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Miss North Carolina USA and Teen USA Titleholder History

Your ultimate Miss USA state pageant resource

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. 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.

Current and former titleholders at Miss North Carolina USA 2020 • Credit: Sage Media Group

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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

2018
North Carolina USA icon 2018
Caelynn Miller-Keyes

22 • Asheville

1st runner-up
at Miss USA

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
at Miss USA

Full Titleholder Listing

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2022Morgan RomanoCharlotte231st runner-up
2021Madison BryantFayetteville24Top 8
2020Jane Axhoj*Charlotte22Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2015 (2RU Miss Teen USA)
2019Laura LittleCharlotte23-Succeeded Cheslie as Miss NC USA 2019
2019CHESLIE KRYSTCharlotte28Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2019
2018Caelyn Miller-Keyes*Asheville221st runner-upPreviously Miss VA Teen USA 2013
2017Katie Coble*Charlotte27Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2007 (2RU Miss Teen USA)
2016Devin GantCharlotte24Succeeded Allie as Miss NC USA 2016
2016Allie DunnStallings20Resigned prior to Miss USA
due to health reasons
2015Julia Dalton*Wilmington24Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2008 (2RU Miss Teen USA); sister of Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton & daughter of Miss NC USA 1982
2014Olivia OlveraHope Mills26
2013Ashley MillsRaleigh24Top 10
2012Sydney Perry*Wilmington21Miss VT Teen USA 2008
2011Brittany YorkWilmington22d
2010Nadia MoffettHigh Point24dd
2009KRISTEN DALTONWilmington21Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2015; sister of Miss NC USA 2015 Julia Dalton & daughter of Miss NC USA 1982 Jeannie Boger
2008Andrea DukeHendersonville25
2007Erin O'Kelley*Asheville21Top 15Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2001
2006Samantha HolveyBuies Creek20
2005CHELSEA COOLEY*Charlotte21Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2005; previously Miss NC Teen USA 2000
2004Ashley PuleoPinehurst252nd runner-upSister of Miss VA USA 2015 Laura Puleo
2003Kristen Luneberg*Durham22Previously Miss RI Teen USA 1998
2002Alison EnglishArchdale22Congeniality
2001Monica PalumboCharlotte19
2000Portia JohnsonGreensboro24
1999Joy HallSanford24
1998Vera MorrisNashville23
1997Crystal McLaurin-ConeyDurham25
1996Jessica McMinnTuxedo23
1995Michelle MauneyStanley24
1994Lynn JenkinsGastonia262nd runner-upMother of Miss ME USA 2023 Julianna Morehouse
1993Christa TysonMonroe
1992Tess ElliottHigh Point20Semi-finalistPassed away in a skydiving accident shortly after Miss USA
1991Pat ArnoldChapel Hill21Finalist
1990Altman AllenShelby
1989Jacqueline PadgetteHobgood
1988Tammy TolarFayetteville
1987Donna WilsonDavidson
1986Rhonda NoblesFayetteville20Semi-finalist
1985Kate 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
2022Morgan RomanoCharlotte231st runner-up
2021Madison BryantFayetteville24Top 8
2020Jane Axhoj*Charlotte22Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2015 (2RU Miss Teen USA)
2019Laura LittleCharlotte23-Succeeded Cheslie as Miss NC USA 2019
2019CHESLIE KRYSTCharlotte28Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2019
2018Caelyn Miller-Keyes*Asheville221st runner-upPreviously Miss VA Teen USA 2013
2017Katie Coble*Charlotte27Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2007 (2RU Miss Teen USA)
2016Devin GantCharlotte24Succeeded Allie as Miss NC USA 2016
2016Allie DunnStallings20Resigned prior to Miss USA
due to health reasons
2015Julia Dalton*Wilmington24Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2008 (2RU Miss Teen USA); sister of Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton & daughter of Miss NC USA 1982
2014Olivia OlveraHope Mills26
2013Ashley MillsRaleigh24Top 10
2012Sydney Perry*Wilmington21Miss VT Teen USA 2008
2011Brittany YorkWilmington22d
2010Nadia MoffettHigh Point24dd
2009KRISTEN DALTONWilmington21Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2015; sister of Miss NC USA 2015 Julia Dalton & daughter of Miss NC USA 1982 Jeannie Boger
2008Andrea DukeHendersonville25
2007Erin O'Kelley*Asheville21Top 15Previously Miss NC Teen USA 2001
2006Samantha HolveyBuies Creek20
2005CHELSEA COOLEY*Charlotte21Miss USATop 10 at Miss Universe 2005; previously Miss NC Teen USA 2000
2004Ashley PuleoPinehurst252nd runner-upSister of Miss VA USA 2015 Laura Puleo
2003Kristen Luneberg*Durham22Previously Miss RI Teen USA 1998
2002Alison EnglishArchdale22Congeniality
2001Monica PalumboCharlotte19
2000Portia JohnsonGreensboro24
1999Joy HallSanford24
1998Vera MorrisNashville23
1997Crystal McLaurin-ConeyDurham25
1996Jessica McMinnTuxedo23
1995Michelle MauneyStanley24
1994Lynn JenkinsGastonia262nd runner-upMother of Miss ME USA 2023 Julianna Morehouse
1993Christa TysonMonroe
1992Tess ElliottHigh Point20Semi-finalistPassed away in a skydiving accident shortly after Miss USA
1991Pat ArnoldChapel Hill21Finalist
1990Altman AllenShelby
1989Jacqueline PadgetteHobgood
1988Tammy TolarFayetteville
1987Donna WilsonDavidson
1986Rhonda NoblesFayetteville20Semi-finalist
1985Kate 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

State and Miss USA Photo Album

Miss North Carolina Teen USA titleholders 1983-2022

Recent Titleholders

2018
North Carolina Teen USA icon 2018
Kaaviya Sambasivam

18 • Lewisville

4th runner-up
at Miss Teen USA

2019
North Carolina Teen USA icon 2019
Eliza Minor

15 • Charlotte

 

2020
North Carolina Teen USA icon 2020
Peyton Brown​​​

19 • Dunn

 

2021
North Carolina Teen USA icon 2021
Madison Walker

19 • Garner

 

2022
North Carolina Teen USA icon 2022
Gabby Ortega

17 • Cary

Semi-finalist & Photogenic
at Miss Teen USA

Full titleholder listing

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2022Gabby OrtegaCary17Semi-finalistPhotogenic
2021Madison WalkerGarner19
2020Peyton BrownDunn19Semi-finalist
2019Eliza MinorCharlotte15
2018Kaaviya SambasivamWinston-Salem184th runner-up
2017Kenzie Hansley°Surf City18Previously Miss NC's OT 15
2016Emily WakemanCornelius191st runner-up
2015Jane Axhoj*Waxhaw172nd runner-upLater Miss NC USA 2020
2014Pammy PetersRaleigh18
2013Kelsey BarberioApex18
2012Katherine Puryear°Thomasville18Semi-finalistPreviously Miss NC's OT 09 (3RU MAOTeen)
2011Vanessa McClellandFayetteville19
2010Lauren Ashley MartzSalisbury17
2009Scarlett HowellAnsonville16
2008Julia Dalton*Wilmington162nd runner-upLater Miss NC USA 2015; sister of Miss USA 2009 & daughter of Miss NC USA 1982
2007Katie CobleMatthews172nd runner-up
2006Melissa LingafeltConcord161st runner-upPhotogenic
2005Nikkie GroatMatthews17
2004Elizabeth CartyHigh Point17
2003Erin HendricksHigh Point18
2002Brittany CrewsWake Forest15
2001Erin O'Kelley*Asheville15Miss NC USA 2007 (T15 Miss USA)
2000Chelsea Cooley*Charlotte16Miss NC USA & Miss USA 2005
1999Stephanie HoltAlbemarle17
1998Lucy ParkerDenver16
1997Ali BurrStanfield18Top 6
1996Tammy AshtonGastonia18
1995Meredith JacksonHigh Point
1994Valarie BeasleyDunn17
1993Wendy WilliamsWade18Sister of Miss NC 1992
1992Rachel AdcockConover17Top 6Photogenic
1991Holly FurmanBoone17Top 6Congeniality
1990Heather SimmonsWilmington17
1989Kelly SheppardLeicester18
1988Michele MooreFuquay-Varina
1987Peggy BlackwellFayetteville171st runner-up
1986Denise Jenkins16
1985Kimberly JordanWilmingtonSemi-finalist
1984Tracey KaggellWaynesville17Semi-finalist
1983Janet FreemanAsheville3rd runner-up
YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2022Gabby OrtegaCary17Semi-finalistPhotogenic
2021Madison WalkerGarner19
2020Peyton BrownDunn19Semi-finalist
2019Eliza MinorCharlotte15
2018Kaaviya SambasivamWinston-Salem184th runner-up
2017Kenzie Hansley°Surf City18Previously Miss NC's OT 15
2016Emily WakemanCornelius191st runner-up
2015Jane Axhoj*Waxhaw172nd runner-upLater Miss NC USA 2020
2014Pammy PetersRaleigh18
2013Kelsey BarberioApex18
2012Katherine Puryear°Thomasville18Semi-finalistPreviously Miss NC's OT 09 (3RU MAOTeen)
2011Vanessa McClellandFayetteville19
2010Lauren Ashley MartzSalisbury17
2009Scarlett HowellAnsonville16
2008Julia Dalton*Wilmington162nd runner-upLater Miss NC USA 2015; sister of Miss USA 2009 & daughter of Miss NC USA 1982
2007Katie CobleMatthews172nd runner-up
2006Melissa LingafeltConcord161st runner-upPhotogenic
2005Nikkie GroatMatthews17
2004Elizabeth CartyHigh Point17
2003Erin HendricksHigh Point18
2002Brittany CrewsWake Forest15
2001Erin O'Kelley*Asheville15Miss NC USA 2007 (T15 Miss USA)
2000Chelsea Cooley*Charlotte16Miss NC USA & Miss USA 2005
1999Stephanie HoltAlbemarle17
1998Lucy ParkerDenver16
1997Ali BurrStanfield18Top 6
1996Tammy AshtonGastonia18
1995Meredith JacksonHigh Point
1994Valarie BeasleyDunn17
1993Wendy WilliamsWade18Sister of Miss NC 1992
1992Rachel AdcockConover17Top 6Photogenic
1991Holly FurmanBoone17Top 6Congeniality
1990Heather SimmonsWilmington17
1989Kelly SheppardLeicester18
1988Michele MooreFuquay-Varina
1987Peggy BlackwellFayetteville171st runner-up
1986Denise Jenkins16
1985Kimberly JordanWilmingtonSemi-finalist
1984Tracey KaggellWaynesville17Semi-finalist
1983Janet FreemanAsheville3rd runner-up

State and Miss Teen USA Photo Album

Titleholder reunions

Wedding photos