Miss Nevada USA

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Nevada.

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

While Nevada did well in the early years of the Miss USA pageant, they only placed once from 1987 to 2000. This streak was broken by Gina Giacinto's finalist placing in Miss USA 2001.

Many Miss Nevada USA titleholders previously competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss America pageants. Six titleholders previously held the Miss Nevada Teen USA title and three held the Miss Nevada Crown in the Miss America Pageant.

Nia Sanchez of Las Vegas became the first Miss USA ever from the state of Nevada when she was crowned Miss USA 2014.

Results summary[edit]

Placements[edit]

  • Miss USA: Nia Sanchez (2014)
  • First runner-up: Mary O'Neal Contino (1977)
  • Second runner-up: Joan Adams (1957), Karen Weller (1961), Patricia Howe (1964), Kathy Landry (1968), Sheri Schruhl (1970)
  • Third runner-up: Gina Giacinto (2001), Jade Kelsall (2012)
  • Fourth runners-up: Janet Hadland (1962), Helen Salas (2007)
  • Top 10: Earlene Whitt (1953), Joy Blaine (1959), Kathee Francis (1963), Denyse Turner (1965), Jacqueline Moore (1967), Karen Esslinger (1969), Linda Dryden (1974), Christa Lane Daniel (1983), Tammy Perkins (1987), Chelsea Caswell (2013)
  • Top 15: Lauren Scyphers (2006)

Awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Alesia Prentiss (1992)
  • Best State Costume: Lagracella Omran (1988)

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement Special awards Notes
2014 Nia Sanchez Las Vegas 24 Miss USA 2014
2013 Chelsea Caswell[1] Summerlin 23 Top 10, Finishing in 10th Place
2012 Jade Kelsall Las Vegas 26 3rd runner-up
2011 Sarah Chapman Henderson 27 Sister of Miss California USA 2004- Ellen Chapman
2010 Julianna Erdesz Reno 25 Previously Miss Nevada 2008
2009 Georgina Vaughan Las Vegas 20 Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 2006.
2008 Veronica Grabowski Henderson 23 Was in a relationship with Criss Angel in 2008.[2]
2007 Helen Salas Las Vegas 21 4th runner-up Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 2004, 2nd runner up at Miss Teen USA 2004
Katherine (Katie) Nicole Rees St. Petersburg, Florida 22 Stripped of her title due to inappropriate photographs.[3][4]
2006 Lauren Scyphers[5] Gardnerville 20 Top 15
2005 Shivonn Geeb[6] 25
Sloan Bailey Resigned in January 2005 for personal reasons.[6]
2004 Victoria Franklin Las Vegas 23 Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 1998, 2nd runner up in Miss Teen USA 1998
2003 Ashley Huff Henderson 22 Previously Miss Nevada 2001
2002 Jenny Valdez[7] Contestant at National Sweetheart 2000 & 2001
2001 Gina Giacinto 26 3rd runner-up Previously Miss Nevada 1999
2000 Alicia Carnes[8] Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 1995
1999 Shaynee Smith[9] 23
1998 Tammie Rankin Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 1993
1997 Ninya Perna[10] Green Valley 23
1996 Alisa Castillo 23
1995 Brook Hammond Las Vegas Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 1991
1994 Angela Lambert
1993 Alexis Oliver
1992 Alesia Prentiss Miss Congeniality
1991 Jodi Jensen
1990 Michele Yegge
1989 Janu Tornell Contestant on Survivor: Palau[11]
1988 Lagracella Omran Best State Costume[12]
1987 Tammy Perkins Las Vegas 21 Semi-finalist, Finishing in 8th Place
1986 LeAnna Grant Las Vegas Previously Miss Nevada 1984
1985 Alicia (Berger) Jacobs[13] Las Vegas Host of Access Hollywood,[14] judge of Miss USA 2009 pageant[15]
1984 Donna Lee McNeil Las Vegas
1983 Christa Lane Daniel Las Vegas Semi-finalist, Finishing in 7th Place
1982 Andrea Pennington Las Vegas
1981 Mary Lebsock Las Vegas
1980 Kimberlee Guider Las Vegas
1979 Aleasha Magleby Las Vegas
1978 Dawn Jameson
1977 Mary O'Neal Contino Las Vegas 1st runner-up Played lead role in Australian television series Chuck Finn[16]
1976 Janice Carrell represented Nevada at the 1975 Miss World-USA pageant
1975 Madonna Allison Las Vegas
1974 Linda Dryden Semi-finalist
1973 Laura Fritz
1972 Tracey Lynn Whitney
1971 Anita Laurie
1970 Sheri Schruhl Las Vegas Second runner-up
1969 Karen Esslinger Semi-finalist
1968 Kathy Landry Second runner-up
1967 Jacqueline Moore Semi-finalist
1966 Mary Martin
1965 Denyse Turner Semi-finalist
Bunny Baxter Resigned
1964 Pamela Diane Morris
1963 Kathee Francis Semi-finalist
1962 Janet Hadland Fourth runner-up
1961 Karen Weller Second runner-up
1960 Did Not Compete
1959 Joy Blaine Semi-finalist
1958 Terry Lee Jeffers
1957 Joan Adams Second runner-up
1956 Marley Sanderson
1955 Did Not Compete
1954 Mary Jane Arnold
1953 Earlene Whitt Semi-finalist
1952 Barbara Jean Clark

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chelsea Caswell Crowned Miss Nevada USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. January 27, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Clarke, Norm (2008-04-11). "NORM: Miss Nevada adds bling to pageant". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  3. ^ Sedensky, Matt (2006-12-23). "Ex-Miss Nevada USA Apologizes for Photos". Fox News. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-30). "Miss Nevada USA won't get her tiara back". East Valley Tribune. 
  5. ^ Rafferty, Jo (2006-02-26). "Douglas High graduate represents state in Miss USA competition". The Record-Courier. 
  6. ^ a b Frigard, Monique (2005-03-28). "NEWSMAKERS: Las Vegan prepares for her run in Miss USA Pageant.(living)". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  7. ^ Di Dio, Deana (2001-11-19). "NEWSMAKERS: Pageant winner keeps busy schedule while reaching goals". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  8. ^ Whitely, Joan (2000-01-30). "Former magician's assistant hopes to pull a win out of the hat as Miss USA". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  9. ^ Kern, Kirk (1999-01-30). "Pageant winner in finals". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  10. ^ Willert, Tim (1996-10-16). "Perna's plans for pageant lofty". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  11. ^ "Reality check". Newsday. 2005-04-25. 
  12. ^ "Work Clothes Win". The Victoria Advocate. 1988-02-23. 
  13. ^ "1992 Miss Nevada Teen USA Executive Directors". Miss Nevada USA pageant. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  14. ^ "Alicia Jacobs". My News Three. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  15. ^ "Miss USA judge yanks essay due to threats". UPI. 2009-04-29. 
  16. ^ Clarke, Norm (2000-07-17). "Ex-Miss Nevada USA a hit down under". 

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