The Miss Oregon competition is a regional scholarship competition and beauty pageant that selects the representative for the US state of Oregon in the Miss America pageant. The annual event includes contestants from across the state and awards scholarships to the participants.
The event began in 1947 as the Miss Oregon Pageant and was founded by the merchants in the coastal city of Seaside. Miss Oregon was designated the official State Hostess in 1969. In 2002, Katie Harman was crowned Miss Oregon and went on to win the Miss America crown, becoming the only Miss Oregon winner of the national event. The event is now titled the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant.
The event is held at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center at the Oregon Coast with local Seaside merchants as the primary sponsors of the annual contest. The two-day event narrows the competition down to ten finalists on the first day before selecting a winner on the second day. Events at the event include an evening wear competition, talent competition, bathing suit competition, and a competition in casual wear. The competition includes an interview on-stage as the final portion before a winner is selected.
In addition to the chance to become Miss America, the winner also receives scholarships. Contests range in age from 17 to 24, and must first win local competitions before qualifying for the Miss Oregon contest.
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age||Local Title||Miss America Talent||Placement at Miss America||Special scholarships at Miss America||Notes|
|2014||Rebecca Anderson||Oregon City||23||Miss Cascade||Vocal|
|2013||Allison Cook||Klamath Falls||19||Miss Southern Gem||Electro-Acoustic Violin "Let's Get It Started Remix" by The Black-Eyed Peas|
|2012||Nichole Mead||Newport||24||Miss Three Rivers||Lyrical Dance "What's Love Got To Do With It"||Successor to Crown; Contestant at National Sweetheart 2011|
|Rachel Berry||Indiana||24||Miss Willamette Valley||Tap Dance||Formerly competed in California
Resigned July 19, 2012 due to residency ineligibility
|2011||Caroline McGowan||Waukee, Iowa||20||Miss Linn-Benton County||Operatic Vocal "Chanson Boheme" from Carmen||Became Miss Oregon while a student at Oregon State University|
|2010||Stephenie Steers||Klamath Falls||24||Miss Multnomah||Vocal "Something to Talk About"||Top 15||Voted into the Top 15 at Miss America as one of two "Contestants' Choice" Finalists selected by the contestants|
|2009||CC Barber||Scappoose||23||Miss Tri Valley||Dance "Bleeding Love"||Top 15 semi-finalist||Preliminary Swimsuit award||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006; Voted into the Top 15 at Miss America as one of two "Contestants' Choice" Finalists selected by the contestants|
|2008||Danijela Krstic||Beaverton||24||Miss Tri Valley||Belly Dancing|
|2007||Kari Virding||Portland||24||Miss Portland||Vocal "The Girl in 14G"||Non-finalist Talent Award||Previously Miss Oregon Teen USA 2000|
|2006||Donilee McGinnis||Scappoose||24||Miss Willamette Valley||Tap Dance "I Gotcha"|
|2005||Lucy Fleck||Portland||20||Miss Portland||Tap Dance "Turn the Beat Around"||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003|
|2004||Brook Roberts||Roseburg||21||Miss Douglas County||Vocal "All That Jazz"||The Amazing Race 17 Contestant; Star of the Brook & Tara Show|
|2003||April Robinson||Gresham||22||Miss Multnomah County||Acapella Tap Dance||Non-Finalist Interview Award|
|2002||Brita Stream||Eugene||22||Miss Linn-Benton||Vocal "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard|
|2001||Heidi Rickey||Lincoln City||19||Miss Yamhill County||Vocal||Successor to crown|
|Katie Harman||Gresham||21||Miss Portland||Classical Vocal "O Mio Babbino Caro"||Winner – Miss America 2002||Preliminary Talent Award||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2000|
|2000||Angela Day Brink||Roseburg||22||Miss Douglas County||Ballet "Angel"|
|1999||Angela Reed||Portland||23||Miss Tri-Valley||Vocal "You Don't Know Me"||Tiffany Phillips Memorial Scholar Athlete Award||Top 10 at National Sweetheart 1997 & 1998|
|1998||Jennifer Sisco-Moore||Eugene||23||Miss Tri-Valley||Classical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville||Tiffany Phillips Memorial Scholar Athlete, State Community Service Award|
|1997||Tamara Ann Finch||Myrtle Creek||24||Miss Douglas County||Classical Piano "Scherzo No. 2 in B Flat Minor"||Semi-Finalist||Steinway Talent Winner|
|1996||Patricia Regan Leines||Medford||24||Miss Tri-Valley||Classical Vocal "Chacun le Sait" from The Daughter of the Regiment||Second Runner-up||Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Preliminary Talent Award|
|1995||Emily John Orton||Creswell||19||Miss Linn-Benton||Classical Vocal "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante" from Carmen||First Runner-up|
|1994||Roberta Stenbeck||Roseburg||23||Miss Douglas County||Piano|
|1993||Elizabeth Simmons||Bandon||23||Miss Tri-Valley||Vocal "Someone Else's Story" from Chess||Third Runner-up||Winner of the National Sweetheart Pageant in 1992|
|1992||Sara Kristi Paulson||Portland||21||Miss Washington County||Vocal "The Star-Spangled Banner"|
|1991||Carolyn Helen Ladd||Corvallis||24||Miss Linn-Benton||Vocal "I Must Be a Star"|
|1990||Brittney Gae Thompson||Portland||20||Miss Tri-Valley||Vocal "Break It to Me Gently"|
|1989||Lynette Boggs||Portland||25||Miss Portland||Vocal "I Am Changing"||State Quality of Life Award||Served on the Board of Directors for the Miss America Pageant; Served on Las Vegas City Council and Clark County Commission|
|1988||Anna Denise Jones||Portland||24||Miss Tri-Valley||Vocal "Crazy"|
|1987||Tamara Fazzolari||Portland||21||Miss Hillsboro||Tap Dance|
|1986||Jana Svea Peterson||Newport||22||Miss Linn-Benton||Vocal Medley||Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Show Troupe|
|1985||Dana Kocks||Ashland||21||Miss Rogue Valley||Classical Vocal "Seguidilla" from Carmen|
|1984||Renee Bagley||Portland||22||Miss Willamette Valley||Popular Vocal "Don't Cry Out Loud"|
|1983||Stephanie "Jill" Wymer||Sutherlin||22||Miss Douglas County||Popular Vocal "Out Here On My Own"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1982||Laura Matthys||Salem||21||Miss Linn-Benton||Rifle Twirling Routine "Herzegovinian March"|
|1981||Julie Ross||Portland||20||Miss Portland||Classical Piano "Prokofiev's Toccata"||Semi-Finalist|
|1980||Teresa Richardson||Forest Grove||20||Miss Multnomath County||Vocal "I Could Have Danced All Night"||Non-finalist Talent Award||Sister, Brenda Richardson, was Miss Utah 1973|
|1979||Tami Sanders||Roseburg||21||Miss Douglas County||Gymnastic Dance "A Fifth of Beethoven"|
|1978||Amy White||Portland||20||Miss Portland||Musical Comedy Free Style Dance "Overture from Gypsy"|
|1977||Suzanne Bunker||Forest Grove||21||Miss Portland||Classical Flute "Fantasie for Flute"||Semi-Finalist|
|1976||Shan Moss||Nyssa||21||Miss Malheur County||Flute Solo "Concertino"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1975||Betty Hupfer||Milwaukie||21||Miss Gresham||Dancing "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"|
|1974||Juli Ann Berg||Eugene||21||Miss Lane County||Vocal "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin||daughter of Miss Oregon 1947, Previously Oregon's Junior Miss in 1974|
|1973||Nancy Jean Jackson||Nyssa||20||Miss Rogue Valley||Dramatic Interpretation from The Taming of the Shrew|
|1972||Sandra Lynn Herring||Portland||20||Miss Portland||Vocal Medley "Who Will Buy?" & "As Long as He Needs Me" from Oliver!||Non-finalist Talent Award||Performed with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1971||Lynn Dee Grenz||Milwaukie||20||Miss Linn County||Vocal "Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever||Non-finalist Talent Award (Most Talented Popular Singer)||Former Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives and past House Majority Leader, judged the Miss America Pageant in 1999|
|1970||Cynthia Lynn Harrison||Portland||18||Miss Rogue Valley||Vocal & Guitar "Just Once"|
|1969||Margie Elaine Huhta||Astoria||20||Miss Knappa-Svensen||Vocal Medley "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" & "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"||USO Tour|
|1968||Marjean Kay Langley||Milton-Freewater||19||Miss Pendleton||Classical Ballet "The Dying Swan"||Third Runner-up|
|1967||Christine Beach||Pendleton||18||Miss Pendleton||Vocal "Just You Wait" from My Fair Lady|
|1966||Lita Schiel||Lake Oswego||21||Miss Lake Oswego||Original Skit|
|1965||Sue Pack||Eugene||18||Miss Eugene||Vocal "The Lonely Goatherd"||Semi-Finalist||Joined The New Christy Minstrels in 1966 and married Mickey Newbury in 1969.|
|1964||Carol Pedersen||Newport||18||Miss Lincoln County||Dramatic Reading|
|1963||D’Ann Fullerton||Roseburg||Miss Roseburg||Original Novelty Dance & Hula Baton|
|1962||Martha Wyatt||Jacksonville||19||Miss Rogue Valley||Interpretive Jazz Dance "Love Walked In"||Semi-Finalist|
|1961||Jody Bourne||Salem||20||Miss Salem||Interpretive Ballet|
|1960||Rosemary Doolen||Salem||19||Miss Salem||Vocal "A Heart That's Free"||Non-finalist Talent Award (Most Talented Singer)|
|1959||Karlyn Mattsson||Portland||18||Miss Portland||Piano & Dance|
|1958||Mary Ellen Vinton||McMinnville||Miss McMinnville||Piano & Tap Dance "I Won't Dance"||1st runner-up in the 1963 Miss Wool of America Pageant|
|1957||Judith Hansen||Astoria||Miss Astoria||Classical Vocal "Mi Chiamano Mimi" from La bohème||Semi-Finalist||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1956||Patricia Berg||Eugene||Miss Eugene||Vibraharp "Indian Love Call"|
|1955||Dorothy Mae Johnson||Portland||Miss Beaverton||Dramatic Monologue from Macbeth||First Runner-up|
|1954||Diane Carman||Milwaukie||Miss Oak Grove||Drama "This Is America"|
|1953||Patti Throop||Portland||Miss Portland||Dramatic Reading "Patterns"||Semi-Finalist|
|1952||Mary Lou Teague||Eugene||Miss Eugene||Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"|
|1951||Audrey Mistretta||Astoria||Miss Tongue Point||Vocal|
|1950||Elizabeth Ann Baker||Monmouth||Miss McMinnville||Classical Piano "Clair de Lune"|
|1949||Beverly Kruger||The Dalles||Miss The Dalles||Monologue "The Waltz" by Dorothy Parker|
|1948||Joyce Davis||Bend||Miss Redmond||Classical Vocal "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix"||Semi-Finalist|
|1947||Jo Ann Amorde||Sutherlin||Miss Roseburg||Vocal "Alice Blue Gown" from Irene||Semi-Finalist|
|1926||No Miss Oregon||Maxine Jennings competed as Miss Portland in the Miss America Pageant|
|1923||No Miss Oregon||Patricia Smith competed as Miss Portland in the Miss America Pageant|
|1922||No Miss Oregon||Virginia Edwards competed as Miss Portland in the Miss America Pageant|
- Miss Oregon Pageant starts today in Seaside. The Oregonian, July 8, 2004.
- Chapter 186 – State Emblems; State Boundary 2005 Oregon Revised Statutes
- Foyston, John. Miss Portland rises to the top, takes Miss Oregon title. The Oregonian, July 2, 2007.
- Tareen, Sophia. Persistence pays off for pageant winner. The Oregonian, July 12, 2004.
- Sedlak, Rebecca (June 30, 2012). "Miss Oregon 2012 Rachel Berry looks forward to Miss America after Seaside win". The Daily Astorian. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
- Blackman, Teresa (July 19, 2012). "Miss Oregon gives up crown over residency controversy". kgw.com. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
- "Caroline McGowan of Corvallis wins 2011 Miss Oregon pageant". The Oregonian. The Associated Press. July 2, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- "Hillsboro woman is named Miss Oregon". OregonLive.com. The Associated Press. July 12, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
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