After so much doom & gloom in regards to contestant numbers over the past few months, Colorado is bringing us some life with 63 contestants in the Miss division - an increase of 23 Miss contestants over last year which is just over a third! This is the equal second highest number of contestants at Miss Colorado USA since I started keeping records in 2007, equal to 2009 and only 3 behind their high of 66 at Miss CO USA 2007. In Teen there are 66 contestant which is about average for CO Teen. The combined total of 129 contestants is currently second only to Texas.
Not only are there are an unusually high number of Miss contestants, there are a lot of returning runners-up in the mix, a former CO Teen USA titleholder and a former Miss CO's Outstanding Teen. Another unusual stat... in addition to Colorado, there are contestants who have competed in EIGHT other states competing for Miss CO USA this year!
A special shoutout to the two Chloes Brown and Zambrano who have represented Colorado so well over the past year - especially to Chloe Z for giving Colorado only their 2nd top five placement at Miss Teen USA!
Returning to compete in the Miss division for the first time is Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen 2012 Jacqueline Zuccherino. I had the good fortune to meet Jacqueline and spend time with her and the other 2012 Teens when I attended Miss USA 2012 in Las Vegas and I know she will be a strong competitor. Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen 2013 Caitlin Quisenberry is competing in Miss CO USA for the first time, after placing fourth runner-up at Miss Colorado (MAO) in June.
There are two Miss Colorado USA runners-up who are competing again: Alyssa Magalong is the only returnee from the 2018 top five and 2016 fourth runner-up Krystal Harrelson is competing for the second time after finishing in the top 15 last year.
Other past Miss semi-finalists returning are Erin Roney, Sarahi Pinella, and Taylor Fogg (2018), Makayla Fletcher (2017) and Madison Dorenkamp (2015-2017).
Two-time Miss Colorado Teen USA runner-up Aleena Gunter (3RU 18, 4RU 17) has moved up to the Miss division this year, as has 2017 first runner-up Holly Harrington who was also a runner-up at Miss WY Teen USA 2015 & 2016. Noelle Woods, who was fourth runner-up to outgoing titleholder & former CO Teen USA Chloe Brown at Miss CO Teen USA 2013 is also competing in Miss for the first time. 2016 Teen second runner-up Bre L'Estrange has returned after making the Miss CO USA semi-finals last year and being a non-finalist in 2017.
Some of the contestants who have previously competed in other states, in addition to Holly, are three-time Miss Oregon USA runner-up Kayla Knock (who started her pageant career at Miss CO Teen USA), two-time Miss Utah USA runner-up Thelina Smith, 2018 Iowa Teen semi-finalist and three-time Wisconsin Teen runner-up Brittany Georgia and Tobie Roberts, fourth runner-up at Miss KS Teen USA 2014 and a semi-finalist in Miss Kansas USA each year from 2015 to 2018,
In addition to Caitlin, Taylor Fogg, Shannon Henderson and Savannah Cavanaugh also competed at Miss Colorado (MAO) earlier in the year.
Colorado has been kind to former runners-up in recent years, with the last six winners all having previously been a Miss runner-up in Colorado or another state - or a former Teen (or both!). Only two newcomers have won in the past 15 years!
Alexis Bach (NF CA USA 15)
Madison Dorenkamp (SF 17, SF 16, SF 15)
Brittney Exline (NF MA USA 15)
Makayla Fletcher (SF 17, NF 16, SF 15)
Taylor Fogg (SF 18)
Brittany Georgia (SF IA TUSA 18, 1RU WI TUSA 17, 4RU 16, 2RU 15)
Aleena Gunter (3RU CO TUSA 18, 4RU 17)
Ashleigh Gutierrez (NF 17, NF CO TUSA 15)
Krystal Harrelson (SF 18, 3RU 16)
Holly Harrington (3RU CO TUSA 17, 3RU WY TUSA 16, 1RU WY TUSA 15)
Kayla Knock (3RU 17, 4RU 16, 4RU 15, SF CO TUSA 14, SF 13)
Bre L'Estrange (SF 18, NF 17, 2RU CO TUSA 16, SF 15)
Alyssa Magalong (4RU 18, SF 17)
Giovanna McCord (NF 17, NF 16)
Sarahi Pinella (SF 18)
Caitlin Quisenberry (CO's OT 13)
Tobie Roberts (SF KS USA 18, SF 17, SF 16, SF 15, 4RU KS TUSA 14, NF 13)
Erin Roney (SF 18, SF 17, NF CO TUSA 15, NF 14, SF 13)
Thelina Smith (3RU UT USA 18, 3RU 17)
Noelle Woods (4RU CO TUSA 13)
Jacqueline Zuccherino (Miss CO Teen USA 2012)
MISS COLORADO TEEN USA 2019 (66)
Emily Bernstein (NF 17, SF 16)
Patricia Chin (SF 18)
Mercy Lee (1RU 18)
Alexia Martinez (SF 18)
Faith M. (SF 18)
Amelia Roman (SF 18)
Emma Tillotson (4RU 18)
Abigail Walker (NF 17)