An 18-year-old trained competitive dancer from Connecticut, Kaliegh Garris, was crowned Miss Teen USA 2019 on Sunday, April 28 in Reno, Nevada. The runners-up were from North Dakota, Nevada, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Hosted by Nia Sanchez and Tim Tialdo, this year’s competition marked the second consecutive time that the pageant was held concurrently with Miss USA. For the first time, both the preliminary and final competitions were held on the same day.
The reigning Miss Universe, Catriona Gray of the Philippines, and Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers were present at the prestigious event.
Kaliegh succeeds last year’s winner, Hailey Colborn of Kansas. She defeated 50 other contestants to win the title, becoming the second winner from her state after Logan West won in 2012.
Prior to winning Miss Teen USA, she was a dual-enrolled student at Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford and the ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, where she studied theater.
She founded the organization We Are People 1st to assist people with disabilities due to her older sister struggling with multiple disabilities.
Miss Teen USA 2019: Connecticut – Kaliegh Garris
1st Runner-Up: North Dakota – Caitlyn Vogel
2nd Runner-Up: Nevada – Erica Yvette Bonilla
3rd Runner-Up: Mississippi – Kaylee Brooke McCollum
4th Runner-Up: Alabama – Kalin Burt
Arkansas – Maggie Williams
Illinois – A’Maiya Allen
Kansas – Hannah DeBok
Maryland – Amalia Sanches
Massachusetts – Annie Lu
Nebraska – Erin Swanson
Oklahoma – Abigail Billings
South Carolina – Allie Richardson
Tennessee – Bailey Guy
Wyoming – Grace Turner
Photos: Miss Universe Organization