Drew Sanclemente, Miss Odessa, was crowned Miss Delaware USA 2021 in a fast-moving pageant finals, held on June 28, 2021 at Laird Performing Arts Center, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Delaware. She succeeded Miss Delaware USA 2020 Katie Guevarra, and will represent the First State at the Miss USA 2021 in November at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the same time, Sky Knox, who had been Miss Wilmington Teen, became Miss Delaware Teen USA 2021.
They were crowned in a fast-moving pageant finals at the Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall School. The show combined both contests into one event with activewear/swimsuit, gown and interview sections. The young women dangled black masks from their arms like a trendy bracelet during most of the competitions. The contestants only wore the masks onstage at the end when they were all gathered together for the first time.
Sanclemente is a medical student who runs a charity that helps women who have been sexually assaulted. She said she plans to be a pediatrician and will use what she’s learned to encourage patients to achieve their goals. She also hopes it will help her raise money for her charity, H.O.P.E. Scholarship Foundation, that gives support and scholarships to women who are victims of sexual assault. She has worked as an Abercrombie and Fitch brand representative in Delaware. Drew has earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science.
The new Miss Delaware USA is a second year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, where she also is a student admissions program director and president of the Med-Peds Society of Philadelphia. She graduated from Appoquinimink High School before earning a degree in kinesiology and exercise science from the University of Delaware.
Sanclemente said in her pageant biography that she looks forward to “demonstrating to young women that you can wear a swimsuit and scrubs, you can wear a stethoscope and a crown, you can be a scientist, researcher and student doctor and become Miss Delaware USA.”
Miss Delaware USA 2021’s court includes:
1st runner-up – Rebecca Gasperetti (Miss Christiana USA)
2nd runner-up – Jennifer Santiago (Miss North Star USA)
3rd runner-up – Grace Otley (Miss Greenville USA)
4th runner-up – Kelly Seibold (Miss Lewes USA)