Miss South Carolina Teen USA
|Miss Teen USA|
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 twelve times at Miss Teen USA and has produced two winners. Vanessa Joy Minnillo won the Miss Teen USA title on August 17, 1998 in Sheveport, Louisiana and later went on to become successful in the entertainment industry and Kathereine (K.) Lee Graham won the Miss Teen USA title on August 2, 2014 in Nassau, Bahamas.
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.
- Miss Teen USAs: Vanessa Joy Minnillo (1998), Katherine Lee Graham (2014)
- 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), Wesley Mitchell (2015)
- Top 16: Shannon Ford (2012)
- Miss Congeniality: Mary Stevenson (1994), Vanessa Joy Minnillo (1998), Austen Brown (2002)
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age1||Placement at MTUSA||Special awards at MTUSA||Notes|
|2015||Wesley Mitchell||Lexington||18||Top 15|
|2014||K. Lee Graham||Chapin||17||Miss Teen USA 2014||Daughter of Jennifer Neuen, 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||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.|
|2006||Brittany Smith||Lyman||17||Top 15|
|2005||Lauren Taylor||Travelers Rest||18|
|2002||Austen Brown||Charleston||17||Miss Congeniality||Later Mrs. America 2013|
|2001||Sarah Ashley Medley||North Charleston||15||Later Miss South Carolina USA 2005|
|1998||Vanessa Lachey||Charleston||17||Miss Teen USA 1998||Miss Congeniality||Born in the Philippines|
|1994||Mary Stevenson||Greenville||18||Finalist||Miss Congeniality||Granddaughter of Miss Universe 1954, Miriam Stevenson (Miss USA and Miss South Carolina USA 1954)|
|1993||Lauren Poppell||Rock Hill||17||Semi-finalist||Later Miss South Carolina USA 1999, finished 4th in Miss USA 1999|
|1990||Kathryn Hancock||Greenwood||15||Later Mrs. North Carolina America 2007 under her married name, Kathryn Hancock-Stuart.|
|1988||Nicole Adams||West Columbia||16|
|1987||Carol Carver||Hilton Head||16|
|1986||Angela Shuler||Rock Hill||15||Later Miss South Carolina USA 1989|
|1985||Jennifer Neuen||Florence||19||Mother of Katherine Lee Graham, Miss Teen USA 2014|
|1983||Elizabeth (Beth) Woodard||Aiken||17||Later Miss South Carolina USA 1987|
1 Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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