Miss Teen USA 2022
DateOctober 1, 2022
VenueGrand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada
WinnerFaron Medhi
Nebraska Nebraska
CongenialityJanae McIntosh
Nevada Nevada
PhotogenicGabriela Ortega
North Carolina North Carolina
← 2021

Miss Teen USA 2022 was the 40th edition of the Miss Teen USA pageant. The competition was held on October 1, 2022 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The competition was be hosted by Elle Smith and Christian Murphy. Breanna Myles of Florida crowned Faron Medhi of Nebraska as her successor at the end of the event.



Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, the host venue of the Miss Teen USA 2022 competition.
Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, the host venue of the Miss Teen USA 2022 competition.

On July 14, 2022, it was reported that the competition, including Miss USA 2022, would be held in Reno, Nevada, with the city securing a three-year deal to host the pageants in 2022, 2023, and 2024.[1] This will be the second time that the pageant is held in Reno, following Miss Teen USA 2019.[2][3] The following day, it was confirmed that the pageant would be held at the Grand Sierra Resort on October 1 by Crystle Stewart who confirmed that the location was chosen to honor Cheslie Kryst, whom had been crowned Miss USA 2019 in the same venue and had died by suicide in January 2022.[4]

Selection of contestants

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the duration between most of the state pageants from the previous year's competition, with previous year's state titleholders' reign being shortened to eight to eleven months, depending on state. Delegates from the 50 states and the District of Columbia are selected in state pageants which began in September 2021 and ended in July 2022, as the state pageant schedule can become very dense between the last state pageant held from 2021. The first state pageants were Idaho and Montana, held together on September 12, 2021, and the last state pageant was Colorado held on July 3, 2022.


Miss Teen USA 2022 results.
Miss Teen USA 2022 results.
Final Results Contestant
Miss Teen USA 2022[5]
1st Runner-Up[6]
  • Idaho Idaho – Jenna Beckstrom
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 16[7]

§ – Voted into Top 16 through the online vote.

Special awards

Award Contestant Ref.
Best State Costume Winner  Oklahoma – Haleigh Hurst [8]
Second Place  North Carolina – Gabriela Ortega
Third Place  Wisconsin – Sage Gundelly
Miss Congeniality Nevada Nevada – Janae McIntosh [9]
Miss Photogenic North Carolina North Carolina – Gabriela Ortega [10]

Order of Announcements

Top 16

  1.  Arizona
  2.  Florida
  3.  Kansas
  4.  Nevada
  5.  Iowa
  6.  Ohio
  7.  Georgia
  8.  Wisconsin
  9.  North Carolina
  10.  Hawaii
  11.  California
  12.  Michigan
  13.  Nebraska
  14.  Idaho
  15.  Tennessee
  16.  Oklahoma

Top 5

  1.  California
  2.  Tennessee
  3.  Michigan
  4.  Idaho
  5.  Nebraska




All 51 titleholders have been crowned.[12]

State Contestant Age[a] Hometown Placement Notes
Alabama Alabama AnnaLee Story[13] 19 Auburn
Alaska Alaska Madison Hines 17 Eagle River
Arizona Arizona MayaDenise Gaskin 18 Phoenix Top 16
Arkansas Arkansas Allie Shanks[14] 17 Springdale
California California Cassidy Hill 18 Newport Beach 2nd Runner-Up
Colorado Colorado Chloe Fisher 18 Sterling
Connecticut Connecticut Mya Xeller 18 New Haven
Delaware Delaware Ava MacMurray 18 Hockessin
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Asia Hickman 19 Washington, D.C. Previously Miss New York's Outstanding Teen 2017
Florida Florida Alyssa Khan 19 Cooper City Top 16
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Courtney Ianna Smith 16 Atlanta Top 16
Hawaii Hawaii Malulani Paiste[15] 19 Mililani Top 16
Idaho Idaho Jenna Beckstrom 18 Eagle 1st Runner-Up
Illinois Illinois Dawn Parks 19 Chicago
Indiana Indiana KK Kokonaing[16] 18 Huntertown
Iowa Iowa Marisa Mathson 17 Des Moines Top 16
Kansas Kansas Gracie Hendrickson 17 Newton Top 16 Previously Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen 2021
Kentucky Kentucky Gabriella Hembree 19 Carrollton
Louisiana Louisiana Ainsley Ross 19 Bossier City
Maine Maine Madisson Higgins 16 Bangor
MarylandMaryland Soniya Krishan 19 Wheaton
Massachusetts Massachusetts Jillian Driscoll[17] 18 Lynnfield Daughter of Jacquelyn Doucette Driscoll, Miss Massachusetts USA 1996.
Michigan Michigan Isabella Mosqueda 19 Cedar Springs 3rd Runner-Up
Minnesota Minnesota Ava Ernst 17 North Oaks
Mississippi Mississippi McKenzie Cole[18] 16 Vicksburg
Missouri Missouri Shae Smith 19 Bolivar Previously Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2019
Montana Montana Julia Kunau[19] 16 Lewistown
Nebraska Nebraska Faron Medhi
18 Omaha Miss Teen USA 2022
Nevada Nevada Janae McIntosh 18 Las Vegas Top 16
New Hampshire New Hampshire Grace Paradise 18 Plaistow
New Jersey New Jersey Isabella Galan 17 Wayne
New Mexico New Mexico Caroline Babcock 17 Farmington
New York (state) New York Mahdiya Chowdhury 17 New York City
North Carolina North Carolina Gabriela Ortega[20] 17 Cary Top 16
North Dakota North Dakota Berkley Lundeen 18 Minot Cousin of Caitlyn Vogel, Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2019 and Miss North Dakota USA 2021
Ohio Ohio Kylan Darnell 18 Franklin Furnace Top 16
Oklahoma Oklahoma Haleigh Hurst 19 Norman Top 16
Oregon Oregon Alaina McClanen-Clemons[21] 18 Portland
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Alexandra Jones 18 Monongahela
Rhode Island Rhode Island Julia Potts 18 Charlestown
South Carolina South Carolina Katie Ward[citation needed] 19 Charleston
South Dakota South Dakota Bella Welker 17 Harrisburg
Tennessee Tennessee McKinley Farese[22] 18 Germantown 4th Runner-Up
Texas Texas Chanel Williams[23] 16 San Antonio
Utah Utah Maizy Abbott 19 Pleasant View
Vermont Vermont Kenzie Golonka[24] 17 Montpelier Sister of Kelsey Golonka, Miss Vermont Teen USA 2017 and Miss Vermont USA 2022
Virginia Virginia Hannah Grau 17 Fredericksburg
Washington (state) Washington Kate Dixon 18 Sammamish Shortly after being crowned, a video of Dixon saying the N-word surfaced causing a controversy.[25][26] Pageant organizers allowed Dixon to begin her reign.
West Virginia West Virginia Emma Kitchen 18 Williamstown
Wisconsin Wisconsin Sage Gundelly 15 Mequon Top 16 Sister of Shreya Gundelly, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2021
Wyoming Wyoming Nora Steinke[27] 17 Laramie Cousin of Erin Shae Swanson, Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2019


  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant


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