MISSOURI crowned as Miss Teen USA; Indiana girl is fourth runner-up

Thursday, August 23rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(South Padre Island, Texas-AP) -- Eighteen-year-old Marissa Whitley of Springfield, Missouri, captured the Miss Teen U-S-A 2001 title Wednesday night.

Indiana's own Jillian Dornbush of Georgetown was fourth runner-up. The 18-year-old qualified for the final five.

Whitley was selected as the winner after answering a question about whether President Bush's daughters Jenna and Barbara have been treated fairly by the media for their recent underage drinking incident.

Whitley answered that underage drinking is a significant problem. She also said that as daughters of the President, Jenna and Barbara should be more mindful of their public stature

First runner-up was Miss New York, Gloria Almonte of the Bronx.

Second runner-up was Miss Massachusetts, Marianne Zaslavsky of Boston.

And third runner-up was Miss Texas, Katherine Perello of Lake Jackson.