Brianna Munoz, who started her USA pageant career placing fourth runner-up at Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2007 and second runner-up in 2008, is competing in Connecticut for the second time. She, Samantha Lusniak, Hillary Scoville and Elizabeth Wolanin are returning semi-finalists.
As with last year there are only nine contestants in the Teen pageant. Only one has returned from last year, third runner-up Alexandria Palmer - although 2016 second runner-up Meera Gupta competed in Indiana this year and placed first runner-up. 2014 semi-finalist and Congeniality winner Celina Chapman is back for the first time since then. Three-time New York contestant Lana Coffey is competing in Connecticut for the first time, as is Brynn Slicer whose only other year competing was at Miss DE Teen USA 2013 when she was only 14.