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Mary Risener


Hometown: Houma

Height: 5’ 7”

Age: 19


Mary Risener is an 18-year-old 2013 graduate of Vandebilt Catholic High School, and recently completed her freshman year in film and theater arts at the University of New Orleans. She completed her first semester while starring as the lead role of Peggy in the University's theatrical production of "Album" and also holding the title of Miss Louisiana Teen USA. In early 2011, she was named "Model of the Year" at the International Presentation of Performers in Los Angeles, California. and is also a 3 time model for NOLA Fashion week. Mary is an avid reader and has visited many schools and libraries to promote her reading platform across the state of Louisiana. She has even sponsored a book drive in support of the platform, and in addition to this, she has also worked with multiple organizations such as: Toys for Tots, Lemonade Day LA, and the Louisiana Girl’s Leadership Academy to name a few. Through her hard work, Mary hopes to make everyone proud at the Miss Teen USA competition

Favorite Things

Movie : The Phantom of the Opera

Song : "Defying Gravity" from the Broadway musical, Wicked

Sport : Swimming

Food : Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti

fun facts

  1. 1

    Mary is an "oldies" music lover!

  2. 2

    Mary loves to catch salt water crabs in the ocean every summer for her family's annual crab boil!

  3. 3

    Mary has read The Selection, written by Kiera Cass, 19 times. It is her favorite book, and she even got to meet the author!