Miss Tampa Bay USA &
Miss Tampa Bay Teen USA
November 15, 2015
The Miss Tampa Bay Teen USA 2016 delegates backstage in their opening blue dresses
Our final stop of our Mid November Doubleheader Weekend found The Road to Miss Florida USA in Hillsborough County. On a glorious Sunday we presented the sixth edition of the Miss Tampa Bay USA & Teen USA Pageants. The competition took place on the historic stages of The Italian Club of Tampa in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa. The event was hosted by Miss Tampa Bay USA 2016 Meagan Guerra, Miss Tampa Bay Teen USA 2016 Ariel Owens and Miss Southwest USA 2016 Kailey Buchannan as they graced the podium during the fast paced and lively performance. It was quite the large and enthusiastic audience as we made our first of three stops in the region this season.
The Miss Teen USA delegates opened the show with introductions in their blue cocktail dresses while the USA division delegates were introduced in their red cocktail dresses. Then the first chance the audience had to meet the young ladies and then gained insight into their public speaking abilities with the onstage interview competition. The pageantry continued with swimwear of one or two piece suits of their own choosing. Then it was everyone favorite, the evening gown competition showed the delegates flair for fashion. All competitions ended with group comparison judging.
As soon as the votes were tabulated by the official auditor the results were handed to our results hostess and Miss Florida Teen USA 2016 Gracie Smith to read the judges results. Up first was the Miss Photogenic award for the pageant, all of which qualified the winner to the state: Miss Photogenic was presented to Natalia Cuebas, then Miss Amity was announced and Leja Apple wins the evening’s friendliest award.
Then the Tampa Bay Teen USA delegates were called to the front of the stage and read the results:
1st Runner Up is Jada Kelly
Miss Tampa Bay Teen USA 2016 is Alexandra Tiek
Finally the Tampa Bay USA delegates were called to the front of the stage and read the results:
1st Runner Up is Leja Apple
Miss Tampa Bay USA 2017 is Kailyn Perez!
It was truly a great evening of pageantry. Congratulations to Ms. Perez and Miss Tiek on their entries to state in Hollywood. Also a big thank you to the days dedicated volunteers and staff of the Italian Club of Tampa who put together one fun day of pageantry. The Road to Hollywood now takes the Thanksgiving Holiday and will return for a doubleheader weekend with Sanford and Boca Raton on the weekend of December 5th and 6th as we prepare the field for the state championships of pageantry in Florida!
Miss Kelly introduces herself to the audience during the interview competition /
Monica Anestin poses for the camera after her onstage interview
Miss Cuebas (black); Monica Anestin (purple) and Amber Garrett (blue) iin the swimsuit competition
Elisabeth Lewalski (purple), Ms. Apple (black); and Ms. Perez (red) during the Evening Gown Competition
Miss Tiek winning moments
8378 – Team Miss Tampa Bay USA 2017