Miss Colorado USA

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Colorado.
Beckie Hughes, Miss Colorado USA 2008

The Miss Colorado USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Colorado in the Miss USA pageant.[1] The event was held in Loveland from 2006 to 2008 (2007-2009 titles) and moved to Greeley in 2010.[2]


From 1993 - 2006 the Miss Colorado USA state pageant was directed by Carol Hirata and the Carlton Group. In 2007 it was taken over by Future Productions, which also directs the state pageants for Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Colorado has been one of the less successful states at Miss USA, having not had a finalist since 1963 until Jessica Hartman finished third runner-up in 2010. They have, however been successful with other awards, being one of only four states to have been awarded Miss Photogenic twice.

Two Miss Colorado USA winners were former Miss Colorado Teen USA titleholders and four were former Miss America contestants. One of Colorado's winners Katee Doland has all three state titles: Miss Colorado Teen USA, Miss Colorado USA and Miss Colorado America. The 2002 and 2003 Miss Colorado USA titleholders had previously held Miss Colorado titles in the same order in subsequent years.

Results summary[edit]

Placements[edit]

  • Third runner-up: Rhea Looney (1963), Jessica Hartman (2010)
  • Top 10: Debbie James (1989), Tiani Jones (2000), Marybel Gonzalez (2012)
  • Top 15: Jeanie Carroll (1953), Dorothy Jane Bewley (1955), Karen Keeler (1956), Diane Lee Gardner (1959), Penny Jo James (1962), Susan Hawkins (1969)

Awards[edit]

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2014 Eleanna Livaditis Centennial 25
2013 Amanda Wiley Denver 25
2012 Marybel Gonzalez Denver 24 Top 10
2011 Blair Griffith Lakewood 22 Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 2006,Later Miss Grand USA 2013
2010 Jessica Hartman Pueblo 19 3rd runner-up Miss Intercontinental 2011
2009 Patrice Williams Colorado Springs 22
2008 Beckie Hughes Grand Junction 21
2007 Keena Bonella Grand Junction 21
2006 Jacqueline Madera Denver 26
2005 Lauren Cisneros Castle Rock 23
2004 Janel Haw Aurora 26
2003 Erin MacGregor[3] Vail 26 Previously Miss Colorado 1999
2002 Keely Coe Gaston Morrison 24 Previously Miss Colorado 1998
2001 Katee Doland Arvada 20 Miss Photogenic Triple Crown winner, previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 1998 and top 10 at Miss Teen USA 1998 and later Miss Colorado 2003; Former Denver Broncos cheerleader; Current publicist for the Miss Colorado pageant and director of the Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen pageant under her married name, Katee Mink[4]
2000 Tiani Jones Aurora 23 Top 10
1999 Susan Manuello Boulder
1998 Michelle Stanley Littleton Previously Miss Colorado 1996
1997 Damien Munoz Westminster
1996 Suesan Rajabi Englewood
1995 Emily Weeks Denver
1994 Kimberly Veldhuizen Denver
1993 Janna Durbin Golden Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 1989
1992 Laura Dewild Denver
1991 Melanie Ness Fort Morgan
1990 Michelle Harrison Conifer 2nd runner up in Miss Oktoberfest 1990
1989 Debbie James Denver Semi-finalist Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 1985 and Winner of Miss Oktoberfest 1989
1988 Nicola Svaldi Aurora
1987 Polly Kuska Fort Bliss
1986 Cheryl Rohleder Denver
1985 Lynnette Jessen Denver Previously Miss Colorado 1981
1984 Michelle Anderson Denver
1983 Lisa Gay Trujillo Denver
1982 Dusty Hutton Longmont
1981 Shannon Davidson Boulder
1980 Shelley Marks Littleton
1979 Jene Nelson Pueblo
1978 Linda Potestio Pueblo
1977 Mary Anne Genzel Denver
1976 Patricia Sweany Lamar
1975 Amy Long Lakewood
1974 Connie Larsen Denver
1973 Lenita Mosley Denver
1972 Patricia Cadigan Lakeland
1971 Diane Knaub Denver Miss Congeniality
1970 Linda Hicklin Greeley
1969 Susan Hawkins Colorado Springs Semi-finalist Miss Photogenic
1968 Ann Bell Littleton
1967 Kim Kelly
1966 Rosemary Barnwell
1965 Cathy McPherson
1964 Did Not Compete
1963 Rhea Looney 3rd runner-up
1962 Penny James Semi-finalist
1961 Did Not Compete
1960 Karen Eickermann
1959 Diane Lee Gardner Semi-finalist
1958 Devona Hubka
1957 Mary Linda Clapham
1956 Karen Keeler Semi-finalist
1955 Dorothy Jane Bewley Semi-finalist
1954 Lorna Batterson
1953 Jeanie Carroll Semi-finalist
1952 Joan Linn
1951 Josephine Barbie

^ Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Will Miss Colorado Teen USA hail from Eagle County?". Vail Daily. 2007-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Greeley to hold the Miss Colorado USA and Teen pageants". The Tribune. 2009-06-10. 
  3. ^ Wyrick, Randy (2002-11-27). "Beauty that extends to the soul". 
  4. ^ "Contact Us". Retrieved July 10, 2010. 

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