Madeleine attends the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and is originally from Dothan, Alabama. She was a semi-finalist three years in a row in Alabama before moving to Mississippi and placing first runner-up at Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2016. Her predecessor Laine Mansour was first runner-up at Miss MS Teen USA 2015, which means that consecutive MS Teen USA first runners-up have now won consecutive Miss MS USA titles!
Kaylee Brooke is only the second titleholder from Amory - the other was Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2003 Krisi Nash. She was a semi-finalist at Miss MS Teen USA last year and like Miss MS Teen USA 2018 has previously competed at Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen. No Miss Mississippi Teen USA runner-up has won Miss MS Teen USA since 2006 (!) but Kaylee Brooke is the fourth semi-finalist to return and win in that time.
Among the top 13 were 2018 first runner-up Rachel Pearl Jackson and Acacia McBride who was second runner-up at Miss MS USA the past two years and also at Miss MS Teen USA 2016 when Madeleine was first runner-up. Seven-time Miss & Teen contestant Kyndal Hayes was competing in her first Mississippi pageant and also made the top 13. Other semi-finalists were Miss MS Teen USA 2017 first runner-up Hailey White (who knows, she might win next year and continue the consecutive Teen 1RU to Miss MS USA trend!), 2016 semi-finalist Katie Nelson, two-time Teen non-finalist Allyssa Weyant and newcomers Kerrie Blakeney and Sadie Wilson.
There were some notable omissions in the top 13 this year, I was shocked not to see last year's third runner-up Ivy White and Miss MS' Outstanding Teen 2012 and past Miss Mississippi (MAO) runner-up Molly May (who did win the Congeniality award). Hopefully we might see them back next year and like Regan this year, returning to the top five!
First runner-up in the Teen pageant was Helen McDougald, who was second runner-up last year and like Kaylee Brooke is a previous Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen contestant. Second runner-up was Alanha Dukes who has an amazing story. She has undergone four brain surgeries and two surgeries on her spinal cord since 2013 and in 2016 was given a Make a Wish experience of meeting a group of Miss USA & Teen USA 2016 contestants and Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik at the MUO office in New York City. She was recently Miss Junior Teen United States. Third runner-up went to Miss Photogenic winner and 2017 fourth runner-up Annie Grace Gibson, and newcomer Zoe Bigham was fourth runner-up.
The semi-finalists were 2018 fourth runner-up Marlee Jones and first-time contestants Lillie Callihan, Madeleine Stringer, Isabella Stubblefield, Gaven Waldrop, Kacey Wallace, and Hannah Wilbourn. I must give a shoutout to Gaven for rocking of the most gorgeous gowns I have seen so far this pageant season, it was an amazing iridescent purply-blue colour and was mesmerising under the lights, absolutely stunning!
1RU: Bailey Anderson
2RU: Regan Ringler (NF 18, 4RU 17, SF MS TUSA 16, SF 15)
3RU: Jacqueline Shepley (4RU 18)
4RU: Abby Prestage
Kyndal Hayes (3RU AR USA 18, SF 16, 4RU 14, 4RU 13, SF TN USA 11, 3RU TN TUSA 10, SF TN TUSA 09)
Rachel Pearl Jackson (1RU 18)
Acacia McBride (2RU 18, 2RU 17, 2RU MS TUSA 15)
Katie Nelson (SF 16)
Allyssa Weyant (NF MS TUSA 17, NF 14)
Hailey White (SF MS TUSA 18, 1RU 17)
Congeniality: Molly May (MS' OT 12)
Photogenic: Bailey Anderson
1RU: Helen McDougald (2RU 18)
2RU: Alanha Dukes
3RU: Annie Grace Gibson (4RU 17)
4RU: Zoe Bigham
Marlee Jones (4RU 18)
Congeniality: Mackenzie Brownlee
Photogenic: Annie Grace Gibson