The ladies of the 2014 Miss USA beauty pageant are ready to take Baton Rouge by storm this weekend with their hopes and dreams on the line. The 63rd Annual competition will be held at the Baton Rouge River Center in Louisiana and will be hosted by "Fashion Police's" Giuliana Rancic and Thomas Roberts from MSNBC's "Way Too Early," morning show. Musical guests for the evening include Mexican pop-rock band Camila, Florida Georgia Line and special guest Nelly, Marc Broussard and The Dirty Dozen Brass Bands. The contestants that represent each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. During the evening gown competition, viewers at home will be able to save their favorite by tweeting the hashtag "Save The Queen." Outgoing reigning queen, Erin Brady, will crown her sucessor at the end of the three hour telecast. Scroll-through our photo gallery above to meet the contestants and read their bio's down below!

Jesica Ahlberg (24, Alabama): Graduate of Auburn University with a degree in public relations. After graduation, she began chasing her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. Since 2012, she has booked several national commercials and print-ad campaigns for companies such as Delta, Gold Bond, the NBA (National Basketball Association) and others. She has recurring television roles on USA's "Necessary Roughness" and Cinemax's "Banshee." She also has supporting roles in the feature films "Selfless" and "Spongebob Squarepants 2." She's an advocate of childhood literacy and works very closely with the Better Basics M.O.R.E. program, an organization that focuses on reading enrichment for fourth grade students in order to enhance literacy skills and encourage reading for pleasure to hopefully foster a desire to learn. When she's not working, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, spending time at the beach with her family, and fishing.

Kendall Bautista (21, Alaska): Kendall started the first Alaska chapter of the "Queen for a Day" Foundation. She is the Director, providing therapeutic experiences to children with chronic illnesses in the hospital by spending a day dressing them up like princesses and having a tea party filled with joy and laughter. She also serves as a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and visits with her "little sister" each week. She joined the program after her family fostered a five-year-old girl who inspired her to continue to be a big sister in the life of other young girls. She enjoys working with many charitable causes. She continues to make a positive impact on her community while working to obtain her degree in Journalism and Marketing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She plans to have a career in public relations and broadcast journalism, and become a best-selling author.

Jordan Wessel (20, Arizona): Jordan Wessel is not your ordinary 20 year old. She has an incredibly big heart and is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She truly is living proof that you can accomplish anything that you put your mind to. Jordan has dealt with a serious health condition for three years which nearly defeated her. She healed herself through fitness and nutrition and took the initiative to create the life she always wanted. She went into the Miss Arizona USA pageant, never having competed before, and had an open mind and positive attitude. Since she has been crowned, she has made it her mission to make the absolute most out of her title. She is passionate about making an impact on others and has been incredibly involved in the community. She is a role model for girls who have followed her journey and watched her grow. Jordan is a driven, genuine and caring person who has dedicated her life to accomplishing her goals and helping others. 

Helen Wisner (25, Arkansas): Helen Elizabeth Wisner is a speech teacher and assistant golf coach at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Arkansas. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Arkansas in 2010. From the Fall of 2010 to the Spring of 2012, Helen worked on her masters degree. In the fall of 2011, she began teaching undergraduate communication classes per a Teaching Assistantship and tutoring for the University of Arkansas Athletic Department. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and part of the 2010 National Sprite Step Off winning team. Helen grew up in the North Little Rock area and graduated with honors in 2006 from North Pulaski High School. While growing up, she loved cheer leading, camping, acting, church activities, vacations, family activities, hanging out with friends and playing team sports. She was born in California and lived in Mesa, Arizona when she was adopted. Helen believes she is blessed beyond words to have been given this life.

Cassandra Kunze (20, California): Cassandra Kunze is a twenty-year-old California girl born and raised in San Diego. She is a junior at San Diego State University studying Television, Film & New Media and International Security & Conflict Resolution. She grew up dancing ballet at California Ballet School and is a self taught pianist. Cassandra loves playing flag football as well as baseball, track & field, golf, ultimate frisbee and paddle boarding. She has travelled to Costa Rica, the Caribbean and to Israel as a U.S. student ambassador. She is the middle child of three, having an older and younger brother. Her parents' divorced when she was seven years old and she now has a wonderful stepfather, stepbrother and stepmother. Cassandra's favorite quote is "a day without laughter is a day wasted" and believes that optimism is key to making the most of every day. 

Eleanna Livaditis (25, Colorado): Eleanna Livaditis was born and raised in Centennial Colorado. She graduated from the University of Wyoming where she received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She currently works in the legal department of an oil and gas company in Denver and plans to use the skills she has learned to help her achieve her dream of practicing environmental law. Eleanna is 100% Greek and the only first generation Greek American to compete at Miss USA. She thinks that growing up with the duality of both cultures has made a major impact on her life. Eleanna comes from a big family and their love and support are everything to her. Eleanna is the youngest of five kids; she has three older sisters, and one older brother. She is also blessed to have four nephews that are the light of her life and she spends as much time with as possible. Her hobbies include traveling, seeing live music, cooking, teaching Greek school, and playing with her dog, Berkley.

Desirée Pérez (26, Conneticut): Desiree is a Venezuelan native who moved to the United States at the age of 9 due to medical reasons. She was diagnosed with a rare tumor that developed in her jaw at the age of 7 and was quickly removed by a bone transplant. As a result, she hopes to use her title to advocate for children that have been exposed to cancer. This situation has allowed her to understand the importance of encouraging others through her story. In her free time, Desiree loves to spend quality time with her friends and family, attend comedy shows, cook, and paddle board. Desiree was raised in a business household, which helped her developed a business mindset. She has built an Amway business by being an Independent Business Owner. She hopes to create a legacy for her family.Desiree believes in the art of Free Enterprise and hopes to help as many people as possible do the same. 

Kelsey Miller (23, Delaware): Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Organizational and Community Leadership. After tearing both ACLs as a local prominent high school basketball player, she decided to enter her first pageant hoping it would serve as a diversion from her long recovery. She was able to carry her competitive nature from the hardwood over to the stage by being crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA 2009. Not only did she win the pageant, but also, Kelsey learned the importance of self-confidence, which she strives to extend to all young women. Desiring to continue this life as a role model for women, she competed for Miss Delaware USA and won after her second attempt at the age of 23. Aside from academics and pageantry, Kelsey spends many hours each week volunteering as a peer mentor at the Boys and Girls Club. This act brings her great humility as she recognizes how fortunate she is, which serves as her motivation to ensure that she always maximizes her potential.

Ciera Nicole Butts (23, District of Columbia): Ciera Nicole Butts, 23, is a 2012 graduate of Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Communications. Her knowledge, talent, and her passion for fashion, has led her to positions with ROCHE in New York City as the Production Coordinator of New York Fashion Shows. In addition, she had the opportunity to intern with IMG - Fashion Events as the Public Relations and Marketing Intern. There she was given the opportunity to assist on all tasks of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Public Relations and Marketing office and managed the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Press and Industry list. Closer to home, Ciera has worked as an Event Coordinator for Roberts' Fashion Events and currently is employed by BCBG Max Azria while freelancing in public relations and event management. 

Brittany Oldehoff (25, Florida): Brittany Oldehoff was born and raised in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A native Floridian, Brittany enjoys the beach, boating, and jet skiing. She is a professional model with Next Model Management and has travelled all over the world to model for Michael Kors, Zac Posen, Oscar De La Renta, Armani, Chloe, and many others. Brittany was featured as a model on the second season of "Project Runway" and "Models of the Runway" on Lifetime. Last year, Brittany graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. She hopes to one day land a successful career with the Secret Service. She is an advocate for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and has volunteered for Best Buddies and the Tri County Humane Society. She enjoys romantic comedies, country line dancing, and Mexican food. Brittany believes life is a journey where we must live each day to the fullest, learn from your mistakes, and never let negative circumstances impede your path to success.

Tiana Griggs (27, Georgia): Born and raised in Monticello, GA, Tiana has always had dreams of leaving her small town and experiencing God's true purpose for her life. At the age of 15, Griggs' family moved to Decatur, Ga; where she attended Southwest Dekalb High School and cheered as a varsity football cheerleader. With the encouraging support of her family and mentors, Tiana graduated with Hope Scholarship and attended Georgia Southern University, where she studied Community Health. In 2010, Tiana began her modeling career after being discovered at Dark and Lovely's Ultimate Fashionista Model Search in Atlanta, GA. Winning the multi-state modeling competition and being featured in Essence Magazine gave Tiana the drive she needed to pursue a career in beauty and entertainment. With high hopes for future endeavors and faith as her foundation, Griggs continues to pursue a career in modeling and acting. Tiana plans to use her platform to promote female empowerment and encourage others to live with purpose.

Moani Hara (24, Hawaii): Moani is a 24-year-old student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Being a public relations major, she has been able to work side by side with Billy V coordinating various events, as well as EPR handling VIPs for this years Hawaii 5-0 Premiere. Moani is a professional model and hula dancer working with local and international clients. She recently modeled in a Fashion Show with Paris Hilton. Growing up with dyslexia, learning has been a challenge for her. Being able to attend ASSETS School, she has gained not only the proper tools needed to overcome dyslexia, but also confidence and belief in herself. Moani works heavily within her community as well as with HIDA, "Hawaii International Dyslexia Association" helping with events, bringing awareness to schools, and being a part of Q&A's with students and their families.

Yvette Bennett (23, Idaho): Thank God for what you have and trust God for what you need" is one of the quotes Yvette has appreciated for years. Yvette DLG Bennett was born in Guam and raised in Saipan, the largest island of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), an unincorporated territory of the United States. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho where she has been pursuing her higher education. Yvette graduated from Boise State University in December of 2013 with her Bachelor's Degree in Communication with an emphasis on Media Studies. Yvette is the youngest of six siblings.

Lexi Atkins (21, Illinois): Lexi Atkins was crowned by Stacie Juris for the second time as an Illinois USA titleholder. She's only the second Miss Illinois Teen USA to go on to become Miss Illinois USA in the 30 year history of the pageant! She placed 1st runner-up at the national Miss Teen USA pageant at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Success seems to come easily to the 5'8"" blonde haired, hazel-eyed beauty. Her training in dance and on the stage has propelled her to a career in the entertainment and modeling industry. She is represented as an actress by Luber Roklin and Resolution Agency and as a model by Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. You may recognize her as the lead female in the Derrick Rose commercial for Adidas or as the lead dancer in a Mentos commercial. She has been in seven films and is featured in two of them, and is currently filming a soon to be released project that she is very excited about.

Mekayla Diehl (25, Indiana): Mekayla is a 2011 graduate from Albion College, MI with a Bachelor's Degree of Liberal Arts in Mass Communication. Although she worked one year as a Radio DJ, she found her true passion at Ashley Rene's. She works as the Store Manager, Marketing Director, Store Buyer, and Pageant Consultant. Getting to work along side the top dress designers in the pageant industry, she's working toward her dream of designing her very own line of pageant gowns. During her reign, Mekayla hopes to work with charitable organizations that assist children and families who are faced with adversity. As a victim of child abuse and adoption, Mekayla hopes to share her inspiring story with others so they may build up the courage to go after their dreams, too. In her free time, Mekayla enjoys relaxing with family and friends, and frequent trips to the movie theater. Mekayla wants to make skydiving an annual tradition; her first experience skydiving was over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Carlyn Bradarich (23, Iowa): Carlyn Bradarich, 22, is originally from Homer Glen, Illinois. Currently, she's in her senior year at the University of Iowa studying Finance, and is an active alumni of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Rho Chapter. After graduating from UI, she hopes to attend cosmetology school and utilize her business degree to one day pursue a dream job of owning a salon and spa. The Miss Iowa USA 2014 Pageant was Carlyn's first time competing in a pageant and she credits much of her success to the love and support of her family. In her spare time, Carlyn enjoys staying active. A good workout or long walk always clears her mind. She also enjoys reading, baking, intramural sports, and cheering on the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks. While at UI, she has contributed to a variety of philanthropies and fundraising events. Carlyn also has a passion for animals and hopes to get more involved with nonprofit animal rescue organizations such as ASPCA.

Audrey Banach (22, Kansas): Audrey Banach is currently a senior at Kansas State University majoring in Communication Studies, and minoring in Business Administration. Audrey is currently in the process of applying to get her Masters in Health Services Administration. She has the professional dream of becoming a hospital administrator at a specialty women's hospital or pediatric hospital, and hopes to create leading medical support systems, which will be cost effective, enabling medical practitioners to provide superior care to patients. Audrey is very proud of her family background as well, being the grandchild of three immigrants from around the world. Her father was a U.S. Army Ranger, so being born into a military family, she started traveling around the country at just a few months old. In college, she was able to become deeply involved with the organization Autism Speaks. Eating healthy and having a balance between mind, body, and spirit are important parts of her life.

Destin Kincer (21, Kentucky): Destin Kincer was born and raised in the small city of Whitesburg, Kentucky, which is nestled in the foothills of Pine Mountain. From an early age it was easy to see that Destin was meant for a career in modeling or to compete in pageants. Her favorite pastime as a child was participating in hide and seek with her cousins, and playing dress up with clothes found in her grandparent's attic. Destin has always loved learning and did very well in school. This love of learning has followed her all the way to the University of Kentucky, where she is currently majoring in biology with plans to attend medical school upon graduation. Destin has always believed in the importance of helping others, and chose to pursue a career in medicine because of this love of service. She also hopes to model professionally, and has plans of travelling to New York City to pursue this dream very soon. Destin would love to represent our country as Miss USA 2014 and is thankful for the opportunity.

Brittany Guidry (21, Louisiana): Brittany Guidry, a 21-year-old residing in Houma, Louisiana, made her dream come true as she captured the crown of Miss Louisiana USA 2014. After graduating high school, she moved to Lafayette, Louisiana to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she is majoring in Public Relations. Aside from her commitment to school, she has been working hard to pursue her dream of becoming a respected print and runway model. Recently, she landed the opportunity to model the runway in fall New York Fashion Week for Sherri Hill. Furthermore, while modeling for the Sherri Hill catalog, she was able to meet and model with the cast of Duck Dynasty. Previously, she has also modeled for Precious Formals, Fakier's Jewelers, and local boutiques to name a few. During her journey this year to prepare for Miss USA 2014, Brittany plans to work closely with the United Services Organization (USO), Wounded Warrior Project, and several other organizations.

Samantha Dahlborg (20, Maine): Samantha (Sammy) Dahlborg has lived in Maine most of her life, although she was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised in Berkley until the age of 6. Sammy enjoys living in Vacationland as she resides with her family while attending The University of Southern Maine down the street. When she is not in class or at the dance studio she is most likely bonding with her younger sister, Haylee, dancing around their room and lip syncing into hairbrushes as if they were in a girl band. She loves having a busy schedule, but when there is down time, she enjoys sitting by the fire or on the deck with her family, sipping on some Starbucks coffee and having a laugh. She is close to her family and it is the little things that make her most happy. Sammy often finds herself scrolling through Instagram for inspiration on the next hottest fashion trend or a new healthy smoothie recipe. She's proud of who she is and where she came from. She loves life and takes advantage of every moment!

Taylor Burton (25, Maryland): Taylor Burton competed at her first pageant in November of 2013, and she was humbled when she was crowned Miss Maryland USA 2014 at the culmination of the night. She is confident in front of a camera and an audience, which can be partially attributed to her experience as a model with Click Models of Philadelphia. Taylor has also studied Environmental Science, with a concentration in Natural Resources Management at the University of Maryland. She is an ardent supporter of habitat conservation and rehabilitation. Taylor currently works as a Realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate, and she strives to promote the American dream of homeownership. She is also passionate about protecting the well-being of our military and their families, and is a volunteer with military-based charities. Her favorite activities occur outdoors; she loves hiking, camping, and kayaking. She looks forward to sharing her goals with Maryland and hopes to make her state proud on the Miss USA stage.

Caroline Lunny (23, Massachusetts): Caroline is a visionary whose passion for life drives her to live her life to the fullest. As a graduate from The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, her love for acting, broadcasting, and improvisation have grown, and she hopes to one day have her own TV show and follow in the footsteps of her TV idols: Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Poehler, and Chelsea Handler. Caroline has many personal goals she would like to achieve in life, which she documents on her ever-growing bucket list. She emphasizes the importance of doing the little things in life as well as the big things, because the little things hold just as much value. Caroline has a wide variety of passions, which include: traveling, photography, improvisation, the New England Patriots, skiing, and dancing (even though she admittedly is not that good at it.) She prides herself on her honesty, creativity, and sense of humor."

Elizabeth Ivezaj (24, Michigan): Elizabeth Ivezaj is currently pursuing a degree at Oakland University majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Women's Studies. A working model and aspiring actress, Elizabeth has been successful enough to work with notable companies such as Volkswagen, MAC & Art Van. She is a huge animal lover and comes from a large Albanian family. She is the first Albanian to be crowned Miss Michigan USA. Elizabeth is the oldest of her two brothers, Anton and Martin, and one of the oldest of 31 first cousins. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys baking, reading, scrapbooking, spending time with her family and dog, and being outdoors.

Haley O'Brien (21, Minnesota): Haley O'Brien, Miss Minnesota USA 2014, is currently a senior at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Chemistry. This twenty-one-year-old hopes to continue her medical studies at the University of Minnesota and eventually specialize in neurosurgery and/or facial reconstruction. She was born and raised in the small town of Excelsior, Minnesota. She has an older sister, Erin, age twenty-three, and a younger brother, Noah, age sixteen. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, camping, hiking, and painting. She also enjoys "caking," or the art of extreme cake baking. Haley is a self-professed nerd. Throughout middle school and high school, she was bullied for both her awkward appearance and passion for academics. She has taken this experience and used it to encourage young people to always be themselves no matter what others may say.

Chelsea Reardon (23, Mississippi): Chelsea Reardon is a Cum Laude graduate of Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Speech Communication. She maintained a 3.7 GPA while staying active in her sorority, Sigma Kappa. She also was selected as the Voice of SIU and a member of SIU's Homecoming Court her senior year. One of Chelsea's greatest passions is volunteering. She started at the age of 8, and now has dedicated over 1,000 hours of service to charities that she holds close to her heart. Chelsea is very athletic. She set three records in high school for basketball. Her most recent accomplishments include maintaining a top 5 position in the Southeast for sales and was selected as a celebrity spokesperson for the NCADV and No More campaign. She has worked closely with sexual assault victims for years, by helping create the Take Back the Night event at her college and working with women's shelters. Chelsea enjoys watching HGTV, mentoring young girls competing in pageants, and writing editorial style articles.

Erica Sturdefant (23, Missouri): Erica was born in Springfield, Missouri. She recently graduated from Lindenwood University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She plans to go back to school and receive her master's degree in the near future. She hopes to one day run her own nonprofit organization that aims to help at-risk populations. Erica grew up playing competitive sports and staying physically active. She thinks she is a tomboy at heart, but also has a girly side. She has a lot of modeling experience and was also Miss Missouri Teen USA 2010. Erica's proud of working her way through college and has supported herself financially since 17 years old. She loves watching documentaries, thrift shopping, and being outside.

Kadie Latimer (23, Montana): Kadie considers herself the definition of a "true Montana girl". She was born in Libby, MT and raised in Kalispell. Growing up, Kadie was pushed by her two sisters to be the best she could be. Kadie's dad was a girls head basketball coach for 25 years, which instilled hard work and dedication in her from a young age. At the age of 8, Kadie and her sister competed for the Elks National Hoop Shoot Contest, being the first siblings to compete from MT and makeing it to nationals in Massachusetts. In high school, she was a four sport athlete playing volleyball, basketball, track, and softball during the summer. Kadie was diagnosed with a skin condition, known as psoriasis, at the age of 16. Her condition sparked her interest in skincare. After high school she became a Medical Aesthetician and one day envisions creating her own skin care line.

Amanda Soltero (22, Nebraska): Amanda is a recent broadcast graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She supports the fight against childhood cancer and is actively involved with a non-profit organization called "Sammy's Superheroes." Amanda grew up in a small town with one younger sister. Her faith and family are the most important parts of her life. She is an animal lover and enjoys spending time with her puppy, Reese. Her dream job is to do reporting on entertainment news for a large market. 

Nia Sanchez (24, Nevada): Nia is 24 years old, born and raised in Sacramento until age 7! From there, her love of travel began, moving between California and Washington. After high school, she moved to Europe to be a nanny. Not one to stay still for too long, Nia traveled to the Middle East, Austria, and Switzerland! Nia is half Hispanic, which is why she loved having the opportunity to travel to Mexico while on mission trips! In 2009, she saw a close friend take the title of Miss USA and decided to get into pageantry. She has competed both domestically and internationally with great success! Nia has worked as a full time model for the past 7 years and was chosen out of thousands of applicants to be a face character for Hong Kong Disney! After visiting Thailand and the Great Wall Of China, Nia made the bright lights of Las Vegas her home! She is modeling full time and enjoying her reign as Miss Nevada USA 2014!

Bridget Brunet (26, New Hampshire): Bridget Brunet is a 26 year old entrepreneur who is a born and raised New Hampshire girl. In 2010, Bridget graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration. She spent the summer of 2009 studying abroad in Rome, Italy at the American University of Rome. After graduation, Bridget took some time off to travel the world. She spent the winter around the globe with her boyfriend, 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist Scotty Lago. She snowboarded on Volcanos in The Andes of Chile, bounced around picturesque mountain towns in Europe, explored the backcountry of Alaska and went down under to New Zealand. After a life changing diagnosis of Melanoma two years ago, Bridget vowed to live each day to the fullest and make her dreams realities. One of those dreams was to start a wedding and event planning company. Bridget is entering her third year in business as the president and lead planner of Bridget Brunet Weddings + Events.

Emily Shah (19, New Jersey): Emily will represent the Garden State at Miss USA. At a young age, Emily was immersed into acting & dancing, studying at prestigious institutes in NYC, LA, & Indian such as; Lee Strasburg, NYFA, Madumati's Bollywood, & Princeton Ballet, to name a few. Subsequently graduating high school, Shah partook in several opportunities within the entertainment industry. After working with the stunt team on "Captain America 2", she landed an assistant job to Clint Eastwood on "Jersey Boys". Emily then moved on to working with the stunt team on Liam Neeson's "Run all Night". Her current project is "Fast and Furious 7" as an assistant to the stunt director. She hopes to work on action films and says her dream job would to become a "James Bond Girl" or the next Agent Salt. Speaking Hindi & Gujarati fluently, Shah wouldn't mind a crossover in Bollywood & Hollywood! Emily is the youngest Miss NJ USA & hopes to bring the crown home to NJ for the first time!

Kamryn Blackwood (22, New Mexico): Miss New Mexico USA Kamryn Blackwood is proud to be born and raised in her state! She has graduated from Nova Southeastern University where she was a student athlete receiving her bachelors in criminal justice with a minor in leadership. Kamryn was recruited to NSU on a tennis and leadership scholarship. Winning Miss New Mexico USA became her sixth title she holds for the state, with the first being a gymnastics title at age eight and then earning four state titles in high school for tennis. She was also voted by her fellow contestants as the 2014 Miss Congeniality! Kamryn sits on the board of an international organization called National Day of Care that partners with organizations in Kenya for a project called "Houses of Hope" that builds houses for widows and orphans. Kamryn was lucky enough to travel with the organization last summer and make a difference for the people there! She's still playing tennis, and is an aspiring FBI Special Agent.

Candace Kendall (25, New York): Candace Kendall is an accomplished model, dancer and humanitarian. She has modeled in New York, Los Angeles, Canada and Singapore where she has done online, print, event and commercial work. Candace has studied and performed tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and pointe since she was two years old and her dance team performed at Disney World during her senior year. In college, she became the president of the dance team where she choreographed dances and led forty members. She also graduated magna cum laude earning a bachelor's degree as a double major in finance and accounting. There are numerous charitable organizations that Candace is involved in, including The American Cancer Society, Gilda's Club, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, C.A.S.H. (creating assets, savings and hope for low-income families), Center for Youth, and Safe Journey, which provides counseling and resettlement support for victims of domestic abuse. Candace is honored to be pursuing her dream of being Miss USA.

Olivia Olvera (26, North Carolina): Olivia Olvera, 26, is the Spokesperson for the Helping A Hero Organization. Olivia is from Fayetteville, North Carolina where she graduated from South View High School. She then attended Methodist University for one year before transferring to the University of South Carolina at Columbia where she studied Political Science. Olivia worked through college for the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Center as an Aquatic Instructor and PT Aid. Olivia began competing in pageants competitively when she moved to South Carolina for school. The first time competing at the state level, Olivia did not break the top 15. She continued three more times in South Carolina placing 3rd Runner-up twice and 1st Runner-up once. Olivia enjoys being with family and friends, traveling, and fishing with her dad. She plans to open more doors during her year as Miss North Carolina USA and hopes to impact the lives of young girls who need a little extra love and inspiration in finding their personal self-worth.

Audra Mari (20, North Dakota): Audra Mari was named Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2011 and then first-runner up to the national title. After selecting her final question regarding bullying, she fought back tears recalling the trauma she endured while being bullied in high school. Capturing Seventeen Magazine's attention, they shared her story to teens worldwide. Today, Audra is an advocate for the STOMP Out Bullying Organization. A native of Fargo, a whole new world unfolded for this 20-year-old when she was invited back to the Bahamas as a celebrity guest after Miss Teen USA, was chosen to appear on the Dr. Phil television show in a special segment on bullying, and hired by HGTV as a promotional model. She has modeled for Sherri Hill for the past four years. Audra is a Dean's List student at NDSU majoring in Public Relations and Communications. She enjoys visiting her family's lake cabin, wake surfing, and snowmobiling. One thing is for sure, she credits much of her success today to pageantry.

Madison Gesiotto (22, Ohio): As a former Olympic level figure skater, Madison Gesiotto has maintained a drive that has always caused her to seek the highest level of excellence in her academic and career aspirations. As a recent graduate of The Ohio State University and a first-year law student, Madison's goals include completing law school and starting a television career as a political analyst. During her reign as Miss Ohio USA, Madison has strived to promote political awareness throughout her state. She has also worked closely with the Pink Ribbon Girls and recently organized her own fundraiser event for the Wounded Warrior Project. She is the oldest of three children and is very close with her family. Madison's younger brother, Jimmy Gesiotto, is 17 and her younger sister, Alessandra Gesiotto, is 15. Madison's hobbies include snowmobiling, playing video games, reading, and jet skiing."

Brooklynne Young (19, Oklahoma): Brooklynne is a sophomore at The University of Oklahoma, where she is pursuing a major in Public Relations with a minor in Business. She is the youngest of seven children and caught the "pageant bug" by watching her older sisters compete. Brooklynne hopes to pursue a career in the fashion industry because she has had a lifelong love for fashion design. In fact, her oldest sister is an evening gown designer and Brooklynne was able to personally help design her own competition evening gown. Brooklynne currently works as a professional model, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, horseback riding, reading, and skiing. In addition, she is actively involved in the Cavett Kids Foundation and volunteering at her church in the children's ministry.

Emma Pelett (25, Oregon): Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Emma has always wanted to see the world. Having begun traveling at a young age, she has visited over 34 countries. She has lived in Paris, France and most recently Cape Town, South Africa while working as a commercial actress and print model. Emma has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. When she was a little girl, she started several creative businesses making and selling cards and jewelry. Emma prides herself in keeping busy, often joking that she has day, night, and weekend jobs. Emma works full-time in property management and real estate development, acting, modeling, managing her e-commerce store and traveling to trade shows to buy for her family's furniture store. An active member of her community, Emma volunteers her time with the Oregon Food Bank and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Valerie Gatto (24, Pennsylvania): Valerie is a woman who knows what she wants, how to get it, and won't stop until she does, all the while maintaining her integrity and respect for others. She is a graduate of honors from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, she is a Marketing Coordinator, while continuing to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. She hopes to become the CMO of a major company after receiving her MBA. She plans to start a philanthropy project that will positively impact underprivileged children in the USA. She enjoys cooking, traveling, singing, The Pittsburgh Steelers, being a trivia buff, and working with kids. She describes herself as hungry, inspirational and purpose-driven. As a product of a rape, Valerie is passionate about educating women about sexual assault so they can protect themselves. Not only does her story shed light on a serious issue that affects women, but it demonstrates that the "American Dream" is relevant and attainable because your circumstances do not define your life.

Christina Palavra (19, Rhode Island): Christina Palavra is a dedicated and powerful young woman. She helps people believe in their abilities to accomplish goals and to remain positive through negative situations. She has opened her arms and her heart to everyone who has crossed her path. She will work vigorously with "Inspiring Minds of Rhode Island," helping students build their confidence in academics. Christina is proud to not only be working with "Inspiring Minds," but also to be promoting the beauty of racial ambiguity. Being Brazilian and Cape Verdean, Christina is proud to represent those who are afraid of embracing their roots. Christina believes since we live in a very diverse country, we should embrace each others culture and differences, because ultimately individuality is what makes us a family!

Christina Zapolski (22, South Carolina): Christina is an American fashion model currently signed with Ford Models, gracing the pages of Fitness and Self magazines, among others. She is also a part-time student, continuing her studies toward a degree in communications. Christina enjoys spending time with her family and has special interests in nutrition and fashion. Christina is honored to represent South Carolina as Miss South Carolina USA 2014.

Brittney Palmer (25, South Dakota): Brittney is a professional horseback rider from Bookings, South Dakota. She is an avid hockey fan and enjoys horseback riding, photography, and deep sea fishing. She is also an animal lover and owns six horses, two donkeys, and two dogs. Brittney is extremely close to her mother, who she considers her role model as well as her pillar of strength. Brittney is passionate about her nonprofit organization, Horses for the Handicapped, where she strives to improve the lives of children and adolescents afflicted with social, physical, and mental challenges. She feels privileged and grateful to have the unique opportunity to be able to help these children develop a sense of accomplishment and at the same time bring a smile to their face. In essence, Brittney is goal-oriented, committed, and very determined. She hopes to empower, inspire, and encourage young women to pursue and fulfill their goals and professional objectives while maintaining a sense of individuality.

Kristy Landers Niedenfuer (22, Tennessee): Kristy Landers Niedenfuer is a charity event planner, accomplished songwriter, and model. Although she has graced the runways for some of today's top designers and has been featured in many highly acclaimed magazines, her career goal is to become a successful event planner specializing in charity functions, designed to raise money for worthy causes in need of support. She attended Pine View School for the Intellectually Gifted and earned her diploma at age 16. Kristy performed with a youth circus where she specialized in flying trapeze! She loves animals and has 3 rescue dogs, 6 birds and 5 foot long iguana named, Spike! When spending time at home she loves cooking and baking. She has been a vegetarian most of her life and an advocate for healthy, holistic, green living. Kristy would like to bring awareness to the causes close to her heart including The Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Troop Aid, Breast & Ovarian Cancer Awareness, The Humane Society and The Boys & Girls Club.

Lauren Guzman (24, Texas): Lauren Guzman is the fifth Texas titleholder to win both Miss Texas Teen USA and Miss Texas USA. She is a graduate of St. Mary's University in San Antonio, where she received her degree in Forensic Science. She plans on pursuing a career as a special agent with the FBI. Lauren is also an active member of the Texas State Guard Rapid Reaction Force (RRF). The Texas State Guard is a volunteer militia that is deployed in the event of a natural disaster to supplement local and state law enforcement. RRF is trained in land navigation, search and rescue, swift water rescue, and shelter management. Lauren volunteers with several organizations including Pink To Do, Bethany House of Laredo, USO, Shriner's Hospital, Military Mom's and Wives of Brazoria County, MHMR(Mental Health Mental Retardation)and Walk MS, to name a few. In her spare time, she likes to be outdoors swimming, hunting, fishing, or snow-skiing.

Angelia Layton (22, Utah): Angelia Nichole Layton is a confident, driven, and spirited 22 year old, who was born and raised in the small town of Manti, Utah. She is currently on full scholarship at the Art Institute of SLC where she is pursuing her degree in Fashion Retail Management. She plans to open her own clothing and fashion business upon graduation. She is former Miss Utah Teen USA, and placed 3rd runner up at Miss Teen USA 2010. She says that experience showed her the benefit of hard work and setting goals and was instrumental in helping her establish her current work ethic. In 2012, she was on the reality hit TV show, Survivor Philippines, season 25. She says it was the most exciting, horrifying, and most rewarding thing she's ever done and hopes to return for another season. She learned how precious the little things in life really are, and how grateful she is to have food, clean water, and shelter. The experience helped reinforce how grateful she is for her family.

Gina Bernasconi (19, Vermont): Gina Bernasconi graduated from O'Brien's Aveda Institute and became certified in Massage Therapy and Esthetics. She currently works full-time as a highly qualified paraprofessional in an elementary school serving students with special needs, including emotional behavioral disabilities. Gina intends to earn a Master's degree in Special Education and work as a Child Life Specialist upon the completion of her reign as Miss Vermont USA. Gina is the Daughter of a General Contractor, and a Special Education Teacher. She is the middle child of three. She has an older brother, Gerard Daniel Bernasconi, and a younger sister, Angela Bernasconi. Her hobbies include snow boarding, cooking Italian food, modeling, and photography.

Arielle Rosmarino (22, Virginia): Arielle Saige Rosmarino, a 22-year-old graduate of Radford University with a degree in business marketing is Miss Virginia USA! She currently works as the Marketing Director for Proms, Pageants and Pretty Things at the Brides House in Roanoke, VA. She has been dubbed the "Wrestling Beauty Queen" as she has wrestled on an all-boys team for 9 years and proudly displays her state championship ring! She has served as a national spokesperson for "Leave No Doubt," a campaign to prevent risky behaviors in youth, for over 10 years. She encourages youth to set goals and do everything in their power to push past roadblocks and adversity. Arielle looks forward to spreading her message of youth and female empowerment in male dominated sports across the country as the next Miss USA.

Allyson Rowe (25, Washington): Born and raised in a family of 4 in Spokane, WA, Allyson is a skincare specialist, classically trained pianist, and business woman. She loves to teach and write music. After starting her own Anti-Human Trafficking foundation,The Esther Generation, she aims to inspire young women and children to see how incredibly valuable they are in this world. She aspires to provide a program that instills value and purpose in the hearts of young women and children, encouraging them to pursue their own personal dreams and goals.

Charisse Haislop (24, West Virginia): Charisse is the daughter of Ed and Karla Haislop and the oldest of three children. She has lived in West Virginia her entire life. While growing up, Charisse excelled in the sports of gymnastics and swimming. She proudly finished her swimming career by anchoring her high school swim relay team to a record-breaking swim at their state meet.  Charisse graduated from West Virginia University in 2011 with a BS degree in Pre-med. She is currently the Business Development Manager for West Virginia Rx Card, a job that allows her to travel all across West Virginia, marketing her products to pharmacists and health clinics. She also spends her spare time teaching pilates, and promotes her passion of health and wellness through her contributions to the online magazine WVUPros. Her hobbies include doing pilates, writing, traveling, and estate sale and vintage shopping.

Bishara Dorre (24, Wisconsin): Born and raised in Milwaukee, Bishara graduated from Columbia College of Chicago, Illinois with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. Her ultimate goal is to be a broadcaster on a national network. She is a former traffic reporter on WTMJ-4, Milwaukee's NBC affiliate. Bishara is a huge sports fan and currently works for FOX Sports Wisconsin as an on-air personality. She is very active with Special Olympics Wisconsin, going "Over the Edge," and taking the "Ultimate Lambeau Leap" to help raise money for the organization. She danced professionally for the Milwaukee Bucks as a NBA dancer for three years, and was even selected to dance at the 2011 NBA United Tour in Madrid, Spain. She self-published two books by the time she graduated from high school. The books include "A Pink Bag of Dreams," and "Family Connection Book Club." She was honored by the Mayor of Milwaukee with a Proclamation; proclaiming July 12th "Bishara Dorre Day" to recognize her many hours of community service.

Lexi Hill (20, Wyoming): Born and raised in Gillette, Lexi graduated from Campbell County High School in 2012. While attending the University of Wyoming, she won the Miss Wyoming USA title. She plans to pursue a degree in physiology with the hopes of one day going to dental school and possibly going into orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. Someday she would also love to open her own interior design business or cupcake shop. Ever since Lexi has always been very active. She grew up participating in gymnastics, dance, volleyball, basketball, and track. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities, playing with her pets, yoga, DIY projects, spending time with her friends and family, and going to the lake. Summer is by far her favorite time of year and someday she plans on living somewhere with warm weather year-round.