Miss Alaska

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Miss Alaska
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss America
Official language
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]

Maile Johnston of Eagle River was crowned Miss Alaska 2019 on May 31, 2019 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA campus in Anchorage, Alaska. She competed for the title of Miss America 2020 in December 2019.

Results summary[edit]

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss Alaska titleholders at the national Miss America pageants/competitions. The year in parentheses indicates the year of the national competition during which a placement and/or award was garnered, not the year attached to the contestant's state title.


  • 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)

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)


  •      Declared as winner
  •      Ended as a runner-up
  •      Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2019 Maile Johnston[2] Eagle River 19 Miss Anchorage Dance
2018 Courtney Schuman[3] Anchorage 24
Original Speech
2017 Angelina Klapperich[4][5] Wasilla 23 Miss Anchorage Piano, "Bumble Boogie" Top 15[6] Miss Congeniality[6][7] Previously Miss Alaska's Outstanding Teen 2010[8]

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013 pageant[9]
2016 Kendall Bautista[10] Eagle River 23 Miss Cook Inlet Piano, “Tarantelle” by Frédéric Chopin Previously Miss Alaska USA 2014[11]
2015 Zoey Grenier[12] Anchorage 19 Vocal, "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014 pageant[13]
2014 Malie Delgado[14] 19 Vocal, "Mercy on Me" by Christina Aguilera Contestant on The Price is Right and The X Factor[citation needed]
2013 Michelle Taylor[15] 20 Piano, "Fantaisie-Impromptu" & "Maple Leaf Rag"
2012 Debbe Ebben[16] Eagle River 23 Miss Chugiak/Eagle River Piano, "Requiem for a Dream"
2011 Katy Lovegreen[17] Anchorage 21 Miss Forget-me-not Irish Dance Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010 pageant[18]
2010 Abby Hancock[19] 23 Miss Anchorage Piano, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
2009 Sydnee Waggoner[20] 23 Classical Vocal, "Je veux vivre" from Roméo et Juliette
2008 Stephany Jeffers[21] Chugiak 23 Miss Birchwood Vocal Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship
2007 Cari Leyva[22] Anchorage 23 Vocal, "Habanera" Previously Miss Alaska USA 2004[23]
2006 Stephanie Wonchala[24] 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 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[25] Soldotna 22 Miss Alyeska Classical Vocal, "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus Top 10[25] 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 Vocal Medley, "Another Op'nin, Another Show" & "I've Got Rhythm"
1995 Stacey Storey 17 Miss Chugiak/Eagle River Lyrical Dance, "The Letting Go" Later Miss Alaska USA 2003[citation needed]
1994 Patricia Marlow 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[26]
1989 Christine McCubbins 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 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 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
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 20 Acrobatic & Modern Jazz Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Died in October 1965, after falling from Mount Sugarloaf (Massachusetts)[27]
1963 Colleen Kendall Miss Alaska State Fair Popular Vocal
1962 Mary Dee Fox 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 from "St. Joan"
1959 Alansa Carr Ketchikan 20 Dramatic Reading
1958 Stuart Johnson[28] Douglas City Piano, "Alaska's Flag"
No Alaska representative at Miss America pageant
1950 Maxine Cothern Fairbanks Speech, "Alaska"
No Alaska representative at Miss America pageant[29]
No national pageant was held[30]
No Alaska representative at Miss America pageant[31]
No national pageants were held[30]
No Alaska representative at Miss America pageant[32][33][34][35][36]
1922 Helmar Liederman[37] New York City
Disqualified, because she was married, and lived in New York City[37]
No Alaska representative at Miss America pageant[38]


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