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Delaware Teen Crowned Miss Teen USA

August 25, 1999

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) _ An aspiring civil engineer from Delaware plans to put college on hold for a year while she fulfills her new role as Miss Teen USA.

``This is a dream come true,″ said Ashley Coleman after being crowned Miss Teen USA 1999 on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old from Camden, Del., said plans to attend the University of Miami this fall will have to wait. Among her prizes is a $30,000 annual salary a new convertible and a pearl necklace.

Miss Coleman was chosen by a panel of judges in competition with other girls representing 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Miss Louisiana, Sarah Thornhill, 18, was first runner-up and Miss Maryland, Khosi Roy, 17, was second runner-up.

Other finalists were Miss Arizona, Danielle Demski, 17, and Miss Michigan, Sara Marie Dusendang, 18. Other semifinalists were Miss Nevada, Kristen Walthers, 18; Miss Tennessee, Rachel Boston, 17; Miss Texas, Misty Giles, 18, and Miss Virginia, Kristi Glakas, 18.

Carson Daly of MTV’s ``Total Request Live″ was host of the pageant, televised live on CBS.

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