Caitlin Brunell

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Caitlin Brunell
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Caitlin Brunell
(1992-05-17) May 17, 1992 (age 24)
Seattle, Washington
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2007
Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008
Miss Jacksonville Teen USA 2009
Miss University of Alabama 2012
Miss Rocket City 2013
Miss Leeds Area 2014
Miss Alabama 2014
Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008 (winner)
Miss America 2015 (Top 10)

Caitlin Brunell (born May 17, 1992 in Seattle, Washington)[1] from Great Falls, Virginia won the Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008 title in August 2007. In 2014, she was crowned Miss Alabama and represented the state at the Miss America 2015 competition where she was a Top Ten semi-finalist and the Quality of Life Award winner.

Early life[edit]

Brunell is the daughter of Stacey and Mark Brunell, a former NFL quarterback.[1] She was home schooled through middle school[2] and spent her freshman year at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School.[3] She attended high school at Providence School.[4] She is a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama.[5]


In 2007, Brunell won the Miss Greater Richmond's Outstanding Teen title and then the Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen title. She represented Virginia in the third Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant held on August 11, 2007 and won the title. She also won a preliminary evening gown award earlier in the week. In 2008, Caitlin also won the Miss Jacksonville's Teen USA 2008 in Florida.

She was also crowned Queen Shenandoah LXXXIV at the 84th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival on April 30, 2011, in Winchester, Virginia.[6] In 2012, she was chosen as Miss University of Alabama.[5][7] In 2013, she was crowned Miss Rocket City and was a top-11 semi-finalist for Miss Alabama 2013.[8]

In June 2014, competing as Miss Leeds Area, Brunell was crowned Miss Alabama.[9] In September 2014, she represented the state at the Miss America 2015 pageant.[10] She made the initial cut and competed in the swimwear, evening wear, and talent competitions to place in the top ten contestants as a semi-finalist but she was not one of the five finalists.[11] Brunell won a Quality of Life Award for her community work with Caitlin's Closet.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Brunell runs her own non-profit organization called "Caitlin's Closet", which collects donated prom gowns and distributes them to those in need.[12][2]


  1. ^ a b "Tracks, Tds, and a toddler: keeping up with Caitlin... Brunell's Sporting Life revolves around daughter". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. May 15, 1993. 
  2. ^ a b Gilfillian, Trudi (July 8, 2014). "Miss Alabama Caitlin Brunell". The Press of Atlantic City. Atlantic City, New Jersey: BH Media Group. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008 profile". MAO Teen. 
  4. ^ "Miss Alabama 2014: Caitlin Brunell". Miss America Organization. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Flanagan, Ben (February 24, 2012). "Sophomore Caitlin Brunell crowned Miss UA 2012". The Birmingham News. 
  6. ^ "SABF Past Celebrities". Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ Wright, Carol W. (February 23, 2012). "Sophomore Wins 2012 Miss UA Crown". Miss UA Scholarship Program. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ Watkins, Mia (June 8, 2013). "11 young women named semi-finalists in tonight's Miss Alabama finale". Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  9. ^ Watkins, Mia (June 7, 2014). "Caitlin Brunell, a University of Alabama graduate, is new Miss Alabama". Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Watkins, Mia (September 15, 2014). "Miss Alabama Caitlin Brunell says Miss America was an 'honor'". The Huntsville Times. Huntsville, AL: Advance Publications. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  11. ^ Lala, Diane D'Amico Elisa; Loring, Devin (September 15, 2014). "Miss New York is the new Miss America (again)". The Press of Atlantic City. Atlantic City, New Jersey: BH Media Group. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  12. ^ Centazzo, Kim (May 2, 2007). "Kniffin Collects Dresses, Makes Prom Reality". Connection Newspapers. 

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Preceded by
Chandler Champion
Miss Alabama
Succeeded by
Meg McGuffin
Preceded by
Maria DeSantis
Miss America's Outstanding Teen
Succeeded by
Taylor Fitch
Preceded by
Brittany Young
Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen
Succeeded by
Lexie Overholt