Miss Teen USA 2007

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Miss Teen USA 2007
Miss Teen USA 2007 opening titles.jpg
DateAugust 24, 2007
PresentersMario Lopez
VenuePasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
BroadcasterNBC, KNBC
WinnerHilary Cruz
Colorado Colorado
CongenialityAnne Elise Parks
Mississippi Mississippi
PhotogenicAllison Farrow
Maryland Maryland
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Miss Teen USA 2007, the 25th Miss Teen USA pageant, was held on August 24, 2007 in Pasadena, California. At the conclusion of the final night of the competition Hilary Cruz of Colorado was crowned Miss Teen USA 2007 by outgoing titleholder Katie Blair of Montana.[1]

The event was hosted by Mario Lopez, who also hosted Miss Teen USA 1998 and Miss Teen USA 2003. In 2007 he also hosted the Miss America and Miss Universe pageants.[2] The pageant was broadcast on NBC at 8:00 p.m. EST, rather than at 9:00 p.m. EST.

To date, it was the final Miss Teen USA pageant to be televised due to NBC failing to renew its contract. Currently, it is broadcast over the Internet on the pageant's official website, its YouTube channel and on Microsoft's Xbox Live service.



Map showing placements by state
Final Results Contestant
Miss Teen USA 2007
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 15


Contestants arrived in Pasadena on August 12 and participated in a number of events in the lead up to the final competition. On August 14 the official swimsuit poster shoot was held by the pool of the Pasadena Hilton, the host hotel.[3]

Competition rounds[edit]


Miss Teen USA delegates in Hollywood, March 2007

The top fifteen was announced during the final telecast and went on to compete in the swimsuit competition, which featured music by Kat DeLuna. Following this the top ten delegates were announced and they competed in evening gowns, to music by the Jonas Brothers. After this, the two special award winners were announced, followed by the announcement of the top five delegates. The interview competition involved the top five answering a question proposed by one of the judges. Each delegate had 30 seconds to answer. Afterwards the judges had one final look at the top five as they cast their votes for the winner and runners-up. Katie Blair then took her final walk and the runners-up and winner was announced.

During the Final Question round, Aimee Teegarden asked Miss South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton, why she thought a fifth of Americans are unable to locate the United States on a world map. Upton's response was:

"I personally believe that, U.S. Americans are unable to do so, because some… people out there in our nation that don’t have maps, and I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should… our education over here in the U.S., should help the U.S., er, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future.., for our children... " [4]

Her response has been criticized as "strange" and "grammarless," and was also described as an "extreme blonde moment." [5][6] Videos of her response were posted to YouTube and have received several million views,[7] and has now become an Internet phenomenon.

Chelsea Welch (West Virginia), Macy Erwin (Tennessee), Jena Sims (Georgia) and Paige Hill (Oklahoma)

The following Tuesday, August 28, Upton appeared on NBC's Today Show, where Ann Curry gave her the opportunity to formulate a new response to the same question. Upton's new reply was: "Personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. If the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography in our education so people will learn how to read maps better." She said that she was "in shock" during the competition and barely heard the question that had been asked.[8]


The Miss Teen USA 2007 delegates were:

State Name Hometown Age1 Height Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Canden Jackson[9] Fairhope, AL 17 5 ft 10 in
178 cm
Top 10
Alaska Alaska Muriel Clauson Anchorage, AK 17 5 ft 9 in
175 cm
Arizona Arizona Tiffany Martin Phoenix, AZ 18 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
Arkansas Arkansas Tiffany Greenstreet[10] Melbourne, AR 18 5 ft 4 in
163 cm
California California Kylee Lin[11] San Rafael, CA 16 5 ft 6 in
168 cm
Colorado Colorado Hilary Cruz[12][13] Louisville, CO 18 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
Miss Teen USA 2007
Connecticut Connecticut Olga Litvinenko[14] Greenwich, CT 17 5 ft 9 in
175 cm
Later Miss Connecticut USA 2017
Delaware Delaware Holly Shively Newark, DE 16 5 ft 4 in
163 cm
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Jasmine Alexis[15] Washington, DC 16 5 ft 5 in
165 cm
Later Miss District of Columbia's Outstanding Teen 2008, Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2009
Florida Florida Annilie Hastey Miami, FL 18 5 ft 8 in
173 cm
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Jena Sims[16] Winder, GA 18 5 ft 8 in
173 cm
Hawaii Hawaii Serena Karnagy Honolulu, HI 16 5 ft 5 in
165 cm
Top 15 competed at Miss International 2008 as Hawaii's representative.
Idaho Idaho Krista McNeal[17] Sandpoint, ID 18 5 ft 8 in
173 cm
Illinois Illinois Victoria Davis[18] Thawville, IL 18 5 ft 8 in
173 cm
Top 15
Indiana Indiana Victoria Tomlinson Anderson, IN 19 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
Iowa Iowa Dakota Crosswhite[19][20] Cedar Rapids, IA 18 5 ft 5 in
165 cm
Kansas Kansas Jaymie Stokes[21] Lenexa, KS 16 5 ft 11 in
180 cm
Top 10 Later Miss Kansas USA 2011
Kentucky Kentucky Katrina Giannini[22] Princeton, KY 17 5 ft 8 in
173 cm
Louisiana Louisiana Logan Travis Amite, LA 15 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
Maine Maine Amanda Pelletier[23] Vassalboro, ME 18 5 ft 3 in
160 cm
Maryland Maryland Allison Farrow Earleville, MD 18 5 ft 6 in
168 cm
Miss Photogenic
Massachusetts Massachusetts Kathleen McNiff Groton, MA 17 5 ft 8 in
173 cm
Michigan Michigan Caitlin Klug Eau Claire, MI 18 5 ft 4 in
163 cm
Minnesota Minnesota Vanessa Vonbehren[24] Apple Valley, MN 17 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
Top 10
Mississippi Mississippi Anne Elise Parks New Albany, MS 18 5 ft 9 in
175 cm
Miss Congeniality
Missouri Missouri Lauren Peterson[25][26][27] Farmington, MO 16 5 ft 10 in
178 cm
Later top 20 at Miss Grand International 2015
Montana Montana Chelsea Nelson[28][29] Billings, MT 17 5 ft 9 in
175 cm
Nebraska Nebraska Lauren Clabaugh Omaha, NE 16 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
Nevada Nevada Danielle Hashimoto[30] Reno, NV 16 5 ft 4 in
163 cm
New Hampshire New Hampshire Alexandra MacDonald[31] Gilford, NH 18 5 ft 3 in
160 cm
New Jersey New Jersey Alyssa Campanella Manalapan, NJ 17 5 ft 8 in
173 cm
1st runner-up Later Miss California USA 2011 and Miss USA 2011
New Mexico New Mexico Liz Kranz Deming, NM 17 5 ft 8 in
173 cm
Top 15
New York (state) New York Tatiana Pallagi[32] Avon, NY 17 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
North Carolina North Carolina Katie Coble[33] Charlotte, NC 17 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
2nd runner-up Later Miss North Carolina USA 2017
North Dakota North Dakota Taylor Kearns[34] Fargo, ND 18 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
Later Miss North Dakota USA 2010
Ohio Ohio Rachel Epperly Gahanna, OH 18 5 ft 6 in
168 cm
Oklahoma Oklahoma Paige Hill Oklahoma City, OK 16 6 ft 0 in
183 cm
Oregon Oregon Whitney Whitehouse Bend, OR 17 5 ft 6 in
168 cm
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Kelsie Sinagra[35] Pittsburgh, PA 17 5 ft 5 in
165 cm
Rhode Island Rhode Island Rochelle Rose Cranston, RI 15 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
Top 10
South Carolina South Carolina Caitlin Upton Lexington, SC 18 5 ft 9 in
175 cm
3rd runner-up Gained notoriety following her answer to the final question, which was criticized as "strange" and "grammarless". Videos of her response were posted to YouTube and have received millions of views. Placed third with her then boyfriend Brent Horne on The Amazing Race 16.
South Dakota South Dakota Kari Schull Watertown, SD 17 5 ft 9 in
175 cm
Tennessee Tennessee Macy Erwin Chattanooga, TN 17 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
Top 15
Texas Texas Sommer Isdale[36] Harker Heights, TX 16 5 ft 8 in
173 cm
Utah Utah Kelsey Brigel Draper, UT 17 5 ft 7 in
170 cm
Vermont Vermont Olivia Hubbard[37] Rutland, VT 17 5 ft 6 in
168 cm
Virginia Virginia Emily Bruce[38] Lynchburg, VA 17 5 ft 9 in
175 cm
Top 10
Washington (state) Washington Shalane Larango[39] Vancouver, WA 18 5 ft 9 in
175 cm
Previously Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2005, 2nd runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2006
West Virginia West Virginia Chelsea Welch[40] West Union, WV 16 5 ft 9 in
175 cm
4th runner-up Later Miss West Virginia USA 2013, Top 15 at Miss USA 2013
Wisconsin Wisconsin Shauna Sabir[41] Milwaukee, WI 17 5 ft 5 in
165 cm
Wyoming Wyoming Mollie Smith Casper, WY 17 5 ft 8 in
173 cm
Top 15

1 Age as at August 2007

Contestant gallery[edit]

Contestant notes[edit]

Alyssa Campanella, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007, later Miss California USA 2011, Miss USA 2011

See also[edit]


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