Miss Massachusetts USA & Teen USA 2016 will be crowned in Lowell on Sunday afternoon. Miss numbers are down slightly on recent years but actually fairly similar to where they were at in 2007-09. Teen numbers have had a 30 per cent drop on recent years and sadly are at their lowest in a decade.
There aren't that many returning contestants this year, but we do have two of last year's runners-up competing: first runner-up Whitney Sharpe and second runner-up Amanda Soucy. Allison DeJesus, fourth runner-up in 2012 and 2013 is back after missing the cut in 2014 and sitting out last year. From Rhode Island, last year's third runner-up Nicole Eacuello is competing as well - a former Rhode Island runner-up won in New Hampshire so maybe it will happen again! 2013 Vermont Teen USA first runner-up Taylor Hough has also moved & is competing in Mass for the first time.
Amanda and Allison are cheerleaders for the Patriots, and will be competing to be the second of the Pats lineup to compete at Miss USA this year - Miss NH USA is also a Patriots cheerleader. Also on the squad is Miss Vermont Teen USA 2011 Bridget Martin.
2015 second runner-up Kristen Marino is the only runner-up competing but there are three semi-finalists back: Bretagne Guempel, Emily Shulze, and Taylor Ward, as well as 2015 Minnesota semi-finalist Andrea Rustad who now attends Boston University.
Miss Massachusetts USA & Teen USA Titleholder History | Massachusetts state pageant results
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Ashley Baptista (SF 15)
Allison DeJesus (NF 14, 4RU 13, 4RU 12)
Nicole Eacuello (3RU RI USA 15, NF 14, NF 11)
Michele Galante (NF & Photogenic 13)
Lexia Gillette (NF MA TUSA 14)
Taylor Hough (NF VT USA 15, 1RU VT TUSA 13, SF 12)
Daniela Mendes (NF 15, NF 14)
Kristina Rugnetta (NF NJ USA 12)
Whitney Sharpe (1RU 15, NF 14)
Amanda Soucy (2RU 15, SF 14)
MISS MASSACHUSETTS TEEN USA (40)
Jillian Barry (NF 15)
Gabrielle Fantini (NF 15)
Bretagne Guempel (SF & Photogenic 15)
Kaitlyn Lima (NF 15)
Kristen Marino (2RU 15)
Andrea Rustad (SF MN TUSA 15, NF 14)
Emily Schulze (SF 15)
Ashley Simoes (NF 15)
Taylor Ward (SF 15)