Miss Teen USA 2007
|Miss Teen USA 2007|
|Date||August 24, 2007|
|Venue||Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California|
|Congeniality||Anne Elise Parks
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.
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. The pageant was broadcast on NBC at 8:00 p.m. EST, rather than at 9:00 p.m. EST.
It was the final time the pageant was televised due to NBC failing to renew its contract. Currently, it is broadcast over the Internet on the pageant's official website, it's YouTube channel and on Xbox Live.
|Miss Teen USA 2007|
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.
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... " 
Her response has been criticized as "strange" and "grammarless," and was also described as an "extreme blonde moment."  Videos of her response were posted to YouTube and have received several million views, and has now become an Internet phenomenon.
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.
The Miss Teen USA 2007 delegates were:
|Alabama||Canden Jackson||Fairhope, AL||17||5'10"||Top 10|
|Alaska||Muriel Clauson||Anchorage, AK||17||5'9"|
|Arizona||Tiffany Martin||Phoenix, AZ||18||5'7"|
|Arkansas||Tiffany Greenstreet||Melbourne, AR||18||5'4"|
|California||Kylee Lin||San Rafael, CA||16||5'6"|
|Colorado||Hilary Cruz||Louisville, CO||18||5'7"||Miss Teen USA 2007|
|Connecticut||Olga Litvinenko||Greenwich, CT||17||5'9"|
|Delaware||Holly Shively||Newark, DE||16||5'4"|
|District of Columbia||Jasmine Alexis||Washington, DC||16||5'5"||Later Miss District of Columbia's Outstanding Teen 2008, Top Ten Semi-Finalist at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2009 pageant.|
|Florida||Annilie Hastey||Miami, FL||18||5'8"|
|Georgia||Jena Sims||Winder, GA||18||5'8"|
|Hawaii||Serena Karnagy||Honolulu, HI||16||5'5"||Top 15||competed at Miss International 2008 as Hawaii's representative.|
|Idaho||Krista McNeal||Sandpoint, ID||18||5'8"|
|Illinois||Victoria Davis||Thawville, IL||18||5'8"||Top 15|
|Indiana||Victoria Tomlinson||Anderson, IN||19||5'7"|
|Iowa||Dakota Crosswhite||Cedar Rapids, IA||18||5'5"|
|Kansas||Jaymie Stokes||Lenexa, KS||16||5'11"||Top 10||Later Miss Kansas USA 2011|
|Kentucky||Katrina Giannini||Princeton, KY||17||5'8"|
|Louisiana||Logan Travis||Amite, LA||15||5'7"|
|Maine||Amanda Pelletier||Vassalboro, ME||18||5'3"|
|Maryland||Allison Farrow||Earleville, MD||18||5'6"||Miss Photogenic|
|Massachusetts||Kathleen McNiff||Groton, MA||17||5'8"|
|Michigan||Caitlin Klug||Eau Claire, MI||18||5'4"|
|Minnesota||Vanessa Vonbehren||Apple Valley, MN||17||5'7"||Top 10|
|Mississippi||Anne Elise Parks||New Albany, MS||18||5'9"||Miss Congeniality|
|Missouri||Lauren Peterson||Farmington, MO||16||5'10"|
|Montana||Chelsea Nelson||Billings, MT||17||5'9"|
|Nebraska||Lauren Clabaugh||Omaha, NE||16||5'7"|
|Nevada||Danielle Hashimoto||Reno, NV||16||5'4"|
|New Hampshire||Alexandra MacDonald||Gilford, NH||18||5'3"|
|New Jersey||Alyssa Campanella||Manalapan, NJ||17||5'8"||1st runner-up||Later Miss California USA 2011 and Miss USA 2011|
|New Mexico||Liz Kranz||Deming, NM||17||5'8"||Top 15|
|New York||Tatiana Pallagi||Avon, NY||17||5'7"|
|North Carolina||Katie Coble||Charlotte, NC||17||5'7"||2nd runner-up|
|North Dakota||Taylor Kearns||Fargo, ND||18||5'7"||Later Miss North Dakota USA 2010|
|Ohio||Rachel Epperly||Gahanna, OH||18||5'6"|
|Oklahoma||Paige Hill||Oklahoma City, OK||16||6'0"|
|Oregon||Whitney Whitehouse||Bend, OR||17||5'6"|
|Pennsylvania||Kelsie Sinagra||Pittsburgh, PA||17||5'5"|
|Rhode Island||Rochelle Rose||Cranston, RI||15||5'7"||Top 10|
|South Carolina||Caitlin Upton||Lexington, SC||18||5'9"||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 boyfriend Brent Horne on The Amazing Race 16.|
|South Dakota||Kari Schull||Watertown, SD||17||5'9"|
|Tennessee||Macy Erwin||Chattanooga, TN||17||5'7"||Top 15|
|Texas||Sommer Isdale||Harker Heights, TX||16||5'8"|
|Utah||Kelsey Brigel||Draper, UT||17||5'7"|
|Vermont||Olivia Hubbard||Rutland, VT||17||5'6"|
|Virginia||Emily Bruce||Lynchburg, VA||17||5'9"||Top 10|
|Washington||Shalane Larango||Vancouver, WA||18||5'9"||Previously Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2005, 2nd runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2006|
|West Virginia||Chelsea Welch||West Union, WV||16||5'9"||4th runner-up||Later Miss West Virginia USA 2013, Top 15 at Miss USA 2013|
|Wisconsin||Shauna Sabir||Milwaukee, WI||17||5'5"|
|Wyoming||Mollie Smith||Casper, WY||17||5'8"||Top 15|
1 Age as at August 2007
Jena Sims, Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007
Alyssa Campanella, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007, Miss California USA 2011, Miss USA 2011
- Most delegates won their state crown on the first attempt; however, eight contestants had competed previously.
- California, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas won their state crowns on their second attempt. California placed 4th runner up in the 2006 Miss California Teen USA pageant. Florida was unplaced in the 2006 Miss Florida Teen USA pageant. New Jersey was a semi-finalist in the Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2006 pageant. North Carolina placed 4th runner-up in 2006's Miss North Carolina Teen USA pageant. South Carolina placed 3rd runner-up in the 2006 Miss South Carolina Teen USA pageant. Lastly, Texas placed as 1st runner-up in 2006's Miss Texas Teen USA pageant.
- Maryland won her state title at her third attempt. She previously placed 3rd runner-up in the 2006 Miss Maryland Teen USA pageant and was unplaced at the 2005 pageant.
- Miss Washington Teen USA, Shalane Larango, was the first delegate to cross over from the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant to compete in Miss Teen USA. Shalane was Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2005 and placed 2nd runner up in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2005 pageant.
- Jena Sims (Georgia) was Miss National Junior Teenager 2005.
- Caitlin Klug (Michigan) competed in the National American Coed circuit, winning several Michigan titles; the Junior Miss America circuit; and the National American Miss circuit.
- New Jersey won Miss California USA 2011 and Miss USA 2011.
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