Miss Louisiana

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Blair Abene, Miss Louisiana 2008 (second from right) with local titleholders, 2009; Hope Anderson, at left, was to become Miss Louisiana 2011.

The Miss Louisiana competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Louisiana in the Miss America pageant. Although no delegate from Louisiana has ever won the Miss America title, four have placed 1st runner-up. Louisiana is the only former Confederate state without a Miss America title.

The pageant is held the last week of June at the W. L. Jack Howard Theatre, named for the late Mayor W. L. "Jack" Howard and located in downtown Monroe adjacent to the Civic Center. The 2013 pageant is the fiftieth to have been held in Monroe.[1]

Results summary[edit]

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

Placements[edit]

  • Miss America: N/A
  • 1st runners-up: Patricia Brant (1988), Erika Schwarz (1997), Faith Jenkins (2001), Jennifer Dupont (2005)
  • 2nd runners-up: N/A
  • 3rd runners-up: Marguerite McClelland (1946), Debbie Ward (1974), Katherine Putnam (2010), April Nelson (2016)
  • 4th runners-up: Libby Lovejoy (1975), Linnea Fayard (1991)
  • Top 10: Barbara Barker (1953), Lynda Ferguson (1966), Genevieve Del Gallo (1968), Debby Robert (1973), Phyllis Kelly (1979), Valerie Brosset (1989), Christi Page (1992), Mette Boving (1998), Hope Anderson (2012)
  • Top 15: Louise Moore (1924), Justine Ker (2017)
  • Top 16: Gertrude Rissie Miller (1937)
  • Top 18: Marjorie Hagler (1933)

Awards[edit]

Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Bobbie Chachere (1957), Cherie Martin (1965), Myrrah McCully (1980), Bobbie Candler (1983), Miriam Gauthier (1984), Amanda Mainord (1987), Stacy King (1990), Karmyn Tyler (1996), Julie Lawrence (2000), Jaden Leach (2014)
  • Non-finalist Interview: Lacey Sanchez (2015)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: N/A
  • Miss America Scholar Award: Julie Lawrence (2000)
  • Quality of Life Award Winner: Faith Jenkins (2001)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Heather Dupree (1999)
  • Quality of Life Award 2nd runners-up: Erika Schwarz (1997)
  • Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Miracle Maker Award: Katherine Putnam (2010), Hope Anderson (2012)
  • Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Miracle Maker Award Finalist: Lacey Sanchez (2015)

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Education Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2017 Laryssa Bonacquisti[2] Baton Rouge LSU 22 Miss Shreveport Ventriloquism TBD TBD Daughter of Miss New Jersey 1990, Lynette Falls Bonacquisti[3]
2016 Justine Ker[4] Ruston Vanderbilt University 22 Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Classic Piano Top 15 Previously Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2011

Cousin of Miss California 2013 and 1st runner-up at Miss America 2014, Crystal Lee[5]
2015 April Nelson Mandeville OCU 23 Miss Crescent City New Orleans Vocal "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from The Sound of Music 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Previously Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2008
2014 Lacey Sanchez Baton Rouge LSU / Southeastern Louisiana University 24 Miss Lafayette Vocal "Not for the Life of Me" from Thoroughly Modern Millie Non-finalist Interview Award

CMN Miracle Maker Finalist
2013 Jaden Leach West Monroe ULM 20 Miss Spirit of the Ouachita Vocal "I Can't Let Go" Non-finalist Talent Award
2012 Lauren Vizza Shreveport Louisiana Tech 22 Miss Louisiana Tech Dance "Time of My Life" by David Cook
2011 Hope Anderson[6] Monroe ULM / Louisiana Tech 22 Miss Spirit of Ruston Dance "Sway" Top 10 CMN Miracle Maker Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
2010 Kelsi Crain Monroe ULM 20 Miss ULM Ballet en Pointe "Victory"
2009 Katherine Putnam Oak Grove ULM 23 Miss Shreveport Piano "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah 3rd runner-up CMN Miracle Maker Award
2008 Blair Abene Hammond Southeastern Louisiana 22 Miss Lincoln Parish Classical Vocal "Nessun dorma" Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2006
2007 Amanda Joseph Pineville LSU / ULM 21 Miss Bossier City Ballet en Pointe "Canned Heat"
2006 Jamie Wilson Minden Louisiana Tech / LSU Law 23 Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Vocal "Like We Never Loved at All" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2005
2005 Molly Causey Ruston Louisiana Tech / LSU 22 Miss Shreveport Piano "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2004
2004 Jennifer Dupont Plaquemine LSU 23 Miss Ouachita Parish Jazz Dance "The Life of the Party" from The Wild Party 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Previously Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1998

Previously Miss Louisiana USA 2000
2003 Melissa Clark Ruston Louisiana Tech 23 Miss Louisiana Tech Vocal "The Prayer" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2000

Previously National Sweetheart 2001
2002 Casey Crowder Shreveport Northwestern State 23 Miss Ark-La-Miss Fair Vocal Medley "This Can't Be Love" & "Almost Like Being in Love"
2001 Kati Guyton Bossier City Ouachita Baptist / LSUS 23 Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Vocal "Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime
2000 Faith Jenkins Shreveport Louisiana Tech / Southern Law 24 Miss Louisiana Lagniappe Vocal "If I Could" 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award

Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Quality of Life Award
Won the most scholarship money in the history of Miss America Pageant to date[citation needed]

2nd African American titleholder[citation needed]
1999 Julie Lawrence Destrehan New Orleans 22 Miss Louisiana Stock Show Ballet en Pointe "I, Don Quixote" from Man of La Mancha Preliminary Talent Award

Non-finalist Talent Award

Miss America Scholar
Contestant at National Sweetheart 1998
1998 Heather Dupree Baton Rouge LSU 21 Miss Louisiana Lagniappe Ventriloquism "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" Quality of Life 1st runner-up Previously Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1993
1997 Mette Boving Ruston Louisiana Tech 24 Miss Holiday in Dixie Popular Vocal "How Do I Live" Top 10 Later Mrs. Colorado 2015[citation needed]
1996 Erika Schwarz Folsom Loyola 24 Miss St. Tammany Parrish Original Piano Composition "New Orleans Rhapsody" 1st runner-up Quality of Life 2nd runner-up Entertainment lawyer[citation needed]

Judge for Miss America 2006 pageant[citation needed]

Was "Pageant Coach" on the Miss America 2007 "Pageant School" TV movie[citation needed]
1995 Karmyn Tyler Shreveport Centenary / Texarkana College / TAMU–Texarkana 20 Miss City of Roses Classical Vocal "Tu che di gel sei cinta" Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant at Miss Oktoberfest 1997
1994 Tiffany Mock Bossier City Northeast Louisiana 23 Miss Shreveport Vocal "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"
1993 Catherine Teague Shreveport Louisiana Tech 20 Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Vocal "Listen To My Heart"
1992 Elizabeth Haynes Baton Rouge Louisiana Tech / LSU 24 Miss Caddo Lake Piano Medley "El Cumbanchero" & "Cumana"
1991 Christi Page Ruston Louisiana Tech 21 Miss Caney Lake Piano / Vocal "Great Balls of Fire" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1990 Linnea Fayard Shreveport LSU–Shreveport / Louisiana Tech 22 Miss Louisiana Super Derby Festival Vocal "Stormy Weather" 4th runner-up
1989 Stacy King Slidell Louisiana Tech 23 Miss Louisiana Deep South Banjo Medley "Dueling Banjos" & "Ghost Riders" Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
1988 Valerie Brosset West Monroe Northeast Louisiana 21 Miss Louisiana Stockshow Contemporary Ballet "Singin' in the Rain" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1987 Patricia Brant Monroe Northeast Louisiana 23 Miss Red River Valley Ventriloquism "Arizona Yodeler" & "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1986 Amanda Mainord Baton Rouge LSU 20 Miss Louisiana State University Vocal "When You Wish upon a Star" Non-finalist Talent Award Toured with Miss America Show Troupe
1985 Carol Carter Shreveport LSUS 20 Miss Louisiana State University-Shreveport Vocal "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin Later Miss Louisiana USA 1987

Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1984 Nita Whitaker Shreveport Northeast Louisiana 24 Miss Louisiana Forest Festival Popular Vocal "Over the Rainbow" First African American Miss Louisiana[citation needed]
1983 Miriam Gauthier Shreveport 19 Miss Bossier City Piano "Toccata" by Antonio Tauriello Non-finalist Talent Award
1982 Bobbie Candler Baton Rouge LSU 25 Miss Baton Rouge Semi-classical Vocal "With a Song in My Heart" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously National Sweetheart 1979
1981 Donese Worden Monroe Northeast Louisiana 22 Miss Northeast Louisiana University Violin Solo "Millionaire's Hoe-Down"
1980 Martha "Missy" Crews Baton Rouge LSU 22 Miss Baton Rouge Ballet en Pointe "Jet Song" from West Side Story Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1979 Myrrah McCully Monroe LSU 24 Miss North Louisiana Paperland Piano "Khachaturian's Piano Concerto" Non-finalist Talent Award
1978 Phyllis Kelly Baton Rouge Southeastern Louisiana 20 Miss Southeastern Louisiana University Classical Vocal "Italian Street Song" Top 10
1977 Donna Holt Tioga Louisiana College 21 Miss Plain Dealing Dogwood Semi-classical Vocal "My Tribute"
1976 Candy Sue Crocker Hammond Southeastern Louisiana / Northeast Louisiana 22 Miss Plain Dealing Dogwood Vocal / Tap Dance "Swanee"
1975 Becky Wilson Bossier City Louisiana Tech 23 Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Vocal "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin
1974 Libby Lovejoy Sulphur SMU 21 Miss Lake Charles Classical Ballet en Pointe "The Grenadiers" 4th runner-up
1973 Debbie Ward Baton Rouge LSU Miss Delhi Vocal Medley "A Heart That's Free", "I Enjoy Being a Girl", & "I Could Have Danced All Night" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Featured performer and co-host of the Miss America 1974–1977 pageant[citation needed]
1972 Debby Robert Baton Rouge LSU 21 Miss Baton Rouge Classical Vocal "The Art of Beguiling" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1971 Avis Cochran Shreveport SHSU / University of Houston–Victoria 19 Miss Shreveport Acrobatic Dance "Theme from Exodus" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1970 Carol Almand Haynesville 18 Miss Homer Vocal "The Wedding"
1969 Sharon Branaman New Iberia USL 19 Miss Lafayette Classical Vocal "Olympia's Aria" from The Tales of Hoffmann
1968 Susanne Saunders Shreveport Northeast Louisiana 18 Miss Northeast Louisiana State College Popular Vocal "I Can See It"
1967 Genevieve Del Gallo New Orleans Loyola 21 Miss New Orleans Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly Top 10
1966 Joy Woods New Orleans Northeast Louisiana 20 Miss Northeast Louisiana State College Oboe Solo / Dance
1965 Lynda Ferguson Shreveport Centenary 20 Miss Shreveport Semi-classical Vocal "Italian Street Song" Top 10
1964 Cherie Martin Pineville Northeast Louisiana 19 Miss Rapides Parrish Toreador Dance & Baton Twirling Non-finalist Talent Award
1963 Linda Gail Baucum Springhill Miss Springhill Modern Jazz - South American Rock-Umba Dance Contestant at Miss Teenage America 1962

When the original winner, Judy Cathey, was announced she stepped up to the microphone and resigned the title on the spot so she could get married and Linda was named the new winner[citation needed]
1962 Diana Jane Smith Oak Ridge Northeast Louisiana 21 Miss Bastrop Organ Medley "Lady of Spain" & "Sabre Dance"
1961 Lyndra Frances Pate Shreveport Centenary 20 Miss Bastrop Vocal "The House I Live In"
1960 Judith Ann Coday Baton Rouge LSU 20 Miss Baton Rouge Vocal Medley
1959 Mary Mills Hawkins Lake Providence LSU 22 Miss Baton Rouge Piano
1958 Alberta Louise Futch Hammond Southeastern Louisiana Miss Tangipahoa Parish Fire Baton Twirling
1957 Beverly Leigh Norman Shreveport St. Mary's College Miss Caddo Parish Vocal "My Own True Love" Contestant at Miss Dixie 1958
1956 Bobbie Chachere Baton Rouge LSU Miss Baton Rouge Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant at Miss Dixie 1957
1955 Jan Aline Johnston Ruston Louisiana Tech Miss Ruston Drama
1954 Gail Gleason Shreveport Louisiana Tech Miss Louisiana Tech Piano & Art
1953 Sonya Lee LeBlanc Baton Rouge LSU Miss Baton Rouge Dance
1952 Barbara Barker Monroe Miss Monroe Drama "The Fog" Top 10
1951 Jeanne Thompson Baton Rouge Dance Later Miss Louisiana USA 1952–1953

Only woman ever to compete in Miss USA pageant twice[citation needed]
1950 Rowena Taliaferro Winnsboro
1949 Annie Hollingsworth Baton Rouge
1947 Ruth Mary Blust New Orleans Vocal "This Song Is You"
1946 Marguerite McClelland Baton Rouge Miss Baton Rouge Classical Vocal "Voices of Spring" 3rd runner-up Multiple Louisiana representatives
Joyce Josephine Frink New Orleans Miss New Orleans Multiple Louisiana representatives
1945 Helene Shively New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1944 Wilhelmina Hoffman New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1943 Shirley Catherine Lange New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1942 Edna Joyce New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1941 Helen Yvonne Englert New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1940 Pauline Powell New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1939 Frances Helen Anello New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1938 Irene Blush Schomberger New Orleans Miss New Orleans Vocal / Trumpet / Dance No Miss Louisiana
1937 Gertrude Rissie Miller Winnsboro Top 16
1936 Doris Huet New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1935
No Louisiana representative at Miss America pageant
1934
No pageant was held
1933 Marjorie Hagler 17 Top 18
1932
No pageants were held
1931
1930
1929
1928
1927 Gladys Renya Moore New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1926 Edna du Vernay New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1925 Thelma Roeling New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1924 Louise Moore New Orleans Miss New Orleans Top 15 No Miss Louisiana
1923
No Louisiana representative at Miss America pageant
1922 Maud Allison Price New Orleans Miss New Orleans No Miss Louisiana
1921
No Louisiana representative at Miss America pageant

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