Miss Montana

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Montana USA.

The Miss Montana competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Montana in the Miss America pageant.


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2014 Victoria Valentine Missoula 22 Harp & Vocal "I Won't Give Up" Previously Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen 2008
2013 Sheridan Pope Sidney 21 Tap Dance "Kiss"
2012 Alexis Wineman Cut Bank 19 Miss Cut Bank Monologue "I Think Therefore I Am Fat" Top 16 (America's Choice) First contestant with Autism to compete in the Miss America Pageant. [1]
2011 Veronika Ohlinger Cooke City 23 Vocal "Alone" Assumed the title;[2] Previously Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2005
Taryn Chuter[3] Corvallis 23 Contemporary Dance Resigned for personal reasons
2010 Kacie West Kalispell 21 Vocal "Don't Rain on My Parade" Later Miss Montana USA 2013
2009 Brittany Wiser Bozeman 21 Vocal "Sway" Quality of Life Finalist Later Miss Montana USA 2011
2008 Jennifer Hepner[4] Great Falls 23 Raqs Sharqi Dance Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006
2007 Kristen Mantooth Lewistown 22 Lyrical Dance "Beauty from Pain
2006 Christie Hageman Billings 23 Classical Vocal "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi
2005 Sophia Steinbeisser Sidney 21 Tap Dance "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
2004 Evangelina Duke Billings 20 Vocal "Man of La Mancha"
2003 Amber Shipman Glendive 19 Dance "Save Tonight"
2002 Heather Rathbun Darby 24 Tae Kwon Do Demonstration "Mortal Kombat"
2001 Kara Svennungsen Shelby 22 Vocal "On My Own"
2000 Jana LaBree Ekalaka 24 Miss Southeastern Montana Gospel Vocal "Because of Who You Are"
1999 Elissa Schwarz Terry 19 Miss Big Sky Flute Solo "Carmen Fantasy[disambiguation needed]"
1998 Delight Lori Scheck Helena 21 Miss Missoula/Garden City Semi-Classical Vocal "And This Is My Beloved"
1997 Kristen Garlock Billings 24 Miss Billings Vocal "Romany Life" from The Fortune Teller
1996 Aubrey Hiller Missoula 22 Miss Treasure State Vocal "All the Things You Are" Former Miss Montana Teen USA 1992
1995 Amanda Granrud Great Falls 23 Dramatic Reading
1994 Yvonne Dehner Brockton 24 Miss Western Montana Semi-Classical Vocal "One Kiss" from The New Moon Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award
1993 Erica Havig Billings 19 Miss Billings Ballet en Pointe
1992 JoAnn Kayleen Jorgensen Helena 24 Miss Central Montana Gymnastics / Dance
1991 Jenni Ramseth Billings 18 Miss Yellowstone County Classical Piano "Variation Serieuses, Opus 54" by Felix Mendelssohn Non Finalist Talent Award
1990 Karen McNenny Missoula 18 Miss Missoula County Classical Ballet en Pointe "Coppélia"
1989 Cathy Brewer Hamilton 20 Miss Western Montana Ballet en Pointe
1988 Becky McRae Miles City 17 Miss Southeastern Montana Vocal "On My Own"
1987 Julie Reil Miles City 19 Miss Missoula County Vocal "Being Alive" Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
1986 Kamala Compton Havre 21 Miss Eastern Montana Gymnastics Dance
1985 Julie Culbertson Billings 19 Miss Yellowstone Valley Jazz Dance
1984 Michele Larson Billings 21 Miss Rocky Mountain College Vocal "My Tribute" by Andraé Crouch
1983 Laurie Nelson Billings 19 Miss Eastern Montana College Classical Piano "L'Isle Joyeuse"
1982 Kimberly Knauf Billings 21 Miss Rocky Mountain Piano Medley "Jump Shout Boogie" & "Sonata Pathétique"
1981 Sue Harris Helena 19 Miss Helena Gymnastics Dance "Hawaii Five-O Theme"
1980 Lilly Cruise Miles City 20 Miss Eastern Montana Popular Vocal "I Can See It" Non Finalist Talent Award
1979 Lori Conlon Billings 20 Miss Rocky Mountain College Piano "Toccata"
1978 Vanessa Ochsner Missoula 18 Miss Missoula County Popular Vocal / Dance "Yes"
1977 Sue Stanaway Billings 22 Miss Missoula County Classical Vocal "The Doll's Song" from The Tales of Hoffmann
1976 Janice Frankino Helena 19 Miss Helena Gymnastics / Jazz Dance "Yankee Doodle Dandy" recipient of Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
1975 Diana Pacini Great Falls 20 Miss Garden City Classical Piano "Etude Opus 10 by Chopin" Preliminary Talent Award
1974 Pamela Royer Billings 20 Miss Eastern Montana College Gymnastic Floor Exercise Routine "Love Story"
1973 Debbie Reber Helena 22 Miss Helena Vocal Medley & Guitar Non Finalist Talent Award
1972 Debra DeBiase Billings 21 Miss Rocky Mountain College Ballet "Summer of '42"
1971 Nancy Harper Helena 18 Miss Helena Vocal "I'm the Greatest Star" from Funny Girl
1970 Jane Opp Billings 20 Miss West Billings Piano "Le Cavalier Fantastique" by Benjamin Godard took over title after original winner Kathy Huppe resigned due to pageant officials asking her to stop speaking out against the Vietnam War [5]
1969 Jeanne Meek Bridger 22 Miss Rocky Mountain College Piano "Toccata" by Paul Ben-Haim
1968 Karen Frank Park City 21 Miss Eastern Montana College Western Vocal & Guitar "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart"
1967 Linda Rhein Helena 20 Miss University of Montana Original Piano Composition "What the West Contributed to America"
1966 Nancy McLeod Kalispell 19 Miss Kalispell Popular Vocal / Drama
1965 Dianne Feller Helena 21 Miss West Billings Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly Non-finalist Talent Award
1964 Merilee Miller Radersburg 20 Miss Western Montana College Dance
1963 Roberta Tarbox Missoula Miss Missoula Classical Vocal
1962 Marsha Thompson Bozeman 21 Miss Montana State College Dress Making & Design
1961 Joanna Lester Missoula 20 Miss Montana State University, Missoula Vocal Medley including "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" & "There Once Was a Man" from The Pajama Game Semi-finalist
1960 Lois Marie Volkel Missoula 18 Miss Missoula Classical Vocal "Voi lo Sapete" from Cavalleria Rusticana
1959 Sharon D. Tietjen Great Falls Original Humorous Interpretation
1956 Alice Jean White Great Falls Art The original winner, Marjorie Edmondson, was disqualified as she was married[6]
1955 Bertha Mae Huebl Glendive Vocal
1952 Karen Whittet Livingston Piano
1951 Patricia McGinty Great Falls Classical Vocal "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix"
1950 Donna Marie Buls Missoula
1949 Carol Fraser Billings Equestrian Display Miss Congeniality (tie) After her horse nearly fell into the orchestra pit, the use of live animals was banned from Miss America talent presentations
1948 Patti Luer Anaconda Vocal / Dance "Gypsy Song" Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award
1947 Carol Chaffen Corvallis Classical Vocal "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix"
1940 Kay Kittendorf Missoula Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" Semi-finalist Preliminaty Talent Award
1939 Lucille Chouinard Fort Peck


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