There are two Miss Teen USA state titleholders competing this year. One is Miss MO Teen USA 2014 Samantha Bowers, who was a semi-finalist at Miss Missouri over the summer and will be only the second 2014 Teen to compete in a USA state pageant. The other former Teen is Alexa Zellers, Miss Arizona Teen USA 2012, who is using her titleholder scholarship to attend Lindenwood University and who is competing in Miss for the first time.
From last year's top five there are first runner-up Bayleigh Dayton, and second runner-up Tori Kruse. Returning Miss & Teen semi-finalists from last year are Lindsay Tiefenbrunn, Lizzie Maddox, Ashtin Bruere and Alexandria Spry. Like the last couple of years there are a number of contestants from other states, in part because a number of contestants do use their Lindenwood scholarships. There are three from Illinois - 2011 Teen first runner-up Mariah Ludtke, 2015 Teen semi-finalist Kaitlyn Manion and 2014 Teen semi-finalist Montanna Neisen. Tori Kruse has previously competed in Iowa, 2016 semi-finalist Lizzie Maddox once competed in Colorado, and Ashley Thakur is a past New York non-finalist.
Contestants mentioned above & a few others that caught my eye:
I've included photos of those contestants & some other headshots I love below - does anyone else think Chloe Bartlett looks like a young Tegan Martin (Miss Universe Australia 2014?)