Due to the small number of contestants there were only two runners-up in each division last year. In Miss, both are returning. 2016 first runner-up Karly Fereday was also a semi-finalist in 2015 while second runner-up Joanna Nagle was competing for the first time. Miss Vermont's Outstanding Teen 2010 Erin Connor, who was second runner-up at Miss Vermont Teen USA 2013 (Madison Cota was also competing that year), is competing in Miss for the first time.
Four contestants have competed elsewhere: Daniella Doolen in New Hampshire, Lexia Gillette in Massachusetts, Maia-Jean Allo in Arizona (she was a semi-finalist in the Teen pageant last year) and Alyssa Sopenasky at Miss FL Teen USA 2007.
In the Teen competition, the only returning contestant is 2016 and 2015 second runner-up Kelsey Golonka.
Maia-Jena Allo (SF AZ TUSA 16, NF 15, SF VT TUSA 14)
Holly Battaglia (NF 16)
Mary Collins (SF 14)
Erin Connor (2RU VT TUSA 13, SF 12, Miss VT's OT 2010)
Madison Cota (Miss VT Teen USA 2014, 3RU 13)
Daniella Doolen (NF 16, SF NH TUSA 14)
Jenna Elliot (NF VT TUSA 14, NF VT TUSA 13)
Karly Fereday (1RU 16, SF 15)
Lexia Gillette (NF MA USA 16, NF MA TUSA 14)
Joanna Nagle (2RU 16)
Alyssa Sopenasky (NF FL TUSA 07)
TEEN CONTESTANTS (10)
Kelsey Golonka (2RU 16, 2RU 15)
Emma Paige Hoey