Miss Rhode Island USA & Teen USA 2015 results!

Congratulations to Anea Garcia Miss Rhode Island USA 2015 and Mary Malloy Miss RI Teen USA 2015!  For the third time in four years a 19 year old from Cranston won the Miss Rhode Island USA title!  What’s in the water in Cranston?  Mary is from Cumberland, in the north-east of Rhode Island, and is the first ever winner from her town (Miss or Teen).  

Brunettes took out both top fives this year, which made me click to something I hadn’t picked up on before: Rhode Island hasn’t crowned a blonde Teen titleholder since 2003!  Anea was competing for the first time, although has experience with pageants in the Dominican Republic and Mary was a semi-finalist last year.

In a sea of new faces, the only returning contestant in the top five was third runner-up Nicole Eacuello who had twice been a non-finalist.  Miss Rhode Island 2011 Robin Bonner made the top 14, as did 2014 semi-finalist Courtney Sheehan.

In Teen, three 2014 semi-finalists made the top five this year, as well as Kristen Hanlon who was 3RU last year and 4RU in 2012.

Full results:

Miss Rhode Island USA 2015 - Anea Garcia 
1RU: Kelsey Swanson
2RU: Lyndsey Laramee 
3RU: Nicole Eacuello (NF 14, NF 11)
4RU: Amanda Rodriguez

Robin Bonner (NF NY USA 14, Miss Rhode Island 2011)
Jessica Cherenza
Gina Colao
 (NF 14)
Alexandra Heidenthal

Taylor Kells
Christine Kong

Angie Santana
Heather Santoro

Courtney Sheehan (SF 14)

Congeniality: Isabella Bennet
Fallon Medeiros


Anea Garcia, Kelsey Swanson, Lyndsey Laramee, Nicole Eacuello, Amanda Rodriguez

Full results:

Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2015 - Mary Malloy (SF 14)
1RU: Kristen Hanlon (3RU 14, 4RU 12)
2RU: Elizabeth Kane 
3RU: Abby Mansolillo (SF 14)
4RU: Nicole Pallozzi (SF 14)

Gabriella Alves
Katie Bergantine  (4RU 14, SF 13)

Cosette Coston
Mackenzie Davis
Sophia Kaczmarzyk
Joviana Key

Ariana Salera
Sarah Stebbins
Diana Sutherland

Congeniality: Nina DiBenedetto
Mary Malloy


Mary Malloy, Kristen Hanlon, Elizabeth Kane, Abby Mansolillo, Nicole Pallozzi

Miss Rhode Island USA & Teen USA contestant rundown!

Update! Congratulations to Anea Garcia, the new Miss Rhode Island USA 2015 and Mary Malloy, the new Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2015! Click their names to view their profiles, and there’s more coverage on my Facebook page.   Results post coming soon.

Miss Rhode Island USA & Miss RI Teen USA contestant photos were posted yesterday - view them here.  Apologies in the delay for getting this post up: life ;).  But as I’m writing this the prelim show is happening!  Who are going to be Rhode Island’s new titleholders?  And is there a special someone in the group who can follow Olivia Culpo’s success?  (poor Rhode Island girls, I think they’re always going to be compared to Olivia from now on!  I must stop that :P).  Can you tell I’m in a slightly loopy mood today?  Enjoy… (oh, and check out my Facebook page tomorrow for updates!)

Right!  So after a huge jump in contestant numbers in Miss last year (almost 20 contestants on previous averages) the rise has continued with 63 contestants, up six from last year.  This is the highest number of Miss contestants they’ve had since at least 2007 and is double the numbers from 2010-2013.  Nice work with recruitment, RI!  In Teen, however the numbers have dropped, 43 this year compared to 55 last year, but are still higher than between 2010-2013.

The interesting thing with the Miss competition this year is that most of the contestants are either new or have been non-finalists: there is only one semi-finalist and no runners-up back!  Robin Bonner, Miss Rhode Island 2011 is competing, after missing the cut in New York last year.  The returning semi-finalist is Courtney Sheehan - although 2007 Teen semi-finalist  Nicole Harootunian is back after eight years!  One interesting note:  their last three winners have all been 18 or 19 when they won, will be fun to see if that trend continues.

In comparison, the Teen division has two 2014 runners-up back: Kristen Hanlon, 3RU last year & 4RU in 2012, and Katie Bergantine, 4RU last year and a semi-finalist in 2013.  There are three other semi-finalists back: Mary Malloy, Abby Mansolillo, and Nicole Pallozzi.

With so few returnees & so many newcomers in Miss this year I’ve decided to highlight just a few contestant photos that caught my eye :)


Robin Bonner, Gina Colao, Nicole Eacuello, Nicole Harootunian, Amanda Jackson, Amber Lacey, Lyndsey Laramee, Bryce McGillivray, Fallon Medeiros, Heather Santoro, Courtney Sheehan, Jessica Zapata

Here is last year’s Teen top five, with Kristen Hanlon (far left) and Katie Bergantine (far right):


Kristen, Katie, returning semi-finalists and a few newbies who’s photos I like:


Kristen Hanlon, Katie Bergantine, Mary Malloy, Abby Mansolillo, Nicole Palozzi, Tara Houle, Grace Palardy, Tori Silva, Samantha Deeg, Brantasha Figueroa, Kristen Martone, Sarah Stebbins.

Oh, and Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2001 & Miss Rhode Island USA 2008 Amy Diaz who recently won The Amazing Race with her now-fiance (congrats Amy!!!!!) Jason is hosting this year! So thrilled for you Amy :)  Amy has been an amazing source of results, photos and info for many years now and is a total sweetheart.

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Miss Montana USA & Teen USA 2015 results recap!

First-time contestants Tahnee Peppenger and Miranda Youngren are the new Miss Montana USA 2015 and Miss Montana Teen USA 2015!  Congratulations girls!  Tahnee is 26 and from Great Falls - the first titleholder from there in at least 20 years.  Miranda is 17 and from Columbus, and the first Teen titleholder from her town!  Click their names to view their titleholder profiles, and head to my Facebook page for continuing coverage.

Full results:

Miss Montana USA 2015 - Tahnee Peppenger 
1RU: Victoria Price
2RU: Kylie Letasky (NF 14, NF MT TUSA 12)
3RU: Peri-Ann McLaren
4RU: Katie Owen

Baylee Eisenman
Olivia Dowler
Tessa Barton 

Congeniality: Shannon Kautzmann
Emily McCrea


Tahnee Peppenger, Victoria Price, Kylie Letasky, Peri McLaren, Katie Owen

Miss Montana Teen USA 2015 - Miranda Youngren 
1RU: Jami Forseth
2RU: Victoria Shay 
3RU: Berit DeGrandpre
4RU: Kaelyn Binder

Ella Crowder
Katarina Göettlich
Sidney Kiefer 

Congeniality: Jami Forseth
Sydney Kiefer


Miranda Youngren, Jami Forseth, Victoria Shay, Berit DeGrandpre, Kaelyn Binder

Miss Wisconsin USA & Teen USA 2015 results recap!

On Sunday afternoon newcomer Haley Laundrie (pronounced Lon-dray) won Miss Wisconsin USA 2015 and Kenna Mia Harke, last year’s 1st runner-up, won the Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2015 title!   Haley is 21 and from Lake Mills, the same town as Miss WI Teen USA 2014 Patience Vallier.  Kenna Mia is 16 and from Greenville, near Appleton (if you’re a geography geek like me you might like this map which has the hometowns of the titleholders since 2005!).  Click Haley & Kenna Mia’s names above to view their titleholder profiles, or head to my Facebook page for continuing coverage.

For the first time the pageant was webcast and it was great to see the high level of competition in Wisconsin.  The top five were all super competitive and all were highly deserving of that crown.  I think Haley should be particuarly applauded for beating out so many experienced contestants!  First runner-up Heidi Golznig was 2nd runner-up in the 2012 pageant and first runner-up in Teen in 2009.  Second runner-up Carolyn Cianciolo repeated her placement from last year, and has also been a runner-up & semi-finalist in Missouri.  Third runner-up Jenny White finally made the top 5 in her last year competing; she was a semi-finalist the last two years.  Congrats Jenny!   Fourth runner-up Victoria Sorone Johnston was first runner-up last year, fourth runner-up in 2013 and Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2011.

In the Teen division, the top five was an almost all-blonde competition!  Kenna Mia is the first returning 1RU to win the following year since 1999!  Her first runner-up McKenna Collins and second runner-up Brittany Georgia were competing for the first time.  Third runner-up Alexis Preibe was a non-finalist last year and fourth runner-up Grace Mackey-Natz, the only brunette in the top five, was also a newcomer.

A portion of the People’s Choice award revenue this year was dedicated to a fund for Melissa Consin Young, Miss Wisconsin USA 2005, and her six-year-old son Jack.  Melissa is gravely ill after medical misadventure during her pregnancy and has been fighting valiantly for the past six years but is sadly now in hospice care.  Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley has been an inspirational support to Melissa and her family in recent months and set up a fund for Jack’s future.  In one of the most touching moments of the pageant she and Melissa surprised everyone by making it to the finals - Melissa is a close friend of outgoing Miss Wisconsin USA Bishara Dorre and was determined to see Bishara take her final walk!  This titleholder reunion photo for 2015 will be treasured by all in the Future Productions and Wisconsin pageant community I’m sure.


Past Miss Wisconsin USA & Teen USA titleholders - Caitlin Machol (Morall) (WI USA 07), Jordin Morkin (WI USA 11), Melissa Consin Young (WI USA 05), Bishara Dorre (WI TUSA 06 & WI USA 14), Haley Laundrie (WI USA 15), Denise Heitkamp (Director), Kenna Mia Harke (WI TUSA 15), Patience Vallier (WI TUSA 14), Kate Redeker (WI TUSA 13), Victoria Sorone Johnston (WI TUSA 11), Shauna Hyler (Sabir) (WI TUSA 07)

Full results:

Miss Wisconsin USA 2015 - Haley Laundrie 
1RU: Heidi Golznig (2RU 12, 1RU WI TUSA 09)
2RU: Carolyn Cianciolo (2RU 14, 4RU MO USA 13, SF MO USA 12) 
3RU: Jennifer White (SF 14, SF 13)
4RU: Victoria Sorone Johnston (1RU 14, 4RU 13, WI TUSA 11)

Sara Axness 
Cassandra Besaw (4RU 14, SF 13, SF 12)
Regina Gray (SF 14) 
Natalie Hamilton (3RU WI TUSA 14, SF 13) 
Natalie Howard 
Paige Kazak
Zenaida Maldonado (NF 14, SF 13)

Heather Periard 
Nicole Petrie

Crystal Sims 

Congeniality: Jameica Feltson
Photogenic: Heidi Golznig
Non-finalist Interview: Lauren Skelton 
Non-finalist Swimsuit: Jackie Rollmann
Non-finalist Gown: Maggie Kuiper


Haley Laundrie, Heidi Golznig, Carolyn Cianciolo, Jennifer White, Victoria Sorone

Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2015 - Kenna Mia Harke (1RU 14)
1RU: McKenna Collins
2RU: Brittany Georgia 
3RU: Alexis Preibe (NF 14)
4RU: Grace Mackey-Natz

Autumn Ash 
Eleanny Barrera
Shaina Baumeister
Morgan Hillmann
Karly Knaus

Jessica Krueger
Emily Slawski (SF 14)
Easton Smiskey
Alysse Thompson (SF 14, NF 13, NF 12) 
Victoria Wood

Congeniality: Eleanny Barrera
Photogenic: Autumn Ash
Non-finalist Interview: Rebecca Ratajczak
Non-finalist Swimsuit: Phylicia Quiroz
Non-finalist Gown: Kira Boerst

Kenna Mia Harke, McKenna Collins, Brittany Georgia, Alexis Preibe, Grace Mackey-Natz

Joint awards
Spokesmodel: Andrea Kienlen
Director’s Award: Tania Alvarez 
Most Dedicated: Jessa Ammann
People’s Choice: Heidi Lorenzen 

Miss Montana USA & Teen USA 2015 contestant rundown!

Update! Congratulations to Tahnee Peppenger, the new Miss Montana USA 2015 and Miranda Youngren, the new Miss Montana Teen USA 2015! Click their names to view their profiles, and there’s more coverage on my Facebook page.   Results post coming soon.

Miss Montana USA & Teen USA will be crowned on Sunday afternoon!  This is Montana’s second year with Pageants NW and there has already been a small jump in the Miss contestant numbers, with 14 competing this year (highest number since 2007).  Congratulations to Kadie Latimer and Madyson Rigg for doing a fab job of representing Montana this year!

Contestant photos can be viewed here: Miss / Teen.  I love how they include a short bio!   Most of the contestants in both divisions are new this year.  In Miss the only returning contestants are Olivia Dowler and Kylie Letasky.  Olivia was a non-finalist in 2012 (although no semi-finalists were called that year) and 2RU in 2011.  Most recently she was first runner-up at Miss Montana a few months ago. Kylie was a non-finalist last year and in Teen in 2012.

In Teen, 2014 semi-finalist Ella Crowder is back, as is non-finalist Briann Grimshaw.  Jami Forseth is the sister of Mikal, 4RU in Miss Montana USA 2014 and 3RU in 2013.


2011 top five - Olivia in gold, second from right

Click “read more” to view the full list of contestants with notes of past placements.

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Miss Wisconsin USA & Teen USA 2015 contestant rundown!

Update! Congratulations to Haley Laundrie, the new Miss Wisconsin USA 2015 and Kenna Mia Harke, the new Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2015! Click their names to view their profiles, and there’s more coverage on my Facebook page.   Results post coming soon.

Miss Wisconsin USA & Teen USA finals start at 4pm CST this Sunday and for the first time will be webcast!  Click here to access it. Congratulations to the Future Productions team for some awesome recruiting work, in Miss the number of contestants has jumped to 54, it’s highest number since at least 2007.  This is a 16 contestant improvement on last year’s numbers.  You can see the contestant photos here.

Congratulations also to Wisconsin’s 2014 titleholders Bishara Dorre and Patience Vallier.  This was the first year ever that both Wisconsin titleholders placed at their national pageants.  Bishara’s top 10 placement was Wisconsin’s highest since the 1970s!  

There are three 2014 runners-up back to compete for the 2015 Miss Wisconsin USA title: Victoria Sorone Johnston, 1st runner-up last year, 4th runner-up in 2013 & Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2011; Carolyn Cianciolo, 2nd runner-up last year, 4th runner-up in Missouri in 2013; and Cassandra Besaw, 4th runner-up last year, a semi-finalist in 2013 & 2012 and three-time Miss Photogenic winner!  Other past returnees include Heidi Golznig, 2RU in 2012 and 1RU in Teen in 2009, Natalie Hamilton, 4RU in Teen last year, Lauren Skelton, a semi-finalist in Nebraska last year and three-time Wisconsin Teen USA runner-up (she was 1RU to Victoria in 2011!) and Heather Klewicki, 1RU in Teen in 2007.  Returning semi-finalists are Regina GrayHeidi LorenzenZenaida MaldonadoDeirdre Pribek and Jennifer White.  I’m not 100% sure but I think Maggie Kuiper, one of the new contestants, is the sister of Paula Kuiper Miss Wisconsin 2012!


Victoria Sorone, Carolyn Cianciolo, Cassandra Besaw, Heidi Golznig
Natalie Hamilton, Lauren Skelton, Heather Klewicki, Regina Gray
Heidi Lorenzen, Zenaida Maldonado, Deirdre Pribek, Jennifer White.

In Teen there are fewer returning contestants.  The only returning runner-up is 2014 first runner-up Kenna Mia Harke.  Returning semi-finalists are Justine EngmanEmily Slawski and Alysse Thompson.


Kenna Mia Harke, Justine Engman, Emily Slawski, Alyssa Thompson.

Click “read more” after the photos below to view the full list of contestants.  Contestants in bold in the photos below are competing in 2014.


Cassandra Besaw (4RU), Carolyn Cianciolo (2RU), Bishara DorreVictoria Sorone Johnston (1RU), Heather Herrick (3RU)


Abby Rockendorf (4RU), Teaka Griesbach (2RU), Patience Vallier, Kenna Mia Harke (1RU), Natalie Hamilton (3RU)

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Miss Illinois USA & Teen USA 2015 results!

Congratulations to Renee Wronecki, Miss Illinois USA 2015 and Megan Riesner, Miss Illinois Teen USA 2015!  Renee and Megan were crowned in separate pageants on the afternoon & evening of Labour Day.

Renee, who is 22 and from Burbank, was a non-finalist last year, a non-finalist in Miss Illinois Teen USA 2011 and a semi-finalist at Miss Illinois Teen USA 2010.  In 2010 she competed alongside her predecessor Lexi Atkins, Miss IL Teen USA 2011 Paige Higgerson and Miss Mississippi USA 2014 Chelsea Reardon.

Megan, an 18 year old from Plainfield, was a non-finalist at Miss Illinois Teen USA 2013 but did not compete last year.

First runner-up in Miss was Gina Melchiorri, third runner-up in Iowa in 2014 & 2013, second runner-up was Ashley Reid, who was a semi-finalist the past three years, third runner-up was Gemma Berto, a 2014 semi-finalist, and fourth runner-up was Gabriella Roth, non-finalist last year.

In Teen, Kaitlyn Baughman was first runner-up (semi-finalist in 2014, non-finalist 2013), Caroline Campbell (semi-finalist 2013) was second runner-up, newcomer Julia Szumny was third runner-up and 2014 semi-finalist Madison Mueller was fourth runner-up.

This was the first year that Vanbros produced the Illinois pageant and it was a great show!  Thanks to the Vannattas for helping me out with webcast access :)


Full results:

Miss Illinois USA 2015 - Renee Wronecki (NF 14, NF IL TUSA 11, SF IL TUSA 10)
1RU: Gina Melchiorri (3RU IA USA 14, 3RU IA USA 13)
2RU: Ashley Reid (SF 14, SF 13, SF 12, NF 11) 
3RU: Gemma Berto (SF 14, NF 13)
4RU: Gabriella Roth (NF 14) 

Rayni Lasley 
Elizabeth Vernon  
Gabriella Lock  
Christy Praljak 
Alina Pazniak
Nicole Tuquilar 
Shay Mayweather 
Kruti Dave 
Brittany Moore
Amanda Signorelli 
Cydney Wiggs

Congeniality: Shay Mayweather
Photogenic: Dominique Jones
People’s Choice: Nicole Tuquilar
Contestant’s Choice: Gina Melchiorri
Swimsuit: Rayni Lasley
Gown: Renee Wronecki
Interview: Gina Melchiorri


Renee Wronecki, Gina Melchiorri, Ashley Reid, Gemma Berto, Gabriella Roth

Miss Illinois Teen USA 2015 - Megan Riesner (NF 13)
1RU: Kaitlyn Baughman (SF 14, NF 13)
2RU: Caroline Campbell (SF 13) 
3RU: Julia Szumny
4RU: Madison Mueller (SF 14) 

Dayanna Barrera 
Amber Campen
Hailey Corcoran  

Emily Deichmann (SF 14) 
Lexy Lyman 

Kaitlyn Manion 
Katelyn Mernack 
Caroline Sipiera  
Courtney Shotton (SF 14)

Emily Stewart
Claudia VanOpdorp

Congeniality: Emily Deichmann
Photogenic:  Haley Heeg
People’s Choice: Hailey Corcoran 
Swimsuit: Kaitlyn Baughman
Gown: Caroline Campbell
Interview: Alexis Caraballo


Megan Riesner, Kaitlyn Baughman, Caroline Campbell, Julia Szumny, Madison Mueller

Miss Illinois USA & Teen USA 2015 contestant rundown!

Update! Congratulations to Renee Wronecki, the new Miss Illinois USA 2015!  Renee’s profile is up here, and there’s more coverage on my Facebook page.  Read the full results & analysis here.

Miss Illinois USA & Teen USA 2015 will be crowned on Labour Day - the pageant is being held a few months earlier than usual this year!  This is the first year that Vanbros will be directing Illinois, their sixth state.  The new Miss Illinois USA will be the third 2015 titleholder crowned (one day after Texas) whilst their Teen will be the first.  You can see all the contestant photos here.

Miss Illinois USA

There are actually very few returning contestants this year - no former Illinois USA runners-up are back although 2011’s Teen 2RU Katie Cunningham is competing.  There are two Miss runners-up from other states competing in Illinois this year: Gina Melchiorri, 3RU in Iowa in 2014 & 2013 and Amanda Signorelli, 3RU in Missouri in 2013 & 3RU at Miss Nevada Teen USA 2009.  Miss Iowa Teen USA 2008 Emily Bey is also back - she was a non-finalist at Miss Illinois USA 2013.   You can read my interview with Gina here.

Past semi-finalists include Ashley Reid, Hannah Butler and Gemma Berto (2014), Rayni Lasley (2013) and Quini Amma (2012).  Also among the contestants is Renee Wronecki who was a Teen semi-finalist in 2010, competing alongside current Miss Illinois USA Lexi Atkins and Miss Mississippi USA Chelsea Reardon and Miss Illinois Teen USA 2011 Paige Higgerson


Katie Cunningham, Gina Melchiorri, Amanda Signorelli, Emily Bey, Ashley Reid, Hannah Butler, Gemma Berto, Rayni Lasley, Quini Amma

Miss Illinois Teen USA

Among the Teen contestants is Jodie Juris, sister of Stacie Juris, Miss Illinois Teen USA 2009 & Miss Illinois USA 2013.  Last year’s fourth runner-up Hannah Cohn is back, as are six semi-finalists: Katelyn Baughman (last year’s Teen Photogenic winner), Emily DeichmannMadeline FlynnEmily Lymberopoulos,  Madison Mueller and Alexia Vigue and Caroline Campbell, a semi-finalist in 2013.One newbie who caught my eye is Allison Caulk… would love to hear what other newbies you think will do well this year!


Jodie Juris, Hannah Cohn, Katelyn Baughman, Emily Deichmann, Madeline Flynn, Emily Lymberopoulos, Madison Mueller, Alexia Vigue, Allison Caulk

Click “read more” to view the full lists of Miss & Teen contestants and notes of their past placements (FYI - unfortunately I never saved the list of 2014 contestants so I haven’t been able to note any non-finalists from last year)

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Miss New Hampshire USA & Teen USA results!

Miss New Hampshire USA 2014 is Bridget Brunet of South Hampton and Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2014 is Mikaela Seamans of 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.  

Full results:

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

Congeniality: Etta Popek
Photogenic: Matison Trotter

Mikaela Seamans, Micaela McIntyre, Danielle Gibadlo, Matison Trotter, Etta Popek

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 MaroschickKelly BojosChelsea IrwinBrittany 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.

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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 PanourgiasKatrina 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.

Miss contestants: Samantha Poirier, Sophia Panourgias, Katrina Waller, Krystal Muccioli, Olivia Hubbard / Teen contestants : Mikaela Seamans, Jamie Lander, Matison Trotter, Etta Poppek.

Click “read more” to view the full list of contestants with notes of past placements.

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Miss Kentucky USA & Teen USA 2014 results!

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.

Full results:

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)

Miss Arkansas USA & Teen USA 2014 results!

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 Painter AND 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.

Full results:

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  

Congeniality: Brenna Yates
Photogenic: Lauren Weaver


Lauren Weaver, Abby Marrin, KeLee King, Haley Bird, Makenzie Sexton

Miss Nevada USA & Teen USA 2014 results

Miss Nevada USA 2014 is Nia Sanchez and 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).

Full results:

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)

Top 15:
Kailey Boersma - Seven Hills
Allison Garcia
Sabrina Singh 
Ashley Snyder 
Patcy Zeigler 


Alexa Taylor, Natasha Cook, Zitlaly Cervantes, Kami Deike, Marilyn Kennedy