Gracie Smith of Ponce Inlet has been chosen as Miss Floride Teen USA 2016. She will be competing in Miss Teen USA 2016. She was crowned by Miss Florida Teen USA 2015 Jara Courson of Lake City.
Further Reading: Miss Teen USA 2016 Contestants
Gracie Smith is a honors high school student. She likes journalism, reading and writing. She wants to write a novel and win a Pulitzer prize. She likes dance, piano, volleyball and spending time with family. She works for charities that support autistic kids. She is the first returning runner-up to win Miss Florida Teen USA since 2005. Gracie is 16. She was 4th runner-up in the previous edition and semi-finalist in previous to prevoius edition.
WINNER Grace Smith • Daytona Beach
1RU Victoria Fields • St. Petersburg
2RU Daniela Albrecht • Homestead
3RU Joy Mayfield • Jacksonville
4RU Monet McFarland • Parkland
Lindsey Langston • Gainesville
Victoria DiSorbo • Hollywood
Meghan Bischoff • Fort Myers
Jessica Fernandez • Polk County
Lindsay Bettis • North Central Florida
Jaclyn Weber • Jupiter
Nina Shinault • Orlando
Carolyn Munson • Treasure Coast
Jenna Piatak • Leon County
Hailey Anderson • Naples
Gracie Smith has the chance to be the second Miss Teen USA from Florida. Kimberlee Edwards of Key West won Miss Teen USA 1987 title. The first placement of Florida in Miss Teen USA was achieved by Stefanie Smith in Miss Teen USA 1986. She made it to the Top 10. Third placement was by Christy Fatzinger of Dade City in Miss Teen USA 1994. She was Top 12. Corinna Clark of Temple Terrace was Top 12 in Miss Teen USA 1995. Nicole Broderick of Hallandale was in Top 10 of Miss Teen USA 1998. Jennifer Wooten, Jillian Wunderlich and Alyssa Rivera made it to Top 15 in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Three of Miss Florida Teen USA winners went on to represent Florida in Miss USA after winning Miss Florida USA pageants. They were Kelly Gaudet (1996), Cristin Duren (1997) and Anastagia Pierre (2004). Anastagia Pierre was Miss Bahamas Universe 2011.
Image Credits: Pageant Update