Pageant officials discussed and even announced several responses. They finally seemed to settle on the "hurricane option," crowning more than one finalist at the pageant and keeping the real winner's identify secret until the taped event could be broadcast. But at the last minute, this plan apparently was abandoned and the actual winner was announced.
Ms. Minnillo lives in Charleston. And check this out, Asian pageant fans: She was born in the Philippines.
Others in the top five were Virginia's Misty Horn and Wyoming's Gina DeBernardi.
Other semifinalists were Katee Doland of Colorado, Nicole Broderick of Florida, Christie Cole of Texas, Jennifer Reel of Mississippi and Nicole Manske of Illinois.
Several news organizations, including PNB, originally printed a slightly incorrect list of Miss Teen USA semifinalists. In the process, Nicole Manske of Illinois and Katee Doland of Colorado were deprived of due recognition. We apologize to them and to our readers. It was a rough night for the news media on all fronts.