Miss Delaware

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Jamie Ginn, Miss Delaware 2006

The Miss Delaware competition is the pageant that selects the representative of Delaware in the Miss America pageant. The event takes place annually in the month of June and is currently held in the state capital of Dover, Delaware at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Miss Delaware serves as the official hostess to the state of Delaware.

Former Miss Delaware titleholders have gone on to lead accomplished lives. Many have entered into careers such as politics, law, education, entertainment and medicine.

The Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization provides several thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to its many contestants.


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2013 Rebecca Jackson Kennett Square 21 Miss Dover Vocal "Think of Me" from The Phantom of the Opera Non-Finalist Talent Award
2012 Alyssa Murray Selbyville 20 Miss Costal Bay Jazz Dance "River Deep – Mountain High" Non-Finalist Interview Award Previously Delaware's Junior Miss 2010
2011 Maria Cahill[1] Newark 20 Miss Rehoboth Beach Irish Dance "Lord of the Dance" Non-Finalist Talent Award
2010 Kayla Martell Milford 21 Miss Kent County Contemporary Ballet en Pointe "The Way You Make Me Feel" Top 10 Quality of Life 1st Runner-Up Was voted into the Top 15 at Miss America as a "People's Choice" finalist by public voting
2009 Heather Lehman Magnolia 20 Miss Diamond State Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
2008 Galen Giaccone[2] Wyoming 20 Miss Diamond State Piano "El Cumbanchero" by Rafael Hernández Marín Top 15 at Miss America 2009 Preliminary Talent Award Previously Delaware's Junior Miss 2006
2007 Brittany Dempsey Dover 20 Miss Capital Jazz Dance "Rhythm of the Night" Previously Delaware's Junior Miss 2005
2006 Jamie Ginn Wilmington 25 Miss Brandywine Dance "Dancin' Fool" from Copacabana 4th runner-up to National Sweetheart 2005 as Miss New Jersey; Runner-up in the Miss America 2007 feature of "Pageant School"
2005 Rebecca Bledsoe Newark 23 Miss Central Delaware Classical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville Non Finalist Talent Award
2004 Linda Kurtz Dover 21 Miss Dover Ballet "Man of La Mancha" Quality of Life Award Finalist Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003; Anchor and Reporter for ABC affiliate, WMDT-Salisbury, Maryland
2003 Erin Elizabeth Williams Lincoln 20 Miss Eastern Shore Classical Vocal "Time to Say Goodbye"
2002 Shoha Parekh Newark 24 Miss Greenville Bharatnatyam Style Dance Appeared in the movie Annapolis (film)
2001 Erin Cooper Camden-Wyoming 22 Miss Hockessin Lyrical Ballet "Book of Days"
2000 Junnie Cross Dover 22 Miss Hockessin Vocal "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from Phantom of the Opera Preliminary Talent Award, Bernie Wayne Scholarship for the Performing Arts Award, Quality of Life Finalist, and Bert Parks Talent Award. Appeared in local TV commercials in Philadelphia, PA
1999 Kama Boland Hockessin 22 Miss Diamond State Piano "Jerry Lee Lewis Medley"
1998 Jody Kelly Dover 22 Miss Hockessin Flute "Shenandoah" & "Dueling Banjos"
1997 Alison White Millsboro 18 Miss Millsboro Classical Vocal "Poor Wand'ring One" from The Pirates of Penzance Non Finalist Talent Award
1996 Aimee Michelle Voshell Felton 18 Miss Dover Ballet en Pointe "Return to Innocence"
1995 Michelle Harris Newark 24 Miss Brandywine Vocal "I Will Always Love You" Bert Parks Talent Award (vocal) Appeared at Showboat Casino, Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Games, Apollo Theater, Cape May Jazz Festival, and NY regional finalist Star Search 2003
1994 Letitia Lee Pusey Millsboro 23 Miss Sussex County Lyrical Tap Dance
1993 Jennifer Lin Kaczmarczyk Hockessin 20 Miss Brandywine Popular Vocal "This is the Moment" Non Finalist Talent Award
1992 Kathleen Ann Slavin Dagsboro 25 Miss Sussex County Vocal "My Man"
1991 Beth Ann Jones Wilmington 22 Miss Brandywine Vocal Medley
1990 Lisa Marie Munzert New Castle 20 Miss Brandywine Dance / Twirling "They're Playing Our Song" Non Finalist Talent Award
1989 Robin Lee Coutant Millsboro 21 Miss University Vocal "Think of Me"
1988 Laura Kathleen Ludwig Lewes 21 Miss Sussex County Popular Vocal "Happy Days Are Here Again"
1987 Anne Marie Jarka Newark 21 Miss University Vocal/Piano - "Almost Over You" - Orchestrated for Ms. Jarka by Marvin Hamlisch George Cavelier Talent Award Winner
1986 Lori Ann Scott Wilmington 23 Miss Wilmington Popular Vocal "Love Is Spreading All Over"
1985 Lisa Anne Patrick Newark 24 Miss Newark Character Ballet en Pointe
1984 Nancy Lynn Ball Rehoboth Beach 24 Miss Cape Henlopen Jazz Ballet en Pointe Selected as one of 5 State title holders as a member of the Gillette/Miss America Showstoppers Troope
1983 Tammy Renee Copeland Newark 21 Miss Greater Wilmington Vocal "Cry Me a River"
1982 Nancy Ellen Farley Elsmere 21 Miss New Castle Comedy Monologue "Report of the Nominating Committee"
1981 Jodi Meade Graham Wilmington 19 Miss Brandywine College Vocal "Can You Read My Mind" Grandniece of Miss America 1924, Ruth Malcomson
1980 Andra Lee Dickerson Newark 21 Miss Newark Piano / Vocal
1979 Ann Lorraine Harrington Milford 22 Miss Milford Magic Act National Easter Seals Telethon Host, 10 years
1978 Janice Anne Albro Claymont 25 Piano Solo "The Entertainer" & "Maple Leaf Rag" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1977 Sandra Louise Aiken Seaford 21 Miss Seaford Classical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'" Non Finalist Talent Award
1976 Debora Rica Lipford Newark 21 Miss Newark Dramatic Interpretation of a Popular Song "It Was a Good Time" from Ryan's Daughter Top 10 Semi-finalist First African-American contestant to make Top 10 at Miss America
1975 Elaine Campanelli Ocean View 20 Miss Ocean View Fire Baton Routine Non Finalist Talent Award
1974 Kathleen Attanasi Rehoboth Beach 22 Miss Rehoboth Beach Harp Medley "Harmonious Blacksmith" & "Close To You"
1973 Jackie LaGuardia Milford 19 Miss Seaford Vocal "Irma La Douce"
1972 Catherine Lawton Clayton 20 Miss Newark Banjo Medley "Banjo Memories" Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1971 Paula Kusmer Wilmington 19 Miss Goldey-Beacom College Dramatic Reading "The Diary of Anne Frank" voted Miss Congeniality
1970 Linda Sue Hitchens Seaford 20 Vocal / Dance "Give My Regards to Broadway"
1969 Margo Ewing Wilmington 19 Miss Talleyville Vocal Interpretation "My Mother's Wedding Day" Served as a Delaware State Senator
1968 Gayle Freeman Wilmington 19 Miss Brandywine College Vocal & Guitar "Times They Are a-Changin'"
1967 Susan Alice Levens Dover 18 Miss Wesley College Vocal "Who Will Buy" from Oliver!
1966 Mary Lee Mancini Wilmington 19 Miss Greater Wilmington Ballet/Sketch (dance/monologue)
1965 Kathleen Grandall Wilmington 18 Miss Brandywine Multi-Lingual Monologue with Native Songs & Dances
1964 Anita Gail Eubank Wilmington 20 Miss Brandywine Popular Vocal & Dance
1963 Diane Beverly Isaacs Greenwood Miss Greenwood Piano & Popular Vocal Was married to former Congressman, Governor, and current Senator of Delaware Tom Carper
1962 Alice Jane Watts Lewes 19 Miss Harrington Pantomime of Record "Seventeen"
1961 Robin Jane Whemper Wilmington 18 Miss Newark Vocal & Dance "That's What Makes Paris Paree" from April in Paris Non-Finalist Talent Award
1960 Deborah Dunkenfield Benoit Wilmington 21 Composite Expression of Special Training
1959 Ester Olney Newark 18 Vocal
1958 Nancy M. Williams Wilmington Dance "Gone With the Wind"
1957 Kathleen Ann D'Attillio Wilmington Piano
1956 Janice Olson Newark
1955 Joanne Sakowski Wilmington Vocal
1954 Barbara Woodall Claymont Piano
1953 Lois Ann Alava Wilmington Piano "Concerto in A Minor" Semi-Finalist Preliminary Talent Award
1952 Helen Blackwell Wilmington Classical Vocal
1951 Suzanne Parrott Dover Piano
1950 Lorna Edwardson Dover Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madame Butterfly
1944 Jacquelyn Vasseur Wilmington
1943 Mona Crawford Wilmington
1942 Dorothy McGovern Wilmington
1941 Verona Smith Bridgeville
1940 Peggy Insolo Wilmington Piano Semi-Finalist
1937 Nickey Harriet Harrington
1936 Lillian Shamers Wilmington
1933 Victoria George Wilmington 18
1923 No Miss Delaware Ruth Agnes Brady competed as Miss Wilmington
1922 No Miss Delaware Adele Senft competed as Miss Wilmington in the Miss America Pageant

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  1. ^ "Maria Cahill crowned Miss Delaware". Beaumont Enterprise. June 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Associated Press. "U of D student crowned Miss Delaware". WDel.