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Miss Wyoming USA and Miss Wyoming Teen USA crowned in Casper

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 1:42 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - This weekend, contestants filled Natrona County High School to compete for the titles of Miss Wyoming and Miss Wyoming Teen USA. Fourteen women competed for the miss crown, while nineteen ladies aimed for the teen title.

Mackenzie Kern of Casper, Wyoming and Teryn Thatcher of Kemmerer, Wyoming brought home the titles.

“It feels incredible. That’s just my word of the night. It’s incredible seeing everyone. They’re like family. The people here, the girls, are absolutely incredible to have spent the time that I had with them was so amazing and just an incredible experience all in all,” said Kern, Miss Wyoming USA 2021.

Wyoming has never won the Miss USA or Miss Teen USA crown, but these ladies are determined to make an impact at their national pageants. Both ladies are looking forward to spending their year and time at nationals to show that Wyoming is real. Kern’s platform, Wyoming is Real, is dedicated to showing Wyomingites they are capable of doing all they set their minds to. Kern and Thatcher want to serve as role models during their year of service and show others that no matter where you are from, you can accomplish anything with the right motivation.

“I’m there to show that Wyoming’s in the running. We’re not any different than any other state. We may be the smallest and the least populated but we’re just as deserving to be there as anyone else,” said Thatcher, Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2021.

The contestants compete in a private interview, active wear/swimsuit, and evening gown categories. However, National Director of Miss Wyoming USA, Denise Wallace Heitkamp, says the organization is much more than that. She hopes that by competing in the Miss USA Organization, contestants will learn to step outside their comfort zones, make lifelong friendships, and feel empowered.

“We have seen young women go on to do amazing things, have great success in their chosen careers and with their families and throughout their communities,” said Heitkamp.

The Miss Wyoming USA Organization thanks the city of Casper for all their community support during this weekend.

The Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants will be held this year in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Paradise Cover Theater of River Spirit Casino Resort.

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