Alabama & California
Alabama's Taylor Yates (below left) is the only double preliminary winner at the National Sweetheart pageant. At Miss Alabama she was 3rd Runner-up and a Swimsuit winner. Sharanya Mukhopadhyay (below right), was a first-time contestant at Miss California, but went straight to 2nd Runner-up and won a preliminary Evening Gown award.
Iowa & New York
Elizabeth Davidson (below left), a harpist, was 1st Runner-up at Miss Iowa, having been 3rd Runner-up her first try in 2009. (Iowa doesn't give prelim awards and only a nonsemifinalist talent award.) Ballerina Hannah Wright (below right) is representing New York where she was 2nd Runner-up on her very first try and also won a Talent prelim!