Miss USA 2011
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Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011
DateJune 19, 2011
VenuePlanet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts, Paradise, Nevada
WinnerAlyssa Campanella
CongenialityKia Hampton
PhotogenicBrittany Brannon
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Miss USA 2011 was the 60th Anniversary of the Miss USA pageant, held on the Las Vegas Strip at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Paradise, Nevada on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Rima Fakih of Michigan crowned her successor, Alyssa Campanella of California, at the end of this event. This was California's sixth Miss USA title and the first title since 1992.[2] Campanella represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant in São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011.

This pageant gained attention on the internet, when a video of all the contestant's answers to the question, whether evolution should be taught in school, was put on YouTube.[3] Only two contestants affirmed that it should be taught, with the others confusing the question with the debate on evolution of species vs. creationism, or stating that both should be taught.


Selection of participants

Delegates from 50 states and the District of Columbia were selected in state pageants which began in July 2010 and concluded in January 2011. The first state pageant was Florida, held on July 10, 2010, while the final pageant was Arkansas, held on January 9, 2011. Initially, eight of these delegates were former Miss Teen USA state winners but the number increased to nine after one titleholder resigned and former Teen USA delegate succeeded her, and one former Miss America state winner.

Two state titleholders were appointed as a replacements after the original titleholders were unable to compete. Emily Johnson, the original Miss Maine USA 2011, resigned on April 17, 2011 due to attending her sister's wedding on the day of the pageant. She was replaced by Ashley Marble, who was the first runner-up of the Miss Maine USA 2011 pageant,[4] and Shaletta Tawanna Porterfield, the original Miss Wisconsin USA 2011, resigned on May 12, 2011 after was being charged in Dane County Circuit Court of three felony theft charges. She was replaced by Jordan Morkin, who was the first runner-up of the Miss Wisconsin USA 2011 pageant.[5]


Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2011
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
Top 8
Top 16

‡ Voted into Top 16 as America's Choice via Internet

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic


State Contestant Hometown Age[a] Height Placement Notes
Alabama Alabama Madeline Mitchell Russellville 22 5'9" 2nd runner-up Later Mrs. America 2015
Alaska Alaska Jessica Chuckran Anchorage 24 5'7"
Arizona Arizona Brittany Brannon Paradise Valley 22 5'6" Top 16
Arkansas Arkansas Lakynn McBride White Hall 20 5'6"
California California Alyssa Campanella Los Angeles 21 5'9" Miss USA 2011 Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007
Colorado Colorado Blair Griffith Denver 23 5'6" Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 2006

Later Top 20 Miss Grand International 2013

Connecticut Connecticut Regina Turner Hartford 21 5'7"
Delaware Delaware Katie Hanson Newark 20 5'7" Contestant of Survivor: Philippines
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Heather Swann Washington, D.C. 23 5'7"
Florida Florida Lissette Garcia[6] Miami 26 5'11" Top 16
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Kaylin Reque Suwanee 22 5'10" Top 16
Hawaii Hawaii Angela Byrd Honolulu 18 5'10" Top 8
Idaho Idaho Erza Haliti Meridian 18 5'6"
Illinois Illinois Angela Sparrow Chicago 25 5'7"
Indiana Indiana Jillian Wunderlich Kokomo 20 5'6" Top 16 Previously Miss Florida Teen USA 2008
Iowa Iowa Rebecca Goldsmith Chariton 26 5'9"
Kansas Kansas Jaymie Stokes Lenexa 20 5'11" Previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 2007
Kentucky Kentucky Kia Hampton Louisville 22 5'5"
Louisiana Louisiana Page Pennock Shreveport 21 5'9"
Maine Maine Ashley Lynn Marble Topsfield 27 5'10" Top 8 Previously Miss Maine Teen USA 2000
Originally first runner-up, assumed the title after winner Emily Johnson resigned in April 2011 due to attending the latter's sister's wedding.
Maryland Maryland Allyn Rose Newburg 22 5'8" Top 8 Later Miss District of Columbia 2012
Massachusetts Massachusetts Alida D'Angona Boston 24 5'8"
Michigan Michigan Channing Pierce[7] Royal Oak 24 5'9"
Minnesota Minnesota Brittany Lee Thelemann Plymouth 24 5'9"
Mississippi Mississippi Keeley Patterson Starkville 20 5'7"
Missouri Missouri Hope Driskill[8] Jefferson City 22 5'9" Top 16 Contestant of Survivor: Caramoan
Montana Montana Brittany Wiser Bozeman 23 5'9" Previously Miss Montana 2009
Nebraska Nebraska Haley Herold Omaha 23 5'7"
Nevada Nevada Sarah Chapman Henderson 27 5'10" Sister of Ellen Chapman, Miss California USA 2004
New Hampshire New Hampshire LacyJane Folger[9] Farmington 22 5'6"
New Jersey New Jersey Julianna White[10][11] Haddon Township 22 5'7" Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2006
New Mexico New Mexico Brittany Toll Las Cruces 24 5'9" Top 16[b] Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2005
New York (state) New York Amber Collins Manhattan 26 5'9" Top 16
North Carolina North Carolina Brittany Leigh York Wilmington 21 5'6"
North Dakota North Dakota Brandi Schoenberg Bismarck 26 5'10"
Ohio Ohio Ashley Caldwell Gallipolis 24 5'8"
Oklahoma Oklahoma Kaitlyn Smith Norman 22 5'9"
Oregon Oregon Anna Prosser Portland 26 5'8" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Amber-Joi Watkins Philadelphia 26 5'7"
Rhode Island Rhode Island Kate McCaughey Lincoln 23 5'4"
South Carolina South Carolina Courtney Hope Turner North Augusta 21 5'7" Top 8
South Dakota South Dakota Chandra Burnham Highmore 23 5'3"
Tennessee Tennessee Ashley Durham Adamsville 21 5'8" 1st runner-up Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2006
Texas Texas Ana Rodriguez[12] Laredo 25 5'8" 3rd runner-up
Utah Utah Jamie Crandall Salt Lake City 23 5'8" Top 16
Vermont Vermont Lauren Carter Burlington 21 5'8"
Virginia Virginia Nikki Poteet Richmond 24 5'10"
Washington (state) Washington Angelina Kayyalaynen Orchards 21 5'8"
West Virginia West Virginia Whitney Veach Petersburg 24 5'6" Previously Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2003
Wisconsin Wisconsin Jordan Morkin[13] Green Bay 21 5'4"
Wyoming Wyoming Kaitlyn Davis[14] Laramie 20 5'9"

Background music

Television ratings


  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant
  2. ^ Voted per America's Choice internet/SMS


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