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Delaware Woman Wins Miss Teen USA

August 25, 1999

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) _ An 18-year-old from Delaware who wants to study ivil engineering was crowned Miss Teen USA 1999 on Tuesday night.

Ashley Coleman, 5-foot-8 with light brown hair and dark brown eyes, 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.

The other semifinalists were Miss Nevada, Kristen Walthers, 18; Miss Tennessee, Rachel Boston, 17; Miss Texas, Misty Giles, 18, and Miss Virginia, Kristi Glakas, 18.

The selection of a successor to 1998 Miss Teen USA, Vanessa Minnillo of South Carolina, followed more than two weeks of rehearsals that frayed the nerves of last year’s top finishers.

Jennifer Reel, one of last year’s top 10, remembered it well.

``As the pageant gets closer to the final night, a lot of the girls start turning from, `Hey I’m nice, I’m your friend,′ to, `Don’t talk to me,′ you know, and that kind of hurt my feelings,″ said Miss Reel, who was Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1998.

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

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