Miss Alaska

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Miss Alaska
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss America
Official language
Key people
Bonnie Faulk (Executive Director)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss Alaska competition is a scholarship pageant that selects the representative for the state of Alaska in the Miss America pageant. Unlike most state-level pageants in the Miss America system, Alaska allows any eligible woman to enter the Miss Alaska pageant without first having to win a local qualifying pageant.[1] Alaska's highest placement occurred in 1998, when Joslyn Tinker was selected for the top ten.

Miss Alaskas 1975 and 1978, Cindy Suryan and PJ Gentry respectively, were popular Anchorage television and radio personalities for many years.[citation needed] Miss Alaska 1976, Kathy (Tebow) Sharp, worked as a National Weather Association certified television weather broadcaster in the early 1980s, and was on the same news team as co-anchor, Cindy Suryan.[citation needed] Miss Alaska 1981, Laura Trollan, also worked in local television as an Anchorage weather broadcaster. Miss Alaska 1982 became an award-winning realtor and business woman, achieving recognition for The Kristan Cole Team. Miss Alaska 1984, Maryline Blackburn, pursued a career in music and has received critical acclaim as a recording artist.[citation needed] Miss Alaskas 1985 and 1986 went on to establish successful careers in modeling: Jerri Morrison as a plus-size model, most recognizable for her catalog work for Nordstrom and JC Penney, and Kristina Christopher-Taylor as a TV and print model featured in several national campaigns.[citation needed] Stacey Storey, Miss Alaska 1995, pursued an acting career and appeared in such films as Elvis and Annabelle.[citation needed] She marked what would become a resurgence of pageant winners entering the performing arts throughout the 2000s, most notably professional violinist Audrey Solomon, Miss Alaska 2000, as well as Miss Alaska 2001 and 2003, who performed on Broadway.[citation needed]

In addition to the winners, runners-up in the mid-eighties also obtained national recognition. Miss Anchorage, Alice Welling, established herself as a comedic actress and singer.[citation needed] Miss Wasilla, Sarah Heath Palin, rose through political ranks to become Governor of Alaska and the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee.[citation needed]

Courtney Schuman of Anchorage was crowned Miss Alaska 2018 at Wendy Williams Theater on the UAA campus in Anchorage, Alaska. 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 brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Top 10: Joslyn Tinker (1999)
  • Top 15: Angelina Klapperich (2018)


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Karol Hommon (1965), Kathy Tebow (1977), Maryline Blackburn (1985), Rebecca Nyboer (1994), Audrey Solomon (2001) Michelle Taylor (2013)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Angelina Klapperich (2018)
  • Bert Parks Talent Award: Audrey Solomon (2001)
  • Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship: Joslyn Tinker (1999), Eugenia Primis (2002), Stephany Jeffers (2008)
  • Natural White's Smile of Confidence Scholarship: Beth Gustafson (1992)
  • Special Judge's Award: Virginia Walker (1971), Linda Smith (1972)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Courtney Schuman[2] Anchorage 24
Original Speech
2017 Angelina Klapperich[3][4] Wasilla 23 Miss Anchorage Piano, "Bumble Boogie" Top 15[5] Miss Congeniality[5][6] Previously Miss Alaska's Outstanding Teen 2010[7]
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013[citation needed]
2016 Kendall Bautista Eagle River 23 Piano “Tarantelle” by Frédéric Chopin Previously Miss Alaska USA 2014[citation needed]
2015 Zoey Grenier Anchorage 19 Vocal "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014[citation needed]
2014 Malie Delgado Anchorage 19 Vocal "Mercy on Me" Contestant on The Price is Right and The X Factor[citation needed]
2013 Michelle Taylor Anchorage 20 Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu" & "Maple Leaf Rag"
2012 Debbe Jo Ebben[8] Eagle River 23 Miss Chugiak/Eagle River Piano "Requiem for a Dream"
2011 Katy Lovegreen[9] Anchorage 21 Miss Forget-me-not Irish Dance Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010[citation needed]
2010 Abby Hancock[10] Anchorage 23 Miss Anchorage Piano "Bohemian Rhapsody"
2009 Sydnee Waggoner Anchorage 23 Classical Vocal Juliette’s Waltz, "Je veux vivre"[11]
2008 Stephany Jeffers Chugiak 23 Miss Birchwood Musical Theatre Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship
2007 Cari Leyva Anchorage 23 Vocal "Habanera" Previously Miss Alaska USA 2004[citation needed]
2006 Stephanie Wonchala Eagle River 21 Miss Chugiak/Eagle River Piano "Ballade pour Adeline"
2005 Rebecca Hayes Anchorage 24 Miss Anchorage Ballet en Pointe "Take Five"
2004 Christina Reasner Sterling 22 Vocal "This Is the Moment"
2003 Blair Chenoweth Anchorage 21 Ballet en Pointe "All That Jazz" Later Miss Alaska USA 2007[citation needed]
2002 Peggy Willman Anchorage 23 Miss North Star Alaskan Native Dance
2001 Eugenia Primis Eagle River 20 Miss South Central Classical Cello "Allegro Appasionata" Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship
2000 Audrey Solomon Anchorage 21 Miss University Center Classical Violin "Csárdás" Bert Parks Talent Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
1999 Shannon Kelly Palmer 21 Miss South Central Flute "Carnival of Venice"
1998 Joslyn Tinker Soldotna 22 Miss Alyeska Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus Top 10 Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship

Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
1997 Michelle Titus Fairbanks 19 Vocal "There Is a Savior"
1996 Christine Buschur Eagle River 21 Miss Cook Inlet Show Vocal Medley "Another Op'nin, Another Show" & "I've Got Rhythm"
1995 Stacey Storey Eagle River 17 Miss Chugiak/Eagle River Lyrical Dance "The Letting Go" Later Miss Alaska USA 2003[citation needed]
1994 Patricia Marlow Eagle River 24 Miss Anchorage Vocal "If We Were In Love"
1993 Rebecca Nyboer Anchorage 22 Miss Alyeska Classical Piano "Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum" Non-finalist Talent Award
1992 Keri Baumgardner Eagle River 25 Miss Anchorage Vocal "Come Rain or Come Shine"
1991 Beth Gustafson Palmer 20 Miss Denali Piano - Rhapsody in Blue Natural White's Smile of Confidence Scholarship
1990 Holly Salo Kenai 24 Miss Mat-Su Valley Vocal "More" from Dick Tracy Mother of Miss Alaska's Outstanding Teen 2015, Elle Adkins[12]
1989 Christine McCubbins Kenai 25 Miss Denali Vocal
1988 Launa Middaugh Wasilla 19 Miss South Central Piano Solo
1987 Teresa Murton Anchorage 25 Miss Anchorage Vocal "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
1986 Jerri Morrison Anchorage 22 Miss Northern Lights Tap Dance
1985 Kristina Christopher-Taylor Palmer 20 Miss Talkeetna Comedy Monologue
1984 Maryline Blackburn Anchorage 23 Miss South Central Vocal "I Am What I Am" Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Jennifer Smith Soldotna 19 Miss Soldotna Vocal "Le Jazz Hot!" from Victor Victoria
1982 Kristan Sapp Wasilla 20 Miss South Central Sac-Jazz Dance
1981 Laura Trollan Juneau 19 Miss Juneau Ballet / Jazz Dance "Most Wanted"
1980 Sandra Lashbrook Eagle River 21 Miss Chugiak-Eagle River Guitar & Vocal "Snowbird"
1979 Lila Oberg Palmer 19 Miss Willow Area Vocal "For Once in My Life"
1978 Patty-Jo Gentry Valdez 22 Miss Fairbanks Dramatic Monologue "Marie Antoinette"
1977 Lisa Granath Kenai 18 Miss Greater Kenai Modern Ballet "A Spoonful of Sugar" & "Every Day's a Holiday"
1976 Kathy Tebow Anchorage 19 Miss Anchorage Violin Solo "Méditation" Non-finalist Talent Award
1975 Cindy Suryan Kodiak 20 Miss Kodiak Popular Vocal & Guitar "For Baby"
1974 Darby Moore Kenai 20 Miss Kenai Ventriloquism "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Assumed title when Vicki Tomicek resigned[citation needed]
Vicki Tomicek
Was crowned Miss Alaska 1974 but withdrew for personal reasons[citation needed]
1973 Virginia Adams Anchorage 21 Miss Anchorage Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song"
1972 Deborah Wood Anchorage Miss Anchorage
Placed 1st runner-up at Miss Alaska and replaced Linda Hogue[citation needed]
Linda Hogue Kodiak 18 Miss Kodiak Modern Dance "Charlie Chaplin Pantomime" Neat As A Pin Award
1971 Linda Smith Anchorage 19 Miss Elmendorf Air Force Base Dramatic Interpretation "The Seagull" Special Judge's Award
1970 Virginia Walker Kotzebue 19 Miss Kotzebue/Arctic Circle Original Poem "My Wonderland" Special Judge's Award

Neat As A Pin Award
First Miss America contestant from the Arctic Circle[citation needed]
1969 Gwenn Gregg Anchorage 18 Miss Northern Lights Art & Poetry Interpretation "The Wonder of Color"
1968 Jane Haycraft Fairbanks 18 Miss Greater Fairbanks Area Popular Vocal "Walking Happy"
1967 Penny Thomasson Spenard 19 Miss Big Lake Recitation & Song "Let's Go to Alaska"
1966 Nancy Lorell Wellman Fairbanks 21 Miss Greater Fairbanks Area Popular Vocal
1965 Mary Ruth Nidiffer Anchorage 21 Miss Alaska Methodist University Popular Vocal "Typically English"
1964 Karol Hommon Anchorage 20 Acrobatic & Modern Jazz Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Died in October 1965, after falling from Mount Sugarloaf (Massachusetts)[13]
1963 Colleen Kendall Anchorage Miss Alaska State Fair Popular Vocal
1962 Mary Dee Fox Anchorage 18 Miss Greater Anchorage Original Modern Skit
1961 Jean Ann Holm Fairbanks 19 Miss Fairbanks Monologue combined with Modeling
1960 June Bowdish Anchorage 22 Dramatic Monologue "St. Joan"
1959 Alansa Carr Ketchikan 20 Dramatic Reading
1958 Stuart Johnson[14] Douglas City Piano "Alaska's Flag"
1950 Maxine Cothern Fairbanks Speech "Alaska"
1922 Helmar Liederman New York City
Disqualified, because she was married, and lived in New York City[15]


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