Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen

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Miss Illinois
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss America's Outstanding Teen
Official language
Key people
Claire Thorpe Klinskey (Executive Director)
WebsiteOfficial website

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.

Results summary[edit]

The year in parentheses indicated year of Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition the award/placement was garnered.


Preliminary awards[edit]

  • Preliminary Talent: MerrieBeth Cox (2008)
  • Preliminary Evening Wear/On-Stage Question: MerrieBeth Cox (2008), Summer Robbins (2012)

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • 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[1] 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[2] 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[3] Vernon Hills 16 Vocal, "Vienna" Non-finalist Evening Wear/OSQ Award[4] Previously National American Miss Junior Pre Teen 2012[5]

Previously Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Pre-Teen 2014

Semi-finalist at Miss Illinois Teen USA 2020[6]

2017 Maddie Mazzella[7] Chicago 17 Vocal “On my Way”
2016 Christine Bryant[8] Marion 17 Miss Southern Illinois' Outstanding Teen Vocal, “Hallelujah”
2015 Peyton Tucker[9] Moline 17 Miss Windy City's Outstanding Teen Vocal
2014 Grace Etzkorn[10] Lisle 17 Vocal Competed at the Jimmy Awards in 2015[11]

2nd runner-up at Miss Illinois 2018 pageant[12]
2013 Isabelle Hanson[13] 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 [14]
2012 Grace Khachaturian[15] Champaign 15 Miss Central Illinois' Outstanding Teen Dance Later Miss Illinois 2018[12][16]
2011 Summer Robbins[17][18] Coffeen 16 Miss Southern Illinois' Outstanding Teen Violin, "Classical Gas" Non-finalist Interview Award[19]

Preliminary Evening Wear/OSQ Award[19]
2010 Kaitlyn Wehr[20] Moline 16 Miss Blackhawk Valley's Outstanding Teen Jazz Dance
2009 Andrea Novak[21] Arlington Heights 17 Miss Dupage County's Outstanding Teen Dance/Twirl
2008 Emily Travis[22] Metropolis 17 Miss Metropolis' Outstanding Teen Piano Diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome as an infant[23]
2007 MerrieBeth Cox[24] 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[25]

Later Miss Indiana 2012[26]
Top 12 at Miss America 2013 pageant[27]
2006 Campbell Hunt[28] Marion Miss John A. Logan's Outstanding Teen Vocal with American Sign Language interpretation, "The Rose"
2005 Kathryn Strause[29] Rock Island 17 Miss Blackhawk Valley's Outstanding Teen Classical Piano


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  2. ^ Moore, Kristin (June 18, 2019). "East Moline woman wins Miss Illinois Chicago girl wins Outstanding Teen, Marion's Victoria Shore First Runner-Up". Carbondale Times.
  3. ^ Taylor, Laura (June 12, 2018). "Newman wins Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen pageant, Victoria Shore is First Runner-Up". Carbondale Times.
  4. ^ "2018 Scholarships". Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
  5. ^ Reilly, Tiffany (February 14, 2012). "Meet the 2011-2012 National American Miss Jr Preteen Peyton Newman!". NAM-365.
  6. ^ "Miss Illinois USA & Teen USA pageant results". Pageant Update. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  7. ^ "Maddie Mazzella to compete for Miss America's Outstanding Teen!". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  8. ^ "Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen Christine Bryant". Olney Daily Mail. June 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "8 local teens to compete in Miss Blackhawk Valley Pageant". The Dispatch Argus. November 1, 2015. ...Peyton Tucker, Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen.
  10. ^ Schier, Anna (August 18, 2014). "Lisle teen pursues passion for advocacy work through pageants". My Suburban Life.
  11. ^ "Grace Etzkorn '15 to compete in National High School Musical Theatre Awards". Benet Academy.
  12. ^ a b "This year's Miss Illinois is a 21-year-old from Champaign". The Southern Illinoisan. June 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Chicago-area woman crowned Miss Illinois; Miss Quincy wins service, academic award". Herald-WHIG. June 30, 2013.
  14. ^ Southern, LES O'DELL The. "Isabelle Hanson crowned Miss Illinois 2021". The Southern. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  15. ^ Walker, Justin (July 2, 2012). "Ervin named Miss Illinois 2012". Marion Republican.
  16. ^ Cooley, Mary (June 10, 2018). "Miss Illinois 2018 to compete in first Miss America contest without swimsuit competition". Belleville News-Democrat.
  17. ^ Rodriguez, Codell. "Miss Windy City crowned Miss Illinois". The Southern. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  18. ^ Galer Herschelman, Mary (July 11, 2011). "Summer Robbins Named Illinois Outstanding Teen". The Journal-News.
  19. ^ a b "2011 Scholarships". Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
  20. ^ "Moline teen wins state title". The Dispatch Argus. June 14, 2010.
  21. ^ "Outstanding teen is from Arlington Heights". The Daily Herald. July 3, 2009.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ "Emily Travis is the Academic Achievement Award Recipient for the Traditional Program". Mid-Continent University. July 3, 2009.
  24. ^ "Neighbors in the News". The Daily Herald. April 8, 2008. Merriebeth Cox, 17, of Roselle, the reigning Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen 2007...
  25. ^ "MerrieBeth Cox named Purdue's 27th Golden Girl". March 3, 2008.
  26. ^ "MerrieBeth Cox crowned Miss Indiana 2012". Current in Zionsville. July 3, 2012.
  27. ^ "IU's Terrin Thomas crowned Miss Indiana 2013". WTHR.com. June 23, 2013. MerrieBeth placed in the Top 12 at Miss America 2012...
  28. ^ "Miss Outstanding Teen 2006". The Southern. June 12, 2006.
  29. ^ 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.

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