Miss Teen USA 2003
|Miss Teen USA 2003|
|Date||August 12, 2003|
|Venue||Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California|
Miss Teen USA 2003, the 21st Miss Teen USA pageant, was televised live from Palm Springs on 12 August 2003. At the conclusion of the final competition, Miss Oregon Teen USA Tami Farrell was crowned by outgoing queen Vanessa Semrow of Wisconsin.
Prior to the live telecast, the 51 contestants competed in a preliminary presentation show where they were judged in swimsuits and evening gowns. Scores from this judging determined the top 15 for the final competition.
This was the first year that the pageant was held in Palm Springs, which would later host Miss Teen USA 2004 and Miss Teen USA 2006. The pageant location was announced on 17 July 2003. On 23 July 2003 it was announced that Jessica Simpson and Justin Guarini would appear as musical guests during the pageant. The event was hosted by Mario Lopez and Brooke Burns.
|Miss Teen USA 2003|
The Miss Teen USA 2003 delegates were:
- Alabama - Katherine Lauren Whitlock
- Alaska - Brittany Ann Jackson
- Arizona - Natalia Benenson
- Arkansas - Brittany Carpenter
- California - Shannon Byrne
- Colorado - Karis Donahue
- Connecticut - Nina Musumeci
- Delaware - Ashley James
- District of Columbia - Natasha Prakash
- Florida - Mary Jeffords
- Georgia - Cassady Lance
- Hawaii - Camille Peraro
- Idaho - Amanda Rammell
- Illinois - Tiffiney McCormick
- Indiana - Jami Stallings
- Iowa - Alyssa Cook
- Kansas - Megan Price
- Kentucky - Amanda Nunnelley
- Louisiana - Megan Bologna
- Maine - Ashley Alden
- Maryland - Courtney Hejl
- Massachusetts - Jacqueline Bruno
- Michigan - Alicia Jaros
- Minnesota - Kristin Swoboda
- Mississippi - Krisi Nash
- Missouri - Amber Seyer
- Montana - Arielle Brown
- Nebraska - Leighann Thagard
- Nevada - Ashley Phelps
- New Hampshire - Marshele Lee
- New Jersey - Jacklyn Pezzotta
- New Mexico - Courtney Clayshulte
- New York - Adriana Diaz
- North Carolina - Erin Hendricks
- North Dakota - Marisa Field Previously Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2001
- Ohio - Amanda Stevens
- Oklahoma - Nikki Carver
- Oregon - Tami Farrell
- Pennsylvania - Taylor Baker
- Rhode Island - Kristina Primavera
- South Carolina - Stephanie Horton
- South Dakota - Nicole Cuppy
- Tennessee - Alicia Selby
- Texas - Tye Felan
- Utah - Jessica Dawn Black
- Vermont - Jenna Lajeunesse
- Virginia - Amber Copley
- Washington - Jasmine Jorgensen
- West Virginia - Whitney Veach
- Wisconsin - Jenna Tighe
- Wyoming - Kasi Johnston
Ten contestants later won or held Miss USA state titles:
- Adriana Diaz (New York) - Miss New York USA 2006
- Amber Copley (Virginia) - Miss Virginia USA 2006
- Jami Stallings (Indiana) - Miss Indiana USA 2007
- Amanda Rammell (Idaho) - Miss Idaho USA 2007
- Amber Seyer (Missouri) - Miss Missouri USA 2007 (top ten at Miss USA 2007)
- Jaqueline Bruno (Massachusetts) - Miss Massachusetts USA 2008 (top ten at Miss USA 2008)
- Tami Farrell (Oregon) - Miss California USA 2009
- Kristina Primavera (Rhode Island) - Miss Rhode Island USA 2010
- Cassady Lance (Georgia) - Miss Georgia USA 2010
- Whitney Veach (West Virginia) - Miss West Virginia USA 2011
- Maine made the semi-finals for the first time since 1995. This was only the third time that Maine made the cut.
- Iowa also placed in the semi-finals for the first time since 1995; this was also only their third placement in this history of the pageant.
- Oklahoma and North Dakota both placed for the first time since 1997.
- This was only the second time that the winner of Miss Congeniality also won the Miss Teen USA title. Previously, Vanessa Minnillo won both titles in 1998.
- This was the first time that the winners of both the Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic awards both placed in the top five.
- Tami Farrell also competed in the Miss California USA pageant where she was 1st runner up that was won by Carrie Prejean, last June 10, 2009. She became Miss California USA 2009 after Executive director Keith Lewis fired previous Miss California USA Carrie Prejean from the position after accusations of Carrie repeatedly breaching her contract."...after our press conference in New York we had hoped we would be able to forge a better working relationship..." "...it has become abundantly clear that Carrie was unwilling to fulfill her obligations under our contract and work together" said Lewis.
- "Miss Teen USA 2003 crown goes to Oregon native". Associated Press. 2003-08-12.
- Wheeler, Carla (2003-07-17). "Miss Teen USA pageant to air from Palm Springs". The Press-Enterprise.
- "Musical Guests Announced for MISS TEEN USA(R) Live From Palm Springs, California" (Press release). PR Newswire. 2003-07-23.
- "Augusta teenager makes top 15 of Miss Teen USA pageant". Associated Press. 2003-08-13.