Marisa Butler was crowned Miss Maine USA 2016 by outgoing titleholder Heather Elwell on November 29, 2015.
Butler will have the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Miss USA Pageant where she hopes to be crowned by the reigning Miss USA Olivia Jordan from Oklahoma. The winner of Miss USA 2016 will go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe competition.
The 21-year-old has been criticized for an unusual volunteer activity – pulling sharks out of the ocean after catching them with rod and reel and tagging the animals while wearing a swimsuit for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“The majority of sharks tagged in this program are from recreational anglers like myself. I have only recently began fishing – let alone shark fishing – and am still in the learning process,” Butler wrote.
Miss Maine USA 2016 Final Results
First runner-up : Brooke Harris
Second runner-up : Jasmin White
Third runner-up : Sara Disselkamp
Fourth runner-up : Tiara Wills
Did you know this ? Maine is one of the less successful Miss USA states, with only seven placements as of 2011. In 2006 Katee Stearns made the semi-finals, becoming only the fifth woman from Maine and the first since 1977 to make the cut.