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Miss Delaware USA and Teen USA Titleholder History

Your ultimate Miss USA state pageant resource

Take a trip back into the history of the Miss Delaware USA and Teen USA pageants, from the first winner, Sue Langton in 1952 to Noa Mills and Molly Lavelle in 2023. Get to know every single Miss and Teen titleholder with a full listing, hometown map and extensive photo archive, with state pageant photos, Miss USA and Teen USA competition photos and more.

Miss Delaware Teen USA 1995 & Miss Delaware USA 1996 with Miss Universe Chelsi Smith
Miss Delaware Teen USA 1995 & Miss Delaware USA 1996 with Miss Universe Chelsi Smith

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Miss Delaware USA and Teen USA Titleholder History

The Delaware Curse

As far back as the 1970s and 1980s the theme of many news articles was of course that Delaware was the only state that had never placed at Miss USA.  By the time I started following in 2006 this had become known as “The Delaware Curse”.  If you haven’t watched Miss Delaware USA 2009 Kate Banaszak’s Miss USA comedy video, it’s must-see viewing.  After 63 years, Renee Bull finally broke the curse in 2015, not only making the top 15 but advancing to the top 11 and also winning Delaware’s first special award, sharing Miss Congeniality with Miss Alaska USA 2015 Kimberly Agron.  Delaware has yet to place a second time but hopefully it won’t be too much longer!

Delaware’s Teens lead the charge

Delaware got their first Miss Teen USA placement long before they placed in Miss, with Dawn Renee Huey making the top 6 at Miss Teen USA 1995.  Four years later Ashley Coleman made history as the First State’s first national titleholder, winning the Miss Teen USA 1999 title in Shreveport.  Delaware also made the semi-finals in 2014 and 2016 with Mia Jones and Emily Hutchison.

Delaware directors

Fred Wright directed the Delaware pageants from 1991 to 2008, when the pageant was taken over by D&D Investments.  Fred is responsible for the many quality headshots of the Delaware Teen titleholders in the 1990s and early 2000s in the photo galleries below – thank you! The 2019 & 2020 pageants were directed by the Christie sisters who held the franchise for only two years, and then Miss Delaware USA 2008 Vincenza Carrieri-Russo took over in 2021.  Here’s a great news interview with Vincenza (who is a presenter on Good Morning Wilmington) and 2022 titleholders Grace Lange and Ava MacMurray.

Reality TV

Miss Delaware USA 2000 Jennifer Behm won the second season of Masterchef.  Miss Delaware USA 2011 Katie Hanson appeared on Survivor: Philippines.

Miss USA and Miss Teen USA titleholders from Delaware

MISS TEEN USA 1999

Ashley Coleman

17 • Camden

 

Miss Delaware USA titleholders 1952-2022

Recent titleholders

2019
Delaware USA icon 2019
Jolisa Copeman

24 • Middletown

2020
Delaware USA icon 2020
Katie Guevarra

27 • Middletown

2021
Delaware USA icon 2021
Drew Sanclemente

25 • Odessa

2022
Delaware USA icon 2022
Grace Lange

23 • Newark

2023
Delaware USA icon 2023
Noa Mills

25 • Middletown

 
 

Placements and Awards Summary

Placements

Top 8/10/11/12*

Renee Bull (2015)

* Where the semi-finalists are cut in multiple stages before the top 5 or 6

Awards

Congeniality

Renee Bull (2015)

Renee Bull broke the "Delaware curse" in 2015

Full Titleholder Listing

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Noa MillsMiddletown25
2022Grace Lange*Greenville23Previously Miss DE Teen USA 2017
2021Drew SanclementeOdessa25
2020Katie GuevarraMiddletown27
2019Jolisa CopemanMiddletown24
2018Sierra Wright*Wilmington20Previously Miss DE Teen USA 2015
2017Mia Jones*Bear20Previously Miss DE Teen USA 2014
2016Alexandra VorontsovaNewark21
2015Renee BullMiddletown22Top 10Congeniality (tie)
2014Kelsey Miller*Wilmington23Previously Miss DE Teen USA 2009
2013Rachel BaioccoBear21
2012Krista ClausenGeorgetown19
2011Katie HansonNewark20
2010Julie CitroWilmington26
2009Kate BanaszakMiddletown24
2008Vincenza Carrieri-RussoNewark23
2007Nicole BossoNewark20
2006Ashlee GreenwellMiddletown18
2005Sheena BentonMilford23
2004Courtney PurdyNewark21
2003Cheryl Crowe*Felton24Previously Miss DE Teen USA 1997
2002Deborah HoffmanOcean View24
2001Stacey SmithOcean View25
2000Jennifer BehmWilmington23
1999Jackie PillaWilmington26
1998Sherri DavisNew Castle22
1997Patricia GauaniDover24
1996Star BehlWilmington21
1995Nicole GarisWilmington24
1994Teresa KlineWilmington22
1993Annmarie CorrellWilmington21
1992Julie GriffithWilmington22
1991Laurie LucidonioWilmington26Assumed title
1991Renee SmithNewark25Dethroned prior to Miss USA after it was found she did not meet the residency requirement
1990Nicci DentBear20
1989Terri SpruillWilmington
1988Christina Lee AngelMillsboro19
1987Shellie HaralsonNewark21
1986Lynn TaylorBear20
1985Sheila SaintsWilmington21
1984Denise LennickWilmington18
1983Shelley PerkinsNewark21
1982Shawna SaintsWilmington23
1981Natalie RamseyWilmington21
1980Karen GiobbeHockessin21† 2022
1979Lisa ToothmanNewark19
1978Donna LewisNew Castle19
1977Debby FaulknerWilmington19
1976Debbie KucherNewark19
1975Sandy McClureWilmington18
1974Cheryl FetkenherNewark182004
1973Linda GravesWilmington19
1972Michele VoyerWilmington22
1971Nanette CristWilmington21
1970Marilyn O'NeillNewark23
1969Marsha StoppelWilmington19
1968Diane ParkerElsmere20
1967Dianne JudefindNorth Wilmington22
1966Jacqueline KelazinskasClaymont18
1965Shirl ChappellOgletown18Assumed title
1965Patricia SzymanskiWilmington22Dethroned prior to Miss USA when it was discovered she was a divorcee
1964Christina KloseWilmington20
1963Susan KowalskiNewport18
1962Did Not Compete
1961Nina Lou RinglerSelbyville18
1960Rose Ann ReedWilmington182018
1959Linda E. HumesHarrington18
1958Virginia JeffersonDelmar18
1957Patricia EllingsworthMillsboro18
1956Sandra McCabeSelbyville18
1955Helen Blackwell^Wilmington21Previously Miss DE 1952; † 1966
1954Did Not Compete
1953Did Not Compete
1952Sue J. LangtonWilmington242014
YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Noa MillsMiddletown25
2022Grace Lange*Greenville23Previously Miss DE Teen USA 2017
2021Drew SanclementeOdessa25
2020Katie GuevarraMiddletown27
2019Jolisa CopemanMiddletown24
2018Sierra Wright*Wilmington20Previously Miss DE Teen USA 2015
2017Mia Jones*Bear20Previously Miss DE Teen USA 2014
2016Alexandra VorontsovaNewark21
2015Renee BullMiddletown22Top 10Congeniality (tie)
2014Kelsey Miller*Wilmington23Previously Miss DE Teen USA 2009
2013Rachel BaioccoBear21
2012Krista ClausenGeorgetown19
2011Katie HansonNewark20
2010Julie CitroWilmington26
2009Kate BanaszakMiddletown24
2008Vincenza Carrieri-RussoNewark23
2007Nicole BossoNewark20
2006Ashlee GreenwellMiddletown18
2005Sheena BentonMilford23
2004Courtney PurdyNewark21
2003Cheryl Crowe*Felton24Previously Miss DE Teen USA 1997
2002Deborah HoffmanOcean View24
2001Stacey SmithOcean View25
2000Jennifer BehmWilmington23
1999Jackie PillaWilmington26
1998Sherri DavisNew Castle22
1997Patricia GauaniDover24
1996Star BehlWilmington21
1995Nicole GarisWilmington24
1994Teresa KlineWilmington22
1993Annmarie CorrellWilmington21
1992Julie GriffithWilmington22
1991Laurie LucidonioWilmington26Assumed title
1991Renee SmithNewark25Dethroned prior to Miss USA after it was found she did not meet the residency requirement
1990Nicci DentBear20
1989Terri SpruillWilmington
1988Christina Lee AngelMillsboro19
1987Shellie HaralsonNewark21
1986Lynn TaylorBear20
1985Sheila SaintsWilmington21
1984Denise LennickWilmington18
1983Shelley PerkinsNewark21
1982Shawna SaintsWilmington23
1981Natalie RamseyWilmington21
1980Karen GiobbeHockessin21† 2022
1979Lisa ToothmanNewark19
1978Donna LewisNew Castle19
1977Debby FaulknerWilmington19
1976Debbie KucherNewark19
1975Sandy McClureWilmington18
1974Cheryl FetkenherNewark182004
1973Linda GravesWilmington19
1972Michele VoyerWilmington22
1971Nanette CristWilmington21
1970Marilyn O'NeillNewark23
1969Marsha StoppelWilmington19
1968Diane ParkerElsmere20
1967Dianne JudefindNorth Wilmington22
1966Jacqueline KelazinskasClaymont18
1965Shirl ChappellOgletown18Assumed title
1965Patricia SzymanskiWilmington22Dethroned prior to Miss USA when it was discovered she was a divorcee
1964Christina KloseWilmington20
1963Susan KowalskiNewport18
1962Did Not Compete
1961Nina Lou RinglerSelbyville18
1960Rose Ann ReedWilmington182018
1959Linda E. HumesHarrington18
1958Virginia JeffersonDelmar18
1957Patricia EllingsworthMillsboro18
1956Sandra McCabeSelbyville18
1955Helen Blackwell^Wilmington21Previously Miss DE 1952; † 1966
1954Did Not Compete
1953Did Not Compete
1952Sue J. LangtonWilmington242014

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