Miss South Carolina Teen USA

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The Miss South Carolina Teen USA pageant is the competition that selects the representatives for the state of South Carolina in the Miss Teen USA pageant. The pageant has been directed by RPM Productions since its inception.

South Carolina has placed ten times at Miss Teen USA and has produced one winner. Vanessa Minnillo won the Miss Teen USA title in 1998 and later went on to become successful in the entertainment industry.

South Carolina holds the record for the most Miss Congeniality awards. It has won three: 1994, 1998, and 2002. In 1998, Minnillo became the first teenager to win both Miss Congeniality and the national title, and is one of only two contestants to achieve this.

Four Miss South Carolina Teen USA titleholders have won the Miss South Carolina USA title and competed at Miss USA.

Results summary[edit]

Placements[edit]

  • Miss Teen USA's: Vanessa Minnillo (1998)
  • 1st runners-up: Brittany Pjetraj (2008), Tori Sizemore (2013)
  • 3rd runners-up: Caitlin Upton (2007)
  • Top 6: Mary Stevenson (1994)
  • Top 12: Lauren Poppell (1993)
  • Top 15: Lindsey Sporrer (2004), Brittany Smith (2006), Keyla Childs (2011)
  • Top 16: Shannon Ford (2012)

Awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Mary Stevenson (1994), Vanessa Minnillo (1998), Austen Brown (2002)

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at MTUSA Special awards at MTUSA Notes
2014 K. Lee Graham Lake Murray 16 Daughter of Jennifer Newin, Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1985
2013 Tori Sizemore Anderson 17 1st runner-up
2012 Shannon Ford Lexington 18 Top 16
2011 Keyla Childs Summerville 17 Top 15
2010 Megan Pinckney North Charleston 18 Later Miss South Carolina USA 2013 and 5th runner-up at Miss USA 2013
2009 Mary Helen Caver North Augusta 18
2008 Brittany Pjetraj Chapin 18 1st runner-up
2007 Caitlin Upton Lexington 18 3rd runner-up[1] Contestant on The Amazing Race 16. Gained notoriety following her answer to the final question in the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant, which was criticized as "strange" and "grammarless." Videos of her response were posted to YouTube and have received millions of views.[2]
2006 Brittany Smith Lyman 17 Top 15
2005 Lauren Taylor Travelers Rest 18
2004 Lindsey Sporrer Easley 17 Semi-finalist
2003 Stephanie Horton[3] Sumter 18
2002 Austen Brown Charleston 17 Miss Congeniality
2001 Sarah Medley North Charleston 15 Later Miss South Carolina USA 2005
2000 Morgan Smith Lexington
1999 Hannah Grooms[4] Wallace
1998 Vanessa Minnillo Charleston 17 Miss Teen USA 1998 Miss Congeniality Born in the Philippines
1997 Caroline Brigman Latta
1996 Wendy Roberts Pelzer
1995 Garianne Phillips Leesville
1994 Mary Stevenson Greenville Finalist Miss Congeniality
1993 Lauren Poppell Rock Hill Semi-finalist Later Miss South Carolina USA 1999, finished 4th in Miss USA 1999
1992 Shannon Pelerin Lexington
1991 Jeanie Bowers Prosperity
1990 Kathryn Hancock Greenwood Later Mrs. North Carolina America 2007 under her married name, Kathryn Hancock-Stuart.[5]
1989 Michelle Warner Inman
1988 Nicole Adams West Columbia
1987 Carol Carver Hilton Head
1986 Angela Shuler Rock Hill Later Miss South Carolina USA 1989
1985 Jennifer Newin Florence Mother of K. Lee Graham Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2014
1984 Mary Delgado Florence
1983 Beth Woodard Aiken Later Miss South Carolina USA 1987

1 Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Midlands teen makes third runner-up in Miss Teen USA". WIS. 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Beauty queen's blonde moment". The Daily Telegraph. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  3. ^ Moore, Ivy (2002-11-16). "Sumter Teen wins State Title". The Item. 
  4. ^ Franco, Jose (1988-11-10). "Spartanburg Beauties Win State Crowns". Herald-Journal. 
  5. ^ "2007 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010. 

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