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Miss North Carolina USA and Teen USA Titleholder History

Your ultimate Miss USA state pageant resource

Take a trip back into the history of the Miss North Carolina USA and Teen USA pageants, from the first winner to the most recent. 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 NC USA 1992 Tess Elliott, who passed away in a skydiving accident during her reign
Miss NC USA 1992 Tess Elliott, who passed away in a skydiving accident during her reign

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Miss North Carolina USA and Teen USA Titleholder History

North Carolina is home to four Miss USA titleholders, all within the last two decades, including Morgan Romano who assumed the Miss USA 2022 title. Despite a string of runner-up placements over a similar timeframe, they have yet to win the Miss Teen USA title. Miss North Carolina USA 2023 is Jordyn McKey from Charlotte and Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2023 is Katie Setzer of Hickory. The Miss North Carolina USA and Teen USA pageants were director by Tel-Air in the 1980s and then taken over by Paula Miles and RPM Productions, who have run it for thirty years. Some of North Carolina’s more well known titleholders are the Dalton family – their mother Jeannie was Miss North Carolina USA 1982, Kristen was Miss USA 2009 and Julia was Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008 & Miss North Carolina USA 2015. Thank you to Grant Gravitt and Paula and Ryan Miles for their valuable contributions to my North Carolina archive over the years.

Miss USA and Miss Teen USA titleholders from North Carolina

MISS USA 2005

Chelsea Cooley

21 • Charlotte

Top 10
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 2009

Kristen Dalton

22 • Wilmington

Top 10
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 2019

North Carolina USA winner icon new 3
Cheslie
Kryst

28 • Charlotte

Top 10
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 2022

North Carolina USA winner icon new 4
Morgan Romano

24 • Charlotte

 

Miss North Carolina USA titleholders 1952-2022

Recent titleholders

2019
North Carolina USA icon 2019 (2)
Cheslie Kryst

28 • Charlotte

Winner of
Miss USA 2019

2019
Laura Little

24 • Charlotte

Succeeded Cheslie
as Miss NC USA

2020
North Carolina USA icon 2020
Jane Axhoj

22 • Charlotte

 
 

2021
North Carolina USA icon 2021
Madison Bryant

24 • Fayetteville

Top 8
at Miss USA

2022
North Carolina USA icon 2022
Morgan Romano

24 • Charlotte

1st runner-up, then
Miss USA 2022

2023
North-Carolina-USA-icon-2023
Jordyn McKey

25 • Charlotte

 
 

Placements and Awards Summary

Placements

Winner

Chelsea Cooley (2005), Kristen Dalton (2009), Cheslie Kryst (2019)

1st runner-up

Caelyn Miller-Keyes (2018), Morgan Romano (2022) (assumed Miss USA title)

2nd runner-up

Constance Ann Dorn (1975), Lynn Jenkins (1994), Ashley Puleo (2004)

3rd runner-up

Lyndia Ann Tarlton (1960)

4th runner-up

Marcia Patrice Burton (1974)

Top 5/6

Pat Arnold (1991)

Semi-finalist

Ann Pickett (1954), Shirley Bagwell (1956), Deborah Ann Falls (1972), Dianne Jamerson (1979), Cookie Noak (1984), Rhonda Nobles (1986), Tess Elliott (1992), Jordyn McKey (2023)

Top 8/10/11/12*

Ashley Mills (2013), Madison Bryant (2021)

Top 15/16/20*

Erin O’Kelley (2007)

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

Awards

Congeniality

Alison English (2002)

Full Titleholder Listing

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Jordyn McKeyCharlotteSemi-finalist
2022MORGAN ROMANOCharlotte231st runner-upAssumed Miss USA 2022 title after R'Bonney Gabriel won Miss Universe
2021Madison BryantFayetteville24Top 8
2020Jane AxhojCharlotte22Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2015 (2RU Miss Teen USA)
2019Laura LittleCharlotte23-Succeeded Cheslie as Miss NC USA 2019
2018CHESLIE KRYSTCharlotte28Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2019
2017Caelyn Miller-Keyes*Asheville221st runner-upPreviously Miss VA Teen USA 2013
2016Katie Coble*Charlotte27Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2007 (2RU Miss Teen USA)
2015Devin GantCharlotte24
2014Allie DunnStallings20Resigned due to health reasons
2013Julia Dalton*Wilmington24Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2008 (2RU Miss Teen USA); sister of Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton & daughter of Miss NC USA 1982
2012Olivia OlveraHope Mills26
2011Ashley MillsRaleigh24Top 10
2010Sydney Perry*Wilmington21Previously Miss VT Teen USA 2008
2009Brittany YorkWilmington22
2008Nadia MoffettHigh Point24
2007KRISTEN DALTONWilmington21Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2015; sister of Miss NC USA 2015 Julia Dalton & daughter of Miss NC USA 1982 Jeannie Boger
2006Andrea DukeHendersonville25
2005Erin O'Kelley*Asheville21Top 15Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2001
2004Samantha HolveyBuies Creek20
2003CHELSEA COOLEY*Charlotte21Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2005; previously Miss NC Teen USA 2000
2002Ashley PuleoPinehurst252nd runner-upSister of Miss VA USA 2015 Laura Puleo
2001Kristen Luneberg*Durham22Previously Miss RI Teen USA 1998
2000Alison EnglishArchdale22Congeniality
1999Monica PalumboCharlotte19
1998Portia JohnsonGreensboro24
1997Joy HallSanford24
1996Vera MorrisNashville23
1995Crystal McLaurin-ConeyDurham25
1994Jessica McMinnTuxedo23
1993Michelle MauneyStanley24
1992Lynn JenkinsGastonia262nd runner-upMother of Miss ME USA 2023 Julianna Morehouse
1991Christa TysonMonroe
1990Tess ElliottHigh Point20Semi-finalist
1989Pat ArnoldChapel Hill21Finalist
1988Altman AllenShelby
1987Jacqueline PadgetteHobgood
1986Tammy TolarFayetteville
1985Donna WilsonDavidson
1984Rhonda NoblesFayetteville20Semi-finalist
1983Kate KenneyRaleigh
1984Cookie NoakHickory23Semi-finalist
1983Allison Payge PinsonMooresville
1982Jeannie BogerSanfordMother of Miss NC USA & Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton & Miss NC USA 2015 Julia Dalton
1981Lisa Colleen SwiftSouthport
1980Lori BoggsKannapolisLater Miss NC 1987
1979Dianne JamersonAsheville24Semi-finalist
1978Kathryn NormanCharlotte
1977Vikki VerbylaLenoir
1976Dianne BowenWindsor
1975Constance Ann Dorn^Kinston212nd runner-upPreviously Miss NC 1972 (1RU Miss America)
1974Marcia Patrice BurtonHickory214th runner-up
1973Vivian Anita CraigStanley
1972Deborah Ann FallsVale21Semi-finalist
1971Mary RudroffWiston-Salem
1970Susan BodsfordRamseur
1969Faye BassDurham19
1968Kelli Ann MooreRaleigh19
1967Patti Jean EffromJacksonville
1966Brenda Faye MoyeFountain21
1965Sandra FarmerGreensboro
1964Did Not Compete
1963Trudy Ann CauthenNewton
1962Brenda Joyce SmithCharlotte
1961Marie ClyburnCharlotte
1960Lyndia Ann TarltonWingate193rd runner-up
1959Peggy Anne BrownSunbury
1958Carol Jean EdwardsElizabeth City
1957Peggy Ann DennisLilesville
1956Shirley BagwellRaleigh18Semi-finalist
1955Mary Grace RatliffeWadesboro
1954Ann PickettCharlotteSemi-finalist
1953Libby WalkerWilton
1952Doris M. StanleyGreensboro
YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Jordyn McKeyCharlotte25Semi-finalist
2022MORGAN ROMANOCharlotte231st runner-upAssumed Miss USA 2022 title after R'Bonney Gabriel won Miss Universe
2021Madison BryantFayetteville24Top 8
2020Jane AxhojCharlotte22Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2015 (2RU Miss Teen USA)
2019Laura LittleCharlotte23-Succeeded Cheslie as Miss NC USA 2019
2018CHESLIE KRYSTCharlotte28Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2019
2017Caelyn Miller-Keyes*Asheville221st runner-upPreviously Miss VA Teen USA 2013
2016Katie Coble*Charlotte27Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2007 (2RU Miss Teen USA)
2015Devin GantCharlotte24
2014Allie DunnStallings20Resigned due to health reasons
2013Julia Dalton*Wilmington24Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2008 (2RU Miss Teen USA); sister of Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton & daughter of Miss NC USA 1982
2012Olivia OlveraHope Mills26
2011Ashley MillsRaleigh24Top 10
2010Sydney Perry*Wilmington21Previously Miss VT Teen USA 2008
2009Brittany YorkWilmington22
2008Nadia MoffettHigh Point24
2007KRISTEN DALTONWilmington21Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2015; sister of Miss NC USA 2015 Julia Dalton & daughter of Miss NC USA 1982 Jeannie Boger
2006Andrea DukeHendersonville25
2005Erin O'Kelley*Asheville21Top 15Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2001
2004Samantha HolveyBuies Creek20
2003CHELSEA COOLEY*Charlotte21Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2005; previously Miss NC Teen USA 2000
2002Ashley PuleoPinehurst252nd runner-upSister of Miss VA USA 2015 Laura Puleo
2001Kristen Luneberg*Durham22Previously Miss RI Teen USA 1998
2000Alison EnglishArchdale22Congeniality
1999Monica PalumboCharlotte19
1998Portia JohnsonGreensboro24
1997Joy HallSanford24
1996Vera MorrisNashville23
1995Crystal McLaurin-ConeyDurham25
1994Jessica McMinnTuxedo23
1993Michelle MauneyStanley24
1992Lynn JenkinsGastonia262nd runner-upMother of Miss ME USA 2023 Julianna Morehouse
1991Christa TysonMonroe
1990Tess ElliottHigh Point20Semi-finalist
1989Pat ArnoldChapel Hill21Finalist
1988Altman AllenShelby
1987Jacqueline PadgetteHobgood
1986Tammy TolarFayetteville
1985Donna WilsonDavidson
1984Rhonda NoblesFayetteville20Semi-finalist
1983Kate KenneyRaleigh
1984Cookie NoakHickory23Semi-finalist
1983Allison Payge PinsonMooresville
1982Jeannie BogerSanfordMother of Miss NC USA & Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton & Miss NC USA 2015 Julia Dalton
1981Lisa Colleen SwiftSouthport
1980Lori BoggsKannapolisLater Miss NC 1987
1979Dianne JamersonAsheville24Semi-finalist
1978Kathryn NormanCharlotte
1977Vikki VerbylaLenoir
1976Dianne BowenWindsor
1975Constance Ann Dorn^Kinston212nd runner-upPreviously Miss NC 1972 (1RU Miss America)
1974Marcia Patrice BurtonHickory214th runner-up
1973Vivian Anita CraigStanley
1972Deborah Ann FallsVale21Semi-finalist
1971Mary RudroffWiston-Salem
1970Susan BodsfordRamseur
1969Faye BassDurham19
1968Kelli Ann MooreRaleigh19
1967Patti Jean EffromJacksonville
1966Brenda Faye MoyeFountain21
1965Sandra FarmerGreensboro
1964Did Not Compete
1963Trudy Ann CauthenNewton
1962Brenda Joyce SmithCharlotte
1961Marie ClyburnCharlotte
1960Lyndia Ann TarltonWingate193rd runner-up
1959Peggy Anne BrownSunbury
1958Carol Jean EdwardsElizabeth City
1957Peggy Ann DennisLilesville
1956Shirley BagwellRaleigh18Semi-finalist
1955Mary Grace RatliffeWadesboro
1954Ann PickettCharlotteSemi-finalist
1953Libby WalkerWilton
1952Doris M. StanleyGreensboro

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