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Amanda Debus was Miss Delaware Teen USA 2011


Semi-finalist 2010, Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2007

Later Miss Delaware 2016

A native of Middletown, Amanda Debus was crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA on 28 November 2010 and represented Delaware at the Miss Teen USA 2011 pageant in the Bahamas. Amanda went on to win Miss Delaware 2016 and was a runner-up for Miss Delaware USA, coming close to becoming the first quadruple-crown titleholder. She was the first winner of Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen to become Miss Delaware.  In 2023 she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of thirty, and has been valiantly fighting the disease while raising money for breast cancer organisations alongside her husband Chad Kuhl’s baseball team, the Washington Nationals.

2011 bio:

Miss Delaware Teen USA 2011 Amanda Debus lives in Middletown with her family, and her 6 dogs and 3 cats. She is a freshman at University of Delaware, where she is studying Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, and she hopes to become a pediatric physical therapist. Amanda is an accomplished dancer, baton twirler and singer, and with these talents she has performed all across the US. Her favorite performances include: The halftime show at the 2008 Orange Bowl with ZZ Top, a 9/11 Benefit for NYC Firefighters at Lincoln Center, and the 2005 Liberty Bowl Halftime Spectacular with the Beach Boys

Amanda is the youngest of two children of Mary and Joseph Debus. In her free time, Amanda loves to go shopping with her mom, hang out with her friends, teach dance classes, and walk around the University Campus. Amanda loves traveling, and each year her family takes a big vacation together. She has traveled to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and most recently Switzerland, Spain, France and Italy.

Miss Teen USA pageant photos

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

Farewell photos

All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Amanda’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Angela Viscount as Miss Delaware Teen USA 2012.

After the crown

Winning a state title is a sisterhood for life. Amanda went on to win the Miss Delaware 2016 title on her third try, and competed twice at Miss Delaware USA.  She came agonizingly close to being the first titleholder to compete at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Miss USA.  Here are her “after the crown” photos.

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