Miss Florida

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Kylie Williams, Miss Florida 2007
Allison Kreiger, Miss Florida 2006 with Congressman Cliff Stearns
Jenna Edwards, Miss Florida 2004
Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004/Miss Florida 2003
Nancy Stafford, Miss Florida 1976
Delta Burke, Miss Florida 1974
Ann Gloria Daniel, Miss Florida 1954

The Miss Florida competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Florida in the Miss America pageant. Florida has twice won the Miss America crown.

Sara Zeng of Palm Coast was crowned Miss Florida 2017 on July 1, 2017 at Youkey Theater in Lakeland, Florida. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2018 on September 10, 2017 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 Americas: Leanza Cornett (1993), Ericka Dunlap (2004)
  • 1st runners-up: Muriel Elizabeth Smith (1943), Ann Gloria Daniel (1955)
  • 2nd runners-up: Virginia Warlen (1944), Janet Ruth Crockett (1951), Carolyn Cline (1979), Lissette Gonzalez (1999)
  • 3rd runners-up: Virginia Freeland (1945), Carol Lynn Blum (1966), Myrrhanda Jones (2014), Victoria Cowen (2015)
  • 4th runners-up: Irmigard Dietel (1937/1939), Gloria Smyley (1938), Mary Elizabeth Godwin (1952), Dorothy Marie Steiner (1958), Dawn Lauree Cashwell (1968), Cathy La Belle (1978), Marti Sue Phillips (1980), Sierra Minott (2009)
  • Top 10: Leona Fredericks (1942), Eileen Irma Knapp (1942), Sandra Wirth (1956), Diane Colston (1967), Linda Fitts (1969), Lisa Donovan (1971), Ann K. Schmalzried (1976), Kim Boyce (1984), Jennifer Anne Sauder (1988), Melissa Aggeles (1989), Sandra Joanne Frick (1990), Christy Neuman (1998), Kelly Gaudet (2002), Mari Wilensky (2006), Mary Katherine Fechtel (2016)
  • Top 12: Elizabeth Hull (1935), Vernell Bush (1944)
  • Top 13: Kristina Janolo (2012)
  • Top 15: Rose Marie Magrill (1939), Mitzi Strother (1940/1941), Pepper Shore (1947), Rosemary Carpenter (1948)
  • Top 16: Jacquelyn Jennings (1946), Kylie Williams (2008), Laura McKeeman (2013)


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Barbara Jo Ivey (1972), Ellen Meade (1974), Delta Burke (1975), Monica Farrell (1986), Molly Pesce (1987), Marry Ann Olson (1992), Jamie Bolding (1997)
  • Non-finalist Interview: Megan Welch (1995), Jamie Bolding (1997)

Other awards[edit]


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2017 Sara Zeng[1] Palm Coast 22 Miss Heart of Florida Piano TBD TBD
2016 Courtney Sexton Starke 23 Miss Orlando Modern Dance “I Got Love” Previously Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2008

Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2015
2015 Mary Katherine Fechtel Leesburg 19 Miss University of Florida Lyrical Dance "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Tessanne Chin Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2010

Sister of Elizabeth Fechtel, Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012
2014 Victoria Cowen Panama City 21 Miss North Florida Lyrical Dance "Note to God" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award 1st runner-up at Miss Florida 2014

Assumed title when Elizabeth Fechtel was dethroned due to a tabulation error that resulted in Fechtel incorrectly being named the winner[2][3]
Elizabeth Fechtel Leesburg 20 Miss University of Florida Dance "Happy" by Pharrell Williams N/A N/A Dethroned due to a tabulation error in which a judge's mark was overlooked, which resulted in Fecthel being declared the winner[4][5]
2013 Myrrhanda Jones Gainesville 19 Miss Palm Coast Baton "Big Noise from Winnetka" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Previously Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2009

2nd runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2009

Injured her knee in rehearsal which resulted in her wearing a leg brace during the live telecast of Miss America 2014
2012 Laura McKeeman[6] St. Petersburg 23 Miss Pinellas County Ballet "La Esmeralda" Top 16 Former reporter on and current host of SEC Nation on ESPN[7]
2011 Kristina Janolo[8] Kissimmee 24 Miss Winter Park Vocal "Gold" Top 13 Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
2010 Jaclyn Raulerson[9] Plant City 19 Miss Largo Vocal "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Quality of Life Award Finalist
2009 Rachael Todd[10] Oviedo 22 Miss Suncoast Irish Step Dance "Riverdance"
2008 Sierra Minott[11] Fort Myers 20 Miss Palm Beach County Theater Style Dance "I Can Cook Too" from On the Town 4th runner-up Previously Miss Florida Outstanding Teen 2005

3rd runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2005
2007 Kylie Williams[12] Tallahassee 24 Miss Tallahassee Country Vocal "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" Top 16
2006 Allison Kreiger Miami 23 Miss Miami Dance / Twirl "I Will Live For Love"
2005 Mari Wilensky Jacksonville 21 Miss University of Florida Vocal "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Top 10 Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2005

Assumed the crown when Cragg relinquished title
Candace Cragg Jacksonville Miss Jacksonville N/A N/A Miss Florida Teen America 2001

2nd runner-up at Miss Teen America 2001

Relinquished the title when it was discovered she was not enrolled at the university where she won her local
2004 Jenna Edwards Miami 23 Miss Winter Park Popular Vocal "Solitaire" Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
Previously Miss Teen All American 1999 as Miss Mississippi

Previously Miss Oktoberfest 2000 as Miss Mississippi

Later Miss Florida USA 2007
2003 Shauna Pender Miss St. Petersburg N/A N/A Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2001

1st runner-up at Miss Florida 2003

Assumed title when Ericka Dunlap won Miss America 2004 title
Ericka Dunlap Orlando 21 Miss City Beautiful Vocal "If I Could" Winner Finals Evening Gown Award

Finals Talent Award
First African American to win the title of Miss Florida[citation needed]
2002 Katherine Carson Sarasota 20 Miss Largo Vocal "Gimme, Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie
2001 Kelly Gaudet Miami 22 Miss Largo Lyrical Dance "It's Time" Top 10 Preliminary Evening Gown Award Previously Miss Florida Teen USA 1996

4th runner-up at National Sweetheart 1999
2000 Candace Rodatz Orange Park 24 Miss First Coast Baton "Sing, Sing, Sing"
1999 Kelli Meierhenry Orlando, Florida 24 Miss University of Central Florida Vocal "What Will I Tell My Heart?"
1998 Lissette Gonzalez Miami 22 Miss Miami Vocal "All That Jazz" 2nd runner-up Bernie Wayne Talent Award

Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1997 Christy Neuman Jacksonville 20 Miss University of North Florida Rhythmic Gymnastics Dance "Theme from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1996 Jamie Bolding Lakeland 22 Miss Mount Dora Lyrical Ballet "Can You Read My Mind" Non-finalist Interview Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
1995 Kristin Ludecke Eustis 19 Miss Central Florida Classical Vocal "O Luce di Quest'anima" from Linda di Chamounix Later Miss Florida USA 2000
1994 Megan Welch DeLand 20 Miss Mount Dora Classical Vocal Non-finalist Interview Award Previously National Sweetheart 1993
1993 Nicole Padgett Fort Myers 21 Miss Tampa Vocal "You're Gonna Hear From Me" from Inside Daisy Clover
1992 Melinda Miller Miss Altamonte Springs N/A N/A Assumed title when Leanza Cornett won Miss America 1993 title
Leanza Cornett Jacksonville 21 Miss Winter Park Vocal "A New Life" from Jekyll & Hyde Winner Previously National Sweetheart 1991
1991 Mary Ann Olson Sarasota 24 Miss Manatee County Vocal "Where the Boys Are" Non-finalist Talent Award
1990 Dana Rinehart Dalton Orlando 23 Miss Orlando Dramatic Vocal "If He Walked Into My Life" from Mame Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1989 Sandra Joanne Frick Hialeah 23 Miss Coral Springs Character Ballet en Pointe "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Top 10
1988 Melissa Aggeles St. Petersburg 24 Miss Manatee County Vocal / Dance "Show Stopper" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Previously National Sweetheart 1987
1987 Jennifer Anne Sauder Homestead 22 Miss Homestead Semi-classical Vocal "If We Were In Love" from Yes, Giorgio Top 10
1986 Molly Pesce Longwood 23 Miss Seminole County Vocal Medley from Cabaret Non-finalist Talent Award
1985 Monica Farrell Jacksonville 21 Miss Jacksonville University Classical Piano "Prelude No. 5 in G Minor" by Sergei Rachmaninoff Non-finalist Talent Award Later Miss Florida USA 1988

3rd runner-up at Miss USA 1988

Sister of Miss New York 1984, Mary-Ann Farrell, and Miss Illinois 1992, Kathleen Farrell
1984 Lisa Valdez Bradenton 21 Miss Manatee County Vocal Medley "Through the Eyes of Love"
1983 Kim Boyce Bradenton 22 Miss Manatee County Popular Vocal "Rainbow Connection" & "Over the Rainbow" Top 10
1982 Deanna Pitman Apopka 22 Miss Sanford Lyrical Dance "I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line
1981 Dean Herman Jacksonville 23 Miss Jacksonville Gymnastics Dance "They're Playing Our Song"
1980 Becky Wells Bradenton 21 Miss Manatee County Piano Solo "Deep Purple"
1979 Marti Sue Phillips Tampa 22 Miss Manatee County Jazz Clarinet Medley "Rhapsody In Blue" & "Begin the Beguine" 4th runner-up
1978 Wendy Sue Cheatham Bonita Springs Miss Lee County N/A N/A Assumed the crown after Cline relinquished the title to continue to pursue her career as a singer and musician
Carolyn Cline Brandon 25 Miss Tampa Piano / Vocal "Love Story" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Previously Miss New Mexico USA 1973
1977 Cathy La Belle Tampa 20 Miss Tampa Popular Vocal "He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat! 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1976 Nancy Stafford Ft. Lauderdale 22 Miss Ft. Lauderdale Piano Solo "Send In the Clowns"
1975 Ann K. Schmalzried Ft. Lauderdale 19 Miss University of Florida Classical Piano Solo "Gardens In the Rain" Top 10 Dr. David B Allman Medical Scholarship
1974 Delta Burke Orlando 18 Miss Orlando Dramatic Soliloquy "Anne Boleyn" Non-finalist Talent Award Later gained fame as an actress, most notably on the long-running sitcom Designing Women[citation needed]
1973 Ellen Meade Bradenton 20 Miss Manatee County Ballet Roller Skating "The Black Swan" Non-finalist Talent Award
1972 Suzanne Charles Fort Lauderdale 20 Miss Miami Ballet "Dance of the Painted Doll"
1971 Barbara Jo Ivey Winter Park 19 Miss Winter Park Piano "Toccata" Non-finalist Talent Award
1970 Lisa Donovan Sarasota 21 Miss Sarasota Vocal "Feeling Good Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Featured singer at Miss America 1971 and 1973

Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1969 Lynne Edea Topping Marco Island 20 Miss Dade County Ballet "Kismet"
1968 Linda Fitts Panama City 20 Miss Panama City Charleston Dance "Twelfth Street Rag" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1967 Dawn Lauree Cashwell Pensacola 22 Miss Pensacola Baton Twirling "Blue Tango" 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 1963 representing Georgia
1966 Christine Torgeson Miss Manatee County N/A N/A Assumed the crown after Colston relinquished the title[13]
Diane Colston Sarasota 19 Miss Sarasota Vocal "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" Top 10 Relinquished the title after competing at Miss America 1967[13]
1965 Carol Lynn Blum Miami Beach 21 Miss Fort Lauderdale Classical Vocal "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi 3rd runner-up Previously Florida's Junior Miss 1962

Previously Miss Dixie 1964

Featured performer at Miss America 1967
1964 Priscilla Schnarr Hollywood 18 Miss Hollywood Vocal / Dance "Whatever Lola Wants"
1963 Flora Jo Chandonnet North Miami Miss Miami Semi-classical Vocal "One Kiss" from The New Moon
1962 Gloria Brody Jacksonville 19 Miss Duval County Interpretive Ballet "Theme from Exodus"
1961 Sherry Grimes Sarasota 18 Miss Sarasota Vocal "My Man's Gone Now"
1960 Kathy Magda Fort Lauderdale 19 Miss Fort Lauderdale Dramatic Monologue from Our Town
1959 Nancy Rae Purvis Bradenton 18 Miss Bradenton Dramatic Monologue
1958 Dianne Tauscher Orlando Miss Orlando Ballet "Canadian Sunset" Contestant at Miss Dixie 1959
1957 Dorothy Maria Steiner Boca Raton Miss Boca Raton Dramatic Reading "Such Is Your Heritage" 4th runner-up Previously Miss Dixie 1953
1956 Sally Fisher Miami Miss Coral Gables Vocal / Dance "Life Upon the Wicked Stage" from Show Boat
1955 Sandra Wirth Miami Miss Miami Fire Baton "Jazz Medley" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1954 Ann Gloria Daniel Dade City Miss Dade City Accordion "Lady of Spain" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1953 Marjorie Simmons Tampa Miss Tampa Dance "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"
1952 Marcia Crane Orlando Miss Gainesville Piano "Gershwin Prelude"
1951 Mary Elizabeth Godwin Gainesville Miss University of Florida Pantomime "Betty Boop" 4th runner-up
1950 Janet Ruth Crockett St. Petersburg Miss St. Petersburg Vocal & Pantomime of a Hollywood starlet "The Perils of Pauline" 2nd runner-up Assumed title when winner, Corine Gustafson, was disqualified for being too young
1949 Shirley Ann Rhodes Tampa Miss Tampa Vocal "Put Your Shoes On, Lacy"
1948 Rosemary Carpenter Miami Beach Miss Miami Classical Piano & Accordion "Fantasie Impromptu" & "Two Guitars" Top 15
1947 Eula Ann McGehee St. Petersburg Miss St. Petersburg Magic Act
Pepper Shore Miami Interpretive dance of the South Seas Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award Competed as Miss Miami Beach
1946 Jacquelyn Jennings Miami Miss Coral Gables Pantomime "Just a Square In a Social Circle" Top 16
Jini Boyd Miami Competed as Miss Miami Beach
1945 Virginia Freeland Miami Miss Miami Fashion Show & Vocal "Rum and Coca-Cola" 3rd runner-up
Evelyn Ray Crist Miami Competed as Miss Miami
1944 Virginia Warlen Miami (no locals) Violin "Intermezzo" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
Vernell Bush Miami Vocal "It Had to Be You" Top 12 Competed as Miss Miami
1943 Muriel Elizabeth Smith Miami (no locals) Acro Baton 1st runner-up
Dolly Esther Bowles Miami Competed as Miss Miami
1942 Eileen Irma Knapp Miami (no locals) Tap Dance "Bye Bye Blues" Top 10
Leona Fredericks Miami Vocal "Nobody's Baby" Top 10 Competed as Miss Miami Beach
1941 Mitzi Strother Miami Top 15
Anna Louise Baker Miami Competed as Miss Miami
1940 Mitzi Strother Miami Top 15 Competed as Miss Miami
1939 Rose Marie Magrill Miami Miss Miami[14] Tap Dance Top 15[14] Underage when awarded the title[15]
Irmigard Dietel Miami Vocal Medley "See You Again," "Blue Evening" & "Solitude" 4th runner-up Competed as Miss Miami
1938 Mary Joyce Walsh Miami Miss Miami Vocal / Ballet
Patricia Hollran Delray Beach Vocal "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" Competed as Miss Delray Beach
Mary Jane Thomas Fort Lauderdale Competed as Miss Fort Lauderdale
Gloria Smyley Fort Lauderdale Acrobatic Dance 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Competed as Miss Jacksonville
1937 Mary P. Hollran Delray Beach Competed as Miss Delray Beach
Irmigard Dietel Miami Vocal 4th runner-up Competed as Miss Miami
1936 Norma Crim Miami
1935 Elizabeth Hull Plant City Miss Plant City Vocal "East of the Sun" & "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" Top 12
1927 No Miss Florida Marie Hands competed as Miss Miami.
1926 No Miss Florida No Florida representatives were listed as competing for Miss America this year.
1925 No Miss Florida Ruth Wooddall, Miss Miami, placed as a Finalist. Lucy D. Yonge competed as Miss Pensacola.
1924 Miss Helen Fisher Representing Florida were: Margaret Swindell, Miss Lakeland; Lottie Eitzen, Miss Pensacola; Virginia McRae, Miss Tampa; and Frances Payne, Miss West Palm Beach
1923 No Miss Florida Katherine Floyd competed as Miss Pensacola and placed as a semi-finalist in the pageant. Others representing Florida were: Alice Phillips, Miss Jacksonville; Mary Weaver, Miss Lakeland; and Katherine Kyle, Miss Miami
1922 Eleanor Logan Jacksonville


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