Miss Tampa Bay USA & 

Miss Tampa Bay Teen USA

Our final stop of our West Coast Doubleheader Weekend found The Road to Hollywood in Hillsborough County as we presented the fourth edition of the Miss Tampa Bay USA & Teen USA Pageants. The competition took place as a Sunday twilight event onstage at The Italian Club of Tampa in the Historic Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa. The event was hosted by Miss Tampa USA 2014 Susanne Vaughn, Miss Hillsborough County USA 2014 Amber Jackson and Miss Tampa Bay Teen USA 2014 Olivia Caputo 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.  


Olivia Horner in her opening white outfit / Miss Seeno  (blue); Miss Owen (aqua); Shelby St. Amant (black)

in the swimsuit competition



Kaysee Gonzalez (red), Haviland Kebler (multi-colored);

and Ms. Ahmad (silver) during the Evening Gown Competition  



The five (5) Miss Teen USA delegates opened the show with self-introductions in their white cocktail dresses while the five (5) USA division delegates introduced themselves in their red cocktail dresses. This was 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 Ms. Vaughn 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 Tiffany Blethen, then Miss Amity was announced and Nancy Seeno 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 Ariel Owens

Miss Tampa Bay Teen USA 2015 is Amanda Abrams


Finally the Tampa Bay USA delegates were called to the front of the stage and read the results:

1st Runner Up is Henna Ahmad

Miss Tampa Bay USA 2015 is Stephanie Zjharka  




Miss Abrams and Ms. Zjarka’s winning moments




It was truly a great evening of pageantry. Congratulations to Miss Abrams and Ms. Zjharka 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 a two week holiday and resumes for the final weekend of the year for pageantry in Miramar and Palm Beach County.



Team Tampa Bay USA 2015