Top three runners-up in the Miss USA 2013 pageant, Miss Illinois USA Stacie Juris (L), Miss Alabama USA Mary Margaret McCord (C), and Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell (R) appear during the 2013 Miss USA pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. on June 16, 2013. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Connecticut Erin Brady was named Miss USA 2013 on Sunday night. Runners-up were Miss Alabama Mary Margaret McCord, Miss Illinois Stacie Juris, and Miss Utah Marissa Powell.
Miss Alabama Mary Margaret McCord, First Runner-up
Mary Margaret McCord, 23, is from Gadsden, Ala. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a public relations degree, with a double minor in communication studies and entrepreneurship. She will take a semester off before pursuing a Master of Science in Marketing. She’s a trumpet player, the youngest of three children, and she was born with a hole in her heart, according to the Miss USA website.
She is quoted on the website: “Pageantry has given me real-world experience to build my professional skills and has also allowed me to build my self-confidence while encouraging others to do the same.”
Miss Illinois Stacie Juris, Second Runner-up
Stacie Juris, 22, is from Chicago, Ill. She is studying fashion and business at Columbia College in Chicago, and hopes to own a dress boutique one day. She was Miss Teen USA in 2009. She is a freelance makeup artist and a former cheerleader.
She is quoted on the Miss USA website: “Being involved in pageants has given me a different insight to just how life changing the experience can be. I’ve learned life-skills that are absolutely relevant, not only to winning a pageant, but to being successful in business, politics, and education.”
Miss Utah Marissa Powell, Third Runner-up
Marissa Powell, 21, is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a singer in the musical group Geniveve, as well as a model and actress. She starred recently in ABC’s What Would You Do? She played varsity volleyball, and she is the ambassador for the non-profit organization Healing Hands for Haiti.
She is quoted on the Miss USA website: “It’s not all about winning. It’s about examining yourself, improving and striving to showcase your individuality.”