Miss Teen USA 2022 lights up the Reno stage
The Miss Teen USA contingent of 51 aspiring titleholders returned to the Grand Sierra Resort stage in Reno, Nevada in a quest for the Miss Teen USA 2022 crown. The “Biggest Little City in the World” would play host to the Miss Teen USA Pageant. The Miss Teen USA delegates did not disappoint as they displayed confidence, beauty, and glamour when they lit up the Reno stage.
Quickly following the high energy opening production number, the Top Fifteen finalists of Miss Teen USA 2022, sixteen counting the fan favorite vote winner, were announced: Miss Teen USA Arizona Maya Denise Gaskin, Florida Alyssa Khan, Kansas Gracie Hendrickson, Nevada Janae McIntosh, Iowa Marisa Mathson, Ohio Kylan Darnell, Georgia Courtney Smith, Wisconsin Sage Gundelly, North Carolina Gabby Ortega, Hawaii Malulani Paiste, California Cassidy Hill, Michigan Isabella Mosqueda, Nebraska Faron Medhi, Idaho Jenna Beckstrom, Tennessee McKinley Farese, and Oklahoma Haleigh Hurst. At the end of the night, one of these young women would be crowned as Miss Teen USA 2022.
The on-stage competition began with the colorful and up-tempo Fitness Competition, which segued into the elegant and glamorous Evening Gown Presentation. With two on-stage competitions complete, the crowd welcomed to center stage the Top 5 Miss Teen representatives of the states: California, Tennessee, Michigan, Idaho, and Nebraska. These five were two steps closer to the crown of Miss Teen USA.
Following the #pageantryreimagined group discussion with host Miss USA 2021 Elle Smith, an anxiety filled Final Question was presented to each of the Top 5 Miss Teen USA contestants. The questions related to current affairs: What can’t someone learn online? Why aren’t teens learning more about financial literacy? If social media news is viewed as unreliable, where should you get your news? What are you doing to manage your digital wellness? Why is it easier to send a text message instead of talking? All pertinent and apropos topics.
As the selection committee cast their final ballots, special awards and recognitions were announced; Fan Favorite (online votes): Miss Teen USA Ohio, Photogenic: Miss Teen USA North Carolina, State Costume: Miss Teen USA Oklahoma, and Miss Congeniality: Miss Teen USA Nevada.
With a nervous murmur building through the Grand Sierra Resort Theater, the decision of the judges was proclaimed: 5th Place Tennessee, 4th Place Michigan, and 3rd Place California. It was down to the final two. As they stood hugging each other, Miss Idaho Teen USA was announced as 2nd Place, leaving a stunned, formerly Miss Nebraska Teen USA Faron Medhi, as the newly crowned Miss Teen USA 2022.
Miss Teen USA 2022 Faron Medhi sat down with Pageantry magazine to discuss the Miss Teen USA crowning moment, her passion for pediatric medicine, and her goals as Miss Teen USA 2022.
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