Miss Teen USA 2022
DateOctober 1, 2022
VenueGrand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada
WinnerFaron Medhi
CongenialityJanae McIntosh
PhotogenicGabriela Ortega
North Carolina
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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 hosted by Miss USA 2021 Elle Smith and Christian Murphy. Breanna Myles of Florida crowned Faron Medhi of Nebraska as her successor at the end of the event.[1]



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.[2] This will be the second time that the pageant is held in Reno, following Miss Teen USA 2019.[3][4] 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.[5]

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[1]
1st Runner-Up[6]
  • 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 – Janae McIntosh [9]
Miss Photogenic North Carolina – Gabriela Ortega [10]

Order of Announcements

Top 16

  1. Arizon
  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 AnnaLee Story[13] 19 Auburn
Alaska Madison Hines 17 Eagle River
Arizona MayaDenise Gaskin 18 Phoenix Top 16 Previously Miss Arizona Collegiate America 2021
Arkansas Allie Shanks[14] 17 Springdale
California Cassidy Hill 18 Newport Beach 2nd Runner-Up
Colorado Chloe Fisher 18 Sterling
Connecticut Mya Xeller 18 New Haven
Delaware Ava MacMurray 18 Hockessin
District of Columbia Asia Hickman 19 Washington, D.C. Previously Miss New York's Outstanding Teen 2017
Florida Alyssa Khan 19 Cooper City Top 16
Georgia Courtney Ianna Smith 16 Atlanta Top 16
Hawaii Malulani Paiste[15] 19 Mililani Top 16
Idaho Jenna Beckstrom 18 Eagle 1st Runner-Up
Illinois Dawn Parks 19 Chicago
Indiana KK Kokonaing[16] 18 Huntertown
Iowa Marisa Mathson 17 Des Moines Top 16
Kansas Gracie Hendrickson 17 Newton Top 16 Previously Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen 2021
Kentucky Gabriella Hembree 19 Carrollton
Louisiana Ainsley Ross 19 Bossier City
Maine Madisson Higgins 16 Bangor
Maryland Soniya Krishan 19 Wheaton
Massachusetts Jillian Driscoll[17] 18 Lynnfield Daughter of Jacquelyn Doucette Driscoll, Miss Massachusetts USA 1996.
Michigan Isabella Mosqueda 19 Cedar Springs 3rd Runner-Up
Minnesota Ava Ernst 17 North Oaks Previously Miss Minnesota High School America 2021
Mississippi McKenzie Cole[18] 16 Vicksburg
Missouri Shae Smith 19 Bolivar Previously Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2019
Montana Julia Kunau[19] 16 Lewistown
Nebraska Faron Medhi
18 Omaha Miss Teen USA 2022
Nevada Janae McIntosh 18 Las Vegas Top 16
New Hampshire Grace Paradise 18 Plaistow
New Jersey Isabella Galan 17 Wayne
New Mexico Caroline Babcock 17 Farmington
New York Mahdiya Chowdhury 17 New York City
North Carolina Gabriela Ortega[20] 17 Cary Top 16
North Dakota Berkley Lundeen 18 Minot Cousin of Caitlyn Vogel, Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2019 and Miss North Dakota USA 2021
Ohio Kylan Darnell 18 Franklin Furnace Top 16
Oklahoma Haleigh Hurst 19 Norman Top 16
Oregon Alaina McClanen-Clemons[21] 18 Portland
Pennsylvania Alexandra Jones 18 Monongahela
Rhode Island Julia Potts 18 Charlestown
South Carolina Katie Ward[citation needed] 19 Charleston
South Dakota Bella Welker 17 Harrisburg
Tennessee McKinley Farese[22] 18 Germantown 4th Runner-Up Previously Miss Kentucky Junior High School America 2017, Miss Tennessee Junior High School America 2018
Texas Chanel Williams[23] 16 San Antonio
Utah Maizy Abbott 19 Pleasant View
Vermont Kenzie Golonka[24] 17 Montpelier Sister of Kelsey Golonka, Miss Vermont Teen USA 2017 and Miss Vermont USA 2022
Virginia Hannah Grau 17 Fredericksburg
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 Emma Kitchen 18 Williamstown
Wisconsin Sage Gundelly 15 Mequon Top 16 Sister of Shreya Gundelly, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2021
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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  7. ^ "The top 16!!!". Instagram. Retrieved October 3, 2022.
  8. ^ "And the winner is… @missokteenusa!!!". Instagram. Retrieved October 3, 2022.
  9. ^ "Introducing our Miss Congeniality 2022… @missnvteenusa!". Instagram. Retrieved October 3, 2022.
  10. ^ "Let's hear some noise for our Miss Photogenic 2022 @missncteenusa!". Instagram. Retrieved October 3, 2022.
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  16. ^ "Miss Indiana Teen USA shares her journey in faith". WISH-TV. August 9, 2022. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
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  23. ^ Diaz, John (July 4, 2022). "First Filipina crowned Miss Texas USA". KHOU-TV. Retrieved July 4, 2022.
  24. ^ Pollak, Sally (March 28, 2022). "Montpelier's Golonka Sisters Win Miss Vermont and Miss Vermont Teen USA Crowns". Seven Days: Vermont's Independent Voice. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  25. ^ "Miss Teen Washington USA responds to resurfaced video of her using racial slur". Tacoma: KCPQ. February 8, 2022.
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