MISS TEEN USA 2007 COMPETITION
Miss Teen USA 2007 contestants in
22 August, 2007:
Miss Colorado Hilary Carol Cruz is
Miss Teen USA 2007
Come Friday, and USA will witness
yet another hot parade of teenage
beauties gracing the ramp once again.
Miss Teen USA 2007 finals are
scheduled to be held on August 24,
2007. In what promises to be an event
with the usual glitz, Miss Teen USA
2007 represents the effervescent face
of young America. The Miss Teen USA
2007 show will be hosted by the Latino
heartthrob Mario Lopez, at Pasadena,
California and will be telecast live
on NBC. Mario Lopez had earlier hosted
Miss Teen USA in 1998 and 2003. In
2007, Mario Lopez hosted Miss America
and Miss Universe.
Although the Miss Teen USA pageant has
been held every year since 1983, it
has not been without its share of
controversies. Last year, the event
sported a subdued aura with the
swimsuits less revealing, and the
music tamer than usual. Even the hosts
kept their scripts politically correct
Katie Blair, Miss Teen USA 2006
winner, faced flak for alleged lewd
sexual behavior involving an
intoxicated Miss USA 2006, Tara
Conner. They were said to have kissed,
and danced provocatively at Miss
Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera’s
birthday bash. Mothers Against Drunk
Driving (MADD) announced that they
will not use Blair as their
spokesperson against underage drinking
following the alleged incident. Katie
managed to retain her title, and will
crown this year’s winner at the gala
on Friday. The Jones Brothers and Kat
de Luna will be performing at the
Miss Teen USA 2007 competitions
In September - December 2006, 51
delegates were chosen from each state
in the US. On August 19, 2007, a
preliminary competition was held in
Pasadena, California. The delegates
participated in a swimsuit
competition, evening gown competition,
and personal interviews. Fifteen
Miss Teen USA 2007 have been chosen to
enter the final round; the names of
the contestants will be announced on
the day of the final.
The final Miss Teen USA 2007
competition will be held on August 24,
2007 and will also have three rounds.
In the first swimsuit round,
the highest scores will make the top
ten and five contestants will be
eliminated. In the evening gown
competition, the number of Miss Teen
USA 2007 contestants will be further
pared down to five.
The last round will involve a final
question from the judges that the
contestants will have to answer in 30
seconds. The judges will then put
their votes together and determine who
will be Miss Teen USA 2007 and who
will be the runners up in the first,
second, third, and fourth positions.
The current Miss Teen USA, Katie
Blair, will take a final walk and
crown the new Miss Teen USA 2007.
Miss Teen USA 2007 delegates
1) Canden Bliss Jackson, Alabama
17-year-old Canden is a recognized
Wofford scholar, and was invited to be
the student ambassador for People to
People from 2005-07. Her dream is to
be able to share her experiences with
middle school students, and speak to
them about self esteem.
2) Muriel Clauson, Alaska
17-year-old Muriel is the winner of
Stars of Gold Award 2007 – the
Statewide Award for Outstanding
Volunteerism. She organized and
directed Fore, the City Golf Classic
charity fundraiser and raised over
$70,000. She wants to become a Special
3) Tiffany Danielle Martin, Arizona
18-year-old Tiffany was the senior
class homecoming queen and was awarded
2nd place in State at the Arizona
State Cheer Competition. She also won
the Silver Award at the State FCCLA
Spring Conference for Interpersonal
Communications. Tiffany dreams of
becoming a news reporter.
4) Tiffany Greenstreet, Arkansas
18-year-old Tiffany won the Jason
Pharis Memorial Youth Sportsmanship
Award in 2006. She is also an Izard
County High School Valedictorian and
Honor Graduate for 2007. Tiffany would
like to become a lawyer.
5) Kylee Lin, California
16-year-old Kylee has won the
Community Service and Leadership
Awards in Girl Scouts. She is also a
WCAL Medalist in league Track Finals.
Her dream job is one that allows her
to incorporate her talents of working
with people, visual media, and music.
Hilary Carol Cruz, Colorado
is new Miss Teen USA!
18-year-old Hilary is the Class
Representative for 2007, and was part
of the Eagle University Leadership and
Success Seminar. She was voted Latina
Woman of the Month. Hilary’s dream is
to become an entertainment journalist.
7) Olga Litvinenko, Connecticut
17-year-old Olga has been the Vice
President of Fundraising for Habitat
for Humanity in her school, and holds
a Certificate of Achievement for
for Humanity. She dreams of working
for a company that will allow her to
travel the world.
8) Holly Shively, Delaware
16-year-old Holly has won the Most
Improvement, Most Social Butterfly,
Prettiest Smile awards, along with
winning a cheerleading competition.
would like to work in athletic
training, helping children, and become
9) Jasmine Alexis, District of
16-year-old Jasmine is a National
Society of High School Scholar, 2007,
and has been on the Honor Roll of Duke
Ellington Express for 2005-07. She
wishes to produce, direct, and star in
her own television series.
10 ) Annilie Hastey, Florida
18-year-old Annilie was awarded the
Best Actress in Thespian Troupe 6882.
She has also won the Talented Twenty
Award from the Florida Board of
Education. Annilie has her sights set
on Hollywood as a successful actor.
11) Jena Michelle Sims, Georgia
18-year-old Jena has won the Nestlé
Very Best in Youth National Award, and
Prudential Spirit of Community silver
and bronze medallions for Community
Service. She’s also earned the
National Federation of Independent
Scholarship. Jena dreams of becoming
Miss Teen USA 2007.
12) Serena Karnagy, Hawaii
16-year-old Serena was the gold
medalist in the national competition
for karate (weaponry) in 2005-06. She
was also awarded Outstanding
Achievement in Poetry by the
International Society of Poets.
Serena’s dream job is something that
she has a passion for, but that also
allows her to give back to her mom.
13) Krista Ann McNeal, Idaho
18-year-old Krista was the Elks
Student of the Month Nominee, and won
Miss Idaho Teen USA Miss Congeniality
title. She has also won the Cougar
Academic Award. Krista wants to work
on television as an actor, a talk show
host, or an anchorperson.
14) Victoria Davis, Illinois
18-year-old Victoria is a published
poet, and Illinois State Scholar.
She’s won the photographer of the year
award, and holds the school record in
track & field triple jump event.
Victoria wants to write for a major
15) Victoria Tomlinson, Indiana
18-year-old Victoria was the Anderson
High School's Indian Maiden, the
Homecoming Queen, and Prom Queen for
2007. She has also been appointed to
S.A.D.D. Student Leadership Council.
Victoria wants to become a pharmacist.
16) Dakota Crosswhite, Iowa
18-year-old Dakota is an Outstanding
Mathematics, Science, and World
Language Scholar. She is a member of
the Number One Club, selected by
teachers for showing unusual
commitment and leadership skills in
school. Dakota would love to help
homeless animals through her business.
17) Jaymie Stokes, Kansas
16-year-old Jaymie has been on All-A
Honor roll, and has been lettered in
Dance and Academics. She wants to
become a dentist and a model.
18) Katrina Marie Giannini, Kentucky
17-year-old Katrina has won the USAA
National Mathematics Award, and
Volleyball 110% Award. She is also the
Wendy's High School Heisman Nominee.
Katrina wants to become a successful
19) Logan Brook Travis, Louisiana
15-year-old Logan is a two-year
letterman in Softball. Her dream job
is Radio City Music Hall Rockette.
20) Amanda Noel Pelletier, Maine
18-year-old Amanda received a special
letter of recognition from Barbara
Bush to her community-based learning
class for their $10,000 donation to
the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
at Maine Medical Center. Amanda wants
to be a freelance writer for a fashion
magazine and host a morning news
21) Allison Farrow, Maryland
18-year-old Allison has an IMTA Junior
Female Model of the Year Honorable
Mention, and has won the Cheerleading
Spirit Award in 2007, and Fire
Prevention Service Award in 2006.
Allison wants to become a well-known
22) Kathleen Megan McNiff,
17-year-old Kathleen has won the
Bentley College Academic Scholarship
and Delmar Wallace Algebra Award. She
wants to own and operate her own
business and have a family and balance
the two successfully.
23) Caitlin Klug, Michigan
18-year-old Caitlin won the State of
Michigan Outstanding Achievement
Award, Citizen and Leadership Award,
and Science Olympiad Award. She want
to be Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
specializing in Orthopedics.
24) Vanessa Marie Vonbehren, Minnesota
17-year-old Vanessa is a Chemistry
Advanced Placement Student, member of
Advanced Dance Company, and was the
special award presenter for Mrs.
Minnesota America Pageant. She wants
to follow in the steps of Tyra Banks
and become a top model.
25) Anne Elise Parks, Mississippi
18-year-old Anne is a Hall of Famer at
New Albany High School, Wendy's High
School Heisman Nominee, and National
Honor Society Merit Finalist. She
wants to be a meteorologist on The
Weather Channel or The Today Show.
26) Lauren Peterson, Missouri
16 Lauren won the Blocking Award at
the Washington University camp in 2005
and 2006. She also won the Hammer
Award at Farmington High School
Volleyball Camp. She would like to
train either dolphins or killer whales
at Sea World.
27) Chelsea Mae Nelson, Montana
17-year-old Chelsea has won four gold
medals from the Big Sky State Games
Dance competition. She also won the
Academic Achievement Award at the 2007
Miss Montana Teen USA Pageant. She
wants to be a professional
own a dance studio.
28) Lauren Clabaugh, Nebraska
16-year-old Lauren has learned
Advanced Orchestra, and won Special
Achievement in Evening Gown at the
Miss Nebraska Teen USA Pageant. She
wants to specialize in pediatric
29) Danielle Hashimoto, Nevada
16-year-old Danielle has won Community
Service Letter Award, and was on the
Director’s List for Academic
Achievement. She wants to be a special
events planner and promoter.
30) Alexandra Paige MacDonald, New
18-year-old Alexandra has been on the
Who's Who of American High School
Students, and National Honor Roll. She
wants to become a nurse.
31) Alyssa Campanella, New Jersey
17-year-old Alyssa was the Honorary
UNICEF Ambassador for the U.S. Fund
(2006 & 2007) and won the Enthusiastic
Reader Award (2005 & 2006). She wants
to act and work for the UN.
32) Elizabeth Kranz, New Mexico
18-year-old Elizabeth is an FCCLA
State Champ, and was the Honorary
Speaker for National Women's History
Month in February 2007. She wants to
be successful in everything she takes
on as a career.
33) Tatiana Pallagi, New York
17-year-old Tatiana has won the Avon
Braves Scholar Award, and holds
Academic Excellence in Mathematics and
Physical Education. She wants to be a
pediatric surgeon specializing in
34) Kaitlin Coble, North Carolina
17-year-old Kaitlin has been lettered
in Varsity Cheerleading, and is a
Student Ambassador for Providence High
School. She would like to become a
35) Taylor Kearns, North Dakota
18-year-old Taylor is on the Who's Who
among High School Athletes, and holds
Varsity Letters in Academics,
Cheerleading, French, Choir, Pizzazz
(show choir). She wants to be a
professional model and singer.
36) Rachel Epperly, Ohio
18-year-old Rachel graduated with an
“Award of Merit,” and was a Who’s Who
Among High School Students nominee.
Her dream job would be to design and
sell handbags and shoes.
37) Paige Hill, Oklahoma
16-year-old Paige was nominated to
attend the Junior National Young
Leaders Conference, and has received
numerous scholarships to further her
dance education. She wants to become a
38) Whitney Whitehouse, Oregon
17-year-old Whitney has been the
Varsity Cheerleading Captain, and a
Member of National Society of High
School Scholars. She would love to
work at something that enables her to
see the world.
39) Kelsie Sinagra, Pennsylvania
17-year-old Kelsie wishes to teach at
her alma mater.
40) Rochelle Rose, Rhode Island
18-year-old Rochelle has been
recognized for Excellence in a Foreign
Language, and has won the Skipper
Pride Award. She would like to work
for the FBI.
41) Lauren Caitlin Upton, South
18-year-old Lauren has been on the
high school varsity soccer team for
the past four years. She has been
inducted into the National Technical
Honor Society. Lauren would like to
design TV and movie special effects or
become an international model.
42) Kari Schull, South Dakota
17-year-old Kari is a graduate of
"Eagle U" Leadership & Success
Seminar. She has been on the Honor
Roll for two years. Kari would also
like to become a model.
43) Macy Paterese Erwin, Tennessee
17-year-old Macy has been inducted
into the National Beta, been voted the
most self-disiplined student in her
academy, and has been invited to
Sessions of Congress in Washington
D.C., as a result of extraordinary
academic achievement. She wants to be
a Cover Girl model and be the star on
NBC's Passions soap opera.
44) Sommer Easton Isdale, Texas
16-year-old Sommer is on the National
Society of High School Scholars, and
won the President's Education Award.
She wants to become a fashion
designer and start her own clothing
45) Kelsey Brigel, Utah
17-year-old Kelsey has won the
Skidmore College Book Award and was
appointed to the National Junior
Leadership Conference by Juan Diego
School administration and staff. She
would love to star as Kelsey Brigel on
The Today Show, or be a delivery room
46) Olivia Hubbard, Vermont
17-year-old Olivia received Academic
High Honors, Bertha Davidson Consumer
Sciences Award, and Creative Writing
Honorable Mention. Her dream is to be
a pediatrician or a pediatric dentist
to help ease the pain and suffering of
all children in this world.
47) Emily Bruce, Virginia
17-year-old Emily was invited to throw
the first pitch at a Lynchburg City
baseball game. She has also
participated in Lynchburg and Ronoake
Christmas Parades. Emily would like to
host E! News.
48) Shalane Larango, Washington
18-year-old Shalane was "Student of
the Month" honoring scholarship
potential, and has won the Hollywood
Dupree Dance 2006 Tap Scholarship in
2007. She would love to become Miss
Teen USA 2007.
49) Chelsea Welch, West Virginia
16-year-old Chelsea ranked 1st in
class academically, and held 2nd place
at state level in Envirothon Team. She
wants to become a Disney Imagineer.
50) Shauna Angel Sabir, Wisconsin
17-year-old Shauna was on the Honor
Roll for four years, and received the
White Cord for having over a 3.0
Cumulative Grade Point Average. She
wants to become a salon owner.
51) Mollie Smith, Wyoming
17-year-old Mollie is an Outstanding
English Student and has won the
Presidential Academic Award. Her dream
job would be to make money pursuing
her passion - singing.