Miss Teen USA 2002 crown goes to Wisconsin native

Thursday, August 29th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) _ Miss Wisconsin's Vanessa Semrow was crowned Miss Teen USA 2002 on Wednesday.

Semrow, 17, of Rhinelander, Wis., defeated 51 other contestants. The first runner-up was Jennifer Morgan, Miss California Teen USA 2002.

Semrow won a year of rent-free living in New York City as part of her award package. She also gets a yearlong salary as Miss Teen USA 2002, as well as cash and other prizes.

Semrow said she was home-schooled and graduated a year early with a 4.0 grade-point average.

The entrants competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.