Abby was Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2013 and is the first Miss AR Teen USA to win Miss AR USA since 1996! She brings the number of former teens crowned so far this year to nine, four of whom are from the class of 2013. In a rare twist of fate, Makenzie was Abby's fourth runner-up in the pageant that year. It's incredibly rare for two contestants in the same top five to end up holding both the Miss & Teen titles down the line. Even more astonishing is that out of that top five, four have held the Miss Arkansas Teen USA title consecutively: Abby, Lauren Weaver (third runner-up 2013, Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2014), Arynn Johnson (first runner-up 2013, Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2015) and Makenzie (fourth runner-up 2013, Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2016).
Another fun bit of trivia: Makenzie's mother Tonya Snodgrass was Miss Missouri USA 1992. The following year Tonya crowned Stephanie Nunn as Miss Missouri USA 1993. Stephanie is the mother of Miss Missouri Teen USA 2016 Dallas Ezard!
In the Teen competition, all four runners-up were competing for the first time. It was going to be hard to top last year's exceptional top five but this year's group was up for the challenge! Like last year there were four blondes and a brunette in the top five, and whilst they looked less like sisters than last year's blondies, I'm still glad I wasn't a judge who had to split them.
1RU: Haley Pontius (NF AR TUSA 14, SF 13, NF 12)
2RU: Sierra Gorton (4RU 15, SF AR TUSA 13)
3RU: Allison Kusenberger (2RU 15, 3RU 14, 2RU 13, 3RU 12, AR TUSA 09, SF AR TUSA 08)
4RU: Tarole Harris (NF HI USA 12)
Skyla Weeks (SF AR TUSA 15)
Congeniality: Hanna Moss
Photogenic: Abby Floyd
Interview: Tarole Harris
Swimsuit: Allison Kusenberger
Gown: Abby Floyd
1RU: Alexia Vannucci
2RU: Kailey Hula
3RU: Caroline Long
4RU: Caleigh Coenen
Courtlyn Jackson (SF 15, NF 14)
Alexandria Paladino (NF 15)
Congeniality: Caroline Long
Photogenic: Kailey Hula
Interview: Caroline Long
Swimsuit: Makenzie Sexton
Gown: Alexandria Paladino