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!

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Miss Rhode Island USA & Teen USA 2014 results!

Miss Rhode Island USA & Teen USA 2014 were crowned in Cranston on Sunday afternoon.  Miss RI USA 2014 is Christina Palavra and Miss RI Teen USA 2014 is Gabriella Maggiacomo.  Both are newcomers to the USA system.  Click their names to view their profiles - more photos will be added as they become available.  Also make sure to check out Pageant Update on Facebook for lots more coverage.  Thanks to Amy Diaz for keeping us up to date throughout the show.

Both Christina and Gabi attend/ed St Mary’s Academy-Bay View, the same school that other past RI winners such as Miss Universe Olivia Culpo and Miss RI USA 2007 & 1st runner-up at Miss USA Daniella Lacourse attended.  Christina, who turns 19 at the end of October, graduated in 2012 and Gabi will graduate in 2014.

Full results -

Miss Rhode Island USA 2014 - Christina Palavra
1RU - Amy Dominigues
2RU - Theresa Agonia (4RU 13 SF 12 3RU RI TUSA 09 SF RI TUSA 08)
3RU - Nicole Iannuccillo (3RU 13)
4RU - Anna Thomas

Semi-finalists - Chelsea Creamer, Allegra Micheletti, Lauren Plante (SF RI TUSA 12), Tiondra Martinez (1RU 12, Miss RI Teen USA 2008), Gina Beretta, Ashley D’Arpino, Ashley Waterman, Amanda Bucci

Congeniality - Isabella Bennett
Photogenic - Victoria Cuartas

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Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2014 - Gabriella Maggiacomo
1RU - Ashton Penney (2RU 13)
2RU - Brianna Vega
3RU - Kristen Hanlon (4RU 12)
4RU - Katie Bergantine (SF 13)

Semi-finalists - Mary Malloy, Nicole Pallozzi, Jia-Na Baker, Alexandra Coppa (Miss RI’s Outstanding Teen 2012), Rachel Curry, Sophia Desmarais, Tianna Murgo, Abby Mansolillo

Congeniality - Nina DiNenedetto
Photogenic - Meaghan Corse

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Miss Rhode Island USA & Teen USA 2014 contestant rundown!

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.

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2013 Miss top five - Nicole Iannuccillo (3RU), Jessica Strohm (1RU), Brittany Stenovitch, Julia Scaparotti (2RU), Theresa Agonia (4RU)

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2012 Miss top five - Mariely Gonzalez (3RU), Talia Turco (2RU), Olivia Culpo, Tiondra Martinez (1RU), Alana Lauro (4RU)

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2013 Teen top five - Kayla Giarusso (4RU), Ashton Penney (2RU), Elaine Collado, Christina Drumm (1RU), Meaghan Corse (3RU)

Click “read more” to view the full list of contestants

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Congratulations to Olivia Culpo, the 8th Miss USA to win Miss Universe!
Relive her state title on her profile and check out appearances made by Miss USA, Teen USA & Universe throughout 2012 here.

Congratulations to Olivia Culpo, the 8th Miss USA to win Miss Universe!


Relive her state title on her profile and check out appearances made by Miss USA, Teen USA & Universe throughout 2012 here.
Olivia Culpo and Logan West appear at Best Buddies Challenge
Miss Teen USA Logan West, and Miss USA Olivia Culpo pose with participants at The Best Buddies Challenge: Miami Founders Club Ride on November 16, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

Olivia Culpo and Logan West appear at Best Buddies Challenge

Miss Teen USA Logan West, and Miss USA Olivia Culpo pose with participants at The Best Buddies Challenge: Miami Founders Club Ride on November 16, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

New Miss RI USA crowned

New Miss Rhode Island USA on The Rhode Show

There’s a new Miss Rhode Island USA.

Brittany Stenovitch, 19, of Cranston, was crowned this weekend. She succeeds fellow Cranston native, Olivia Culpo, who is currently Miss USA 2012.

"I’m excited, I can’t explain it. It’s still sinking in," said Stenovitch.

Culpo won the title in September of 2011, in her first pageant appearance. This past June she was crowned Miss USA, and upon returning home to Cranston after the pageant, Mayor Allan Fung presented her with a key to the city in a ceremony outside City Hall. 

"I’m the first Miss Rhode Island USA to be crowned by the national title holder, which is an amazing feeling. She is a great person, I love her. But they’re pretty big shoes to fill, but I’m excited," explained Stenovitch.

The Miss Rhode Island USA pageant was held Sunday at Cranston’s historic Park Theatre at 2 p.m.

Twenty-seven competitors gave it their all at the pageant. Culpo caught up with Eyewitness News about what the new Miss Rhode Island USA can soon expect.

"It’s a real learning experience,especially because of the people that you meet. you’re always at appearances and events and charities doing good things for others. Also meeting a lot of people around the state who are kind hearted people trying to make a difference," said Culpo.

Meanwhile, Culpo added that she’s busy preparing for the Miss Universe Pageant in December. 

Miss Rhode Island USA contestant rundown!

UPDATE! - Congrats to Brittany Stenovitch, the new Miss Rhode Island USA! Click here to view her profile.

Miss Rhode Island USA contestants are posted here (you may need to clear your cache - I’m not sure what’s going on because I can see the new page on my ipad but not my Mac). Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo will be crowning her successor this Sunday at 2pm!  

This year there are 27 contestants in the Miss division, slightly down on 30 last year.  For the first time in six years there are no former Miss Rhode Island Teen USA titleholders competing.  The only returning runner-up from last year is Alana Lauro, who was also a runner-up in 2011.  Two former Teen runners-up are competing for Miss RI USA, however.

Returning contestants in the Miss division are:

  • Alana Lauro (2RU 11, T10 10, T15 RI TUSA 07)
  • Kelsey Gibree (T15 12, T15 08, 1RU RI TUSA 05, NF RI TUSA 04) 
  • Jillian Bekke (T15 12)
  • Brittany Stenovitch (2RU RI TUSA 12)
  • Theresa Agonia (3RU RI TUSA 09, T16 RI TUSA 08)
  • Alyssa Benetti (T16 RI TUSA 08)

In the Teen division there is one returning runner-up and one returning semi-finalist.  I can’t be sure but judging by surnames, some of this year’s contestants may be sisters or cousins of past contestants.

  • Christina Drumm (3RU 12)
  • Ciera Omos (T15 12)
(Returning 2012 runner-up Alana Lauro, far right, 4RU last year)
Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo singing at Providence’s Independence Day Celebration
Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo sang “America the Beautiful” with the Rhode Island Philharmonic at India Point Park on the first evening of her homecoming celebration.
(Independence Day Celebration July 4 2012 26 by Providence AC+T on Flickr.)

Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo singing at Providence’s Independence Day Celebration

Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo sang “America the Beautiful” with the Rhode Island Philharmonic at India Point Park on the first evening of her homecoming celebration.

(Independence Day Celebration July 4 2012 26 by Providence AC+T on Flickr.)

Throwback to the Miss Rhode Island USA 2012 pageant held in September 2011… Olivia beat two former Miss Rhode Island Teen USAs & two experienced former contestants!  Even in a cheap gown that she admits was too short… she had the magic right from the beginning :D
Miss RI USA 2012 top five: Mariely Gonzalez (4RU 10, 2RU 07, 3RU 06, 3RU RI TUSA 03, 3RU RI TUSA 02), Talia Turco (RI TUSA 09, top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2009) , Olivia Culpo (Miss Rhode Island USA & Miss USA 2012), Tiondra Martinez (RI TUSA 08), Alana Lauro (2RU 11, T10 10, T15 RI TUSA 07)

Throwback to the Miss Rhode Island USA 2012 pageant held in September 2011… Olivia beat two former Miss Rhode Island Teen USAs & two experienced former contestants!  Even in a cheap gown that she admits was too short… she had the magic right from the beginning :D

Miss RI USA 2012 top five: Mariely Gonzalez (4RU 10, 2RU 07, 3RU 06, 3RU RI TUSA 03, 3RU RI TUSA 02), Talia Turco (RI TUSA 09, top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2009) , Olivia Culpo (Miss Rhode Island USA & Miss USA 2012), Tiondra Martinez (RI TUSA 08), Alana Lauro (2RU 11, T10 10, T15 RI TUSA 07)