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Garris African American wins Miss Teen USA 2019

Kaliegh Garris was named Miss Teen USA 2019 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The former Miss Connecticut Teen USA received her crown and sash while wearing her natural curls, she was crowned by Hailey Colborn, who held the Miss Teen USA title in 2018, and Sarah Rose Summers, Miss USA 2018.
Born on August 21, 2000 in New Haven, Connecticut. She is bi-racial; her father is African American, while her mother is white.


Garris, 19, a competitive dancer, defeated 51 other contestants to place first in the Miss Teen USA competition, becoming the second victor from Connecticut after Logan West won in 2012, according to a research.
Garris studies theater at ACES ECA and founded an organiza-tion called ‘We Are People 1st’ to assist people with disabilities, based on what she has witnessed from her older sister, who has challenges. She has been trained in contemporary, jazz, pointe, hip hop and tap dance and has been a hiking tour guide in the New Haven Parks and Recreation Department’s Eco Camps, the research revealed.


“During the contest you know you have self-doubt because there are so many great people,” Garris said in a release. “I am just happy, proud, and grateful for the support system I have.”
After graduating from high school, Garris plans to attend Southern Connecticut State University’s nursing program to make her work as a trauma nurse someday. She is currently a volunteer at Yale New Haven Hospital.