LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL- At age 15, Katherine Haik of Covington, La., became the youngest Miss Teen USA in history when she was crowned Aug. 22 in Nassau, Bahamas.
On Saturday at The Venetian, Haik, now 16, crowns her successor, and Carissa Morrow of Henderson is among the hopefuls as 2016 Miss Teen Nevada.
Katherine, who begins her junior year in high school this fall, answered 10 questions via email ahead of Saturday’s competition.
What can we expect during Saturday’s 2016 Miss Teen USA Pageant at The Venetian?
You can expect to see 51 confidently beautiful young women who have all worked so hard to compete and represent their states at the 2016 Miss Teen USA! We have Nick Fradiani, the winner of AMERICAN IDOL Season 14 performing, so fans should get ready for a high-energy show.
This year also marks the first time that the contestants will compete in athletic wear instead of swimsuits. The decision is an important cultural shift for the Miss Universe Organization, which continues to celebrate and empower young women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same. I can’t wait to be a part of it all.
What advice would you give the contestants?
I tell the contestants to always be yourself, have lots of fun and make it about enjoying the experience. Only one will walk away with the title of Miss Teen USA 2016, so it is most important to meet new friends and create memorable experiences from this week.
And the winner in her upcoming year as Miss Teen USA?
Rehearsals for the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition are underway at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada! In just a few short days, one of the 51 contestants will be crowned Miss Teen USA 2016.
Tune in Friday July 29 at 11PM ET/8PM PT for the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Preliminary Competition, streaming LIVE on the Miss U App.
See who will become the next Miss Teen USA on Saturday July 30 at 8PM ET/5PM PT streaming LIVE from the Miss U App.
Who is your favorite #MissTeenUSA contestant?
On Saturday July 30 at 8PM ET/5PM PT, you can watch the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition right here on the Miss U App. We are so excited to announce our hosts and musical guest for the evening.
Hosting the competition will be none other than Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan:
Olivia will be joined by Vine-star and social media personality, Cody Johns.
Performing during the show will be Nick Fradiani, winner of American Idol in 2015.
Who are you most excited to see on stage? Let us know by using hashtag #MissTeenUSA!
Thanks to active wear by Tapout x Goldsheep, the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Contestants are ready to show you their favorite workouts that you can do anywhere. These are great when you’re on the go!
Put on some active wear and follow along!
Squats are more of a challenge when you hop side to side like Miss Ohio Teen USA 2016 Olivia Turk.
Try some alternating punches like Miss Florida Teen USA 2016 Gracie Smith.
If you are up for the challenge, do push-ups followed by a jump just like Miss Colorado Teen USA 2016 Alexis Wynnes.
If you are looking for a good lower body workout, try a squat like Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2016 Joahnnalee Ucol.
Finally, leg lunges are great stretches and an easy to-do strength training exercise. Just look at Miss Alaska Teen 2016 Nneamaka Isolokwu.
What are your favorite at home exercises? Let us know at #MissTeenUSA
Miss Universe Indonesia 2016 Kecia Warouw visited the 66th Anniversary celebrations of RSPAD Hospital, the Army’s largest hospital. The special guest of the evening was Smile Train.
You can help out a child in need by visiting Smile Train.