Representing Georgia, Shayla Jackson, 18, almost won Miss Teen USA 2020. She was the second runner-up of the 38th edition of the beauty pageant for American girls aged 14 to 19.
Hailing from Valdosta, Georgia, Jackson was diagnosed with a hearing impairment when she was 3 years old. She told People, “I hate that these types of things have to be put with the word disability because even though you may have it, it doesn’t prevent you from doing things you want to do.”
Jackson is currently taking online classes at Valdosta State University. She wants to become an audiologist and held make school policies more inclusive for students with different abilities.
Hosted by Miss Teen USA 2005 Allie LaForce, 31, of Ohio and Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, 29, of Connecticut, the Miss Teen USA 2020 coronation night took place at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, USA amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It was livestreamed on the Miss Universe Organization’s social media channels and on PlayStation 4 consoles as a live event on the U.S. PlayStation Store.
It was Kiʻilani Arruda, 18, of Hawaii who won the Miss Teen USA 2020 title and Shayla Montgomery, 18, of Oregon was her runner-up. Audrey Eckert, 18, of Nebraska and Sydney Taylor, 19, of Louisiana were the third and fourth runners-up, respectively, while the Miss Congeniality award was given to Marianne Bautista, 17, of Washington.
Miss Teen USA 2011 Danielle Doty Fitzgerald, 27, of Texas, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, 27, of New York and Miss Teen USA 2014 K. Lee Graham, 23, of South Carolina served as judges. They were joined by social media personality and TikToker Sara Echeagaray, 19, and scientist, entrepreneur and medical missionary Iman Oubou, 23.