[08/08/05 - 12:00 AM]
Allie Laforce Crowned Miss Teen Usa(R) 2005 During Live NBC Telecast on August 8

[via press release from NBC]


BATON ROUGE, La. -- August 8, 2005 �This evening, during one of the year�s most exciting live television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Ohio�s Allie LaForce as MISS TEEN USA� 2005.

Ms. LaForce is a 16 year-old from Vermilion, Ohio who plans on studying broadcast journalism and participating in NCAA athletics so she can live out her dream of interviewing professional athletes.

MTV VJ and Miss USA 2003, Susie Castillo, co-hosted with �Passions� Heartthrob Galen Gering live from the Baton Rouge River Center Arena. Teen sensation Aaron Carter performed �Saturday Night� and �American Idol�s� Kimberley Locke sang her top 20 hit �I Could.�

The celebrity judging panel for Miss Teen USA 2005 included: Kathy Hilton, NBC�s �I Want to be a Hilton,� Naima Mora, CoverGirl spokesmodel and winner of �America�s Next Top Model,� John Ferriter, Senior Vice President Television-Cable Syndication Network Reality Department and head of Network Alternative at William Morris Agency; Shane McRae, Bobby on NBC�s �Four Kings;� Danica Stewart, Jessica Bennett on NBC�s �Passions;� Matt Ellis, Tommy�s roommate on NBC�s �Tommy Lee Goes to College;� and Lou Pearlman, world famous music producer.

Throughout the two-hour event, the contestants competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. During these competitions the �Top Five� finalists were selected before the crowning. Shelley Hennig, Miss Teen USA 2004, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast, before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of more than 250 million.

Final Results:

First Runner Up: Catherine Laurion, Miss Michigan Teen USA, will assume the duties of Miss Teen USA 2005 if for some reason Allie LaForce cannot fulfill her responsibilities.

Second Runner Up: Andrea Turner, Miss West Virginia Teen USA

Rest of Top Five:
Stephanie Brink, Miss California Teen USA
Allie LaForce, Miss Ohio Teen USA
Kelly Cruse, Miss Illinois Teen USA
Andrea Turner, Miss West Virginia Teen USA
Catherine Laurion, Miss Michigan Teen USA

Rest of Top Ten:
Stephanie Brink, Miss California Teen USA
Tori Hall, Miss Virginia Teen USA
Allie LaForce, Miss Ohio Teen USA
Kelly Cruse, Miss Illinois Teen USA
Brittany Toll, Miss New Mexico Teen USA
Andrea Turner, Miss West Virginia Teen USA
LaTasha Laine Lawrie, Miss Kansas Teen USA
Crystal Glidden, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA
Catherine Laurion, Miss Michigan Teen USA
Katie Conkle, Miss Georgia Teen USA

Miss Photogenic Award: LaTasha Laine Lawrie, Miss Kansas Teen USA. The general public voted on www.nbc.com for the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera.

Congeniality Award: Rachel Joy Woolard, Miss Missouri Teen USA. The award reflects the respect and admiration of the delegate�s peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant.

Sponsors of MISS TEEN USA � 2005 include: CoverGirl Cosmetics, �Official Cosmetics� sponsor; The School for Film and Television; Preciosa Crystal, �Official Crystal Award;� Tadashi Fashions, �Official Fashion� sponsor; Mikimoto, �Official Jewelry� sponsor; American Airlines; Steve Madden, �Official Fashion Footwear;� Suzuki, �Official Automobile� sponsor; and Farouk Systems, �Official Haircare� sponsor and Mystic Tan.

The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE�, MISS USA� and MISS TEEN USA� Competitions, is a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership. �Miss Teen USA � 2005� is executive produced by Donald Trump and Phil Gurin. By forging relationships with organizations committed to education and action, such as Sparrow Clubs, SHiNE (Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods Everyday) and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Miss Teen USA is dedicated to educating teenagers today.

  [august 2005]  


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