The run of former Miss America contestants continues - I don't have data to back this up but I feel like this is one of the biggest groups we've had since I started following in 2006 - with Miss New Hampshire 2013 Samantha Russo. She will be the third former Miss NH to compete in recent years, following in the footsteps of Regan Hartley and Krystal Muccioli. Returning from the 2016 top five are second runner-up Sarah Mousseau (who was also 1RU in 2015) and fourth runner-up Gina Butler. 2012 second runner-up Rebecca Scalera, who has competed three times since but not made it back to the top five, is also competing - could this be her year?
In Teen three of the four runners-up are back. In order they are 1RU Trinity Zola, 3RU Jane Lumley and 4RU Brittney Wigdorski. Jane also won the Congeniality award last year and Trinity won Photogenic.. Three-time Rhode Island Teen USA contestant Katie Bergantine, who started competing in 2013 when she was 14, is competing in NH for the first time. Her highest placement was 4RU in 2014.