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Nikitha Kikanamada was Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2021

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South Windsor

2nd runner-up 2019, Semi-finalist 2018

A native of South Windsor, Nikitha Kikanamada was crowned Miss Connecticut Teen USA on 6 June 2021 and represented Connecticut at the Miss Teen USA 2021 pageant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nikitha is a college student at Quinnipiac University pursuing nursing. She is a first generation Indian American and plans to bring the vibrancy of the Indian culture to her reign as Miss Connecticut Teen USA.

2021 bio:

Nikitha is a college student at Quinnipiac University pursuing a nursing major, a psychology minor, and a global public health minor. After her undergrad, she hopes to match with a neonatal program so she can work in the NICU. Kikanamada also plans on going back to school to earn her Masters of Science in Nursing to work as an APRN or a Nurse Practitioner.

Kikanamada is a first generation Indian American and plans to bring the vibrancy of the Indian culture to her reign as Miss Connecticut Teen USA. She is an advocate for mental health awareness after being diagnosed with anxiety and depression in 2019 and hopes to neutralize the negative stigmas surrounding mental wellness. She started an Instagram account called More for Myself to share her story as well as others’ stories in order to normalize conversation regarding mental health. As a representative of the South Asian community, Kikanamada knows how taboo it is to speak up about mental health issues, so she hopes to educate people on the stereotypes for mental health and how we as a society can work together to change this.

Miss Teen USA pageant photos

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

Professional photos

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

Farewell photos

All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Nikitha’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Mya Xeller as Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2022.

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