Miss Arizona USA

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Brittany Brannon, Miss Arizona USA 2011
Brittany Bell, Miss Arizona USA 2010
Courtney Barnas, Miss Arizona USA 2007

The Miss Arizona USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Arizona in the Miss USA pageant.

In 2005 the rights to produce the Miss Arizona USA pageant were given to Casting Crown productions. This company is directed by Britt Boyse, Miss Missouri USA 1995.

Arizona has had a comparatively large number of semi-finalists and placings, but has never won the Miss USA crown in its own right. However, in 1980, Jineane Ford was awarded the title after Shawn Weatherly (who won the original pageant) won the Miss Universe pageant.

Three Miss Arizona USAs were former Miss Arizona Teen USAs and two were former Miss America contestants.

The current titleholder is Jordan Wessel of Tempe.

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2014 Jordan Wessel Tempe 21
2013 Rachel Massie Scottsdale 19
2012 Erika Frantzve Scottsdale 23
2011 Brittany Brannon Paradise Valley 22 Top 16 Miss Photogenic Previously Miss Teen America 2007
2010 Brittany Bell Chandler 22
2009 Alicia-Monique Blanco Phoenix 22 2nd runner-up
2008 Kimberly Joiner[1] Gilbert 22
2007 Courtney Barnas Mesa 19
2006 Brenna Sakas Chandler 21 Top 15, placed 11th at Miss USA 2006 Previously semi-finalist at Miss Arizona 2004
2005 Mariana Loya Gilbert 26 Previously Miss Washington 1998
2004 Danielle Demski Chandler 22 Top 15, Placed 11th at Miss USA 2004 Previously Miss Arizona Teen USA 1999 (4th at Miss Teen USA 1999), NFL Cheerleader
2003 Nafeesa DeFlorias Phoenix 26
2002 Jennifer Lenz Mesa 25
2001 Tasha Dixon Phoenix 19
2000 Heather Keckler Scottsdale 26 Previously Miss Arizona Teen USA 1992
1999 Cara Jackson Chandler 25 Miss Congeniality Previously Miss Arizona 1995
1998 Stacey Kole Tempe Top 10, Placed 6th at Miss USA 1998
1997 Jessica Nicely Gilbert
1996 Christina Novak
1995 Shara Riggs Oro Valley
1994 Jennifer Tisdale Mesa
1993 Apryl Hettich Scottsdale
1992 Dannis Shephard Mesa Top 11
1991 Maricarroll Verlinde Top 11 Best State Costume
1990 Lezlie Leonard
1989 Lee Anne Locken Apache Junction Top 10
1988 Kris Keim[2] Scottsdale 22 Previously Miss Arizona Teen USA 1983
1987 Diane Martin Phoenix 24 2nd runner-up Previously Miss Arizona 1985, semifinalist in Miss Asia Pacific 1987 as USA rep
1986 Jodi Armstrong Phoenix
1985 Michelle Ducote Tempe 20 Top 10 Best State Costume
1984 Daria Sparling[3] Tucson 19 Best State Costume[4]
1983 Sindy Hedden Tucson
1982 Lori Hakola Tucson
1981 Cassie Hill Phoenix
1980 Jineane Ford Gilbert 20 1st Runner-Up Miss Photogenic Became Miss USA 1980 when Shawn Weatherly became Miss Universe
1979 Ana Rupert Scottsdale Top 12
1978 Jacque Crutchfield Phoenix
1977 Toni Abranovic Scottsdale Top 12 Previously 1st runner-up in the 1974 Miss American Teenager Pageant.
1976 Curvey Walters Phoenix
1975 Sanna Osgood Scottsdale
1974 Carlys Peterson Top 12
1973 Sherry Nix 3rd runner-up
1972 Marcia Banks 2nd runner-up
1971 Susanne Pottenger 3rd runner-up
1970 Alicia Lein
1969 Ruth Hayes 3rd runner-up
1968 Shirley Sprague
1967 Judianne Magnusson Top 15
1966 Roxanne Neeley Top 15
1965 Jane Nelson 1st runner-up Previously Miss New Mexico 1964, top 10 at Miss America 1965, preliminary swimsuit award; Competed in the 1962 Miss Teenage America Pageant
1964 Diane Reutter
1963 Diane McGarry Top 15
1962 Jerri Michaelson Top 15
1961 Shyrle Owens
1960 Virginia Crook
1959 Patricia Varga
1958 Shirlee Fox
1956 Maija Bertulson
1955 Patti Marks
1954 Bonnie Jackson
1953 Eleanor Ruth Cross
1952 Charlene Hendricks Withdrew from competition
1 Age at the time of the Miss Arizona USA pageant

Results summary[edit]

Placements in Miss USA[edit]

  • First runners-up: Jineane Ford (1980) (became Miss USA when Shawn Weatherly won Miss Universe)
  • Second runners-up: Jane Nelson (1965), Susanne Pottenger (1971), Diane Martin (1987), Alicia-Monique Blanco (2009)
  • Third runners-up: Ruth Hayes (1969), Sherry Nix (1973)
  • Top 10: Michelle Ducote (1985), Lee Anne Locken (1989), Stacey Kole (1998)
  • Top 11/12: Toni Abranovic (1977), Ana Rupert (1979), Maricarroll Verlinde (1991), Dannis Shephard (1992),
  • Top 15: Maija Bertulson (1956), Jerri Michaelson (1962), Diane McGarry (1963), Roxanne Neeley (1966), Judianne Magnusson (1967), Carlys Peterson (1974), Danielle Demski (2004), Brenna Sakas (2006)
  • Top 16: Brittany Brannon (2011)

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guyette, Trevor (2007-11-04). "Gilbert teacher will compete for Miss USA". East Valley Tribune. 
  2. ^ "It Wasn't All Hearts, Flowers being Miss Arizona-USA". Mohave Daily Miner. 1988-03-29. 
  3. ^ "Tusconian named Miss Arizona-USA". The Courier. 1984-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Miss Arizona flies off with costume win". Lakeland Ledger. 1984-05-06. 

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