Photo: Goodwin Photography

BRISTOL, Va., July 6, 2017 – The Miss United States Pageant® is proud to announce the crowning of our 2017 Little Miss United States Angel Munoz Tata and our 2017 Miss Pre-Teen United States Ava Pizzuti! Tata and Pizzuti were crowned at the Little Miss & Miss Pre-Teen United States Pageant on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate which was broadcasted live on

Angela Munoz Tata is in the fifth grade and resides in Orlando, Florida. She enjoys cheerleading, modeling, gymnastics, traveling, and learning different languages. Tata is currently learning sign language in hopes to one day work with the hearing impaired.

Ava Pizzuti is the daughter of Kevin and Andrea Pizzuti of Ocala, Florida. Pizzuti is a 7th grader at Osceola Middle School. Pizzuti is a straight A honor roll student, and she received top scores on all of Florida’s standardized statewide tests. Pizzutihas also held major roles in two musical productions through the Ocala Civic Theatre.

Over the course of one week, contestants from across the country competed in a state costume runway competition, private interview, sportswear, and evening gown with the top 16 advancing to the finals. Fans were able to vote for a People’s Choice contestant to take the 16th spot in the final competition prior to the pageant for each division.

Rounding out the top 5 in the Little Miss division are:

  • First Runner-Up Meela Walker, Tennessee,
  • Second Runner-Up Tayan Stansfield, Kentucky,
  • Third Runner-Up Greyson Delph, South Atlantic, and
  • Fourth Runner-Up Macie Bazella, Pennsylvania.

Rounding out the top 5 in the Miss Pre-Teen division are:

  • First Runner-Up Emma Cook, South Carolina,
  • Second Runner-Up Morgan Butler, New Mexico,
  • Third Runner-Up Cagney Bennett, South Atlantic, and
  • Fourth Runner-Up Jaycee Noffsinger, Kentucky.

The Miss United States Pageant® celebrates intelligent women of all walks of life and is based on a solid commitment to uphold the standards of fairness and integrity. At the local, state, and national level, the Miss United States Pageant gives women the opportunity to promote a platform of community service. Featuring seven divisions – Little Miss, Pre-Teen, Junior Teen, Teen, Miss, Ms., and Ms. Woman – the United States National Pageant Organization® is recognized as “the premier event of its kind” and the largest pageant system for girls and women ages 8+ in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

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