Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen
For the state pageant affiliated with Miss Teen USA, see Miss Illinois Teen USA
|Miss America's Outstanding Teen|
|Claire Thorpe Klinskey (Executive Director)|
The Miss Illinois' Teen competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the U.S. state of Illinois in the Miss America's Teen pageant.
Mia Fritsch-Anderson of Chicago was crowned Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen on June 10, 2022 at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center in Marion, Illinois. She competed for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, Texas on August 12, 2022.
In January of 2023, the official name of the pageant was changed from Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Teen, to Miss Illinois’ Teen, in accordance with the national pageant.
The year in parentheses indicated year of Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition the award/placement was garnered.
- Preliminary Talent: MerrieBeth Cox (2008)
- Preliminary Evening Wear/On-Stage Question: MerrieBeth Cox (2008), Summer Robbins (2012)
- Non-finalist Evening Wear/OSQ: Peyton Newman (2019)
- Non-finalist Interview: Summer Robbins (2011), Imani P. Muse (2020)
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age||Local title||Talent||Placement at MAO Teen||Special scholarships at MAO Teen||Notes|
|2022||Mia Fritsch-Anderson||Chicago||17||Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen||Irish Dance|
|2021||Kylie Ryder||Sycamore||18||Miss Windy City's Outstanding Teen||Lyrical Dance, "Who You Are"|
|2020||Victoria Shore||Marion||18||Miss Land of Lincoln's Outstanding Teen 2019||Vocal||N/A||Assumed title when Imani Muse stepped down after a year of service. Later became Miss Missouri Volunteer 2022.|
|2019||Imani P. Muse||Illinois City||16||Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen||Vocal, "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha||Non-finalist Interview Award||First African-American to be named Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen|
|2018||Peyton Newman||Vernon Hills||16||Vocal, "Vienna"||Non-finalist Evening Wear/OSQ Award||Previously National American Miss Junior Pre Teen 2012|
Previously Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Pre-Teen 2014
|2017||Maddie Mazzella||Chicago||17||Vocal “On my Way”|
|2016||Christine Bryant||Marion||17||Miss Southern Illinois' Outstanding Teen||Vocal, “Hallelujah”|
|2015||Peyton Tucker||Moline||17||Miss Windy City's Outstanding Teen||Vocal|
|2014||Grace Etzkorn||Lisle||17||Vocal||Competed at the Jimmy Awards in 2015|
2nd runner-up at Miss Illinois 2018 pageant
|2013||Isabelle Hanson||Glen Ellyn||17||Miss Northern Suburbs' Outstanding Teen||Violin||Dr. Glenn Harman Instrumental Talent Award||Later Miss Illinois 2021, Miss America 2022 Top 10 Finalist, Miss America 2022 Talent Preliminary Award Winner |
|2012||Grace Khachaturian||Champaign||15||Miss Central Illinois' Outstanding Teen||Dance||Later Miss Illinois 2018|
|2011||Summer Robbins||Coffeen||16||Miss Southern Illinois' Outstanding Teen||Violin, "Classical Gas"||Non-finalist Interview Award
Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award
|2010||Kaitlyn Wehr||Moline||16||Miss Blackhawk Valley's Outstanding Teen||Jazz Dance|
|2009||Andrea Novak||Arlington Heights||17||Miss Dupage County's Outstanding Teen||Dance/Twirl|
|2008||Emily Travis||Metropolis||17||Miss Metropolis' Outstanding Teen||Piano||Diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome as an infant|
|2007||MerrieBeth Cox||Roselle||16||Miss Greater Woodfield's Outstanding Teen||Baton Twirling||Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award
Preliminary Talent Award
|Later Purdue University's 27th Golden Girl|
Later Miss Indiana 2012
Top 12 at Miss America 2013 pageant
|2006||Campbell Hunt||Marion||Miss John A. Logan's Outstanding Teen||Vocal with American Sign Language interpretation, "The Rose"|
|2005||Kathryn Strause||Rock Island||17||Miss Blackhawk Valley's Outstanding Teen||Classical Piano|
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- ^ "Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen Christine Bryant". Olney Daily Mail. June 20, 2016.
- ^ "8 local teens to compete in Miss Blackhawk Valley Pageant". The Dispatch Argus. November 1, 2015.
...Peyton Tucker, Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen.
- ^ Schier, Anna (August 18, 2014). "Lisle teen pursues passion for advocacy work through pageants". My Suburban Life.
- ^ "Grace Etzkorn '15 to compete in National High School Musical Theatre Awards". Benet Academy.
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- ^ Cooley, Mary (June 10, 2018). "Miss Illinois 2018 to compete in first Miss America contest without swimsuit competition". Belleville News-Democrat.
- ^ Rodriguez, Codell. "Miss Windy City crowned Miss Illinois". The Southern. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
- ^ Galer Herschelman, Mary (July 11, 2011). "Summer Robbins Named Illinois Outstanding Teen". The Journal-News.
- ^ a b "2011 Scholarships". Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
- ^ "Moline teen wins state title". The Dispatch Argus. June 14, 2010.
- ^ "Outstanding teen is from Arlington Heights". The Daily Herald. July 3, 2009.
- ^ Madrzyk, Anna (October 23, 2011). "Suburban families cope with fetal alcohol syndrome". The Daily Herald.
Emily Travis, Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen 2008, is a straight-A student in college, fluent in Spanish and a classical pianist.
- ^ "Emily Travis is the Academic Achievement Award Recipient for the Traditional Program". Mid-Continent University. July 3, 2009.
- ^ "Neighbors in the News". The Daily Herald. April 8, 2008.
Merriebeth Cox, 17, of Roselle, the reigning Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen 2007...
- ^ "MerrieBeth Cox named Purdue's 27th Golden Girl". March 3, 2008.
- ^ "MerrieBeth Cox crowned Miss Indiana 2012". Current in Zionsville. July 3, 2012.
- ^ "IU's Terrin Thomas crowned Miss Indiana 2013". WTHR.com. June 23, 2013.
MerrieBeth placed in the Top 12 at Miss America 2012...
- ^ "Miss Outstanding Teen 2006". The Southern. June 12, 2006.
- ^ Geyer, Thomas (June 10, 2005). "Miss Iowa Pageant starts with night of song, dance". The Quad-City Times.
...joined by Rock Island High School junior Kathryn Strause, 17, who recently was named Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen.