Miss Florida USA

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Florida.
Jessica Rafalowski, Miss Florida USA 2008
Jenna Edwards, Miss Florida USA 2007
Melissa Witek, Miss Florida USA 2005
Kristen Berset, Miss Florida USA 2004

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

While Florida has been successful in terms of runners-up, finalists and semi-finalists, the state has never won the Miss USA pageant, although Cheryl Patton became Miss USA after Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe.

Florida's best results were during the mid-1960s to mid-1970s. Their most recent finalist was Brittany Oldehoff who placed 4th runner-up in 2014.

Two former Miss Florida Teen USA titleholders have won this competition, and three titleholders have also competed at Miss America.

The 2015 Miss Florida USA is Ashleigh Lollie of Grand Ridge, Florida.[1]

Results summary[edit]

Placements[edit]

  • Miss USA's: Cheryl Patton (1967)‡
  • First runners-up: Marcia Valibus (1958), Clo Cabrera (1987)
  • Second runners-up: Nanita Greene (1959), Barbara Bowser (1980)
  • Third runners-up: Mary-Margaret Humes (1975), Monica Farrell (1988)
  • Fourth runners-up: Nancy Wakefield (1960), Randy Beard (1966), Melissa Witek (2005), Cristin Duren (2006), Brittany Oldehoff (2014)
  • Top 6: Shannon Depuy (1995), Angelia Savage (1997)
  • Top 10: Kristen Berset (2004), Jessica Rafalowski (2008)
  • Top 12: Susan Aileen Deaton (1971), Stacy Evans (1973), Cynthia Zach (1974), April Shaw (1978)
  • Top 15: Kay Duggar (1953), Mariles Gessler (1955), Maria Junquera (1969), Cheryl Johnson (1970)
  • Top 16: Lissette Garcia (2011)

‡ Cheryl Patton was 2nd runner-up at Miss USA, but succeeded to the throne when Miss USA became Miss Universe.

Awards[edit]

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2015 Ashleigh Lollie Grand Ridge 23
2014 Brittany Oldehoff Ft. Lauderdale 25 4th runner-up Model in season 7 of "Project Runway"
2013 Michelle Aguirre[2] Hialeah 20 Vegas' top choice winner for Miss USA 2013.
2012 Karina Brez[3] Wellington 24 Born in Ukraine, Gemologist
2011 Lissette Garcia Miami 26 Top 16 Semi-finalist Represented Cuba at Reina Hispanoamericana 2007 pageant in Santa Cruz, Bolivia finishing as a Top 8 Finalist.
2010 Megan Clementi[4] Orlando 25 Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2006
2009 Anastagia Pierre Plantation 20 Pierre is the first African American to represent Florida in the Miss USA contest. Previously Miss Florida Teen USA 2004 and later Miss Bahamas Universe 2011
2008 Jessica Rafalowski DeLand 21 Top 10 Finalist, Finishing in 8th Place Miss Polonia World 2010
2007 Jenna Edwards North Miami 25 Previously Miss Florida 2004, Miss Oktoberfest 2000 as Miss Mississippi, Miss Teen All American 1999 as Miss Mississippi
2006 Cristin Duren Panama City 24 4th runner-up Miss Photogenic Previously Miss Florida Teen USA 1997 and first woman to win Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA and Miss USA
2005 Melissa Witek Cocoa Beach 24 4th runner-up Contestant on NBC's Treasure Hunters
2004 Kristen Berset St. Petersburg 22 Top 10 Finalist, Finishing in 7th Place
2003 Carrie Ann Mewha Fort Lauderdale 24
2002 Shannon Ford Miami 25 Miss Photogenic Miami Dolphins NFL Cheerleader and a contestant on the third season of The Bachelor
2001 Julie Donaldson Ponte Vedra Beach 23
2000 Kristin Ludecke Eustes 23 Style Award Previously Miss Florida 1995; daughter of Miss Florida USA 1970 Cheryl Johnson[5]
1999 Melissa Quesada Miss Teen All American 1995, Miss United States Teen 1997
1998 Jamie Converse Later Mrs. Florida America 2007 under her married name, Jamie Converse-Estrada.[6]
1997 Angelia Savage Jacksonville 25 Top 6 Finalist, Finishing in 4th Place
1996 Idalmis Vidal Miami 21
1995 Shannon Depuy Tallahassee 24 Top 6 Finalist, Finishing in 4th Place Previously Miss Virginia 1990 and semifinalist in Miss America 1991
1994 Cynthia Redding Deltona
1993 Shakeela Gajadha Coral Gables
1992 Sharon Belden Later Miss World America 1992 and semi-finalist at Miss World 1992
1991 Rosa Velilla
1990 Tricia Hahn
1989 Jennifer Parker Tallahassee 17
1988 Monica Farrell Jacksonville 3rd runner-up Previously Miss Florida 1985
1987 Clotilde Helen Cabrera Tampa 22 1st runner-up First African-America to win Miss Florida USA and Later Miss World USA 1987 and competed at Miss World 1987
1986 Kathy Rosenwinkel Orlando
1985 Barbi Losh North Miami Beach
1984 Stacy Hassfurder Tallahassee
1983 Janet Chesser Daytona Beach
1982 Lisa Smith Margate top 10 finalist in Miss World USA 1980
1981 Valerie Lundeen Miami
1980 Barbara Bowser Miami Springs 2nd runner-up
1979 Penny Sheridan Merritt Island
1978 April Shaw Lakeland Semi-finalist
1977 Linda LeFevre Gainesville Miss Congeniality
1976 Leigh Walsh Coral Gables
1975 Mary-Margaret Humes Coral Gables 3rd runner-up actress best known for playing Gail Leery on the television drama Dawson's Creek.
1974 Cynthia Zach Miami Semi-finalist
1973 Stacy Evans Daytona Beach Semi-finalist
1972 Coni Ensor Miami 3rd runner-up
1971 Susan Deaton Jacksonville Semi-finalist
1970 Cheryl Johnson Orlando Semi-finalist Mother of Miss Florida USA 2000 Kristin Ludecke,[5] Previously crowned Miss Dixie 1967.
1969 Maria Junquera Plant City Semi-finalist
1968 Leslie Bauer New Port Richey
1967 Cheryl Patton North Miami Beach 2nd runner-up Became Miss USA 1967 after Sylvia Hitchcock became Miss Universe 1967 and 1st runner up declined title.
1966 Randy Beard 4th runner-up
1965 Karol Kelly semifinalist in Miss American Beauty 1967, title of usa rep to Miss International pageant
1964 Candance Davenport
1963 Nancy England Best State Costume
1962 Sharon Conrad
1961 Peggy Defreitas
1960 Nancy Wakefield 4th runner-up
1959 Nanita Greene 2nd runner-up
1958 Marcia Valibus 1st runner-up Competed in the 1958 Miss Dixie Pageant
1957 Deanie Cates
1956 Kim Meyer
1955 Mariles Gessler Semi-finalist
1954 Rosemary Talucci
1953 Kay Duggar Semi-finalist
1952 Yvonne Peairs

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holliday, Eileen (July 12, 2014). "Miss Florida USA Named During Fort Lauderdale Event". Orlando Sentinel. 
  2. ^ "Michelle Aguirre Crowned Miss Florida USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. January 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wellington’s Karina Brez crowned new Miss Florida USA". The Palm Beach Post. July 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Magic dancer Megan Clementi wins Miss Florida USA". Orlando Sentinel. 2009-07-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Mother and daughter were Miss Florida 30 years apart". Associated Press. 2000-07-14. 
  6. ^ "2007 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010. 

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