Rhode Island’s Outstanding Teen 2012 Alexandra Coppa is also competing.
Here are the top five pics from last year & 2012 showing Theresa, Nicole & Tiondra, as well as last year’s Teen top five photo showing Ashton & Meaghan.
2013 Miss top five - Nicole Iannuccillo (3RU), Jessica Strohm (1RU), Brittany Stenovitch, Julia Scaparotti (2RU), Theresa Agonia (4RU)
2012 Miss top five - Mariely Gonzalez (3RU), Talia Turco (2RU), Olivia Culpo, Tiondra Martinez (1RU), Alana Lauro (4RU)
2013 Teen top five - Kayla Giarusso (4RU), Ashton Penney (2RU), Elaine Collado, Christina Drumm (1RU), Meaghan Corse (3RU)
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MISS RHODE ISLAND USA CONTESTANTS (57)
Theresa Agonia (4RU 13 SF 12 3RU RI TUSA 09 SF RI TUSA 08)
Isabella Bennett (NF RI TUSA 13)
Jessica Chabot (NF 13)
Nicole Iannuccillo (3RU 13)
Tiondra Martinez (1RU 12, Miss RI Teen USA 2008)
Lauren Plante (SF RI TUSA 12)
Katelyn St. Ours
MISS RHODE ISLAND TEEN USA CONTESTANTS (55)
Katie Bergantine (SF 13)
Alexandra Coppa (Miss Rhode Island’s Outstanding Teen 2012)
Meaghan Corse (3RU 13)
Kristen Hanlon (4RU 12)
Paige Keigwin (SF 13)
Ashton Penney (2RU 13)
Brooke Soares (NF 13)