Miss America award winners

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The most frequently presented Miss America Awards are for preliminary talent and swimsuit. The Talent award was introduced in 1936, and Swimsuit in 1940. In the 2000s preliminary awards for evening gown and interview were briefly introduced but were discontinued after two years as it was felt that they made the semi-finalists too predictable.

Other awards include Miss Congeniality, given out in the early years of the pageant and re-introduced at Miss America 2006, and the Quality of Life award for a contestant's platform, first awarded in 1989.

Preliminary Awards[edit]

Preliminary Talent award[edit]

Year Winner State Talent Placement at Miss America Notes
2014 Myrrhanda Jones Florida Baton Twirling 3rd Runner-Up
2014 Rebecca Yeh Minnesota Violin 4th Runner-Up
2014 Samantha Russo New Hampshire Vocal
2013 Alicia Clifton Oklahoma Tap Dance 2nd Runner-Up
2013 Joanna Guy Maryland Vocal Top 10
2013 Rosie Savageau North Dakota Piano and Vocal
2012 Laura Kaeppeler Wisconsin Operatic Vocal Winner
2012 Betty Thompson Oklahoma Irish Step Dancing 1st Runner-Up
2012 Lauren Cheape Hawaii Rope Jumping
2011 Adrienne Core North Carolina Clogging
2011 Deborah Saint-Vil Rhode Island Vocal Top 15
2011 Teresa Scanlan Nebraska Piano Winner
2010 Caressa Cameron Virginia Vocal Winner
2010 Nicole Blaszczyk Michigan Lyrical Dance
2010 Kristy Cavender California Ballet en pointe 1st runner-up
2009 Ashley Wheeler Vermont Vocal
2009 Chasity Hardman Georgia Vocal 1st runner-up
2009 Galen Giaccone Delaware Piano Top 15
2008 Dana Elaine Daunis Connecticut Vocal
2008 Valerie J. Amaral Massachusetts Vocal
2008 Diana Reed Iowa Baton Semi-finalist
2007 Jacquelynne Fontaine[1] California Operatic Vocal Semi-finalist
2007 Pilialoha Gaison [2] Hawaii Tahitian Dance Semi-finalist
2007 Shilah Phillips [3] Texas Vocal 1st runner-up
2006 Dustin-Leigh Konzelman[4] California Fiddle
2006 Erika Grace Powell South Carolina Vocal Semi-finalist
2006 Jennifer Berry[5] Oklahoma Ballet en Pointe Winner
2005 Veena Goel California Jazz Dance 4th runner-up
2005 Danica Tisdale Georgia Vocal Semi-finalist
2005 Erika Ebbel Massachusetts Classical Piano
2004 Laurie Gray[6] Rhode Island Classical Violin Semi-finalist
2004 Tina Sauerhammer[7] Wisconsin Classical cello 2nd runner-up
2004 Kanoelani Gibson[8] Hawaii Vocal 1st runner-up
2003 Camille Lewis[9] Maryland Crossover Classical Violin 4th runner-up
2003 Casey Preslar [10] Oklahoma Jazz Vocal 2nd runner-up
2003 Tangra Riggle[11] Indiana Contemporary Vocal Quarter-finalist
2002 Becky Pruett[12] Mississippi Vocal Quarter-finalist
2002 Marshawn Evans[13] District of Columbia Baton (Rhythmic Dance Twirl) 3rd runner-up
2002 Katie Harman[14] Oregon Classical Vocal 'Winner'
2001 Junnie Cross Delaware Vocal Not Announced On Stage
2001 Rita Ng[15] California Classical Piano 2nd runner-up
2001 Jennifer Powers [16] Illinois Classical Vocal
2001 Faith Jenkins[17] Louisiana Vocal 1st runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
2000 Mary-Louise Kurey[18] Wisconsin Operatic Vocal Semi-finalist
2000 Julie Lawrence [19] Louisiana Ballet
2000 Crystal Lewis [20] Virginia Vocal
1999 Chera-Lyn Cook [21] Kentucky Vocal 4th runner-up
1999 Nicole Messina District of Columbia Tap Dance Semi-finalist
1999 Julie Payne[22] Oklahoma Tap Dance Semi-finalist
1998 Michelle Warren[23] North Carolina Vocal 1st runner-up
1998 Christy Neuman[24] Florida Rhythmic Gymnastics Dance Semi-finalist
1998 Katherine Shindle[25] Illinois Vocal Winner
1997 Shani Lynn Nielsen Indiana Vocal Semi-finalist
1997 Patricia Leines[26] Oregon Operatic Aria 2nd runner-up Double preliminary winner
1997 Melissa Short[27] Hawaii Opera Semi-finalist Double Preliminary Winner
1996 Amanda Moody[28] Utah Piano
1996 Lisa Bamford[29] North Carolina Piano
1996 Helen Louise Goldsby New York Vocal Semi-finalist
1995 Heather Whitestone Alabama Ballet en Pointe Winner Double preliminary winner
1995 Trisha Shaffer Kansas Vocal Semi-finalist
1995 Yvonne Ku Dehner Montana Classical Vocal Semi-finalist
1994 Titilayo Rachel Adedokun[30] Ohio Classical Vocal 2nd runner-up
1994 Lenena Holder[31] Mississippi Operatic Aria
1994 Patricia Ann-Regan McEachern [32] New Hampshire Vocal
1993 Pam McKelvy Kansas Vocal 3rd runner-up
1993 Catherine Ann Lemkau[33] Iowa Vocal 1st runner-up Double preliminary winner
1993 Heather Hertling[34] New Jersey Classical Vocal
1992 Debra Renea Fries[35] Maryland Baton
1992 Lisa Somodi[36] Iowa Classical Piano 3rd runner-up
1992 Marisol A. Montalvo[37] New York Opera 1st runner-up
1991 Marjorie Vincent[38] Illinois Classical Piano Winner
1991 Scarlet Annette Morgan[39] North Carolina Opera
1991 Suzanne Lawrence [40] Texas Vocal 3rd runner-up
1990 Kimilee Karyn Bryant[41] South Carolina Classical Vocal
1990 Tamara Denise Toshiko Marler[42] Oklahoma Vocal Semi-finalist
1990 Kristin Huffman[43] Ohio Classical Vocal 4th runner-up
1989 Sophia Christine Symko Utah Classical Piano
1989 Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson Minnesota Violin Winner
1989 Lori Lee Kelley Oklahoma Operatic Aria 2nd runner-up
1988 Maria Kim Wisconsin Piano
1988 Patricia Brant Louisiana Ventroliquism 1st runner-up
1988 Stacie James Nevada Vocal 2nd runner-up
1987 Kelly Garver Michigan Fiddle 3rd runner-up
1987 Kellye Michelle Cash Tennessee Piano/Vocal Winner Double preliminary winner
1987 Stephany Samone Texas Vocal Semi-finalist
1986 Jonna Fitzgerald Texas Fiddle 2nd runner-up
1986 Laurie Jean Broderick Indiana Baton Semi-finalist
1986 Suellen Cochran Ohio Piano Semi-finalist Double preliminary winner
1985 Lauren Susan Green Minnesota Classical Piano 3rd runner-up
1985 Mary-Ann Farrell New York Piano Semi-finalist
1985 Margaret Marie O'Brien Massachusetts Vocal Semi-finalist
1984 Barbara Webster Missouri Fiddle Semi-finalist
1984 Suzette Charles New Jersey Vocal 1st runner-up
1984 Vanessa Williams New York Vocal Winner Double preliminary winner
1983 Dianne Evans Mississippi Vocal 2nd runner-up
1983 Debra Maffett California Vocal Winner Double preliminary winner
1983 Gwendolyn Suzann Witten Kentucky Vocal Top 10
1982 Sandra Truitt Illinois Operatic Vocal 1st runner-up
1982 Suzanne Alexander New York Operatic Vocal Semi-Finalist
1982 Sheri Rhyman Texas Gymnastics 4th runner-up
1981 Paige Phillips Alabama Ventriloquism 1st runner-up
1981 Cheryl Flanagan New York Tap Dance Semi-finalist
1981 Susan Powell (tie) Oklahoma Classical Vocal Winner
1981 Doris Janell Hayes (tie) Washington Vocal Semi-finalist
1980 Pam Wenzel Arizona Gymnastics Semi-finalist
1980 Kelli Diane Krull New York Baton Semi-finalist
1980 Tana Kay Carli Ohio Accordion 1st runner-up
1979 Teresa Cheatham Alabama Semi-Classical Vocal 1st runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1979 Carolyn Cline (tie) Florida Piano/Vocal 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Winner
1979 Lori Ann Bergen Kansas Fiddle Semi-Finalist
1979 Guylyn Elaine Remmenga (tie) Nebraska Classical Piano Semi-Finalist
1978 Catherine LaBelle Florida Vocal 4th runner-up
1978 Susan Yvonne Perkins Ohio Vocal Winner
1978 Lynne Carol Grote Pennsylvania Piano Semi-Finalist
1977 Dorothy Kathleen Benham Minnesota Classical Vocal Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1977 Sonja Beverly Anderson (tie) New York Classical Vocal 4th runner-up
1977 Carmen McCollum (tie) Texas Saxophone 2nd runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1977 Pamela Polk Virginia Operatic Vocal Semi-Finalist
1976 Cynthia Marie Carpenter Massachusetts Classical Piano Semi-Finalist
1976 Diana Lynn Pacini Montana Classical Piano
1976 Susan Kay Banks Ohio Classical Vocal 3rd runner-up
1975 Jean Ahern Illinois Ballet en Pointe 2nd runner-up
1975 Darlene Compton Kentucky Vocal 3rd runner-up
1975 Deborah Humphries Kincaid Tennessee Vocal Semi-Finalist
1974 Colleen Ann Metternich Illinois Piano Semi-Finalist
1974 Debbie Ward Louisiana Vocal 3rd runner-up
1974 Tina Louise Thomas Pennsylvania Vocal 4th runner-up Youngest contestant this year (18), Preliminary Talent Winner
1973 Catherine Lawton Delaware Banjo Semi-Finalist
1973 Debby Robert Louisiana Classical Vocal Semi-Finalist
1973 Terry Anne Meeuwsen Wisconsin Vocal Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1972 Cynthia Cook (tie) Georgia Ventriloquism Semi-Finalist
1972 Sandy Rings Kansas Ventriloquism Semi-Finalist
1972 Allyn E. Warner Maine Vocal 4th runner-up
1972 Maureen Victoria Wimmer (tie) Pennsylvania Operatic Vocal 3rd runner-up
1971 Suzanne Dennie Alabama Piano/Vocal
1971 Lisa Louise Donovan Florida Vocal Semi-Finalist
1971 Judy Ann Adams Oklahoma Violin Semi-Finalist
1970 Judith Mendenhall Minnesota Flute 4th runner-up
1970 Patricia Brummet New Mexico Classical Vocal Semi-Finalist
1970 Kathy Lynn Baumann Ohio Acro dance 1st runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1969 Linda Fitts Florida Dance Semi-Finalist
1969 Judith Anne Ford Illinois Trampoline Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1969 Cherie Suzanne Davis Virginia Opera Semi-Finalist
1968 Dawn Lauree Cashwell Florida Baton Twirling 4th runner-up
1968 Mary Lynn Haglund Indiana Figure Skating Semi-Finalist
1968 Marilyn Gail Cocozza Rhode Island Vocal 3rd runner-up
1967 Charlene Diane Dallas California Piano 1st runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1967 Sharon Elaine Phillian Ohio Classical Vocal 3rd runner-up
1967 Jane Anne Jayroe Oklahoma Vocal / Orchestra Conducting Winner
1966 Linda Folsom Alabama Opera Semi-Finalist
1966 Eileen Mary Smith Indiana Vocal Medley 2nd runner-up
1966 Nancy Janice Moore South Carolina Piano Solo Semi-Finalist
1965 Vicki Jane Powers Alabama Opera Semi-Finalist
1965 Barbara Phyllis Hasselberg Minnesota Medley of Authentic Polynesian Dances 4th runner-up
1965 Karen Victoria Kopseng North Dakota Classical Vocal
1964 Judith Antoinette Short Alabama Marimba Semi-Finalist Double Preliminary Winner
1964 Rosanne Tueller District of Columbia Singing in French & Jazz Dance 1st runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1964 Dorcas Dara Campbell Virginia Classical & Popular Vocal Medley Semi-Finalist
1963 Patricia Lei Anderson Hawaii Opera 4th runner-up
1963 Beverly Ann Smith (tie) Maryland Organ & Piano Solo
1963 Charlotte Ann Carroll Mississippi Popular Vocal & Dance Semi-Finalist
1963 Mary Lee Jepson (tie) Nebraska Flaming Fire Baton Act Semi-Finalist
1962 Susan Ann Henryson California Popular Vocal Medley Semi-Finalist
1962 Rosita Giusti Puerto Rico Classical Vocal Double Preliminary Winner
1962 Linda Jacklyn Loftis Texas Opera 3rd runner-up
1962 Carolyn Deann Lasater Utah Pantomime Dance 2nd runner-up
1961 Teresa Rinaldi (tie) Alabama Opera Semi-finalist
1961 Tommye Lou Glaze Indiana Opera 4th runner-up
1961 Nancy Anne Fleming (tie) Michigan Presentation of Dress Design Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1961 Marian Faye Walker Utah Opera Semi-Finalist
1960 Diana Martha Klug (3 way tie) Connecticut Fashion Design Presentation & Speech
1960 Virginia Noble Pailes (3 way tie) District of Columbia Vocal
1960 Suzanne Ingeborg Johnson Illinois Vocal Semi-Finalist
1960 Ann Penelope Marston Michigan Archery Demonstration
1960 Lois Janet Piercy (3 way tie) Pennsylvania Original Flute Solo & Art Display Semi-Finalist
1959 Lee Thornberry Alabama Song & Dance Semi-Finalist
1959 Billie June Turner Connecticut Ballet en Pointe Semi-Finalist
1959 Mary Ann Mobley Mississippi Classical & Popular Vocal Medley & Dance Winner
1958 Gloria Rupprecht Indiana Comedy Vocal
1958 Sara Ann Cooper Missouri Dancing the Charleston Semi-Finalist
1958 Judith Hanson (tie) Oregon Opera Semi-Finalist
1958 Jennie Blatchford (tie) Pennsylvania Baton Twirling
1957 Anne Stuart Ariall Alabama Vocal / Dance 2nd runner-up
1957 Barbara Banks Arkansas Interpretive Ballet
1957 Diane Knotek Nebraska Classical Vocal
1956 Patricia Byrd Huddleston Alabama Classical Vocal Semi-Finalist
1956 Sandra Wirth Florida Fire Baton Semi-Finalist
1956 Virginia Maffucci Massachusetts Dramatic Monologue Semi-Finalist
1955 Linda Weisbrod District of Columbia Classical Vocal Semi-Finalist
1955 Janice Hutton Somers (tie) Michigan Vocal 4th runner-up
1955 Heather Jo Taferner (tie) New York Operatic Vocal
1955 Barbara Maxine Quinlan Ohio Classical Vocal Semi-Finalist
1954 Lois Ann Alava Delaware Piano Semi-Finalist
1954 Delores Jerde South Dakota Piano
1954 Anna Lee Ceglis Virginia Classical Vocal 2nd runner-up
1953 Iris Ann Fitch District of Columbia Vocal
1953 Neva Jane Langley Georgia Classical Piano Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1953 Joan Elizabeth Kayne New York City Dance Semi-Finalist
1952 Jeanne Moody Alabama Drama
1952 Lu Long Ogburn North Carolina Piano 2nd runner-up Double Preliminary winner
1952 Colleen Kay Hutchins Utah Dramatic Monologue Winner
1951 Renee Roy Connecticut Comedy Sketch Semi-Finalist
1951 Sandra Joanne Stahl District of Columbia Classical Vocal Semi-Finalist
1951 Irene O'Connor South Dakota Dramatic Monologue 1st runner-up
1949 Jacque Mercer Arizona Dramatic Monologue Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1949 Margaret Lynn Munn Canada Classical Vocal Semi-Finalist
1949 Gloria Yvonne Burkhart Minnesota Classical Violin Semi-Finalist
1948 Patti Anne Luer Montana Vocal / Dance Semi-Finalist
1948 Dorothy Jane Free Tennessee Vocal
1948 Marilyn Robinson Utah Dramatic Monologue Semi-Finalist
1947 Barbara Jo Walker Memphis, TN Vocal & Art Display Winner
1947 Pepper Donna Shore Miami Beach, FL Hula / Rhumba Semi-Finalist
1947 Elaine Mary Campbell Minnesota Classical Vocal 1st runner-up
1946 Emma Dale Nunnally Alabama Operatic Vocal
1946 Jane Miller Atlanta, GA Classical Vocal 2nd runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1946 Eleanor D. Kramer Pennsylvania Vocal Semi-Finalist
1945 Frances Dorn (tie) Birmingham, AL Tap Dance 2nd runner-up
1945 Pony Ellis California Vocal Semi-Finalist
1945 Arlene Anderson Minnesota Vocal / Marimba 4th runner-up
1945 Bess Myerson (tie) New York City Classical Piano & Flute Solo Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1944 Betty Jane Rase Birmingham, AL Vocal 4th runner-up Double Preliminary winner
1944 Venus Ramey District of Columbia Song & Dance Winner Double Prelminary Winner
1944 Virginia Warlen Florida Vocal 2nd runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1943 Helena Frances Mack Boston, MA Samba Dance 2nd runner-up Double Preliminary winner
1943 Jean Bartel California Vocal Winner Double Preliminary winner
1943 Joan Hyldoft Cincinnati, OH Ice Skating
1942 Barbara Patterson Cincinnati, OH
1942 Marion Mosell New York Operatic Vocal
1942 Jo-Carroll Dennison Texas Vocal Winner Double Preliminary winner
1941 Virginia MacGraw Birmingham, AL Semi-Finalist
1941 Joey Augusta Paxton North Carolina 4th runner-up Double Preliminary winner
1941 Roselle Marie Hannon Western Pennsylvania 1st runner-up
1940 Catherine Virginia Howell District of Columbia Dance
1940 Monnie Drake (tie) Michigan Vocal 2nd runner-up
1940 Kay Kittendorf (tie) Montana Operatic Vocal Semi-Finalist
1940 Mary Eleanor Parish Myrtle Beach, SC Tap Dance
1939 Marguerite Louise Skliris California Dramatic Monologue 3rd runner-up
1939 Marion Rudeen Minnesota Acro-Dance Semi-Finalist
1939 Margaret Wood North Carolina Vocal Semi-Finalist
1938 Ruth Brady Asbury Park, NJ Vocal / Tap Dance 3rd runner-up
1938 Gloria Smiley Jacksonville, FL Acrobatic Dance 4th runner-up
1938 Muriel LaVon Goodspeed Utah Classical Vocal / Piano 2nd runner-up
1937 Phyllis Randall California Vocal / Dance 3rd runner-up
1937 Claire Nevulis Massachusetts Vocal / Tap Dance Semi-Finalist
1937 Grace Travis New York City Vocal Semi-Finalist
1936 Gloria Levings Birmingham, AL 4th runner-up
1936 Phyllis Hume Dobson California Drama 1st runner-up
1936 Rose Veronica Coyle Philadelphia, PA Vocal / Tap Dance Winner

Preliminary Swimsuit award[edit]

In the pageant's history, there have only been two instances of a tie for a preliminary award, both in swimsuit. The first was in 1987, and the second in 1993.[34]

Year Winner State Placement at Miss America Notes
2014 Carly Mathis Georgia Top 10
2014 Kelsey Griswold Oklahoma 2nd Runner-Up
2014 Chelsea Rick Mississippi Top 15
2013 Mandy Schendel Washington Top 10 saved by the judges to compete in the final competition
2013 Megan Ervin Illinois Top 10
2013 Ali Rogers South Carolina 1st Runner-Up
2012 Danica Olsen Utah
2012 Kendall Morris Texas Semi-Finalist
2012 Kaitlin Monte New York 2nd Runner-Up
2011 Jalee Fuselier Hawaii 2nd runner-up
2011 Ashley Davis Alabama
2011 Emoly West Oklahoma 4th runner-up
2010 CC Barber Oregon Top 15 (Contestant's choice)
2010 Alyse Zwick New York
2010 Miriam Pabón Puerto Rico
2009 Leigh-Taylor Smith New York 3rd runner-up
2009 Christine Kozlowski Mississippi
2009 Katie Stam Indiana Winner
2008 Molly Hazlett Texas Top eight
2008 Kirsten Haglund Michigan Winner
2008 Ashley Bickford Rhode Island
2007 Emily Wills[1] Pennsylvania Semi-finalist
2007 Molly McGrath[2] Nebraska
2007 Lauren Nelson[3] Oklahoma Winner
2006 Shannon Schambeau[4] District of Columbia 4th runner-up
2006 Julia Bachison Utah
2006 Kristi Lauren Glakas[5] Virginia 3rd runner-up
2005 Jenna Edwards Florida
2005 Jennifer Dupont Louisiana 1st runner-up
2005 Amy Davis Utah
2004 Candace Glickman[6] New Hampshire Semi-finalist
2004 Nancy Redd[7] Virginia Semi-finalist
2004 Nicole Lamarche[8] California 4th runner-up
2003 Jennifer Adcock[9] Mississippi Semi-finalist
2003 Lauren Davidson [10] Arkansas
2003 Tiffany Walker[11] New York Semi-finalist
2002 Stephanie Culberson[12] Tennessee 2nd runner-up
2002 Abbie Lynne Rabine [13] Massachusetts 1st runner-up
2002 Emily Foster [14] Georgia
2001 Whitney Boyles Kentucky 4th runner-up Not Announced On Stage
2001 Faith Jenkins[15] Louisiana 1st runner-up Double preliminary winner
2001 Christy May [13] Mississippi 3rd runner-up
2001 Angela Perez Baraquio[17] Hawaii Winner
2000 Gina Giacinto[18] Nevada
2000 Karen Lindsay[19] Rhode Island
2000 Heather Renee French[20] Kentucky Winner
1999 Lissette Gonzalez[21] Florida 2nd runner-up
1999 Kelli Bradshaw North Carolina 1st runner-up
1999 Joslyn Jamie Tinker [22] Alaska Semi-finalist
1998 Rebekah Ann Keller [23] California 4th runner-up
1998 Erika Kauffman [24] Hawaii Semi-finalist
1998 Kathy Nejat[25] New Jersey
1997 Melissa Short Hawaii Semi-finalist Double preliminary winner
1997 Patricia Leines[26] Oregon 2nd runner-up Double preliminary winner
1997 Tara Dawn Holland[27] Kansas Winner
1996 Amy Beth Keller [44] Kansas Semi-finalist
1996 Tracy Hayes Illinois 4th runner-up
1996 Tiffany Stoker California 3rd runner-up
1995 Heather Whitestone Alabama Winner First deaf Miss America, double preliminary winner
1995 Tiffany Storm Indiana 4th runner-up
1995 Cullen Johnson[45] Virginia 1st runner-up
1994 Lisa Duncan[46] California
1994 Kara Kim Martin[47] Georgia 1st runner-up
1994 Cynthia Sims[48] West Virginia
1993 Tawyna Mullins Kentucky Semi-Finalist
1993 Carrie Lee Davis [49] South Carolina semi-finalist
1993 Shelli Renee Yoder (tie)[34] Indiana 2nd runner-up
1993 Catherine Ann Lemkau (tie)[34] Iowa 1st runner-up Double preliminary winner
1992 Elizabeth Anne Johnson[50] Utah
1992 Christi Page [51] Louisiana Semi-finalist
1992 Carolyn Suzanne Sapp[52] Hawaii Winner
1991 Beth Howell[53] Mississippi
1991 Dana Dalton Florida
1991 Karrie Mitchell[54] Colorado Semi-finalist
1990 Jeri Lynn Zimmerman[55] Illinois 3rd runner-up
1990 Stacy King[56] Louisiana
1990 Debbye Turner[57] Missouri Winner
1989 Melissa Aggeles Florida Semi-finalist
1989 Valerie Brosset Louisiana Semi-finalist
1989 Carla Haag Mississippi Semi-finalist
1988 Kelly Jerles Georgia
1988 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Michigan Winner
1988 Nancy Humphries South Carolina
1987 Tamara Tungate Missouri 4th runner-up
1987 Dawn Elizabeth Smith (tie) South Carolina 2nd runner-up
1987 Kellye Cash (tie) Tennessee Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1987 Julianne Smith Virginia 1st runner-up
1986 Angela Tower Alabama 4th runner-up
1986 Susan Akin Mississippi Winner
1986 Suellen Cochran Ohio Semi-finalist Double Preliminary Winner
1985 Katherine Manning Mississippi 2nd runner-up
1985 Tamara Hext Texas 4th runner-up
1985 Sharlene Wells Utah Winner
1984 Wanda Gayle Geddie Mississippi 3rd runner-up
1984 Vanessa Williams New York Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1984 Pamela Rigas Ohio 4th runner-up
1983 Debra Sue Maffett California Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1983 Elizabeth Williams North Carolina
1983 Desiree Daniels Tennessee 1st runner-up
1982 Elizabeth Ward Arkansas Winner
1982 Karen Hopson Mississippi Semi-Finalist
1982 Kristine Weitz Washington
1981 Lencola Sullivan Arkansas 4th runner-up
1981 Debra Goodwin Minnesota
1981 Donna Pope Mississippi 2nd runner-up (tie)
1980 Shelly Peiken Maryland
1980 Cheryl Prewitt Mississippi Winner
1980 Monta Maki North Carolina
1979 Teresa Cheatham (tie) Alabama 1st runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1979 Janice Anne Albro Delaware
1979 Sue Erickson Minnesota
1979 Cheri Brown (tie) Mississippi
1978 Bunnie Carolyn Holbert Arkansas
1978 Catherine Amelia Hinson South Carolina 2nd runner-up
1978 Linda Faye Moore Tennessee Semi-Finalist
1977 Dorothy Kathleen Benham Minnesota Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1977 South Carolina Lavinia Merle Cox 1st runner-up
1977 Carmen McCollum Texas 2nd runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1976 Paula Denise Roach Arkansas
1976 Janet Jay Carr California 2nd runner-up
1976 Debra Cusick Rhode Island
1975 Lucianne Buchanan California 1st runner-up
1975 Karen Diane Smith Kansas
1975 Shirley Cothran Texas Winner
1974 Suzanne Plummer New Jersey 2nd runner-up
1974 Leslie Ann Mays Washington Semi-Finalist
1974 Judy Hieke Wisconsin 1st runner-up
1973 Rebecca Sue Graham Indiana 4th runner-up
1973 Cindy Lee Sykes Kansas Semi-Finalist
1973 Terry Anne Meeuwsen Wisconsin Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1972 Carolyn Jean Stoner California
1972 Laurel Lea Schaefer Ohio Winner
1972 Linda Jean Moyer (tie) Virginia
1972 Susan Buckner (tie) Washington Semi-Finalist
1971 Kathleen O'Sullivan Hawaii
1971 Claudia Carmen Turner South Carolina 1st runner-up
1971 Phyllis George Texas Winner
1970 Carol Jean Norval Connecticut
1970 Pamela Anne Eldred Michigan Winner
1970 Kathy Lynn Baumann Ohio 1st runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1969 Dellynne Catching Alabama Semi-Finalist
1969 Judith Anne Ford Illinois Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1969 Susan Thompson Iowa 2nd runner-up
1968 Sharon Ann Evans Arkansas
1968 Kristine Phillips Idaho
1968 Debra Dene Barnes Kansas Winner
1967 Charlene Diane Dallas California 1st runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1967 Nancy Anne Naylor New Hampshire 4th runner-up
1967 Barbara Ann Harris South Carolina
1966 Deborah Irene Bryant Kansas Winner
1966 Patricia Anne Puckett Mississippi 1st runner-up
1966 Kathryn Elizabeth Blaikie Nevada
1965 Sherri Lee Raap California
1965 Jane Nelson New Mexico Semi-Finalist
1965 Ella Dee Kessel West Virginia 2nd runner-up
1964 Judith Antoinette Short Alabama Semi-Finalist Double Preliminary Winner
1964 Donna Axum Arkansas Winner
1964 Rosanne Tueller District of Columbia 1st runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1963 Pamela Gilbert Illinois
1963 Carole Jean Van Valin Michigan Semi-Finalist
1963 Joan Mary Engh Wisconsin 1st runner-up
1962 Frances Jane Anderson Arkansas 1st runner-up
1962 Nancee Ann Parkinson Minnesota 4th runner-up
1962 Maria Beale Fletcher North Carolina Winner
1961 Ruth Rea District of Columbia 3rd runner-up
1961 Nancy Fleming Michigan Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1961 Edith Sandra Browning South Carolina Semi-Finalist
1960 Bonnie Jo Marquis New York Semi-Finalist
1960 Sharon Joyce Vaughn Washington 2nd runner-up
1960 Mary Alice Fox Wisconsin 1st runner-up
1959 Sandra Lee Jennings California 3rd runner-up
1959 Anita Marie Hursh Indiana
1959 Betty Lane Evans North Carolina 4th runner-up
1958 Lynn Freyse Arizona Semi-Finalist
1958 Jody Elizabeth Shattuck Georgia 1st runner-up
1958 Elaine Herndon North Carolina Semi-Finalist
1957 Joan Colleen Beckett California Semi-Finalist
1957 Sandra Jean Stuart Chicago, IL Semi-Finalist
1957 Jere Wright Hawaii Semi-Finalist
1956 Barbara Mamo Vieira Hawaii Semi-Finalist
1956 Clara Faye Arnold North Carolina 3rd runner-up
1956 Ann Campbell Oklahoma 4th runner-up
1955 Lee Meriwether California Winner
1955 Ann Gloria Daniel Florida 1st runner-up
1955 Polly Rankin Suber South Carolina 2nd runner-up
1954 Patricia Ann Johns California Semi-Finalist
1954 Evelyn Margaret Ay Pennsylvania Winner
1954 Elaine Holkenbrink Wyoming Semi-Finalist
1953 Gwen Harmon (tie) Alabama 3rd runner-up
1953 Jeanne Shores (tie) California 2nd runner-up
1953 Jo Hoppe Chicago, IL 4th runner-up
1953 Neva Jane Langley Georgia Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1952 Charlotte Rosalie Simmen Arkansas 3rd runner-up
1952 Lu Long Ogburn North Carolina 2nd runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1952 Marlene Margaret Rieb South Dakota Semi-Finalist
1951 Yolande Betbeze Alabama Winner
1951 Mary Jennings Arkansas 3rd runner-up
1951 Joanne Durant California Semi-Finalist
1949 Jacque Mercer (tie) Arizona Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1949 Jone Ann Pedersen (tie) California 4th runner-up
1949 Sylvia Canady Colorado 3rd runner-up
1949 Trudy Germi Illinois 2nd runner-up
1948 Jerry Long Atlanta, GA Semi-Finalist
1948 Vera Ralston Kansas 3rd runner-up
1948 Beatrice Bella "BeBe" Shopp Minnesota Winner
1947 Peggy Jane Elder (tie) Alabama 3rd runner-up
1947 Margaret Marshall Canada 2nd runner-up
1947 Evelyn L. Murray Kentucky Semi-Finalist
1947 Raven Malone (tie) New York City Semi-Finalist
1946 Rebecca Jane McCall Arkansas 1st runner-up
1946 Janey Miller (tie) Atlanta, GA 2nd runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1946 Marilyn Buferd California Winner
1946 Eileen Henry (tie) New York City Semi-Finalist
1945 Lee Wieland Chicago, IL Semi-Finalist
1945 Bess Myerson New York City Winner
1945 Lee Henson Tennessee Semi-Finalist
1944 Betty Jane Rase Birmingham, AL 4th runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1944 Venus Ramey District of Columbia Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1944 Virginia Warlen Florida 2nd runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1943 Helena Frances Mack (tie) Boston, MA 2nd runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1943 Jean Bartel California Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1943 Dixie Lou Rafter District of Columbia 4th runner-up
1943 Emma Hammermeister (tie) Western Pennsylvania Semi-Finalist
1942 Marie Duncan Birmingham, AL Semi-Finalist
1942 Bette Brunk Chicago, IL 1st runner-up
1942 Jo-Carroll Dennison Texas Winner Double Preliminary Winner
1941 Rosemary LaPlanche California Winner
1941 Joey Augusta Paxton North Carolina 4th runner-up Double Preliminary Winner
1941 Lillian Helen O'Donnell Westchester County, NY 3rd runner-up
1940 Rosemary LaPlanche California 1st runner-up
1940 Dorothy Slatten Kentucky 4th runner-up
1940 Frances Marie Burke Philadelphia, PA Winner

Quality of Life award[edit]

The Quality of Life award was initially sponsored by Fruit of the Loom. From its inception in 1989 until 2002, the winner received a $10,000 scholarship. For Miss America 2003 the value of the award was reduced to $6,000 for the winner, and the amount was reduced again to $3,000 from Miss America 2006. In 2008, the scholarship returned to $6,000.

Year Winner State Platform Placement at Miss America Notes
2014 Haley Williams Michigan
2013 Anna Laura Bryan Alabama Top 12
2012 Ann-Blair Thornton Kentucky
2011 Katie LaRoche Michigan
2010 Taylor Treat Oklahoma Top 12
2009 Emily Cox Kentucky Uniquely Me: Promoting Self-Esteem in Adolescent Girls Top 12
2008 Caleche Manos Nevada M.A.D.D. – Prevention of Drinking and Driving Through Education
2007 Allison Rogers Rhode Island Go Green! Global Warming Awareness
2006 Tracey Brown Idaho Breast Cancer Awareness: Education, Support and Research
2005 Deidre Downs Alabama Curing Childhood Cancer Winner
2004 Catherine Crosby Alabama First Vote: America's Freedom to Choose Top 15
2003 Teresa Benitez Nevada Poverty: A N.E.W. Focus 3rd runner-up
2002 Jaclyn Hunt Utah Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Top 10
2001 Faith Jenkins Louisiana Illiteracy Prevention/Eradication 1st runner-up
2000 Brandee Helbick New Hampshire Educational Disabilities Awareness
1999 Heather Davis Maryland Drug-Free L.I.F.E. for Youth/Peer Mentorship
1998 Jennifer Ostergaard Minnesota Child Abuse Education, Awareness, and Prevention
1997 Alison McCreary Alabama Hospice: A Special Kind of Caring 3rd runner-up
1996 Dena Querubin[58] New Jersey Adopt-A-Grandparent
1995 Stacy Agren Arizona
1994 Amanda Murray Arizona Asthma Support Programme
1992 Cheryl Lynn Majercik Illinois AIDS Hospice service
1991 Suzanne Lawrence[59] Texas "Smiles Against Cancer" organization 3rd runner-up

Miss Congeniality[edit]

Year Winner State Placement at Miss America Notes
2013 Sloane Roberts Arkansas
2012 Kayla Batt Nebraska Previously Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2007; Top 10 and Miss Congeniality at National Sweetheart 2010
2011 Katie Lynn LaRoche Michigan Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
2010 Raeceen Woolford Hawaii Top 7
2009 Rebecca Robinson Texas
2008 Ashley Young North Dakota
2007 Melinda Toole Alabama 4th runner-up
2006 Malika Dudley Hawaii
2005 Olena Rubin Hawaii

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Hawaii, Nebraska winners in Miss America preliminary". Associated Press. 2007-01-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Texas, Oklahoma winners in Miss America preliminary". Associated Press. 2007-01-26. 
  4. ^ a b "California, DC reps win in final Miss America preliminary competition". Associated Press. 2006-01-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Oklahoma, Virginia contestants win Miss America preliminary". Associated Press. 2006-01-20. 
  6. ^ a b "Show goes on in Atlantic City, pageant prelims continue". Associated Press. 2003-09-18. 
  7. ^ a b "Wisconsin, Virginia win in second night of pageant prelims". Associated Press. 2003-09-17. 
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