Miss New Hampshire

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss New Hampshire USA.
Krystal Muccioli, Miss New Hampshire 2010
Rachel Barker, Miss New Hampshire 2007

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

The Miss New Hampshire program was conducted by the Union Leader newspaper for more than 50 years. In the early years of Miss America, it was city newspapers that sponsored the young women to go to Atlantic City as the Miss America Organization originally allowed city titleholders to compete. The Union Leader conducted the pageant from 1947 until 2001. The newspaper held the pageant from at least 1985 to 2001 at the Manchester Central High School auditorium.[citation needed]

In 2000, a non-profit corporation formed and was granted the license by the Miss America Organization to conduct the state pageant from 2002 through today. Originally run by former Miss Greater Derry local chapter leaders, the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, Inc. is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. Brenda Keith of Derry serves as Board President and Executive Director. The competition was moved to Derry in 2003 and is held annually at Pinkerton Academy's Stockbridge Theatre.[citation needed]

The Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program grants more scholarships than most other states in the Miss America Program.[citation needed] In 2009, more than $89,000 in scholarships were granted to the 26 contestants who competed after winning their local titles. In 2010, more than $85,000 was granted. On top of that, the local programs grant another $80,00-$85,000 a year at the local level. The local programs are all non-profit corporations with group 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as well.[citation needed]

The 2016 Miss New Hampshire pageant was held April 28–30, 2016, at the Stockbridge Theatre on the campus of Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire.

Results Summary[edit]

The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Miss Americas: N/A
  • 1st runners-up: N/A
  • 2nd runners-up: N/A
  • 3rd runners-up: N/A
  • 4th runners-up: Nancy Anne Naylor (1967)
  • Semi-finalists: Edna Jones (1936), Coleen Gallant (1952), Candace Glickman (2004)


Preliminary Awards[edit]

Non-finalist Awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Mary Morin (1959), Michelle Cote (1974), Natalie Oliver (1982), Tricia Ann-Regan McEachern (1994), Samantha Russo (2014), Caroline Carter (2017)
  • Non-finalist Interview: Alyssa Spellman (2005)


  • Miss Congeniality: Margaret Wass (1963), Sheila Scott (1968) (tie)
  • Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship: Cynthia Erb (1975)
  • Bernie Wayne Scholarship: Tricia Ann-Regan McEachern (1994)
  • Quality of Life Award Winner: Brandee Helbick (2000)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Lindsey Graham (2010), Regan Hartley (2012)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Caroline Carter Dover 18 Miss Winnipeasaukee Vocal "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen 2014
2015 Holly Blanchard[1] Derry 23 Miss Rockingham County Baton Twirling "Fireball" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
2014 Megan Cooley[2] Auburn 19 Miss Greater Derry Vocal “On My Way" from Violet Won Miss New Hampshire while a student at the University of New Hampshire
2013 Samantha Russo Nashua 22 Miss Souhegan Valley Vocal "Don't Rain on My Parade" Preliminary Talent Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
2012 Megan Lyman[3] Gilford 21 Miss Lakes Region Tap Dance "Edge of Glory" Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen 2008

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
2011 Regan Hartley[4] Dover 20 Miss Keene Area Vocal "Let Him Fly" Quality of Life 1st runner-up
2010 Krystal Muccioli Nashua 20 Miss Greater Derry Vocal "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
2009 Lindsey Graham Sandown 22 Miss Seacoast Region Vocal / Piano "Hallelujah" Quality of Life 1st runner-up
2008 Natalie Shaw Manchester 23 Miss Hooksett Vocal "If I Loved You" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2007
2007 Rachel Barker[5] Amherst 20 Miss Seacoast Ballet en Pointe "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde
2006 Emily Hughes Gilmanton 23 Miss Winnipesaukee Tap Dance "Dancing in the Light" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003
2005 Audra Paquette Merrimack 24 Miss Lakes Region Lyrical Ballet "Deliverance" Contestant at National Sweetheart 1999

Miss New Hampshire USA 2002
2004 Alyssa Spellman Derry 21 Miss Hooksett Vocal "If I Had My Way" Non-finalist Interview Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2001
2003 Candace Glickman Manchester 21 Miss Deerfield Fair Vocal "Half a Moment" from Jeeves Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Miss New Hampshire USA 2005
2002 Mary Catherine Morin Bedford 24 Miss Greater Derry Classical Piano "Rhapsodie Espagnole"
2001 Katherine Lise Pike Hooksett 24 Miss Winnipesaukee Vocal "You Are My Home" from The Scarlet Pimpernel
2000 Lauren Meehan Nashua 19 Miss Lakes Region Vocal "It's Time"
1999 Brandee Helbick Atkinson 24 Miss Goffstown Jazz Dance "Proud Mary" Quality of Life Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 1998
1998 Heidi Marie Noyes Laconia 24 Miss Winnipesaukee Tap Dance "Fascinating Rhythm" Contestant at National Sweetheart 1997
1997 Michelle Lamontagne Goffstown 22 Miss Merrimack Vocal "Route 66"
1996 Michelle Tolson Manchester 22 Miss Winnipesaukee Jazz Dance "Hit Me With a Hot Note" from Sophisticated Ladies New Hampshire's Junior Miss 1991
1995 Stephanie Foisy Concord 18 Miss Merrimack Tap Dance "You Do Something to Me" Mrs. New Hampshire America 2004 under married name, Stephanie Mills[6]
1994 Shannon Hastings Newport 21 Miss Kingston Vocal "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard
1993 Tricia Ann-Regan McEachern Hampton 20 Miss Deerfield Fair Classical Vocal "Torna a Surriento" Preliminary Talent Award

Non-finalist Talent Award

Bernie Wayne Scholarship
1992 Rachel Alice Petz Sanbornton 23 Miss Plymouth State Fair Semi-classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"
1991 Deborah Jean Howard Concord 24 Miss Derry Vocal "The Glory of Love"
1990 Melanie Denise Bridges Derry 23 Miss Derry Vocal "Let's Hear It For Me" from Funny Lady
1989 Jennifer Ann Landry Manchester 22 Miss Newmarket Classical Ballet
1988 Laura Lourette Sandown 26 Miss Derry Irish Festival Dance
1987 Kristen Gamans Manchester 23 Miss New Hampshire College Gymnastics Character Dance
1986 Lisa Vandecasteele Salem 22 Miss Manchester Dance / Baton Twirling
1985 Tami Jean Brisebois Deerfield 24 Miss Deerfield Fair Modern Dance
1984 Corinne Lucier Hooksett 20 Miss New Hampshire College Vocal "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood" from Camelot
1983 Monica Rastallis Newport 22 Miss Winnipesaukee Ballet "Theme from Summer of '42"
1982 Amy Bowker Amherst 21 Miss Londonderry Jazz Dance "The Music and the Mirror" from A Chorus Line
1981 Natalie Oliver Manchester 21 Miss Heart of New Hampshire Vocal "Home" from The Wiz Non-finalist Talent Award
1980 Diane McGarry Manchester 19 Miss Winnipesaukee Magic / Modern Dance "Come To Me"
1979 Monica Skiathitis Manchester 20 Miss New Hampshire College Tap Dance "Sweet Georgia Brown" New Hampshire's Junior Miss 1976
1978 Belinda Bridgeman Merrimack 20 Miss Merrimack Jazz Dance "Rhapsody in Blue" Miss New Hampshire USA 1977

Toured with Miss America USO Troupe

Mother of Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2004 Brittany Freeman[citation needed]
1977 Jamie Rotwitt Weirs Beach 20 Miss Plymouth State College Organ Medley "Bim Bam Boom" & "Oye Negra"
1976 Margaret Spellacy Hampton 21 Miss Winnipesaukee Comedy Dance "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
1975 Catherine Burnham Goffstown 21 Miss Manchester Musical Comedy "Queen Lucy" from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
1974 Cynthia Erb Manchester 18 Miss Manchester Gymnastic Dance "Theme from Midnight Cowboy" Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
1973 Michelle Cote Manchester 22 Miss Manchester Classical Vocal "Steal Me, Sweet Thief" from The Old Maid and the Thief Non-finalist Talent Award New Hampshire's Junior Miss 1969
1972 Jane Badler Manchester 18 Miss Manchester Popular Vocal "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" Starred on NBC's V series from 1983 to 1985 and on ABC's V series in 2011[citation needed]
1971 Kristi Carlson Nashua 19 Miss Keene Vocal "What About Today?" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1970 Deborah Ann Merrill Portsmouth 19 Miss Plymouth State College Vocal / Dance "I Want to Be Happy" & "Happiness Is"
1969 Catherine Zanichkowsky Nashua 19 Miss Nashua Vocal Medley "Go Tell It on the Mountain" & "Blowin' in the Wind"
1968 Michelle Godfrey Portsmouth 18 Miss Portsmouth Modern Interpretive Dance "Tabu"
1967 Sheila Scott North Hampton 19 Miss North Hampton Vocal "We Need a Little Christmas" Miss Congeniality (tie) Toured with Miss America USO Troupe

Assumed the Miss New Hampshire title after the original winner, Deborah Fuller relinquished her title five days after she won in order to get married[citation needed]
1966 Nancy Anne Naylor Portsmouth 19 Miss Portsmouth Vocal "I Enjoy Being a Girl" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1965 Cheryl-Leigh Buffum Manchester 21 Miss Keene State College Musical Comedy Sketch "I Ain't Down Yet" from The Unsinkable Molly Brown
1964 Elizabeth Emerson Somersworth 22 Miss University of New Hampshire Comedy Reading
1963 Georgia Taggart Westport, Connecticut Miss Laconia Dramatic Reading Won Miss New Hampshire while a student at New England College[citation needed]
1962 Margaret Wass Barrington, Rhode Island 19 Miss Keene Comedy Routine Miss Congeniality Won Miss New Hampshire while a student at Keene Teachers College[citation needed]
1961 Annette Lambert Claremont 18 Saxophone Solo "Valse Vanite" by Rudy Wiedoeft
1960 Drina Bouchard Rochester 18 Miss Rochester Cha-cha-cha Interpretation
1959 Diane Harris Manchester 18 Interpretive Dance
1958 Mary Morin Manchester Pantomime Routine Non-finalist Talent Award
1957 Holly Arnel New London Drama
1956 Margaret Doyon Littleton Drum Solo
1955 Margaret Johnson Dover Dramatic Monologue
1954 Mae Allen Epping Drama
1953 Elaine Ruggles New Castle Vocal
1952 Barbara Temperly Goffstown
1951 Coleen Gallant Laconia Water Skiing Top 15
1950 Betty Laurie Concord
1949 Flora Sleeper Laconia
1948 Betty Taylor Rochester Dramatic Monologue
1947 Bernice Loiselle Manchester Rumba Dance
No New Hampshire representative at Miss America pageant
1945 Lee Corey Spofford
1944 Jackie Edson Plaistow
No New Hampshire representative at Miss America pageant
1939 Lois Marjorie Truax Nashua
No New Hampshire representative at Miss America pageant
1936 Edna Jones Roxbury Top 15
No New Hampshire representative at Miss America pageant
No pageant was held
1933 Leita Laugley
No pageants were held
No New Hampshire representative at Miss America pageant
1925 Helen Kanehl Manchester Miss Manchester
No New Hampshire representative at Miss America pageant


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  2. ^ Sexton, Adam (May 3, 2014). "Miss Greater Derry named Miss New Hampshire". Manchester, NH: WMUR-TV. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Swift, Adam (April 28, 2012). "Third time's a charm for new Miss New Hampshire". New Hampshire Union Leader. Manchester, NH: Union Leader Corp. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ Marchocki, Kathryn (May 3, 2011). "Dover's Hartley wins Miss New Hampshire title". New Hampshire Union Leader. Manchester, NH: Union Leader Corp. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
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  6. ^ "2004 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010. 

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