Miss West Virginia

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss West Virginia USA.

The Miss West Virginia competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of West Virginia 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 Paige Madden Moundsville 21 Miss Southern West Virginia Vocal, "Gravity" Non-Finalist Talent Award
2013 Miranda Harrison Charleston 19 Miss Southern West Virginia Vocal "Feeling Good" Won Miss West Virginia while attending Marshall University as Miss Southern West Virginia. Previous titles included Miss Kanawha Valley (WV) and Miss Hanover (in Virginia).
2012 Kaitlin Gates Bridgeport 20 Miss Harrison County Vocal "Since I Fell for You" Previously Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2006
2011 Spenser Wempe Shepherdstown 19 Miss North Eastern Dance "Hallelujah" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
2010 Cali Young Glen Dale 24 Miss Northern West Virginia Jazz Dance "I've Got 'Cha"
2009 Talia Markham Ripley 22 Miss Capital City Vocal "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
2008 Kayla Lynam Short Gap 21 Miss Eastern Panhandle Piano Former West Virginia's Junior Miss 2005
2007 Summer Wyatt Athens 21 Miss Capital City Vocal "Why Haven't I Heard from You"
2006 Tiffany Lawrence Shepherdstown 24 Miss Jefferson County Vocal "Black Velvet" "People's choice" award winner at Miss West Virginia USA 2006
2005 Kimberly Goodwin Morgantown 21 Miss Morgantown Tap Dance
2004 Julia Burton Petersburg 22 Miss Southern West Virginia Vocal
2003 Allison Williams Morgantown 22 Miss Mountain State Vocal "Where the Boys Are"
2002 Janna Kerns Terra Alta 23 Miss Morgantown Vocal "There You'll Be"
2001 Danae DeMasi Morgantown 20 Miss Appalachia Ballet en Pointe "Ravendhi" Semi-finalist Preliminary Evening Gown
2000 Jodi Clark Moundsville 22 Miss Point Pleasant Ballet en Pointe "Who Will Love Me As I Am?" from Side Show Contestant at National Sweetheart 1999
1999 Lucy Ours Petersburg 22 Miss Mason County Vocal "He Grew the Tree"
1998 Amy Townsend Morgantown 23 Miss Marion County Area Vocal "Hopelessly Devoted to You"
1997 Eisa Krushansky Westover 24 Miss Miss North Central Tap Dance "Dancin' Fool" from Copacabana
1996 Kari Safford Point Pleasant 23 Miss Ohio Valley Vocal "God Help the Outcasts" Non-finalist Talent
1995 Elizabeth McIntyre Dunbar 24 Miss Appalachia Clogging "Dance"
1994 Jennifer Bopp Elkins 22 Miss South Central Vocal "Paper Moon"

National Photographer as seen in |seventeen magazine Glamour magazine and People Magazine. National photographer for the MAOTeen Organization with President Kim Parrish Miss WV 1992

1993 Cynthia Sims Vienna 22 Miss Ohio Valley Vocal "There! I've Said It Again" Preliminary Swimsuit
1992 Kimberly Parrish Parkersburg 22 Miss Marion County Area Contemporary Ballet en Pointe "Part of Your World" Former host on QVC. Currently on Home Shopping Network with the Kim Parrish Collection Clothing Line.
1991 Leah Lasker Bluefield 23 Miss Mercer County Tap Dance "I'm a Brass Band" from Sweet Charity Non-finalist Interview
1990 Melissa Costello Shenandoah Junction 20 Miss Jefferson County Vocal "Hurt"
1989 Lisa Bittinger Fairmont 21 Miss North Central Vocal "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera
1988 Lisa Seagroves Morgantown 24 Miss North Central Tap Dance "They're Playing Our Song" Competed in the 1985 National Sweetheart Pageant representing Georgia
1987 Saundra Patton Morgantown 22 Miss North Central Variety Act
1986 Shannon Barill Charleston 23 Miss Charleston Area Jazz en Pointe
1985 Rebecca Porterfield Martinsburg 21 Miss Martinsburg-Berkeley County Jazz Dance
1984 Melanne Pennington Cross Lanes 24 Miss Kanawha County Semi-Classical Vocal "One Kiss" from The New Moon
1983 Andrea Patrick Morgantown 23 Miss West Virginia University Tap Dance "Malagueña" & "España Cañí" Previously Miss Pennsylvania USA 1980
1982 Kelly Anderson Clarksburg 21 Miss Harrison County Stylized Can-Can Later Miss West Virginia USA 1984 (1st runner-up at Miss USA 1984), later Miss World USA 1984 and Top 5 finalist at Miss World 1984.
1981 Candy Cohen Huntington 24 Miss Marshall University Tap Dance "How High the Moon"
1980 Pamela Ellen Paugh Charleston 21 Miss South Charleston Vocal "Anytime"' Aunt of JonBenét Ramsey, sister of Miss West Virginia 1977
1979 Deborah Davis Huntington 22 Miss Southern West Virginia Vocal Medley "He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat! & "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret Semi-finalist Previously Miss West Virginia USA 1978
1978 Ivy Meadows St. Albans 22 Miss South Charleston Interpretive Dance "Brian's Song"
1977 Patricia Paugh Parkersburg 20 Miss Parkersburg Area Original Dramatic Monologue "Deadline" Non-finalist Talent Award Mother of JonBenét Ramsey, sister of Miss West Virginia 1980
1976 Teresa Lucas Elkins 22 Miss Fayette County Gymnastics Routine Toured with Miss America USO Troupe, Previously West Virginia's Junior Miss 1972 and semi-finalist at America's Junior Miss
1975 Kristi Wick South Charleston 20 Miss South Charleston Vocal "Am I Blue?"
1974 Mary Derry Morgantown 21 Miss West Virginia University Semi-Classical Vocal "Cycles" Non-finalist Talent Award
1973 Myra Elizabeth "Beth" McVey Huntington 20 Miss Huntington Classical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe; has appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast
1972 Lynette Koper Weirton 21 Miss Huntington Presentation of Original Art Works
1971 Deborah Lambert Morgantown 19 Miss West Virginia University Piano "What the World Needs Now Is Love"
1970 Linda Dianne Barnett Parkersburg 19 Miss Wood County Modern Jazz Dance "Keem-O-Sabe" Artist-Painter
1969 Judith Shoup Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 22 Miss West Virginia University Vocal Medley & French Horn "Days of Wine and Roses" "A Taste of Honey" & "I've Gotta Be Me" Non-finalist Talent Award Won Miss West Virginia while attending West Virginia University
1968 Charlotte Warwick Charleston 22 Miss Morris-Harvey College Semi-Classical Vocal "The Impossible Dream"
1967 Helen Morgan Lewisburg 19 Miss Beckley Toe & Acrobatic Dance "Teakwood Nocturne" by Roger Williams
1966 Judith Skunda Weirton 18 Miss Weirton Dramatic Monologue
1965 Lois Gay Ratcliff Bluefield 19 Miss Greater Bluefield Dramatic Reading "Lonesome Train" Non-finalist Talent Award
1964 Ella Dee Kessel Ripley 21 Miss Morgantown Piano Solo "Gershwin Prelude" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Wife of Governor Gaston Caperton, First lady of West Virginia 1989-90
1963 Karen Childers South Charleston Miss Marshall University Dramatic Reading, "The Yellow Wallpaper" Non-finalist Talent Award
1962 Diane Hunter Arlington, VA 20 Miss Morgantown Dance & Dramatic Sketch Won Miss West Virginia while attending West Virginia University
1961 Carole Johnson Rivesville 21 Miss Morgantown Vocal & Dance "Hey, Look Me Over" from Wildcat & "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" mother of Miss Missouri 2004; Competed in the 1962 Miss Dixie Pageant
1960 Mary Hoback Bluefield 18 Miss Bluefield Original Dramatic Reading competed in the 1961 Miss Dixie Pageant
1959 Janet Hill Nitro 21 Dramatic Reading Competed in the 1960 Miss Dixie Pageant
1958 Sandra Boyd Fairmont Vocal "Money Honey"
1957 Janice Sickle Fairmont Vocal & Dance Competed at Miss Dixie 1958
1956 Carolyn Miller Martinsburg Drama Competed in the 1957 Miss Dixie Pageant
1955 Mary Fryman Madison Vocal
1954 Miriam Reep Clarksburg Drama
1953 Patricia Stewart Pineville Vocal & Impersonations
1952 Nancy Rohrbough Grafton Dance
1951 Phyllis Walker Charleston Drama Placed Among the Top 15
1949 Georganne Steiss Barrackville Piano
1948 Jane Queen Huntington Vocal & Piano
1947 Joan Estep Wheeling Piano "Rhapsody in Blue" Semi-finalist
1946 Norma Salisbury Parkersburg Semi-finalist
1941 Juanita Wright Huntington competed this year as Miss West Virginia
1940 Mary Bowles Montgomery
Juanita Wright Huntington Semi-Finalist competed as Miss Huntington in the Miss America Pageant
1933 Mildred Fetty 20 Semi-Finalist
1927 No Miss West Virginia Lillian Ward, Miss Huntington, placed as a Semi-Finalist. Mildred Dorothy Bright competed as Miss Wheeling.
1926 No Miss West Virginia Representing West Virginia were: Olive Davis, Miss Huntington and Cecilail Cresap, Miss Wheeling
1925 No Miss West Virginia Eleanor McCracken competed as Miss Huntington
1923 Neva Toby Jackson
1922 No Miss West Virginia Mary Dange competed as Miss Wheeling in the Miss America Pageant


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