Erin Snow is the daughter of Marv and Ginger Snow. She is a recent graduate of Gadsden City High School in Gadsden, Alabama. She was very involved in countless school clubs and organizations. During her senior year she served as Co-Captain on her high school's Danceline. Erin has been a ballet dancer for 12 years. At Downtown Dance Conservatory, she has been a ballet soloist for the past four years. Her love of dance has taken her all over the world. Erin also loves cooking, snow skiing, and traveling. When Erin and her family go snow skiing, everyone always gets a kick out of their last name! Erin's family has traveled all over the United States and internationally to England, France, Turkey, Greece, and Kuwait. Erin plans to combine her love of helping others and traveling and turn it into a career as a traveling nurse.
Height: 5 8
Birthday: December 04
Nneamaka grew up in a mix of American and Nigerian culture. Her parents immigrated to Alaska from Nigeria before she was born. Her dad started off as a cab driver, received his college degree, and created his own business. Her mom received her masters degree while caring for four children. Throughout her childhood, Nneamakas parents were a great example. Nneamaka has grown into a successful young girl. She will be attending college this fall to work toward her Bachelors degree in pre-medicine. Nneamaka will then attend Medical School, a Residency program, and then be ready to work as a Pediatrician. She loves her family, friends, and God. In her free time she likes to online shop, read, and cook.
Height: 5 9
Birthday: April 01
Tristany Hightower is a junior at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is academically driven and holds a 4.2 GPA in AP and Honors school courses. She is also dual-enrolled and has been taking classes at Scottsdale Community College since the age of sixteen in order to get a head start on her college education. Tristany plans to attend college and study to become a FBI profiler. She is also actively involved in her high schools Peer Tutoring program that works with students with special needs. Tristany was a member of the Chaparral High Schools top-ranked cheer team, which went on to place second at the national competition in Anaheim, CA. She also loves camping, hiking, skiing and wake boarding on Lake Powell with her family. Tristany enjoys giving back and volunteering with many different charities and organizations in Arizona, promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle, as well as the importance of education and community involvement.
Height: 5 6
Birthday: November 02
Makenzie Sexton is originally from Mountain Home, Arkansas and later moved to Cabot, Arkansas. She is the daughter of Tonya and David Sexton and sister to Stratt Sexton. She played basketball all through school until two years ago, when she tore her meniscus in her left knee. She underwent three surgeries and unfortunately was no longer able to play. She says through that experience taught her many things; one being that a person is not defined by their talents or abilities; it is about the content of your character. In winning the title of Miss Arkansas Teen USA, it gave her an amazing opportunity to use her voice and share this message.
Hometown: San Jose
Height: 5 7
Birthday: February 25
Athenna is an 18-year-old California Bay Area native who loves to rap, play the saxophone, and dance along to her favorite songs. Athenna currently hosts the nationally syndicated television show "Eco Company" which airs on Fox and is a spokesmodel and host for the Cinequest Film Festival. Additionally, she has worked as a commercial print model for brands such as Verizon Wireless, Xfinity and Monster Energy Drinks. Athenna loves to volunteer for Autism Speaks and Best Buddies and hopes to pursue a career in disability advocacy, one day becoming an attorney. Additionally, she has interned for the California State Senate, has worked on local legislative campaigns, and plans to eventually run for public office. Athenna is graduating from high school with honors and plans on attending St. Mary's college in the fall.
Hometown: Castle Pines
Height: 5 8
Birthday: December 17
Alexis Wynne is 18 years old and plans on attending college this fall at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She plans to study medicine so that she can follow her dream of becoming a doctor. She is a Colorado native, born in Boulder who now lives in Castle Pines. Being an athlete her entire life she has played soccer competitively for over a decade and has competed for her high schools track & field team. In high school, Alexis was involved in many different activities including the orchestra where she played the violin, and clubs such as, Discover Med Club and World Change Club. She lives with her parents, Sherry and Alec Wynne, and siblings, Braxton and Mia. Alexis is also a model with Wilhelmina Denver and enjoys traveling. She loves surrounding herself in Colorado's beauty by taking nature hikes and camping with her family and friends.
Height: 5 8
Birthday: January 23
Katy is a 19 year-old who is a student at the University of Rhode Island. She grew up in a small town in Connecticut and is thankful to have grown up in such a loving community. She is definitely an outdoors person and loves to try new things. Her music taste ranges from classic rock to 90s rap to EDM. She believes music is the most powerful language. Her compassion and ability to relate to others is what she believes to be her biggest strength. She is an advocate for suicide prevention and hopes to inspire others with her positive and supportive attitude. She is unbelievably proud to represent her state, herself and all of her supporters on the national stage and she wishes nothing but the best to all the contestants competing in Miss Teen USA 2016.
Height: 5 11
Birthday: September 30
Emily is a spontaneous individual who loves to work with her hands and learn more about the physical world around her. She learns best when she is carrying out a physical activity like working in a lab with live specimen or learning how to construct and create. This is probably why she wants to pursue a career in biomedical engineering where she will be able to create the devices she has designed in her head. Emily possess curiosity and spontaneity; she is a deep thinker in both the creative and scientific fields. Emily is also extremely interested in the modeling industry and would love to further her current career as a model. Emily has modeled for brands like South Moon Under and has been featured in magazines such as Nylon, Dream Weddings, and Seventeen. She doesn't believe in limiting herself to one passion in life. Emily tries every new opportunity that comes her way, and as a result has opened herself up to unique people and experiences.
District Of Columbia
Height: 5 7
Birthday: October 22
Dylan Murphy, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 2016, currently attends the prestigious Madeira School where she is a member of the Green Team, Best Buddies Club, the Classics Club and serves as the Team Captain of her school's Varsity Lacrosse team. Dylan has held a number of leadership positions including Class Head of Spirit and Activities Committee, Class Head of Community Service Committee, as well as volunteering as a Student Tour Guide and Mentor. When not on the Lacrosse field, the dance studio or in the classroom, Dylan can be found in the crafting room. Dylan has excelled academically and has been awarded an Internship with the United States Senate. Dylan's background is a true melting pot with Irish, Filipino, French-Acadian and German heritage, which has influenced her love of travel. Dylan has traveled extensively but there is no place she would rather be than home in the Nation's Capital. Dylan would be honored to serve the nation as the next Miss Teen USA!
Hometown: Ponce Inlet, Florida
Height: 5 11
Birthday: October 25
Gracie is a 17 year old, dual-enrolled, Warner Christian Academy honors student, with a 4.5 GPA. Gracies passions include writing, reading, journalism and Chicago Bears, as she plans on becoming an NFL sideline reporter. She enjoys boating with her family and volunteering at the Marine Science Center. When she is not busy working on the school newspaper, the Screaming Eagle, or editing the yearbook, the WCA Eagle, she enjoys playing volleyball, playing piano, or taking a Barre class. Gracies motivation for participating in Miss Teen USA is to bring awareness to Autism Speaks, Unicorn Childrens Foundation, Operation Changing Lives and the Smile Train. In addition, Gracies parents flipped traditional gender roles, and she was raised by a stay at home father. This has given Gracie a unique perspective on how to be a strong, independent, goal-oriented woman. Gracie strives to be an example for teenagers and wants them to believe in their dreams as she believes in hers.
Height: 5 8
Birthday: February 17
Bentley Anna Wright is the seventeen year old daughter of Sandon and Melissa Wright of Vidalia, Georgia. Bentley attended private school until age 12, and then requested to attend Vidalia High School as a way to branch out and become a member of the various extra-curricular activities they offered. Bentley went on to serve as Vice President and then President of her class, while serving as a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, Political Science Club, One Act Play Association, and the tennis team!
When Bentley has free time, she enjoys creating art, cooking, volunteering, and traveling. A very unique fact about Bentley is that she is a Pescetarian and practices a diet that consists of mainly fish, seafood and vegetables. She even has her own blog where she features delicious recipes hoping to inspire everyone to make healthier choices!
Hometown: Kahului, Maui
Height: 5 4
Birthday: November 12
Joahnna considers herself to be a Maui girl with city dreams. She is currently 16 years old and is enrolled at Maui High School as a junior. Joahnna dreams of becoming a singer someday, however, she is also looking into television broadcasting. She is in the process of becoming the first in her family to go to a 4-year university.
Additionally, she is her school's A.V.I.D (Advanced Via Individual Determination) program President, as well as Maui Evangelical Church's Youth Group Ministry President. Joahnna also sings for her church during praise and worship.
Faith plays a big part in Joahnna's life. In everything she does, it is important for her to accustom every little move with her favorite bible verse; Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".
Height: 5 9
Birthday: October 19
Kate is the youngest of two children and has lived in Boise, Idaho her entire life. Growing up with a special needs brother, Kate has grown into a passionate and caring person involved with charities such as the Special Olympics and Camp Rainbow Gold. She believes her best qualities have come from growing up with her brother, Grant, and everything he has taught her about life, love, and true joy. Kate loves being outdoors and adventuring through her hometown. In the winters, you can find Kate on her local mountain, Bogus Basin, where she learned to ski and now works as an instructor. In the summer, she enjoys traveling, dirt biking, and backpacking all over the great state of Idaho. Kate graduated from Capital High School, where she has rooted on her Eagles for 3 years as a varsity cheerleader. Kate's ultimate goal is to create a life she doesn't need a vacation from.
Hometown: Deer Park
Height: 5 10
Birthday: July 03
Olivia is a senior at Lake Zurich High School, where she holds a 5.2 GPA in AP and Honors classes. She has been recognized by the Presidential Scholars Program for her academic achievement and leadership work. As president of Habitat for Humanity Club and a member of National Honor Society and student council, Olivia is active in both school and the community. Olivia started the Blanket Buddies Project, a nonprofit organization that donates blankets to hospitals in Illinois. Through the BPP, over 300 blankets have been donated so far. A first-generation Polish-American, Olivia values being bilingual and keeps her Polish culture and traditions close to heart. She grew up loving the fine arts, and has become an accomplished musician, dancer, and artist. Olivia especially enjoys creating paintings, which have been featured in both regional and state art shows around Illinois. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her three younger siblings and goldendoodle puppy, Ebony.
Height: 5 10
Birthday: April 28
Lauren Kay Boswell was born in Nashville, Tennessee. Lauren moved to Indiana at age 5, graduated high school and is preparing to continue her education at Butler University in Indianapolis. Her activities growing up included dance, piano, voice lessons, horseback riding and softball, but volleyball became her passion. She started playing volleyball in the fourth grade and her most special memory came during her senior year when her team made school history by winning Regionals and becoming a Semi-State finalist for the first time. Lauren has also been very involved with her school musicals every spring since the 7th grade. She has had prominent leading rolls in Guys and Dolls, Shrek the Musical, Legally Blonde, and Chess. One of her solos included singing a full song while jumping rope, which was not an easy task. Lauren also enjoys traveling and hopes to someday visit Indonesia and vacation in a bungalow over the water.
Hannah Bockhaus is a small town Iowa girl with her sights set on adventure. This spring, she graduated from high school as valedictorian, where she proudly served as class president. With 11 years of experience, dance has a special place in Hannah's heart. She was thrilled to be named dance team captain as a senior. She describes herself as a compassionate, wide-eyed dreamer and enjoys dedicating every minute working toward her goals and spreading her contagious smile to those around her. In her free time, she posts on her blog, BeYOUtiful and Berries, where she encourages girls to live a positive, healthy lifestyle. Hannah has found that spending time mentoring girls in her community has built some of her favorite memories. As a newly-discovered model, she has quickly found her natural love for being in front of the camera. With her dreams on the forefront, Hannah plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to study speech-language pathology in the fall.
Height: 5 11
Birthday: July 01
Madison is a senior at Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, KS where she is a member of the National Honor Society, WolfPack Leadership Crew, and the Center for Advanced Professional Studies multi-media journalism program. Madison is a competitive swimmer with the Kansas City Blazers Senior National Team and works as youth swim coach. She is also part of the 3-time state champion BVSW Swim Team where she has received All State Honors. In addition to her academics and athletics, Madison is devoted to community initiatives that include the 'Gold Out Campaign' for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, the Childrens Brain Tumor Family Foundation, and Warriors for Ross, and more. Madison plans to study broadcast journalism at the University of Kansas this fall, and has signed her national letter of intent with the Jayhawk womens rowing team. Madison is determined, loyal, and kind. She has a contagious smile, and above all else she believes that above all, being kind matters most.
Height: 5 10
Birthday: January 11
Christiaan Prince lives by Gods word as her daily guidance to live a moral, ethical and valued life. Striving to be an example of a christian based life, she takes her role of a true person to heart. She is a freshman in high school maintaining a 4.0 GPA and was selected as a Student Council Representative. She is an active volunteer for Medical Mission Ecuador. Her involvement with the medical mission has influenced her desire to attend medical school with plans of obtaining a medical degree to help individuals with mental or physical needs. Christiaan is a Peer Advocate for Bullying. She feels that no child, teenager or adult should ever feel unaccepted or unworthy. Her dream job is to become an actress and model. She loves traveling and exploring how other cultures live. Christiaan is an avid reader who enjoys quotes. Said by Charles Darwin "It isn't the strongest of species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to Change". This she lives by.
Height: 5 11
Birthday: July 29
Ellie Picone is the 16 year old daughter of Clint and Peggy Picone. She has three brothers: Johnathan (19) Jackson (13), and Jesse (11). Currently a sophomore at Mandeville High School, she maintains a 3.9 GPA. She is a member of the Spinnaker Dance Team, Skipper Buddies, Spirit club, and Helping Hands club. Ellie has been training in classical ballet since the age of two and half. She has been accepted into many ballet schools such as the American Ballet Theatre and the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. Ellie is a member of Northshore Bible Church in Covington where she is a member of the foreign mission team. Ellie has traveled to Brazil for the past 3 years. While visiting remote villages throughout the Amazon River, she has helped to provide supplies and spiritual encouragement. During her most recent trip, Ellie started a group called 'Teen Girl Talk' where she organized a group of Brazilian girls, prepared a discussion, and was able to offer encouragement to the girls.
Height: 5 8
Birthday: June 06
Jessica Stewart is seventeen years old, and was born and raised in Unity, Maine. Jessica attended Mount View High School in Thorndike. As part of her studies, she took four dual enrollment classes with Thomas College, earning college credit while in high school. Jessica is interested in following her siblings footsteps and has been accepted to attend the University of Maine at Orono. She is undecided with her major, but has a strong interest in business and marketing. Jessica also dreams of being a runway model. Jessica has participated in competitive gymnastics for eight years. Due to a concussion this winter she was forced to retire from her senior year of competition. Jessica learned many lessons from gymnastics she will remember forever. Summer is Jessica's favorite season. She loves hanging out with her friends, going to the beach, and traveling. She loves to go on boat rides on the coast of Maine, and spend her summers hiking at her grandparent's cottage on Cushings Island.
Height: 5 9
Birthday: March 23
Amy Ingram is an 19 year old, born and raised in Maryland, who is passionate about community service! Amy is currently a freshmen at Towson University where she is studying Criminal Justice in the pursuit of becoming a Forensic Blood Spatter Analyst. She is also studying Cosmetology and is preparing to get her license. Amy is proud to say that she graduated as a Top 25 senior and is now on the Dean's List at her University. Dancing is Amy's passion, she began dancing at the age of 3 and danced competitively for 9 years. She was a 4 year member and the captain of her high schools Pom squad. Amy now works as a coach teaching girls ballet, rhythmic, and gymnastics. She also teaches a tap class for students with special needs. With community service being close to Amy's heart, she has created a project called One More Smile to encourage people to get more involved within their community. Giving back is her way of thanking the organizations that have helped her overcome her speech disorder.
Height: 5 6
Birthday: September 23
Alexis Frasca grew up in her hometown of Franklin, Massachusetts where in school she was a member of her cheerleading team all four years, being dubbed cheer captain her senior year, as well as being a member of her school's music production club and leader of the literary magazine/creative writing club. Alexis has also modeled since the age of thirteen and has appeared in various ad campaigns for major companies such as Reebok and Brookstone. Additionally, Alexis was a part of the Franklin Arts Academy, in which her classes were art-based and catered to her creative mindset through various multimedia projects, ranging from video work, visual art, music, creative writing, graphic design, and even some interpretive dancing. Being one for creativity, Alexis will study fashion design where her eye for the visually appealing can further blossom. She hopes to fuse her love of travel with her designs to combine the styles of different cities into a cohesive collection.
Height: 5 6
Birthday: January 20
Unjanee' is a very different and unique young lady, who triumphed over obstacles, including homelessness, many other young teens would have looked for an easy way out of. Unjanee' devotes a lot of her time throughout the state spreading her passion and story, not to allow your circumstances to determine your destiny. She has worked at her local church with the Jewels In Christ Youth Girls Ministry for 10 faithful years and began her own organization Blossoming Roses, an organization geared to educate and raise awareness about homeless teen girls. Even as she has persevered through her own personal trials she remained a fun, lovable young lady. With a voice of a song bird, she is nicknamed the human music mocking bird. She can either sing someone to tears or into uproarious laughter. She truly is a person who respects and embraces every opportunity to empower today's young women to achieve their dreams. She is one who is describes herself as "Confidently Beautiful".
Height: 5 4
Birthday: October 14
Sophia Primozich is a 17 year-old from Minnetonka, MN. Sophia is a warm, bubbly and sincere Minnesota Nice girl! A junior at Minnetonka High School, she attends an off-campus journalism and broadcasting class and is a sports journalist for her high school newspaper, The Breezes. Ever since she was young, she has had a passion for writing her own music. Sophia has already co-produced and recorded some of her original songs. When she is not writing, she volunteers with Best Buddies, People Serving People, Be the Change Club, and Girls on the Run. On the weekends, you can find her at her cabin with her extended family and 9 best friends (Yes, 9!) Sophia shares her message with other teens: Always remain humble and true to yourself. And in doing so, she sets an example, one story, one song and one smile at a time!
Height: 6 1
Birthday: March 16
Lauren Elizabeth Rymer is a 17 year old senior at Adams-County Christian School in Natchez, Mississippi. One of the first things you notice about Lauren is that she's 6'1 inch tall. As the reigning Miss Mississippi Teen USA, her mission is to encourage self-acceptance to girls. Lauren has worked very hard to lose over 50 pounds and to live a healthier lifestyle. She would also like to encourage all girls to stop beating themselves up about body images and instead focusing on living healthy and getting active! Lauren's love for animals is evident with her fur babies. She has two cats, Wes and Willy; and three dogs; Duke, Jill, and Sarge. Being accomplished in pageantry is not the only claim to fame for Lauren, she also broke a squatting record for squatting 65 pounds, 215 times continuously at her local fitness center.
Hometown: Lake of the Ozarks
Height: 5 8
Birthday: May 19
Dallas is an early graduate of Camdenton High School in Missouri. She is the oldest of four kids and nine grandchildren. She enjoys being active living on the lake doing water activities and playing basketball. Dallas has grown up setting her goals high and has worked hard to achieve them. Academics are important to her and she was honored to be a member of the A Plus Program mentoring and tutoring students to reach their academic excellence. She has worked hard to make a positive difference by making appearances across the state of Missouri in schools, and she has supported different charities such as The Ronald McDonald House and St.Jude Children's Research Hospital. She plans on attending the University of Missouri this fall to pursue a major in nursing and become a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse. Dallas is happy to be following in her mother's footsteps when she was crowned Miss Missouri USA 1993 and hopes to walk away with the title of Miss Teen USA 2016.
Height: 5 11
Birthday: January 10
Jami is a 19 year old student working her way to Highland School for Dog Trainers, where she plans on learning how to train service dogs for people with disabilities. She is the youngest of four girls, and has three foster siblings. Jami lives by Psalm 46:5, and she plans on traveling around the world with her church on mission trips. She has a big heart for children and spends her time working at a local day care and volunteering at camps for special education classes. Jami is dedicated to making a positive impact not only in her community, but around the world.
Height: 5 6
Birthday: November 13
Erika Etzelmiller was crowned Miss Nebraska Teen USA in January. She is a senior at Southwest High school and will graduate in May. She plans to attend the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in the fall. She has been a competitive cheerleader for 14 years as well as a high school cheerleader for all four years where she is also the varsity cheer captain. She is an active member of the National Honor Society chapter at her high school and is very proud to be recognized for her academics at a national level. This past summer, Erika traveled to New York City and Atlanta to compete in the Jovani It girl modeling competition. Erika was chosen out of thousands of applicants to be one of the final four girls and be named a Jovani Angel. The Miss Nebraska Teen USA pageant was Erika's first pageant so she is extremely humbled and excited to be able to represent her state at Miss Teen USA. Erika enjoys spending time with her friends and family in her spare time as well as photography and traveling.
Height: 5 6
Birthday: July 16
Carissa Morrow was born in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Las Vegas in 2013. She currently attends Nevada Learning Academy, which is an online program for school so she has time to travel for the modeling career she is pursuing. Carissa's hobbies include working out and dancing. She has danced for 14 years and has competed for 8 of those years. She is currently working towards her training certification, so she can train others on how to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. She plans on attending UCLA and becoming a sports physical therapist. Throughout Carissa's reign, she will be teaching her community about her healthy lifestyle and how others can start to live the healthy and fit way. She also will be working with the anti-bullying organization B.R.A.V.E.
Height: 5 6
Birthday: November 20
Valeria is an energetic and ambitious 18-year-old who you will rarely see not smiling. She has Russian and Ukrainian roots and was born in Latvia. Valeria is very spiritual and is strongly rooted in her Christian faith. As a first generation American, she is extremely proud of her 3.9 GPA she has maintained in all honors and AP classes. When she's not studying she's learning about astrology, giving back to the community, and soaking up nature. Learning from her immigrant parents that hard work pays off, Valeria is extremely ambitious and hopes to work in Public Relations after joining the Peace Corps. A natural leader, Valeria aspires to encourage girls to not be afraid to be different. With her inspiring American Dream story she plans on spreading love and light wherever she goes. Her megawatt smile, open heart, and outgoing personality is contagious and charismatic. Valeria's life motto is everything happens for a reason and that is why she walks fearlessly towards her bright future.
Gina Mellish will graduate soon from Red Bank Catholic High School and plans to enter Marist College in the fall to obtain her degree in Fashion Merchandising. She aspires to further her love of fashion by continuing to grow her fashion and beauty blog and fulfill her dream of becoming an on-air fashion commentator. She received her varsity letter in volleyball and helped her team win their Division title. Gina was also the President of the Fashion Club and has helped to raise thousands of dollars for "Make A Wish Foundation" and "(RED) Organization" through the clubs annual fashion show. Gina has worked for five years as a part-time model. She has extensive experience from runway to showroom, gracing numerous magazine covers and fashion print ads, however her favorite memory was walking in Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. Gina also hopes to continue her other interests of singing and photography. She lives by the belief that you can do anything if you set your mind to it!
Hometown: Sandia Park
Height: 5 6
Birthday: January 27
Margeaux Greene is 16 years old, a sophomore at East Mountain High School. She was born and raised in New Mexico. When Margeaux is not helping with her High School Student Government or competing on the speech and debate team, she is organizing clothing drives to benefit those in need in her community. She loves the outdoors, hiking and rock climbing are her passion. Margeaux has realized how hard work pays off and how if you believe in yourself you can truly do anything. Margeaux is the very first Teen Ambassador for The Adoption Exchange, a not-for-profit organization that works on behalf of children in the foster care system. Her goal is to bring awareness and success to placing children from foster care into forever homes. Margeaux's mom was adopted and this is why this cause has such a special place in her heart.
Height: 5 4
Birthday: January 02
Natalia Terrero is a seventeen year old high school student who enjoys being involved with her community as much as possible. She is involved in GrandFriends, a local organization dedicated to unite teens and senior citizens and she volunteers for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping animals. In her spare time she enjoys running track, participating in musicals, playing the piano, and dancing. Natalia was crowned Miss New York Teen USA her first time competing for the title. She chose to compete to help overcome her stage fright, build her self-confidence, and become a more well-rounded person. Her mission this year is to promote positive self-image amongst teens and teach them to love and appreciate their individuality. She is so passionate about this issue because Natalia did not have the most positive self-image growing up. She was often bullied for her race and her 'differences'. She has since learned to appreciate and embrace her uniqueness.
Height: 5 4
Birthday: February 12
Emily is a 19-year-old, born and raised North Carolina girl, who believes that confidence and perseverance is the key to achieving her dreams. As a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Emily is an Honors Carolina and Dean's List student, and is double majoring in journalism and political science. Emily is a reporter for her school newspaper the Daily Tar Heel and dreams to one day be a host on the Today Show. Emily is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles in her state. Growing up, Emily was always moving, whether it was going rock climbing with her Dad or going on runs with her mom. This year Emily teamed up with Together We Feed and started her own program called S.E.E. Fitness, which stands for Starting At Home, Eating Healthy, and Exercise. Emily has traveled to schools across the state teaching kids about healthy lifestyle and body image. Emily recently combined her love of writing and fitness when she started a blog called Balance and Body by Emily.
Height: 5 4
Birthday: March 16
Paige is a junior at Shanley High School in Fargo where she is involved in Service Club, Spanish Club, Philanthropy and Youth (PaY); as well as National Honor Society. She loves spending her free time attending games for the boys' hockey team she manages, working out, baking, fishing, and spending time at the lake with her family and friends. Paige also cherishes the time she spends nannying in the summer, as she has an immense love for children. After high school, she would love to go on to pursue an Elementary Education degree and continue working with children.
Height: 5 8
Birthday: February 09
Olivia Turk is 18 years old, born and raised Ohio State Buckeye, who is passionate about academics and providing medical aid to others. She had a 4.574 GPA upon graduation from Dublin Jerome High School and will be attending Yale University in New Haven, CT in the fall of 2016, to pursue a double major in molecular biology and French literature. Additionally, she hopes to attend medical school upon completion of her undergraduate studies. Olivia is an advocate for Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Pink Ribbon Girls, an organization providing education and services to women suffering from breast cancer. Traveling is another one of Olivia's passions; in the past five years, she has traveled to 21 states and 9 countries and hopes to continue her adventures in the future. She lives by the motto from her favorite actress, Kerry Washington, "Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential."
Hometown: Oklahoma City
Height: 5 8
Birthday: August 12
Hellen is a concurrently enrolled Senior at Classen School of Advanced Studies, while taking freshman courses at Oklahoma City Community College. During her high school years, Hellen has been involved in several organizations on campus including: Key Club, National Honor Society, Young Democrats, Thespian Society and Community Service Club. Her favorite past performances are Poteets Color Purple as Daisy and her schools production of a Streetcar Named Desire as Blanche. She has studied commercial and television acting for 8 years, and has appeared in commercials for Ocean Dental with her three sisters. She is currently an E-commerce model for JC Penneys; contracted with the Dallas based Campbell Modeling Agency. During her year as Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2016, she hopes to inspire others through a program she developed called Act It Out. Act It Out instills essential decision making skills that can be used to combat peer pressure, bullying and other negative influences teens face.
Height: 5 11
Birthday: May 21
Mikaela is a 16 year old with a passion for helping both animals and people. Maintaining a 4.33 GPA, Mikaela hopes to attend Cornell University to become a large animal veterinarian specializing in production and dairy management. With a growing thirst for adventure, Mikaela has visited 12 countries and hopes to reach 20 by the age of 25. When shes not busy competing as an all star cheerleader, Mikaela keeps busy with competition archery. Goats, cows, alpacas and much more keep Mikaela on her toes as she raises and shows livestock. She strives to "make the best better" in her local 4-H programs encouraging youth to find their passions and get involved in their communities.
Height: 5 5
Birthday: July 14
Sydney is an 18 year-old from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Peters Township High School's graduating class of 2015, and is currently a student at West Virginia University. She is a born and bred Pittsburgh sports fan, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins. She loves football season; both the college and professional leagues. Sydney loves to travel with her friends and family and to try new things. She has an adventurous side and loves to challenge herself. She loves to ski, snowboard, read, and has recently taken up photography. She loves the news and all forms of mass media. Sydney is looking to become a defense attorney after college and is really interested in the way the system is set up. She wants to work with anti-bullying campaigns and to get young people excited about voting.
Hometown: Pawtuxet Village, Warwick
Height: 5 6
Birthday: March 26
Growing up, Malia went to a very small Catholic school where she graduated with the same nineteen students who she went to preschool with. She has participated in long distance running since the fifth grade and running is still one of her favorite hobbies. Malia graduated from Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center; she loved being at this school and was so lucky to have so many opportunities come her way. One opportunity was being able to travel to Panama to study human trafficking in May of 2015. Malia is a hard worker and has been working in the restaurant industry since she was 12 years old; she loves meeting new people everyday. She is currently a full time student at The University of Rhode Island and The Community College of Rhode Island. Malia plans to go to law school once she graduates college. In June of 2015 Malia decided she was going to enter the Miss Rhode Island Teen USA pageant and it was one of the best decisions she has ever made!
Height: 5 8
Birthday: April 01
Marley is from Lexington, SC and is a college freshman where she is studying criminal justice, in hopes to become a behavioral analyst to profile criminal human behavior. Diagnosed in elementary school with learning disabilities, she has made it a lifes mission to encourage children to colorfully express themselves through her Crayons for Kids program. She was recognized as a Teen to Watch by the Columbia Metropolitan Magazine for her community involvement with her program. For the past two years, Marley has modeled for pageant and prom designers such as Sherri Hill, Tony Bowls, and Jasz Couture. She has also been featured in ad campaigns within Seventeen Magazine & Teen Vogue Prom. A dancer at heart, Marley has trained in dance for more than 10 years and presently shares her love and talent weekly with aspiring young dancers. Her favorite quote is You just cant beat the person who NEVER gives up. ~Babe Ruth
Height: 5 6
Birthday: June 15
Makenzie is an ambitious and energetic 19 year old born and raised in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She is an honors student at college studying political science and broadcasting with a minor in human rights, while on the pre-law track. Makenzie has a special interest in politics, and was once invited to the White House to meet President Obama for her exceptional leadership abilities and interest in government through the American Legion Auxiliary's 'Girls Nation' mock legislative program. Makenzie is pursuing a career in immigration law because she is inspired by her grandfathers experience as a Mexican immigrant and wants to help more families through the process of obtaining U.S. citizenship. She aspires to some day become a United States Senator. Makenzie is passionate about the issue of voter turnout in young people, and contributes a significant amount of her time registering young voters. In her free time, she loves to listen to National Public Radio & satisfy her coffee addiction.
Height: 5 8
Birthday: August 11
Savannah is an 18 year old from Nashville, TN. You may have seen Savannah from your living room on Tuesday nights on USA Network, starring in the hit show "Chrisley Knows Best. She is currently attending Lipscomb University but will be transferring to Belmont University in the fall in order to obtain a degree in Music Business. Ever since Savannah was a child she has loved music. In no way, shape, or form is she musically inclined, but she has always had a passion for the industry. With this passion growing rapidly every single day, Savannah hopes to become a manager or agent for a very successful artist. She is enthralled and excited when talking about business deals and is a mean negotiator. Savannah also enjoys giving back to her community and wants to help bring awareness to Sexual Assault/Abusive Relationships. Savannah is excited to represent the state of Tennessee in the Miss Teen USA pageant.
Height: 5 7
Birthday: December 12
Karlies first-hand observations of a close family member inspired her goal to be a national voice about the effects of alcoholism and drug abuse on family members. Her own childhood experiences have engendered great empathy for children growing up in unstable environments and for the families of alcoholics. Were her fondest wish to be granted, every child would grow up in a stable and loving home.
In addition to this heartfelt concern, Karlies interests and activities range from cheerleading to community service. A high achiever, the eighteen-year-old senior maintains her position on the school honor roll while participating in numerous extracurricular activities that include varsity cheer captain, yearbook editor and photographer.
After graduating from Tomball high school in 2016, the blue-eyed blonde hopes to enroll at Texas A&M University. Her plan beyond college is to become a businesswoman and to continue advocating for those affected by drug and alcohol abuse.
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Hometown: North Logan
Height: 5 3
Birthday: July 01
AbbyJade Larson is a 17 year old born and raised in Logan, Utah. She is the youngest of 5 children and is currently a senior at Sky View High School. From a very young age, AbbyJade showed an interest in performing; beginning with Competitive Power Tumbling at the age of 4. Hard work and dedication lead her to winning multiple state championship trophies. She was a member of her high schools drill team as a freshman and sophomore; then a member of the cheer team the following two years. As a result of being apart of these teams, she has gained many friendships and memories to last a lifetime. She has also learned determination, and had opportunities to perform and further her leadership skills. AbbyJade also enjoys to ski, travel, run, and paint. Growing up with parents in the medical field has had a big influence on AbbyJades career desires. She plans to continue her studies in medicine and to eventually become Dental Hygienist. AbbyJade strives to celebrate each day.
Tammy is a 16 year-old student at South Burlington High School where she holds a 4.0 GPA in honors and AP courses. She is the first U.S. citizen in her family, as her parents came from Yugoslavia. With the challenges her parents faced, she was inspired to teach English Language Learning classes that help teens and families who are new to the U.S. Tammy strives to share a message of equal opportunity with the motto "Where there's a will there's a way"; with dedication anyone can reach their dreams. She advocates for Best Buddies International, Give Kids The World, Hunger Free Vermont, and the Epilepsy Foundation. Volunteering aside, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing with her dog Snuffy, staying active and fit, and working as a lifeguard. Tammy is American Red Cross Certified in Lifeguarding, Professional Level CPR and AED, and first aid! Tammy loves serving her community as a lifeguard, and believes it is a steppingstone for her in pursuing a career as a nurse.
Height: 5 8
Birthday: November 26
Gracyn Blackmore is a fun-loving and focused sixteen year old sophomore from Bristol, Virginia. While excelling academically and maintaining a 4.0 GPA in the Honors program, she remains active in her high school's Student Government and Bristol Youth Leadership program. She has participated in her school robotics team, is an officer of Future Business Leaders of America, and is a competitive swimmer. Even with all these extracurriculars, she has pursued her dreams so she can inspire others to set their own goals and follow their dreams. Her community experiences have led Gracyn to initiate her platform called UNLOCK, which educates young adults about goal setting and unlocking their potential. In her first five months as Miss Virginia Teen USA, Gracyn has traveled over 16,000 miles representing Virginia. After graduating from high school, Gracyn hopes to pursue a career in the medical field and continue her passion for community service and leadership.
Hometown: Fall City
Height: 5 6
Birthday: October 03
After experiencing severe bullying in middle school, Claire became passionate to change the mindset of youth. She created a non-profit, PROJECT CLAIRE BEAR, which has aided hundreds of children in overcoming their challenges. She recognizes that low self-esteem is the root of issues facing teens and as Miss Washington Teen USA, Claire advocates to build confidence in young people.
A graduate of Eastside Catholic High School, Claire was a National Honor Society member and leader. Shes proud to be a 4-year varsity letter recipient for community service and hopes to inspire others to give back.
Blogging is a hobby of Claires that stemmed from her love of writing. By sharing her experiences through blogs like Defying Stereotypes about the misconceptions of pageantry, she strives to open people's minds.
Claire plans to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Texas Christian University and become a national news anchor for a major network morning show.
Hometown: St. Marys
Birthday: November 20
Cassy Trickett is the daughter of Denny Trickett and Carla Burdette. She resides in St. Marys, West Virginia and is an 18 year-old senior at St. Marys High School. She plans to attend Fairmont State University and obtain a bachelors in Real Estate and Business. Cassy hopes to work with the non-profit organization, Down Syndrome Awareness, to lobby for the rights of those affected by Down Syndrome.
Due to Cassy's past experience with the eating disorders bulimia and anorexia, Cassy plans to spread the word about self-worth to people of all ages.
Cassy enjoys raising baby ducklings, collecting duck memorabilia, hunting, fishing, and volunteering at the local fire department with her mother. Cassy is the Student Body President of her high school, was selected to attend the People to People Program in Europe, and received the Volunteer Community Service Award. She has had perfect attendance for 12 years of education.
Height: 5 9
Birthday: March 05
Karly loves to spend time with her family, bake, volunteer and focus on the Gold in September charity. She recently put together a penny drive at local schools to raise money to aid in finding a cure for childhood cancer. She is an active volunteer in a third grade classroom, at the local food pantry, and with Project Angel Hugs and Feed my Starving Children. She loves attending sporting events. Her dad has been the football and golf coach at her high school since she was born. As she grew up under the Friday night lights, Karly hopes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism as a football sideline reporter. Karly is a proud member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She also competed at the State Cross Country Meet in both 2012 and 2013. It was there that she received an All-State Academic Award.
Height: 5 9
Birthday: July 31
Shelly McRoberts was born on July 31, 1997 in Nassau Bay, Texas. She moved to Kemmerer, Wyoming when she was 16 years old. In 2015, Shelly graduated co-valedictorian from Kemmerer High School with her best friend. Currently, Shelly is following in her father's footsteps and studying Chemical Engineering at Brigham Young University, considered to be the most rigorous major at BYU. She chose this course because she feels chemical engineers make the world a better and safer place for everyone. When Shelly isnt on campus studying, she can be found spending time with her new friends and exploring the wonders of Provo, Utah. More than anything else, Shelly loves her family: parents, Matt and Sarah McRoberts, and two brothers and one sister. Shellys greatest goal is to set a good example for her younger sister, to show her that if she is willing to work hard she can be anything she dreams of.
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