Miss Louisiana

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Louisiana USA.
Blair Abene, Miss Louisiana 2008 (second from right) with local titleholders, 2009; Hope Anderson, at left, was to become Miss Louisiana 2011.

The Miss Louisiana competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Louisiana in the Miss America pageant. Although no delegate from Louisiana has ever won the Miss America title, four have placed first runner-up. Louisiana is the only former Confederate state without a Miss America.

The pageant is held the last week of June at the W. L. Jack Howard Theatre, named for the late Mayor W. L. "Jack" Howard and located in downtown Monroe adjacent to the Civic Center. The 2013 pageant is the fiftieth to have been held in Monroe.[1]


Year Name Hometown Education Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2014 Lacey Sanchez Baton Rouge LSU
Southeastern Louisiana University
23 Miss Lafayette Vocal, "Not for the Life of Me" from Thoroughly Modern Millie Non-Finalist Interview Award and CMN Miracle Maker finalist at Miss America 2015
2013 Jaden Leach West Monroe ULM 20 Miss Spirit of the Ouachita Vocal "I Can't Let Go" Non-Finalist Talent Award
2012 Lauren Vizza Shreveport Louisiana Tech 22 Miss Louisiana Tech Dance "Time of My Life" by David Cook
2011 Hope Anderson[2] Monroe ULM
Louisiana Tech
22 Miss Spirit of Ruston Dance "Sway" Top 10 at Miss America 2012 CMN Miracle Maker Award (one of 3 contestants) Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
2010 Kelsi Crain Monroe ULM 20 Miss ULM Ballet en Pointe "Victory"
2009 Katherine Putnam Oak Grove ULM 23 Miss Shreveport Piano "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah 3rd runner-up at Miss America 2010 CMN Miracle Maker Award winner
2008 Blair Abene Hammond Southeastern Louisiana 22 Miss Lincoln Parish Classical Vocal "Nessun dorma" Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2006; Teen Louisiana 2002
2007 Amanda Joseph Pineville LSU
21 Miss Bossier City Ballet en Pointe "Canned Heat"
2006 Jamie Wilson Minden Louisiana Tech
23 Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Vocal "Like We Never Loved at All" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2005
2005 Molly Causey Ruston Louisiana Tech
22 Miss Shreveport Piano "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" 4th runner-up (2002) & Contestant (2004) at National Sweetheart; Teen Louisiana 1999
2004 Jennifer Dupont Plaquemine LSU 23 Miss Ouachita Parish Jazz Dance "The Life of the Party" from The Wild Party 1st runner-up at Miss America 2005 Preliminary Swimsuit Previously Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1998, Miss Louisiana USA 2000
2003 Melissa Clark Ruston Louisiana Tech 23 Miss Louisiana Tech Vocal "The Prayer" Contestant (2000) & Winner (2001) at National Sweetheart; Teen Louisiana 1998
2002 Casey Crowder Shreveport Northwestern State 23 Miss Ark-La-Miss Fair Vocal Medley "This Can't Be Love" & "Almost Like Being in Love" Teen Louisiana 1995
2001 Kati Guyton Bossier City Ouachita Baptist
23 Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Vocal "Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime Teen Louisiana 1996
2000 Faith Jenkins Shreveport Louisiana Tech
Southern Law
24 Miss Louisiana Lagniappe Vocal "If I Could" 1st runner-up at Miss America 2001 Preliminary Talent Award, Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Quality of Life Award Won the most scholarship money in the history of Miss America Pageant to date.
1999 Julie Lawrence Destrehan New Orleans 22 Miss Louisiana Stock Show Ballet en Pointe "I, Don Quixote" from Man of La Mancha Preliminary Talent Award, Non-finalist Talent Award, Miss America Scholar Competed in the 1998 National Sweetheart Pageant
1998 Heather Dupree Baton Rouge LSU 21 Miss Louisiana Lagniappe Ventriloquism "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" 1st runner-up Quality of Life Award Previously Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1993
1997 Mette Boving Ruston Louisiana Tech 24 Miss Holiday in Dixie Popular Vocal "How Do I Live" Top 10 Semi-finalist
1996 Erika Schwarz Folsom Loyola 24 Miss St. Tammany Parrish Original Piano Composition "New Orleans Rhapsody" 1st runner-up 2nd runner-up Quality of Life Award Entertainment lawyer, judged the Miss America Pageant in 2006, was the "pageant coach" on the 2007 Miss America Pageant School special.
1995 Karmyn Tyler Shreveport Centenary
Texarkana College
20 Miss City of Roses Classical Vocal "Tu che di gel sei cinta" Non-finalist Talent Award represented Arkansas in Miss Oktoberfest 1997, did not place
1994 Tiffany Mock Bossier City Northeast Louisiana 23 Miss Shreveport Vocal "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"
1993 Catherine Teague Shreveport Louisiana Tech 20 Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Vocal "Listen To My Heart"
1992 Elizabeth Haynes Baton Rouge Louisiana Tech
24 Miss Caddo Lake Piano Medley "El Cumbanchero" & "Cumana"
1991 Christi Page Ruston Louisiana Tech 21 Miss Caney Lake Piano / Vocal "Great Balls of Fire" Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1990 Linnea Fayard Shreveport LSU–Shreveport
Louisiana Tech
22 Miss Louisiana Super Derby Festival Vocal "Stormy Weather" 4th runner-up at Miss America 1991
1989 Stacy King Slidell Louisiana Tech 23 Miss Louisiana Deep South Banjo Medley "Dueling Banjos" & "Ghost Riders" Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
1988 Valerie Brosset West Monroe Northeast Louisiana 21 Miss Louisiana Stockshow Contemporary Ballet "Singin' in the Rain" Top 10 Semi-finalist at Miss America 1989 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1987 Patricia Brant Monroe Northeast Louisiana 23 Miss Red River Valley Ventriloquism "Arizona Yodeler" & "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" 1st runner-up at Miss America 1988 Preliminary Talent Award
1986 Amanda Mainord Baton Rouge LSU 20 Miss Louisiana State University Vocal "When You Wish upon a Star" Non-finalist Talent Award Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Show Troupe
1985 Carol Carter Shreveport LSUS 20 Miss Louisiana State University-Shreveport Vocal "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin Later Miss Louisiana USA 1987 & toured with USO troupe
1984 Nita Whitaker Shreveport Northeast Louisiana 24 Miss Louisiana Forest Festival Popular Vocal "Over the Rainbow" first African American Miss Louisiana
1983 Miriam Gauthier Shreveport 19 Miss Bossier City Piano "Toccata" by Antonio Tauriello Non-finalist Talent Award
1982 Bobbie Candler Baton Rouge LSU 25 Miss Baton Rouge Semi-Classical Vocal "With a Song in My Heart" Non-finalist Talent Award Former National Sweetheart Pageant winner 1979
1981 Donese Worden Monroe Northeast Louisiana 22 Miss Northeast Louisiana University Violin Solo "Millionaire's Hoe-Down"
1980 Martha "Missy" Crews Baton Rouge LSU 22 Miss Baton Rouge Ballet en Pointe "Jet Song" from West Side Story Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1979 Myrrah McCully Monroe LSU 24 Miss North Louisiana Paperland Piano "Khachaturian's Piano Concerto" Non-finalist Talent Award
1978 Phyllis Kelly Baton Rouge Southeastern Louisiana 20 Miss Southeastern Louisiana University Classical Vocal "Italian Street Song" Top 10 Semi-finalist at Miss America 1979
1977 Donna Holt Tioga Louisiana College 21 Miss Plain Dealing Dogwood Semi-Classical Vocal "My Tribute"
1976 Candy Sue Crocker Hammond Southeastern Louisiana
Northeast Louisiana
22 Miss Plain Dealing Dogwood Vocal / Tap Dance "Swanee"
1975 Becky Wilson Bossier City Louisiana Tech 23 Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Vocal "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin
1974 Libby Lovejoy Sulphur SMU 21 Miss Lake Charles Classical Ballet en Pointe "The Grenadiers" 4th runner-up
1973 Debbie Ward Baton Rouge LSU Miss Delhi Vocal Medley "A Heart That's Free" "I Enjoy Being a Girl" & "I Could Have Danced All Night" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Featured performer and co-host of the Miss America pageant 1974-1977
1972 Debby Robert Baton Rouge LSU 21 Miss Baton Rouge Classical Vocal "The Art of Beguiling" Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award
1971 Avis Cochran Shreveport SHSU
University of Houston–Victoria
19 Miss Shreveport Acrobatic Dance "Theme from Exodus" toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1970 Carol Almand Haynesville 18 Miss Homer Vocal "The Wedding"
1969 Sharon Branaman New Iberia USL 19 Miss Lafayette Classical Vocal "Olympia's Aria" from The Tales of Hoffmann
1968 Susanne Saunders Shreveport Northeast Louisiana 18 Miss Northeast Louisiana State College Popular Vocal "I Can See It"
1967 Genevieve Del Gallo New Orleans Loyola 21 Miss New Orleans Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly Top 10 Semi-finalist
1966 Joy Woods New Orleans Northeast Louisiana 20 Miss Northeast Louisiana State College Oboe Solo / Dance
1965 Lynda Ferguson Shreveport Centenary 20 Miss Shreveport Semi-Classical Vocal "Italian Street Song" Top 10 Semi-finalist
1964 Cherie Martin Pineville Northeast Louisiana 19 Miss Rapides Parrish Toreador Dance & Baton Twirling Non-finalist Talent Award
1963 Linda Gail Baucum Springhill Miss Springhill Modern Jazz - South American Rock-Umba Dance When the original winner, Judy Cathey, was announced she stepped up to the microphone and resigned the title on the spot so she could get married and Linda was named the new winner. Competed in the 1962 Miss Teenage America Pageant
1962 Diana Jane Smith Oak Ridge Northeast Louisiana 21 Miss Bastrop Organ Medley "Lady of Spain" & "Sabre Dance"
1961 Lyndra Frances Pate Shreveport Centenary 20 Miss Bastrop Vocal "The House I Live In"
1960 Judith Ann Coday Baton Rouge LSU 20 Miss Baton Rouge Vocal Medley
1959 Mary Mills Hawkins Lake Providence LSU 22 Miss Baton Rouge Piano
1958 Alberta Louise Futch Hammond Southeastern Louisiana Miss Tangipahoa Parish Fire Baton Twirling
1957 Beverly Leigh Norman Shreveport St. Mary's College Miss Caddo Parish Vocal "My Own True Love" Competed in the 1958 Miss Dixie Pageant
1956 Bobbie Chachere Baton Rouge LSU Miss Baton Rouge Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Competed in the 1957 Miss Dixie Pageant
1955 Jan Aline Johnston Ruston Louisiana Tech Miss Ruston Drama
1954 Gail Gleason Shreveport Louisiana Tech Miss Louisiana Tech Piano & Art
1953 Sonya Lee LeBlanc Baton Rouge LSU Miss Baton Rouge Dance
1952 Barbara Barker Monroe Miss Monroe Drama "The Fog" Top 10 Semi-finalist
1951 Jeanne Thompson Baton Rouge Dance Future Miss Louisiana USA 1952-1953
1950 Rowena Taliaferro Winnsboro
1949 Annie Hollingsworth Baton Rouge
1947 Ruth Mary Blust New Orleans Vocal "This Song Is You"
1946 Marguerite McClelland Baton Rouge Classical Vocal "Voices of Spring" 3rd runner-up
Joyce Josephine Frink* New Orleans
1945 Helene Shively* New Orleans
1944 Wilhelmina Hoffman* New Orleans
1943 Shirley Catherine Lange* New Orleans
1942 Edna Joyce* New Orleans
1941 Helen Yvonne Englert* New Orleans
1940 Pauline Powell* New Orleans
1939 Frances Helen Anello* New Orleans
1938 Irene Blush Schomberger* New Orleans Vocal / Trumpet / Dance
1937 Gussie Short Winnsboro
Gertrude Rissie Miller* New Orleans Top 15 Semi-finalist
1936 Doris Huet* New Orleans
1933 Marjorie Hagler 17 Top 10 Semi-finalist
1927 Gladys Renya Moore*
1926 Edna du Vernay*
1925 Thelma Roeling*
1924 Louise Moore* Top 10 Semi-finalist
Albertine Kraemer Second runner-up Kraemer competed as Miss Algiers[3]
1923 *
1922 Maud Allison Price*

* Competed in Miss America pageant as Miss New Orleans


  1. ^ "Sarah Eddington, "Contestants excited about 50th Miss Louisiana competition in Monroe"". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Monroe's Hope Anderson is crowned Miss Louisiana". Victoria Advocate. June 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ . Times-Picayune. February 13, 1927.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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