BRISTOL, Va., July 7, 2017 – United States National Pageants Organization® is proud to announce the crowning of our 2017 Miss Jr. Teen, Miss Teen, Ms., & Ms. Woman United States titleholders: Alanha Dukes of Mississippi (Jr. Teen), Taylor Flake of Kentucky (Teen), Toni Burnett of Maryland (Ms.), and Sierra Scott of Kansas (Ms. Woman)! All four women were crowned at the national pageant on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate which was broadcasted live on BoxCast.com.

Alanha Dukes is a sophomore at Vancleave High School in Vancleave Mississippi. She is the daughter of Darryl and Tiffany Dukes, and her platform is “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful” which endeavors to teach everyone that being different is okay and that everyone is beautiful in his/her own way.

Taylor Flake is the daughter of Charles and Tricia Flake of Taylorsville, Kentucky. Flake is 18 years old and is a sophomore at Kentucky Christian University where she is majoring in biology with a minor in psychology. Her platform is the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and bringing awareness on food allergies and the importance of stopping cross contamination.

Toni Burnett resides in Maryland and is a 2010 graduate of St. John’s University with a degree in Communication Arts. Burnett was bullied her entire childhood and found solace in books. Toni knows the importance of books in creating and cultivating peace of mind. She dedicates her time and resources to organizations such as Reading Partners that enrich the lives of underprivileged students with one-on-one tutoring in fundamental educational skills such as reading and comprehension.

Sierra Scott is 53 years old and resides in Kansas. Scott graduated from Kansas State University in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Scott hopes that inspire others, especially women, through her platform “50 Plus, Fit, Fired-Up, and Fearless” to focus on the fact that age is merely a number.

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 Miss Jr. Teen division are:

  • First Runner-Up Sophia Martino, West Virginia,
  • Second Runner-Up Cameryn Cline, Kentucky,
  • Third Runner-Up Alison Hanna, Alabama, and
  • Fourth Runner-Up Ava Nicole Randall, South Carolina.

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

  • First Runner-Up Catherine Hood Kirkland, South Carolina,
  • Second Runner-Up Courtney Little, North Carolina,
  • Third Runner-Up Samantha Miller, Georgia, and
  • Fourth Runner-Up Laken Giles, Florida.

Rounding out the top 5 in the Ms. division are:

  • First Runner-Up Ashley Ingram, Tennessee,
  • Second Runner-Up Karen Kannada, Washington,
  • Third Runner-Up Susie Wayman, Utah, and
  • Fourth Runner-Up Anna Beth Browning, Mississippi.

Rounding out the top 5 in the Ms. Woman division are:

  • First Runner-Up Katie Kelley, Nevada,
  • Second Runner-Up Erin Rampersaud, Maryland,
  • Third Runner-Up Nicole Davis, Hawai’i, and
  • Fourth Runner-Up Kimberly Clark, Arizona.

The United States National Pageant Organization® 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.

For more information or appearance requests, please contact Director of Marketing Ashley Martinez at marketing@missunitedstatespageant.com.