Until Sunday there had not been a titleholder in either division from Burlington, a town of about 2000 people outside Minot in the north of the state. In fact, it's rare enough to have either ND titleholder come from the north of the state. Now, in what I think is an awesome twist, there are not one but two from this small town!
Samantha competed previously in 2016 - her one and only prior attempt at the time - and finished as a semi-finalist. Caitlyn was competing for the first time this year.
All the contestants re-competed as semi-finalists on finals night.
In Teen, Sophia Richards repeated her first runner-up placement from last year - if she hasn't aged out I hope she doesn't let this phase her and that she comes back next year, as it was really hard to split this top two (I'm glad I wasn't judging!) and I think she would be great on the Miss Teen USA stage. Second runner-up was Elise Jacobson who moved up one spot on 2018 when she was 3RU. Third runner-up was 2018 non-finalist Gabriella Lilley and fourth runner-up went to newcomer Kaelyn Knox.
1RU: Codi Miller (3RU 18, 2RU 17, SF 16, ND TUSA 09)
2RU: Emily Borud (2RU 18, SF 17)
3RU: Miranda Morgan (SF ND TUSA 17, 4RU 16)
4RU: Sidney Wehling (2RU MN TUSA 18, 2RU 17, SF 16)
Alyssa Black (SF 18, NF ND TUSA 14, NF 13, SF 12)
Destiny Chamberlain (SF 18)
Jenna Morlock (1RU 17, 2RU 16, SF 15, SF SD TUSA 11, SF 10)
Congeniality: Emily Borud
Photogenic: Alexia Belk
1RU: Sophia Richards (1RU 18)
2RU: Elise Jacobson (3RU 18, SF 16)
3RU: Gabriella Lilley (NF 18)
4RU: Kaelyn Knox
Kaitlyn Whitten (NF 18)
Paige Wold (2RU 18)
Congeniality: Seaira Nygaard
Photogenic: Sophia Richards