| August 20, 1997|
| J. Eddie Peck|
| South Padre Island Convention Centre, South Padre Island, Texas|
Miss Teen USA 1997, the 15th Miss Teen USA pageant, was televised live from South Padre Island, Texas on 20 August, 1997. At the conclusion of the final competition, Shelly Moore of Tennessee was crowned by outgoing queen Christie Lee Woods of Texas.
The pageant was hosted by J. Eddie Peck, with color commentary by Ivanka Trump, daughter of new pageant owner Donald Trump. This was the first year since 1988 that there was no special entertainment.
Miss Congeniality: Christina Todd (Ohio)
Miss Photogenic: Cristin Duren (Florida)
Style Award: Andria Mullins (Texas)
This was only Colorado's second placement, after Sholone Pakoski made the semi-finals at Miss Teen USA 1990.
Massachusetts placed for the first time since 1991, Virginia and North Carolina placed for the first time since 1992, and Hawaii placed for the first time since 1993.
North Dakota placed for the second consecutive year, the first time this happened since 1983-1984.
Florida became the first state to win the Miss Photogenic award in two consecutive years.
Miss Teen USA 1997 Wikipedia
The following are the contestants' scores in the preliminary competition.
The Miss Teen USA 1997 delegates were:Kim Alexis
Anthony Michael Hall