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Samantha Sarelli was Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2020



Semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 2020

A native of Westport, Samantha Sarelli was crowned Miss Connecticut Teen USA on 1 December 2019 and represented Connecticut at the Miss Teen USA 2020 pageant in Memphis, Tennessee. Sam is an 18 year old freshman at Trinity College. She is a first generation Albanian American and a fluent Albanian and Spanish speaker.

2020 bio:

Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2020 Samantha Sarelli is an 18 year old freshman at Trinity College. She is planning on double majoring in political science and economics with a minor in human rights. She plans on attending law school in the future to one day specialize in corporate or human rights law. She plans on doing pro-bono work with international human trafficking organizations. She is a current member of the Pre-Law Society at Trinity College and the Investment Club.

Sam graduated high school with a 3.97 GPA and a member of the Math Honor Society, where she tutored inner city children for math.

She is a first generation Albanian American and a fluent Albanian and Spanish speaker. Sam is also an ambassador for United Against Bullies, where she shares her bullying story with students and give them the tools they need to fight bullying and find confidence in themselves. She has reached over 1,000 students and counting. She also has a social movement on Instagram called Spread Kindness with Sam where she uses social media in a positive way to promote anti-bullying messages and share the importance of being kind. Sam is very excited to spend this year advocating for bullying and human trafficking, both issues close to her heart.

Miss Teen USA pageant photos

Competing in the Miss Teen USA pageant is once-in-a-lifetime event few get to experience. Here are Samantha’s official Miss Teen USA photos.

State pageant photos

The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Samantha’s state pageant photos.

Professional photos

Lights, camera, action!  Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.

Previous pageant photos

There’s nothing better than watching a contestant progress from year to year! Here’s a look back at Samantha’s previous pageant photos.

Farewell photos

All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Samantha’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Nikitha Kikanamada as Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2021.

After the crown

Winning a state title is a sisterhood for life. Here are Samantha’s “after the crown” photos.

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