Miss South Carolina Teen USA

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Miss South Carolina Teen USA
Formation 1983
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Columbia
Miss Teen USA
Official language
Website Official website

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.

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

Results summary[edit]


  • 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)



Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at MTUSA Special awards at MTUSA Notes
2015 Wesley Mitchell Lexington 18 Top 15
2014 Katherine 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[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 Ashley Medley North Charleston 15 Later Miss South Carolina USA 2005
2000 Morgan Smith Lexington 17
1999 Hannah Grooms[4] Wallace 17
1998 Vanessa Joy Minnillo Charleston 17 Miss Teen USA 1998 Miss Congeniality Born in the Philippines
1997 Caroline Brigman Latta 17
1996 Wendy Roberts Pelzer 19
1995 Garianne Phillips Leesville 18
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
1992 Shannon Pelerin Lexington 17
1991 Jeanie Bowers Prosperity 17
1990 Kathryn Hancock Greenwood 15 Later Mrs. North Carolina America 2007 under her married name, Kathryn Hancock-Stuart.[5]
1989 Michelle Warner Inman 15
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
1984 Mary Delgado Florence 17
1983 Elizabeth (Beth) Woodard Aiken 17 Later Miss South Carolina USA 1987

1 Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant


  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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