Miss Teen North Carolina Comes Close, But No Crown

An 18-year-old from Colorado has been crowned Miss Teen USA 2007. Hillary Carol Cruz received her crown from outgoing Miss Teen
USA Katie Blair Saturday night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

The two-hour pageant was carried live on NBC TV. Contestants competed in swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories.

Cruz said she hopes to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and land a job with a TV entertainment news program.

First runner-up was Miss New Jersey Teen USA Alyssa Campanella. The rest of the top five, in order, were Miss North Carolina Teen USA Kaitlin Coble, Miss South Carolina Teen USA Lauren Caitlin Upton and Miss West Virginia Teen USA Chelsea Welch.