Miss New York

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss New York USA.

The Miss New York competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New York in the Miss America pageant. Miss New York has won the Miss America Crown five times:

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2014 Kira Kazantsev Manhattan 23 Miss City of New York Vocal
2013 Amanda Mason Manhattan Miss Manhattan Classical Vocal 1st runner-up to Miss New York 2013; Assumed title when Nina Davuluri won the Miss America title
Nina Davuluri Fayetteville 24 Miss Syracuse Bollywood Fusion Dance "Dhoom Tana" from the film Om Shanti Om Miss America 2014 Previously Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen 2006, and 1st runner up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2007. First Indian American winner of the Miss America contest and first to perform a Bollywood dance on the Miss America stage.
2012 Shannon Oliver Manhattan 25 Miss Metropolitan Operatic Vocal Assumed title when Mallory Hagan won the Miss America title
Mallory Hagan Brooklyn 23 Miss New York City Tap Dance "Get Up Offa That Thing" Miss America 2013 Shannon Oliver assumed title when Mallory won Miss America 2013 [1] Originally from Opelika, Alabama
2011 Kaitlin Monte[2] Pittsford 22 Miss Southern New York Vocal "Disneyland" from Smile 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Quality of Life Award Finalist 1st runner-up to National Sweetheart 2008 as Miss Florida
2010 Claire Buffie[3] New York City 24 Miss Southeast New York Jazz Dance "Bye Bye Blackbird" Top 12 Competed at National Sweetheart 2008 as Miss Indiana. Was selected as one of two "America's Choice" finalists voted into the top 15 at Miss America by the public
2009 Alyse Zwick Scarsdale 23 Miss Westchester County Ballet en Pointe Preliminary Swimsuit Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008
2008 Leigh-Taylor Smith New York City 22 Miss Brooklyn Vocal "Say the Word" 3rd Runner Up at Miss America 2009 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Former 3rd Runner Up to Miss VA 2007 and Miss VA 2006
2007 Elisabeth Baldanza Oneonta 23 Miss Empire Rose Contemporary Ballet "Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime Featured in "Two Dancers" exhibit at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga, NY. On reality TV show "Miss America Reality Check" on TLC.
2006 Bethlene Pancoast Brooklyn 24 Miss Heart of New York A cappella Tap Dance Non Finalist Talent Award Winner Previously Pennsylvania's Junior Miss 2000
2005 Kandice Pelletier New York City 24 Miss Greater New York City Musical Theatre Dance "Queenie Was a Blonde" from The Wild Party Contestant on The Amazing Race 10, with fellow Miss America contestant Dustin-Leigh Konzelman (Miss California); Previously won National Sweetheart 2003 as Miss Georgia
2004 Christina Ellington New York City 22 Miss Southern New York Classical Vocal "My Man's Gone Now" Top 10 Finalist 4th runner-up to National Sweetheart 2003; Miss Teen Connecticut America 2001 and 1st runner up in Miss Teen America 2001
2003 Jessica Lynch New York City 24 Miss New York City Jazz Dance en Pointe "America" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2002
2002 Tiffany Walker Brooklyn 22 Miss New York City Interpretive Modern Dance "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Award
2001 Andrea Plummer New York City 23 Miss New York City Ballet en Pointe "Forrest Gump Suite" 4th runner-up 1996 America's Junior Miss representing Tennessee
2000 Kelly Falgiano Lancaster 21 Miss Amherst Classical Piano "Sonata Pathétique"
1999 Brandi Burkhardt Pasadena, Maryland 20 Miss Manhattan Vocal "Take Me As I Am" from Jekyll & Hyde Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 1997
1998 Deana Herrera Staten Island 20 Miss Staten Island Jazz Dance "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo." from Damn Yankees
1997 Lisa Esler Northville 21 Miss Fulton County Vocal "Memory"
1996 Tammy Harris Williamstown 24 Miss Oswego County Dance "O Fortuna"
1995 Sunita Param Buffalo Miss Buffalo Starred in American Desi, Miss Match, several national commercials
Helen Goldsby Brooklyn 24 Miss Orange County Classical Vocal "Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta" from La Rondine Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award Title removed by pageant officials[4]
1994 Dione Lee Robinson Gansevoort 21 Miss Capital Region Dramatic Monologue
1993 Marcia Cillan New York City 23 Miss Manhattan Vocal "I Am Changing"
1992 Ingrid Olsen Port Jefferson 22 Miss Greater Syracuse Classical Vocal "Steal Me, Sweet Thief" from The Old Maid and the Thief Non-finalist Talent Award
1991 Marisol Montalvo Holbrook 23 Miss Long Island Classical Vocal "Tu che di gel sei cinta" 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Preliminary Award Currently singing leading soprano roles in major European opera houses.
1990 Maryalice Demler Buffalo 26 Miss Buffalo Dramatic Soliloquy "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" from The King and I Currently evening news anchor for WGRZ-TV in Buffalo.
1989 Lisa Marie Molella Millbrook 24 Miss Dutchess County Vocal Medley "That's Life" & "But the World Goes 'Round" Non-finalist Talent Award Aunt of Miss New York's Outstanding Teen 2011- Lauren Molella; Sister-in-law of Miss Massachusetts 1983 & Miss National Sweetheart 1982- Holly Mayer[5]
1988 Mia Seminoff New York City 23 Miss Manhattan Classical Ballet en Pointe "La Esmeralda" Non-finalist Talent Award
1987 Alice Knisley Staten Island 21 Miss Metropolitan New York City Vocal Medley
1986 Dawan McPeak New York City 25 Miss Metropolitan New York City Gymnastics Dance Actress/model in Dallas: website: dawanmazzu.com; Mrs. Texas 2001
1985 Jill Privateer Fredonia 21 Miss Buffalo Vocal "Shine On, Harvest Moon" Non-finalist Talent Award Toured with 1986 Miss America Gillette Show Troupe
1984 Mary-Ann Farrell New York City 22 Miss Manhattan Classical Piano "Danzas Argentinas" Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award Sister of Miss Florida 1985 and Miss Illinois 1992
1983 Melissa Manning successor to crown
Vanessa Lynn Williams Millwood 20 Miss Greater Syracuse Popular Vocal "Happy Days Are Here Again" Miss America 1984 Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Preliminary Talent Award First African American Miss America, resigned on July 23, 1984
1982 Eileen Clark Syracuse 23 Miss Greater Syracuse Classical Vocal "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide Non-finalist Talent Award
1981 Suzanne Alexander Lyons Falls 20 Miss Oneida County Classical Vocal "Vissi d'arte" Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award A fourth grade teacher in the Marcelllus school district
1980 Cheryl Flanagan Rochester 18 Miss Greater Rochester Tap Dance "Medley from That's Entertainment, Part II" Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award
1979 Kelli Krull Buffalo 21 Miss Niagara Falls Baton Twirling Exhibition "If My Friends Could See Me Now" Top 10 Finalist Preliminary Talent Award Previously was a finalist in the 1975 Miss American Teenager Pageant
1978 Paula Pope Lockport 21 Miss Greater Colonie Piano Solo "Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto"
1977 Lesly Braun Pelham Manor 23 Miss Staten Island Flute Medley "Take the "A" Train" & "Sir Duke"
1976 Sonja Anderson New York City 25 Miss Manhattan Vocal "And This Is My Beloved" 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award previously Miss New York USA 1975
1975 Mary Hinterberger successor to crown
Tawny Elaine Godin Yonkers 18 Miss Saratoga Springs Original Piano Composition "Images in Pastels" Miss America 1975
1974 Kris Krull Niagara Falls 22 Miss Erie County East Jazz Dance "Jesus Christ Superstar" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1973 Joann Miller Cheektowaga 20 Miss Erie County East Jazz Dance
1972 Judith Keithley Rochester 19 Miss Rochester Piano "Rhapsody in Blue"
1971 Elisabeth Condon Angola 21 Miss Niagara Falls Acro Jazz Ballet "Applause"
1970 Katherine Karlsrud Mamaroneck 18 Miss Westchester Harp Solo "Whirlwind" by Carlos Salzedo Top 10 Semi-finalist recipient of the Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship first Allman Scholarship recipient to graduate from medical school
1969 Linda Trybus Snyder 20 Miss Amherst Song & Dance "Mary Poppins Medley" Top 10 Semi-finalist
1968 Patricia Burmeister Portville 24 Miss Rochester Classical Vocal "Où va la jeune Hindoue" from Lakmé Top 10 Semi-finalist Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1967 Kari Pedersen Staten Island 21 Miss Staten Island Classical Vocal "Vissi d'Arte" Non-finalist Talent Award
1966 Penelope Donoghue Yonkers 22 Miss Westchester Modern Dance
1965 Marlene Butcher Hamburg 19 Miss Dunkirk Vocal / Dance "I Ain't Down Yet" from The Unsinkable Molly Brown
1964 Julie Just Buffalo 20 Miss Tri-County Popular Vocal, "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home" Non-finalist Talent Award
1963 Barbara Gloede Staten Island Miss Dunkirk-Fredonia Vocal & Pantomime Variety Act "Guide to World Capitals" Non-finalist Talent Award
Marsha Metrinko New York City Tap Dance, "Just in Time" & "Blues" Non-Finalist Talent Award competed as Miss New York City
1962 Paula Heins Le Roy 19 Miss Batavia Vocal "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"
Margaret Mary Warncke Flushing 22 Vocal "Mira" from Carnival! Special Judge's Award competed as Miss New York City
1961 Kathryn Moden Buffalo 20 Miss West Seneca Dramatic Reading from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Maryann Hillyer New York City 20 Vocal "The Song Is You" competed as Miss New York City
1960 Susan Talbert Ogdensburg 19 Miss Dunkirk-Fredonia Dance Miss Congeniality
Sherrylyn Patecell Flushing 19 Tap Dance "St. Louis Blues" competed as Miss New York City
1959 Bonnie Jo Marquis Huntington 19 Vocal / Dance "Whatever Lola Wants" Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Elizabeth Holmes Malverne 19 Vocal Impersonation of Maurice Chevalier competed as Miss New York City
1958 Miriam Sanderson Rensselaer Vocal sung in French "Romberg's Serenade"
Bette June Piller New York City Speech on Art competed as Miss New York City
1957 Janet Corrigan Huntington Vocal "True Love"
Astrid Papamichael New York City Vocal competed as Miss New York City
1956 Lael Jackson New York City Specialty Number competed as Miss New York City. Was to represent Jacksonville, FL in the 1959 Maid of Cotton Pageant but withdrew due to illness
1955 Diana Deutsch New York City Art Sketching competed as Miss New York City
1954 Heather Taferner New York City Classical Vocal "The Indian Bell Song" from Lakme Preliminary Talent Award competed as Miss New York City
1953 Jeannine Bowman Rome Drama
Joan Kaible New York City Classical Vocal "Qual fiamma avea nel guardo" from Pagliacci 1st runner-up competed as Miss New York City
1952 Joan St. John Binghamton Vocal
Joan Kayne New York City Dance Semi-Finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Award competed as Miss New York City
1951 Louise Orlando Syracuse Vocal
Sandy Scott New York City Vocal competed as Miss New York City
1950 Marilyn Reynolds Syracuse Vocal
Phyllis Battleson New York City Classical Vocal "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" Semi-Finalist competed as Miss New York City
1949 Wanda Nalepa New York City Speech "Nursing"
Loreen Osgood New York City Piano "The Blue Danube" Semi-Finalist competed as Miss New York City; Mary Collins originally won the title but could not compete at Miss America due to prior contractual obligations[citation needed]
1948 M. Yvonne Fix Niagara Falls Classical Vocal, "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly
Connie Inge Ronde New York City Dramatic Reading "State of the Union" competed as Miss New York City
1947 Carol Fredericks Harrison Tap Dance
Lynn Faune Brooklyn Vocal "I Come From Brooklyn" competed as Miss Brooklyn
Raven Malone New York City Vocal "Put the Blame on Mame" Semi-Finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Award competed as Miss New York City
1946 Violet Meller White Plains Recitation "True to the End" Miss Congeniality
Eileen Henry New York City Dramatic Monologue from Saint Joan Semi-Finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Award competed as Miss New York City
1945 June Jenkins Elmont
Bess Myerson New York City 21 Piano & Flute "Grieg's Piano Concerto In A Minor" & "Summertime" Miss America 1945 Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Preliminary Talent Award First Jewish American winner of the Miss America contest. Also the first Miss New York to become Miss America. Competed as Miss New York City.
1944 Bobby MacAdam Brooklyn
Betty Jo Dazey New York City Vocal Medley "Goodnight, Wherever You Are" & "Swinging on a Star" Semi-Finalist competed as Miss New York City
1943 Marion Butler New York City
Milena Miller New York City Vocal "I Can't Get Started Without You" 3rd runner-up competed as Miss New York City
1942 Marion Moselle Utica Preliminary Talent Award
Catherine Victoria Zambon competed as Miss Central New York
Annyse Sherman New York City Vocal "My Hero" from The Chocolate Soldier Semi-Finalist competed as Miss New York City
1941 Charlotte Winstanley competed as Miss Lake Mahopac
Grace DeWitt New York City Semi-Finalist competed as Miss New York City
Lillian Helen O'Donnell Yonkers 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award competed as Miss Westchester County
1940 Geraldine Anne Racine competed as Miss Eastern New York
Constantine Gray Yonkers competed as Miss Westchester County
Gloria Elizabeth Sheehan Buffalo competed as Miss Western New York
1939 Grace M. Reilly competed as Miss Coney Island
Clare E. Foley vocal comedy & dance Semi-Finalist competed as Miss Eastern New York
Lillian Evelyn Hesser Annadale competed as Miss Staten Island
1938 Elissa Winston Semi-finalist represented New York as Miss Empire State
Barbara Beach Brooklyn Semi-Finalist competed as Miss Brooklyn
Marion Rosamund competed as Miss Long Island
Adeline Margaret Shull competed as Miss Long Island Sound
1937 Dorothy Armstrong Whitesboro represented New York as Miss Empire State
Helen Fleiss Bronx Semi-Finalist competed as Miss Bronx
Grace Travis New York City vocal Semi-Finalist Preliminary Talent Award competed as Miss New York City
Irene Alice Vanderburgh Watervliet competed as Miss Troy
Evelyn Raye New Rochelle Semi-Finalist competed as Miss Westchester County
1936 Susan Georgianna Green Bolwar competed as Miss Western New York
1935 Vera Haal Bronx
Grace Tauss Brooklyn piano competed as Miss Brooklyn
Laura Baker Poughkeepsie competed as Miss Poughkeepsie
1933 Florence Meyers 19 1st runner-up Elsa Donath was to compete as Miss New York City but withdrew from the competition under allegations that Miss NYC was an improperly conducted contest.
1927 No Miss New York Freida Louise Mierse, Miss New York City was a semi-finalist in the pageant. Also representing New York were: Kay Armstrong, Miss Buffalo; Laura Belle Cooper, Miss Jamestown; Eva M. Bergman, Miss Watertown; Betty Schwartz, Miss Western New York & Emma Sackett, Miss Yonkers. Also competing were Miss Central New York and Miss Riverside whose names are not known.
1926 No Miss New York Ruth K. Patterson, Miss Greater New York and Catherine Kennedy, Miss Yonkers were Finalists in the pageant. There were also contestants representing Bay Ridge, Elmira and Oswego whose names are not known.
1925 No Miss New York Edith Higgins, Miss Bronx; Beatrice Roberts, Miss New York City & Fern Jackson, Miss Syracuse were Finalists in the pageant. Also representing New York were: Ethel Grossback, Miss Bay Ridge; Grace Marie Carr, Miss Catskill Mountains; Florence V. Andrews, Miss Watertown; Emma Soltis, Miss Westchester & Wilma Engle, Miss Yonkers. There was also a Miss Brooklyn who competed whose name is not known.
1924 No Miss New York Beatrice Roberts, Miss Manhattan was a Finalist and Margie Booth, Miss Greater New York was a Semi-Finalist. Also representing New York were: Helene Goebbel, Miss Bronx; Frances Robinson, Miss Catskill Mountains; Agnes I. Leonard, Miss Coney Island; Mary Griggs, Miss Newburgh; Mary Carlson, Miss Queens; Katherine Skuse, Miss Rochester; Alma Jeanne Williams, Miss Syracuse; Hilda Farrell, Miss Watertown & Florence Kreisler, Miss Yonkers. Also competing were Miss Bay Ridge, Miss Brooklyn and Miss Richmond whose names are not known.
1923 No Miss New York Ethelda Kenvin, Miss Brooklyn was 1st runner-up and Heather Eunice Walker, Miss Coney Island was 2nd runner-up. Also representing New York were: Peggy Ross, Miss Albany; Bonita Bement, Miss Binghamton; Edithea Wild, Miss Brighton Beach; Irene Knight, Miss Buffalo; Peggy Shevlin, Miss New York City; Neid Tell, Miss Niagara Falls; Leta Cowles, Miss Rochester & Eileen Snyder, Miss Syracuse.
1922 No Miss New York Dorothy Knapp competed as Miss New York City and was the "Professional Beauty Winner." Also representing New York were: Helen Agnes Scarels, Miss Binghamton; Ruth Andres, Miss Brighton Beach; Bertha Rent, Miss Buffalo; Lilian Harnack, Miss Long Beach; Mildred Moon, Miss Rochester; Roberta Cooper, Miss Schenectady; Mary Hlavka, Miss South Beach; Rosamond Fahey, Miss Syracuse & Jeannette Adronis, Miss Utica
1921 No Miss New York Virginia Lee competed as Miss New York City and was the first "Professional Beauty Winner"

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