18-year-old Kaliegh Garris, representing Connecticut, won Miss Teen USA 2019 on April 28 in Reno, Nevada. She was crowned by last year’s winner, Hailey Colborn of Kansas, at the end of the event. The runners-up were from North Dakota, Nevada, Mississippi and Alabama.
This year’s competition, hosted by Nia Sanchez and Tim Tialdo, served as the second consecutive time that the pageant has been held concurrently with Miss USA. For the first time, both the preliminary and final competitions were held on the same day.
Reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray of the Philippines and Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers were present at the prestigious event.
Kaliegh, a competitive dancer, defeated 50 other contestants to win the competition, becoming the second winner from her state after Logan West won in 2012. She studies theater at ACES ECA and founded an organization called We Are People 1st to assist people with disabilities, based on what she has witnessed from her older sister, who has disabilities. Also, she has been trained in contemporary, jazz, pointe, hip hop and tap dance and has been a hiking tour guide in the New Haven Parks and Recreation Department’s Eco Camps.
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