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 Baker placed 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)
Hannah Gowdy (SF IL TUSA 13)
Rachel McKane (SF 13)
Gemma Berto (NF 13)
Ashley Reid (SF 13, SF 12, NF 11)
Alexandra Wilson (2RU 13, 3RU 12, 4RU IL TUSA 07)
Jasmine Guy (3RU 13, SF 11, SF 10)
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
Kaitlyn Baughman (NF 13)
Julia Voss (NF 13, NF 12)
Kayleigh Eastep (SF 13)
Madeline Flynn (NF 13)
Congeniality: Emory Tamplin
Photogenic: Katelyn Baughman
Miranda Fenzau, Victoria Atkins, Abby Foster, Madison Langley, Hannah Cohn