Miss USA 2000
DateFebruary 4, 2000
VenueGrand Palace, Branson, Missouri
BroadcasterCBS, KOLR
WinnerLynnette Cole
CongenialityMichelle Kaplan
PhotogenicPaige Swenson
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Miss USA 2000 was the 49th Miss USA pageant, held at The Grand Palace, in Branson, Missouri on February 4, 2000. At the conclusion of the final competition,

At the end of the event, Kimberly Pressler of New York crowned Lynnette Cole of Tennessee as Miss USA 2000.[1] It is the first victory of Tennessee in the pageant's history. Cole later competed at Miss Universe and was one of the five finalists.

Contestants from 51 states and cities competed in this year's pageant. Carson Daly hosted the event for the only time, and color commentary was added for the third time by Miss USA 1996 Ali Landry and Julie Moran. Entertainment was provided by Christina Aguilera, Lou Bega, Brian McKnight and Mark Wills.


51 contestants competed for the title.[2]

State/City Contestant Age[a] Hometown Notes
Alabama Jina Mitchell 22 Trussville
Alaska Laurie Ann Miller 21 Palmer Previously Miss Alaska Teen USA 1997
Arizona Heather Keckler 26 Scottsdale Previously Miss Arizona Teen USA 1992
Arkansas Whitney Lea Moore 22 Cabot
California Rebekah Ann Keller 25 Lakewood Former Miss California 1997
Fourth runner-up at Miss America 1997
Colorado Tiani Jones 23 Aurora
Connecticut Sallie Toussaint 25 Hartford US representative to Miss World in 1997
Top 10 semi-finalist at Miss World 1997
Delaware Jennifer Behm[3] 23 Wilmington
District of Columbia Juel April Casamayor 26 Washington, D.C.
Florida Kristin Ludecke 23 Eustis Previously Miss Florida 1995
Georgia Patti Dunn 24 Duluth
Hawaii Michelle Kaplan 23 Kona
Idaho Brooke Jennifer Gambrell 26 Boise Previously Miss Idaho 1995
Illinois Constance Renee Stoetzer 26 Abingdon
Indiana Kristal Michelle Wile 23 Anderson
Iowa Jensie Grigsby 26 West Des Moines
Kansas Tiffany Meyer 23 Previously Miss Missouri Teen USA 1994
Kentucky Jolene Youngster 18 Glasgow
Louisiana Jennifer Dupont 18 Plaquemine Previously Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1998
Later became Miss Louisiana 2004
Maine Jennifer Lyn Hunt 21 Rumford Previously Miss Maine Teen USA 1994
Maryland Christie S. Davis 21 Silver Spring
Massachusetts Rosalie M. Allain 25 Leominster
Michigan Jillian Susan Dobson 22 Quincy
Minnesota Paige Swenson 24 Fridley Previously Miss Minnesota Teen USA 1994
Mississippi Angie Michelle Carpenter 22 Greenwood Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1994
Missouri Denette Roderick 24
Montana Brandi Bjorklund 20 Bonner
Nebraska Valarie Cook 22 Omaha
Nevada Alicia Denyse Carnes 22 Las Vegas Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 1995
New Hampshire Bridget Jane Vezina 19 Manchester
New Jersey Michelle Graci 21 Jamesburg
New Mexico Christina I. Ortega 23 Las Cruces
New York Carrie Tucker 25 Nesconset
North Carolina Portia Lyndell Johnson 20 Greensboro
North Dakota Amie Hoffner 18 Minot
Ohio Cheya R. Watkins 22 Cincinnati Previously Miss Ohio 1998
Oklahoma Amanda Rochelle Penix 21 Shawnee Previously Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 1997
Oregon Elizabeth Heitmanek 19 Medford
Pennsylvania Angela Patla 26 Sweet Valley
Rhode Island Heidi St. Pierre 23 Harrisville
South Carolina Lisa Rabon 24 Myrtle Beach
South Dakota Vanessa Short Bull 21 Rapid City Later Miss South Dakota 2002
Tennessee Lynnette Marie Cole[4] 21 Columbia Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 1995
Texas Heather Ogilvie[5] 22 Houston
Utah Keri Hatfield 22 Bountiful
Vermont Katie Bolton 22 Colchester
Virginia Crystal Marie Jones 26 Virginia Beach
Washington Jamie Marie Kern 22 Des Moines Contestant on season 1 of Big Brother, finished in fourth place.
Co-founder and CEO of It Cosmetics.
West Virginia Tara Shae Wilson 22 Sistersville
Wisconsin Samantha Jo Picha 20 Verona
Wyoming Rebecca Smith 20 Jackson Hole


  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant


  1. ^ "Miss USA in Branson". Springfield News-Leader. February 5, 2000. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  2. ^ "Miss USA scorecard". The Springfield News-Leader. Springfield, Missouri. 4 February 2000. p. 9. Retrieved 21 July 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "The crowning glory of the First State". The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. 7 November 1999. p. 27. Retrieved 21 July 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Beauties grace Austin Peay". The Leaf-Chronicle. Clarksville, Tennessee. 10 October 1999. p. 1. Retrieved 21 July 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Houston woman wins Miss Texas USA title". The Kerrville Times. Kerrville, Texas. 6 July 1999. p. 3. Retrieved 21 July 2023 – via Newspapers.com.