Montana Youngster Wins Miss Teen USA Competition

An 18-year-old from Montana has been crowned Miss Teen USA 2006.

Katie Blair beat the competition in swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories to claim the crown Tuesday night.

First runner-up was Melissa Lingafelt of North Carolina and second runner-up was Katie Marie Cooper of North Dakota. Samantha Casey of Virginia was the third runner-up, while Brittany Sharp of Georgia placed fourth.

Blair succeeds Miss Teen USA 2005, Allie LaForce of Ohio. Winnings include a scholarship to New York School of Film and Television, a year of living in Trump Tower, a wardrobe and a Mikimoto tiara.

The competition was telecast on NBC from the Palm Springs Convention Center.