Miss Teen USA 2017: Meet All the Eligible Top 15 Semifinalist Contestants & The Winner Herselfon Photos and videos
Miss Universe Organization, the organization, run by a woman for woman, runs a beauty pageant for the girls aged 14-19 called Miss Teen USA, and its aim to develop the confidence women need to achieve their personal best.
The pageant was first held in 1983 on August 30 at Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida and was broadcasted live on CBS.
Continuing the same trend, it is encouraging girls to get out of their comfort zone and express themselves. The organization organized the 35th edition of Miss Teen USA on Saturday, 29th of July in Phoenix Symphony Hall, Phoenix, Arizona. Heidi Powell.
Erin Lim hosted the event, and it was webcast on the Miss Teen USA website and simulcasted on mobile devices.
The teenager to get crowned by the former Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay, who is 2016 winner, was Miss Missouri: Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff.
With the accomplishment of the crowning ceremony of 2017 and all winners announced, let's take a peek at the contestants who stood as the top 15 semi-finalists.
1. Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff
Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, the Miss Teen USA title winner for the year 2017, is a teen of seventeen years old who represented Missouri in the beauty pageant. She is 5 feet 10 inches tall and belongs to Kansas City and has a passion for justice. To be more precise, this teen plans to pursue a degree in Political Science and Ethics.
2. Vanessa Matheson
Vanessa Matheson is the teen who got entitled as the first runner-up in this event. She is from Klamath Falls and represented Oregon state. Vanessa is nineteen years old as of now and stands 5 feet 9 inches high above the ground. She is continuing her studies at the University of Oregon with the aim of pursuing a degree in the medical field. Additionally, she is passionate about helping people and traveling.
3. Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith, the second runner-up, of the Miss Teen USA 2017, represented the state of Nevada in the event. She is seventeen years old teen with a height of 5 feet and 10 inches who has grown up as a military brat traveling all around the world. Currently, she enrolls herself in the business management program in high school.
4. Paige Robinson
Paige Robinson stood as the third runner-up leaving other eleven semifinalists behind in the event of 2017. She is eighteen years teen who is from Indianapolis and represented the Indiana State in the pageant. The teen is a bright student who graduated the high school maintaining a 4.1-grade point. Moreover, she aspires to expand her fashion design company Leneighz and advocates for cancer patients.
5. Jaanu Patel
Jaanu Patel represented the state of California in the beauty pageant and got entitled as the fourth runner-up. Jaanu is 5 feet and 9 inches tall teenager who is now sixteen years old. She is a high school student from Huntington Beach, California who aspires to become a pediatrician. Currently, she volunteers with Kaiser Permanente's maternity ward and has already traveled fifteen countries so far.
6. Karlina Riggs
Karlina Riggs was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a seventeen years old teen who took an active participation in the Miss Teen USA 2017 representing Arizona State. The teen is currently an Honor, AP student at Chaparral High School and serves as an Ambassador for the TYRO mentoring Program.
7. Carley Arnold
Carley Arnold is Miss IOWA is 5 feet and 10 inches tall teenager, who made to the top 15 in the contest. She is sixteen years old whose hometown is Chariton and who thinks herself as a well-rounded, small town Iowa girl. To talk about her studies, she graduated from high school with straight A's. Moreover, she has a passion for adventure and enjoys fishing and riding four-wheelers.
8. Rachel Bell
Rachel Bell is one of the contestants of Miss Teen USA who represented the Utah State. She is just eighteen years old and belongs to a town called Sandy. Rachel has a beautiful smile and infectious laugh. She loves traveling and swimming.
9. Kelsey Golonka
Kelsey Golonka is Miss Vermont who participated in the Miss Teen USA and made her way amid the top 15 semifinalists. She is eighteen years old teenager who has a height of 5 feet and 4 inches and resides in Montpelier. The teenager has a passion for tennis.
10. Olivia Hutchison
This five feet and nine inches tall teenager represented the state of West Virginia in the beauty pageant. Olivia is eighteen and is a part of Hispanic/Italian family who lives in Huntington. She has been involved in multiple student organizations and served as Student Body Vice President.
11. Taylor Spruill
Taylor Spruill is a teenager who is now nineteen years old and stands 5 feet and 9 inches tall from the ground. She is from Upper Marlboro who represented Maryland State in the beauty pageant. Taylor is a student at Wake Forest University on the pre-med track. She aims to become Endocrinologist.
12. Autumn Schieferstein
Autumn Schieferstein, the Miss Wyoming, is seventeen years old and belongs to Cheyenne. She stands 5 feet and 8 inches tall from the ground level who currently takes online classes as a junior in high school. She loves hiking, fishing, camping, speech and debate, and dance. Moreover, she loves writing and hopes to pursue a career in fashion journalism.
13. Baylee Ogle
Baylee Ogle is a contestant who represented Oklahoma State in the beauty pageant. She is from Norman who is eighteen years old and five feet and seven inches tall. She attends the University of Oklahoma where she is pursuing Pre-Model. Besides her studies, she is active with her sorority Alpha Chi Omega and a member of Disability Inclusion and Awareness (DiNA) group at her university.
14. Isabella Griffith
Isabella Griffith is a sixteen years old teenager who is five feet and ten inches tall and lives in Melville. Isabella is currently a junior attending Half Hollow Hills High School East. Moreover, she is an active volunteer for Cerebral Palsy of Nassau and has also received gold in the Presidents volunteer service award.
15. Kirby Lindley
Kirby Lindley is a teenager of nineteen years old who is Miss Texas and lives in Cypress. She is five feet and nine inches tall who is currently working towards her goal of graduating with a degree in Communications and earning her real estate license. And she also hopes to build a real estate empire one day.