First runner-up was Ligia de Uriarte, a semi-finalist in 2014 & 2015 who made the top five for the first time this year. Second runner-up was Barbara Falcon who was also a runner-up in 2012 & 2013 and was competing for the seventh and final time. Third runner-up went to Vanessa Garza, who most recently competed in Teen 2013 and fourth runner-up was Thamer Favor, who made the top five in Miss for the first time and is also ageing out.
The semi-finalists included 2015 runners-up Alejandra Gonzalez, Logan Lester and Brianna Webb and past teen runners-up Allison (Higginbotham) Drake, Ciara Jasso and Hannah Johannes. Four of the top 17 had competed with Danielle at Miss Texas Teen USA 2013!
Sadly a number of other well known contestants ageing out this year missed the first cut, including Tahnae Tarkenton, Lauren Kennewell, Christina Entsminger and Lauren Adkins. I'm sure I'm not the only one who will miss cheering them on.
Miss Texas USA 2016: Daniella Rodriguez (Miss TX Teen USA 2013, SF 12, NF 11)
1RU: Ligia De Uriarte (SF 15, SF 14)
2RU: Barbara Falcon (3RU 13, 2RU 12, SF 09, SF TX TUSA 08, NF TX TUSA 07, NF TX TUSA 06)
3RU: Vanessa Garza (SF TX TUSA 13, SF 12, NF 11)
4RU: Thamer Favor (NF 13, SF 11, 2RU TX TUSA 07, SF & SS winner TX TUSA 06, NF TX TUSA 05)
Allison Drake (1RU TX TUSA 15, SF 14, SF 13)
Alejandra Gonzales (1RU 15, 4RU 14, SF 13, NF 12, NF TX TUSA 11)
Ciara Jasso (SF 15, 1RU TX TUSA 13, SF 12)
Hannah Johannes (3RU TX TUSA 11)
Logan Lester (3RU 15, SF TX TUSA 13, 4RU 12, SF 11)
Samaria Mouton (NF 15, NF 14, NF 13, NF TX TUSA 09)
Chelsea Peña (NF 15)
Katie Sicula (SF 15)
Brianna Webb (2RU 15, SF 14, NF 13, SF TX TUSA 11)
Congeniality: Tobbi Gibbons
Photogenic: Ligia De Uriarte
Swimsuit: Barbara Falcon
People's Choice semi-finalist: Samaria Mouton