Miss Iowa

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Miss Iowa 2015, Taylor Wiebers, sings at the Miss America 2016 preliminaries.
Miss Iowa 2009, Olivia Myers

The Miss Iowa scholarship program's mission is to provide scholarship awards within a competitive system designed to enhance educational and career opportunities for young women. While encouraging young women to serve as positive role models through service and personal development, the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program provides exposure to experiences that personal confidence, showcase talents, and serve the community.

The Miss Iowa competition is the official preliminary for the state of Iowa in the Miss America pageant. No contestant from Iowa has ever won the national Miss America title although two Miss Iowas have been named first runner-up. Cheryl Browne, Miss Iowa 1970, competed in the Miss America 1971 pageant[1] as the first African American contestant.

Contestants at the local and state levels of the Miss Iowa program use the scholarship money they earn to help pay for college and graduate school. In addition to scholarships granted to local and state winners, the Miss Iowa program awards scholarships for outstanding interview skills, talent, and other special awards.

The Miss Iowa pageant is a three-day program held in the Quad-Cities every June.

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw of Rock Island, Illinois was crowned Miss Iowa 2018 on June 16, 2018 at Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Results summary[edit]

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


  • Miss America: N/A
  • 1st runners-up: Joanne MacDonald (1959), Catherine Lemkau (1993)
  • 2nd runners-up: Susan Thompson (1969), Olivia Myers (2009)
  • 3rd runners-up: Lisa Somodi (1992)
  • 4th runners-up: Mariah Cary (2013)
  • Top 10: Lynda Jeanne Formanek (1968), Renee Stuedemann (1973), Lori Froeling (1980), Kerri Rosenberg (1991), Diana Reed (2008), Jessica Pray (2012), Kelly Koch (2017)
  • Top 12: Aly Lou Olson (2015), Taylor Wiebers (2016)

Awards at Miss America[edit]

Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Martha Barsness (1957), Joleen Wolf (1963), Carolyn Northway (1964), Marie Mushro (1966), Lois Koth (1970), Cheryl Browne (1971), Jean Bollhoefer (1975), Linda Simon (1983), Jayna Sanchez (1990), Lisa Dondlinger (1999), Jennifer Caudle (2000), Carolyn Nicholas (2005), Anne Langguth (2010), Chelsea Dubczak (2018)
  • Non-finalist Interview: Pauli Mayfield (2011)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Marie Mushro (1966)
  • Miss America Scholar Award: Erin Smith (2002)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Theresa Uchytil (2001)
  • Quality of Life Award 2nd runners-up: Nancy Van Meter (1994)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Anne Langguth (2010)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw[2] Rock Island, Illinois 21 Miss Clinton County Violin Eligible as a student and recent graduate of the University of Iowa[2]
2017 Chelsea Dubczak[3] Urbandale[3] 23 Miss Metro Operatic Vocal, "Sempre Libera" from La traviata Non-finalist Talent Award[4]
2016 Kelly Koch[5] Waukee 20 Miss Polk County Dance Top 10
2015 Taylor Wiebers[6] Clinton 21 Miss Clinton County Vocal, "Don't Forget Me" from Smash Top 12 Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award

Preliminary Talent Award
2014 Aly Lou Olson[7] Des Moines 21 Miss Scott County Vocal, "How Could I Ever Know" from The Secret Garden Top 12 Previously Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen 2010[8]
2013 Nicole Kelly Keokuk 23 Miss Metro Vocal, "Brave" The first contestant born without left forearm[9]
2012 Mariah Cary Burlington 20 Miss Muscatine Tap Dance, "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)" 4th runner-up
2011 Jessica Pray[10] Johnston 18 Miss Muscatine Vocal "You Raise Me Up" Top 10
2010 Pauli Mayfield Davenport 24 Miss Scott County Vocal "I Know Where I've Been" from Hairspray Non-Finalist Interview Award
2009 Anne Langguth Iowa City 22 Miss Johnson County Violin Solo "Zigeunerweisen" Non-Finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Finalist
Previously Iowa's Junior Miss 2005

Top 10 at America's Junior Miss 2005

Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2008
2008 Olivia Myers[11] Sperry 22 Miss Burlington Tap Dance "Fever" 2nd runner-up
2007 Diana Reed Norwalk 23 Miss Capital City Baton "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Former Golden Girl for the University of Iowa

Previously Iowa's Junior Miss 2002
2006 Emily Nicholas Clear Lake 21 Miss Cedar River Vocal "Over the Rainbow" Sister of Miss Iowa 2004, Carolyn Nicholas
2005 Kay Pauszek Bettendorf 23 Miss Muscatine Irish Step Dance "Tipping Wheel"
2004 Carolyn Nicholas Clear Lake 22 Miss Cedar River Flute Solo "The Heebie Jeebies" Non-finalist Talent Award Sister of Miss Iowa 2006, Emily Nicholas
2003 Nicole White Eldridge 22 Miss Scott County Vocal "If I Had My Way"
2002 Stephanie Moore Okoboji 22 Miss Golden Circle Vocal "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera Previously Iowa's Junior Miss 1998
2001 Erin Smith Bettendorf 20 Miss Mississippi Valley Fair Piano Solo "Khachaturian's Toccata" Miss America Scholar Previously Iowa's Junior Miss 1999
2000 Theresa Uchytil Urbandale 24 Miss Johnson County Baton "The Cup of Life" Quality of Life 1st runner-up
1999 Jennifer Caudle Davenport 21 Miss Scott County Cello "Sabre Dance" Non-finalist Talent Award
1998 Lisa Dondlinger Des Moines 24 Miss Capital City Violin Solo "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo Non-finalist Talent Award
1997 Sheri Riley Clear Lake 19 Miss Cedar Valley Gospel Vocal "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
1996 Natasha Courter Davenport 23 Miss Mississippi Valley Fair Tap Dance "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
1995 Jennifer Curry Muscatine 21 Miss Johnson County Vocal "The Last Man In My Life" from Song and Dance
1994 Tammy Truitt Davenport 21 Miss Scott County Dramatic Vocal "I Still Believe" from Miss Saigon
1993 Nancy Van Meter Burlington 24 Miss Burlington Vocal "Stand by Your Man" Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
1992 Catherine Lemkau Muscatine 24 Miss Mississippi Valley Fair Vocal "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award

Preliminary Swimsuit Award (tie)
1991 Lisa Somodi Muscatine 23 Miss Muscatine County Classical Piano "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1990 Kerri Rosenberg Burlington 26 Miss Mississippi Valley Fair Classical Vocal "Ah, Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette Top 10
1989 Jayna Sanchez Davenport 24 Miss Cedar-Johnson County Dance / Twirl "Another Cha-Cha" by Santa Esmeralda Non-finalist Talent Award
1988 Tiffany DiBernardo Bettendorf 19 Miss Scott County Vocal "I Go To Rio"
1987 Robin Wolfram Davenport 24 Miss Scott County Popular Vocal "Only He"
1986 Darcy Benton Delmar 19 Miss Clinton County Vocal "Someone to Watch Over Me" Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Show Troupe
1985 Sherri Bowman Council Bluffs 24 Miss Nishna Valley Piano Solo
1984 Debra Deitering Missouri Valley 23 Miss Southwest Iowa Vocal "This Is My Life" [12]
1983 Karri Nussle Des Moines 19 Miss Polk County Vocal "Minute Waltz"
1982 Linda Simon DeWitt 23 Miss Clinton County Baton Twirling Non-finalist Talent Award Former Golden Girl for the University of Iowa
1981 Darla Blocker Davenport 19 Miss Scott County Vocal "But the World Goes Round"
1980 Jane Patton Council Bluffs 24 Miss Nishna Valley Semi-Classical Vocal "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"
1979 Lori Froeling Keokuk 20 Miss Keokuk Flute Solo "Carnival of Venice" Top 10
1978 Mary England[13] Davenport 20 Miss Scott County Piano Solo "Spellbound"
1977 Debra Jo Scheller[14] Fort Dodge 23 Miss Emmet County Popular Vocal "Country Girl"
1976 Ronda Frogley[15] Davenport 20 Miss Scott County Popular Vocal "Tomorrow"
1975 Debbie Weuve[16] State Center 20 Miss Marshall County Vocal "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret
1974 Jean Bollhoefer[17] Haverhill 25 Miss Marshall County Popular Vocal "Starting Here, Starting Now" Non-finalist Talent Award
1973 Lynette Henninger[18] Bettendorf 19 Miss Scott County Ballet "Color My World" & "Make No Sound" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1972 Renee Stuedemann[19] Clinton 23 Miss Clinton County Baton Twirling "Can-Can" Top 10
1971 Judith Stephens[20] Clarinda 21 Miss Southwest Iowa Piano "Rhapsody In Blue"
1970 Cheryl Browne[21] Decorah 20 Miss Decorah Ballet "Deep Purple" Non-finalist Talent Award First African American contestant to compete at the Miss America pageant[citation needed]

Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1969 Lois Koth[22] Alta 20 Miss Storm Lake Pipe Organ Solo "Toccata" by Charles-Marie Widor Non-finalist Talent Award
1968 Susan Thompson[23] Des Moines 21 Miss Des Moines Piano Solo "Warsaw Concerto" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1967 Lynda Jeanne Formanek[24] Belle Plaine 23 Miss Newton Character Portrayal of "Alice In Wonderland" Top 10 Died from injuries in an auto accident in March 1969[citation needed]
1966 Pamela Ericson[25] Sioux City 19 Miss Sioux City Semi-Classical Vocal, "Love Is Where You Find It" from The Kissing Bandit
1965 Marie Mushro[26] Sioux City 19 Miss Sioux City Ballet en Pointe, "The Dying Swan" Miss Congeniality

Non-finalist Talent Award
Featured performer in the 1966 Miss America telecast
1964 Carol Johnson[27] Ames 21 Miss Ames Folk Singing & Guitar
1963 Carolyn Northway[28] Davenport 19 Miss Davenport Piano Solo, "Etude in D Flat Major" Non-finalist Talent Award
1962 Joleen Wolf[29] Des Moines 19 Miss Des Moines Interpretive Ballet "Autumn Concerto" Non-finalist Talent Award Featured performer in the 1963 Miss America Pageant telecast
1961 Patti Whalen[30] Clinton 18 Miss Clinton County Vocal Medley "I Feel Pretty" & "Tonight" from West Side Story
1960 Sally Neville[31] Davenport 18 Miss Davenport Dramatic Reading "Mother On a Moment's Notice"
1959 Jacquelyn Baker[32] Grinnell 20 Miss Grinnell Modern Interpretive Dance
1958 Joanne MacDonald[33] Ames 20 Miss Ames Dramatic Recitation "The White Cliffs of Dover" 1st runner-up
1957 Carol Fleck[34] Oskaloosa 19 Miss Southeast Iowa Dance
1956 Martha Barsness[35] Decorah 20 Miss Decorah Vocal, "Ah, Fors'e Lui" from La Traviata Non-finalist Talent Award
1955 Kay Taylor[36] Iowa City 20 Miss Cedar Rapids Tap Dance, "French Maids' Dreaming of Marriage"
1954 Carol Morris[37] Ottumwa 18 Miss Ottumwa Violin Solo Later Miss Iowa USA 1956

Miss USA 1956

Miss Universe 1956
1953 Constance VerHoef[38] Sheldon 18 Miss Sheldon Vocal
1952 Carolyn Hill[39] Cedar Falls 19 Miss Waterloo Vocal, "You're My Everything"
1951 Nancy Jane Norman[40] Shenandoah 19 Miss Southwest Iowa Vocal, "Romance" from The Desert Song
1950 Mary Virginia Lines[41] Clarinda 18 Miss Southwest Iowa Piano / Marimba "Stardust"
1949 Barbara Jane Juel[42] Council Bluffs 20 Miss Council Bluffs Classical Vocal, "Strie la Vampa" from Il trovatore
No Iowa representative at Miss America pageant
1947 Ruth Janet Anderson[43] Oelwein 19 Miss Fayette County Vocal "You Made Me Love You"
1946 Jacquline Means[44] Des Moines 19 Miss Des Moines Acrobatic Dance
1945 Jeanne Gordon[45] Des Moines 19 Miss Des Moines
No Iowa representative at Miss America pageant
1941 Lorene Snoddy[46] Des Moines 20
No Iowa representative at Miss America pageant
1936 Carol Bailey Waterloo 16 Miss Waterloo
1935 Connie Rosefield Des Moines 18 Miss Des Moines No Miss Iowa
No pageant was held
1933 Eleanor Dankenbring Manning 20 Disqualified for not living in Iowa[citation needed]
No pageants were held
1927 Geneva Roberts Storm Lake 19 Miss Storm Lake
No Iowa representative at Miss America pageant
1925 Dorothy Nordyke Miss Sioux City No Miss Iowa
1924 Alta Sterling Miss Sioux City No Miss Iowa
No Iowa representative at Miss America pageant


  1. ^ Photographs by Paul Cauley, 1971 Door Gunner, A Co 101st Avn
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  16. ^ "Marshall County Wins Crown Again". Quad-City Times. June 15, 1975. 
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  37. ^ terms=miss+iowa+carol+morris "Crowned Miss Iowa of 1954" Check |url= value (help). The Courier. August 2, 1954. 
  38. ^ "Connie VerHoef of Sheldon is Named Miss Iowa". The Courier. July 27, 1953. 
  39. ^ "Carolyn Hill Miss Iowa". The Courier. August 4, 1952. 
  40. ^ "A Governor Crowns a Queen". Globe-Gazette. August 6, 1951. 
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  42. ^ "Barbara Juel, Songstress, Captures Miss Iowa Title". Council Bluffs Nonpareil. August 6, 1949. 
  43. ^ "A Cinderella Who Dodged The Pumpkin at Midnight". Iowa City Press-Citizen. July 11, 1947. 
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  46. ^ "Miss Iowa of 1941 Eats As She Likes". The Des Moines Register. August 1, 1945. 

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