Six of the last ten Miss Nevada USA winners had previously competed in the MUO system (either Miss or Teen) and one was a former Miss NV (America). Five had competed in another state: Sarah Chapman (2011), Nia Sanchez (2014) and Brittany McGowan (2015) in California (all made the top five there once), Veronica Grabowski (2008) in Texas and outgoing Miss NV USA Emmy Adams in Arizona.
Two more of last year's runners-up are also returning. First runner-up, Miss NV Teen USA 2013 Amanda Jenkins, will be vying to be the first former Teen to win since photographer extraordinaire Georgina Vaughan in 2009. Kimberly Andres has been fourth runner-up the past two years (would be the second 2 x fourth runner-up to win this weekend!) and was a non-finalist in 2013 & 2014. Miss Nevada Teen USA 2010 first runner-up Cory Bradley is competing for the first time since 2014, when she made the top twenty in her first Miss pageant.