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Delegates from all over the world gathered in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA at the Crowne Plaza Aire July 19-22 for the Global United Pageant™ international finals.

Contestants enjoyed a week filled with gifts, great meals, and events as pageant week was filled with opportunities for the delegates to meet new international friends and give back to the communities around them.

Wednesday afternoon found the delegates gathering together for the orientation and a meet-and-greet before heading to the Mall of America for shopping and fun.

After Thursday’s rehearsal wrapped up, delegates went to the University of Minnesota Masonic Hospital where they treated patients and families to a party and carnival fun for everyone. The evening’s return to the host hotel brought a gold banquet and talent show where Katie Kramer of Minnesota and Dana Henry of Montana were recognized for their talent performances. The night wrapped up with a pajama party as delegates tied blankets for the patients of the hospital.

With rehearsals completed on Friday, the delegates and titleholders took in the afternoon for free time at the Mall of America, or a little R&R in the host hotel. That evening, interviews began and community service entries were reviewed. Debra Nisbit took overall honors with the top score in the Interview portion of the program.

Saturday, delegates and queens gathered at the North Garden Theater for rehearsal and the Pageant finals to see who would be crowned the next Miss, Ms, Mrs, Elite, Classic and Senior Ms Global United.

That evening the Country Costume found Dana Henry, Mrs Montana, to the top of the scores with a fun tribute to the “treasure state”. The Personality Wear portion of the competition saw Katie Kramer take home the award for her tribute to her favorite sports teams. The final two areas of competition, Evening Wear and Onstage question were brought home by Dana Henry, and Debra Nisbit – respectively.

Bringing home some of the optional awards were Dana Henry for Photogenic, Lucinda DuPlesiss from South Africa for Miss Congeniality and top auction item went to Cindy Umland of, and top ad page sales to Lucinda DuPlessis.

Joining the Global United Pageant as Lifetime Queens were Tracie Chan of Malaysia, Alexandra Perez of Venezuela, Melony Butler of Minnesota, and Robbie Canner of Australia.

The Global United Pageant is a philanthropic program dedicated to community service. At least $50 is donated in each Queens’ name after her year’s reign, to a charity of her choice.


Global United™ Pageant Winners


  • People’s Choice – Frennie Tan of Borneo
  • Community Service – Cindy Umland of Minnesota, USA
  • Miss Global United – Katie Kramer of Minnesota, USA
  • Ms Global United – Lucinda DuPlessis of South Africa
  • Mrs Global United – Namita Kohok of India
  • Elite Ms Global United- Sammie Barrette of Canada
  • Classic Ms Global United – Debra Nisbit of Minnesota, USA
  • Senior Ms Global United – Ruth Tibesar of Minnesota, USA


(Minneapolis, Minnesota) – November 22, 2016 – 18 year old Serena Zamarripa of Palacious, Texas was crowned Miss Teen of America 2017 this past Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Serena Zamarripa, Miss Teen of America 2017
Serena Zamarripa, Miss Teen of America 2017

Serena is a recent graduate of Palacious High School, where she was ranked first in her class.  She was the recipient of the TENARIS Student of the Year Award and $60,000 Scholarship. Serena also served as the Junior Class President and Senior Class President and was a two-year intern at the Chau Law Firm. Her future ambitions include becoming a corporate attorney. Serena will receive a prize package valued at over $20,000 and will also serve as an inclusion ambassador for Special Olympics, which is the Miss Teen of America Organization’s charitable alliance.

Throughout the pageant the candidates competed in six distinct categories of judging: Scholastic Achievement, Service to School and Community, Personal Development, Personality Poise and Projection in evening wear, a General Awareness Test and Interview. President, Sunny Hill, stated: “This pageant is not a typical beauty pageant, with sixty percent of our judging completed prior to the judges even seeing the young ladies. The Miss Teen of America Organization highlights achievement and promotes confidence in the leaders of tomorrow.”

The outgoing Miss Teen of America (Iowa), Cornelia Hayes, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the event.

Other highlights of the weekend include: Special Olympics Minnesota Bowling Event at Sky Deck in Mall of America, Forever 21 Exclusive Shopping Event at Mall of America, Autograph Stations at Macy’s Mall of America and time at Nickelodeon Universe. Steven Roddy, Founder of The Pageant Planet, co-emceed the Pageant Finals with MTOA Executive Director Becky Thoreson, and provided hosting of the live event on his social media networks. The Mall of America was deservingly named 2016 Sponsor of the Year, and participants greatly enjoyed time at both the Mall of America and Radisson Blu, which was the Miss Teen of America host hotel.

Final Results:

Miss Teen of America 2017:         Miss Teen of Texas, Serena Zamarripa

1st Runner-Up:                  Miss Teen of New York, Leah Xiao

2nd Runner-Up:                 Miss Teen of Utah, Megan Okumura

3rd Runner Up:                  Miss Teen of Virginia, Kaitlyn Hyun

4th Runner Up:                  Miss Teen of North Dakota, Lauren Hinckley

Spirit Award:                     Miss Teen of California, Kara Eggink

Sponsor of the Year:       Mall of America

About the Miss Teen of America Organization:

The Miss Teen of America Pageant was founded in 1983 by Mr. Warren Alexander, a former educator and pageant director, and designed to help young women reach their full potential. The scholastically based pageant recognizes young women ages 13-18 for their outstanding personal achievements, leadership abilities, and artistic, creative or athletic talents.

For more information, please visit www.missteenofamerica.com.

SOURCE: Miss Teen of America