Miss North Dakota Teen USA

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The Miss North Dakota Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of North Dakota in the Miss Teen USA pageant.

Compared to the sister Miss North Dakota USA pageant, North Dakota Teen USAs have been quite successful at Miss Teen USA, and are ranked fifteenth in terms of number and value of placements [1]. North Dakota is one of only ten states to have had nine or more semifinalist (or better) placings at Miss Teen USA [2]. Despite this, no Miss North Dakota Teen USA has won the Miss Teen USA crown, and in fact the highest placement ever reached by a North Dakota teen is 2nd runner-up, which was awarded to Katie Cooper 2006. The new record was made until Audra Mari placed 1st runner-up in 2011.

Five Miss North Dakota Teen USAs have gone on to win Miss North Dakota USA, and more unusually, two have competed at Miss America, including Stacey Thomas who is the most recent Miss North Dakota Teen USA delegate to compete at the Miss America pageant.

Results summary[edit]


  • 1st runners-up: Audra Mari (2011)
  • 2nd runners-up: Katie Cooper (2006)
  • 4th runners-up: Dayna Decker (1987), Heidi Langseth (1989)
  • Top 6: Nicci Elkins (1991)
  • Top 10: Kari Larson (1984), Jill Hutchinson (1985), Katrina Bergstrom (1996), Julie Nagle (1997), Marisa Field (2003)
  • Top 15: Breanna Abernathy (2004)


  • Miss Congeniality: Heidi Langseth (1989), Breanna Abernathy (2004)


Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss Teen USA Special awards at Miss Teen USA Notes
2014 Josie Hettich
2013 Emilee Mahar Fargo
2012 Tiffany Fletschock Casselton 18
2011 Audra Mari Fargo 17 1st Runner-Up Later Miss North Dakota USA 2014 and 1st Runner-Up at Miss USA 2014; one of few women to place in the top 5 and make the 1st Runner-Up in both pageants Miss Teen USA and Miss USA.
2010 Ariana Walker Bismarck Previously Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2008 And Miss North Dakota 2011
2009 Codi Miller Amidon 15 Later North Dakota High School Rodeo Queen 2010
2008 Gretchen Dawley Munich 17
2007 Taylor Kearns Fargo 18 Later Miss North Dakota USA 2010
2006 Katie Cooper Westhope 17 2nd runner-up
2005 Caitlin Brown Colgate 17
2004 Breanna Abernathy Lansford 18 Top 15 Miss Congeniality
2003 Marisa Field 17 Top 10
2002 Jessica Deringer Bismarck 18
2001 Stacey Thomas Later Miss North Dakota 2002
2000 Amy Kensok
1999 Natalie Larson Cooperstown
1998 Brandy Smolen Dickinson
1997 Julie Nagle Semi-finalist
1996 Katrina Bergstrom Semi-finalist
1995 Jessica Spier West Fargo Younger sister of 1992 titleholder Juliette Spier.
1994 Alison Nesemeier Casselton Later Miss North Dakota USA 1998
1993 Wendy Howe Grand Forks
1992 Juliette Spier West Fargo Later Miss North Dakota USA 1996, finished 6th at Miss USA 1996
1991 Nicci Elkins Grand Forks Finalist Later Miss North Dakota 1994
1990 Sherry Bernadis
1989 Heidi Langseth Fargo 4th runner-up Miss Congeniality
1988 Jennifer Siminary Fargo Later Miss North Dakota USA 1993
1987 Dayna Decker Fargo 4th runner-up
1986 Shannon Keiser Williston
1985 Jill Hutchinson Fargo Semi-finalist
1984 Kari Larson Bismarck 17 Top 10 Later Miss North Dakota USA 1990
1983 Lisa Rubin Grand Forks

1 Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant

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