Jolisa was a semi-finalist in 2017 - I have posted some of her competition photos in her profile and you might not recognise her! Love the transformation. She also received the rare honour of both winning the title and Miss Congeniality - one of two titleholders this weekend! This hasn't happened in Delaware since at least 2007.
Myah was second runner-up last year - there are photos from last year on her page as well. I believe they are the first African-American duo to win in Delaware.
This was the first year that former Maryland titleholders - and sisters! - Christie and Wendy Davis directed the pageant. Christie was Miss Maryland USA 2000 and Wendy was Miss Maryland USA 1994. I hope that next year they post their contestants on their website or Facebook ahead of the pageant, this year it took a contestant sending me photos of the programme book for us to figure out who was competing.
This year's semi-finalists included 2017 runners-up Kimberly Martin (also a runner-up in 2013 & 2016) and Sarah Timmons, past DE semi-finalist Autumn Keller, past California and Georgia semi-finalist Dia Davis. Dia and Kimberly were both competing in their 7th USA pageants.
(A previous version of this blog based on information I was given earlier stated that all the contestants re-competed as semi-finalists, I have since been corrected and this has been updated!)
In Teen, three of last year's top five made the top five again this year: Myah, first runner-up Emily Jer-Don (4th runner-up last year) and third runner-up Tiffany Gray (also 3rd runner-up last year). Emily also won Miss Congeniality for the second year in a row! Second runner-up was Gigi Gijanto and fourth runner-up was Jasmin Jackson, both newcomers. Emily was third runner-up at Miss Delaware's Outstanding Teen a few months ago and Gigi also competed in that pageant.
Only 8 contestants participated this year and all re-competed as semi-finalists.
1RU: Amanda Debus (3RU 18, Miss DE 2016, DE TUSA 11, DE's OT 08)
2RU: Drew Sanclemente (2RU 18, 3RU 17, 1RU DE TUSA 15, NF 11)
3RU: Brooke Mitchell (Miss DE 2015, NF DE TUSA 14)
4RU: Lauren Haberstroh
Dia Davis (SF GA USA 18, NF 17, SF 16, T10 CA USA 15, T10 CA USA 14, NF CA USA 13)
Autumn Keller (SF 18, SF DE TUSA 16)
Kimberly Martin (SF 18, 2RU 17, 3RU 16, SF 14, 1RU 13, SF 12)
Sarah Timmons (SF 18, 4RU 17)
Congeniality: Jolisa Copeman
Photogenic: Kimberly Martin
1RU: Emily Jer-Don (4RU 18)
2RU: Gigi Gijanto
3RU: Tiffany Gray (3RU 18)
4RU: Jasmin Jackson
Congeniality: Emily Jer-Don