Miss Colorado

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Maggie Ireland, Miss Colorado 2007

The Miss Colorado competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Colorado in the Miss America pageant. Colorado has won the Miss America crown on three occasions.

Pageant summary[edit]

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


  • Miss Americas: Sharon Ritchie (1956), Marilyn Van Derbur (1958), Rebecca Ann King (1974)
  • 1st runners-up: Maya Walker (1989)
  • 2nd runners-up: Debbie Riecks (1990), Kelley Johnson (2016)
  • 3rd runners-up: Sylvia Canaday (1949), LaTayna Hall (1988)
  • 4th runners-up: N/A
  • Top 10: Cheryl Sweeten (1964), Adria Easton (1970), Karrie Mitchell (1991)
  • Top 12: Katie Layman (2010)
  • Top 15: Delores Conrad (1926)


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Tia Tyler (1968), Cathy Glau (1972), Suzan Hogan (1978), Kimberly Christiansen (1981), Deborah Davids (1983), Carol Johnson (1987), Michelle Stanley (1997), Keely Gaston (1999), Shannon Patilla (2017)

Other awards[edit]


Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Shannon Patilla Denver 24 Miss Mile High Vocal, "Something's Got a Hold on Me" Non-Finalist Talent Award
2015 Kelley Johnson Windsor 22 Miss Northern Colorado Original Monologue, "Not Just a Nurse" 2nd runner-up STEM Scholarship Winner Appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her nursing monologue and received $10,000 from Shutterfly for nurse anesthetist school[1]
2014 Stacey Cook Littleton 23 Miss Rocky Mountain Tahitian Dance "Runaway Baby" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
2013 Meg Kardos Denver 23 Miss Metropolitan Classical Vocal "Habanera"
2012 Hannah Porter Centennial 24 Miss Rocky Mountain Tap Dance "Boom Boom" Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2011

Preliminary swimsuit, evening gown, and interview awards at stage pageant[citation needed]
2011 Diana Dreman[2] Denver 23 Miss Boulder County Musical Theater Dance "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Daughter of Miss America 1974, Rebecca Ann King[citation needed]
2010 Melaina Shipwash Colorado Springs 24 Miss Colorado Springs Tap Dance "9 to 5"
2009 Katie Layman Aurora 23 Miss Douglas County Contemporary Lyrical Dance "The Way I Am" Top 12
2008 Jamie Dukehart-Conti Arvada 23 Miss Broomfield Jazz Dance
2007 Maggie Ireland Littleton 22 Miss Littleton Irish Step Dance "Dueling Violins" & "Footloose" 3rd runner-up at Miss Colorado USA 2006
2006 Janie Allen Arvada 23 Miss Parker Piano "Concerto in A Minor" & "Rhapsody in Blue"
2005 Jessica Urban Colorado Springs 24 Miss Highlands Ranch Vocal / Harp "If I Ain't Got You"
2004 Laura Tobey Denver 23 Miss Denver Jazz Vocal "Over the Rainbow"
2003 Katee Doland Arvada 23 Miss Denver Lyrical Dance "In His Eyes" from Jekyll & Hyde Current publicist for the Miss Colorado pageant and director of the Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen pageant under her married name, Katee Mink[3]

Former Denver Broncos cheerleader[citation needed]

Triple Crown Winner
Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 1998
Semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 1998

Previously Miss Colorado USA 2001
Miss Photogenic at Miss USA 2001 pageant
2002 Morgan O'Murray Colorado Springs 21 Miss Centennial Jazz Dance "Sing, Sing, Sing" Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 1999

Former Denver Broncos cheerleader[citation needed]
2001 Kelly McKee Parker 22 Miss Rocky Mountain Lyrical Dance "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde Previously Miss Colorado Jr. National Teenager

Previously Miss Colorado National Teenager 1997
2000 Anamarie Bonafede Loveland 22 Miss Centennial Ballet "How Majestic Is Your Name"
1999 Erin MacGregor Denver 23 Miss Columbine Lyrical Ballet "Celebration" Previously Miss Colorado National Teenager

Later Miss Colorado USA 2003
1998 Keely Gaston Morrison 20 Miss Rocky Mountain Classical Ballet "Kitri's Variation" from Don Quixote Non-finalist Talent Award Later Miss Colorado USA 2002
1997 Regina Flores Colorado Springs 21 Miss Capital City Vocal "Don't Cry For Me Argentina"
1996 Michelle Stanley Littleton 20 Miss Capital City Dramatic Monologue from Quilters Non-finalist Talent Award Later Miss Colorado USA 1998
1995 Amy Ciccolella Monument 21 Miss Northern Front Range Popular Vocal / Puppetry "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
1994 Shellene Cockrell Colorado Springs 24 Miss Colorado Springs Tap Dance "Sing, Sing, Sing" 1st runner-up and Top 7 at Miss Colorado National Teenager 1987[citation needed]
Colorado Homecoming Queen 1988[citation needed]
2nd runner-up and talent winner at America's Homecoming Queen[citation needed]
Top 5 at Miss Colorado Teen USA 1988
Top 10 at Miss Colorado USA 1991
1993 Stephanie Irving Colorado Springs 22 Miss Colorado Springs Inspirational Vocal
1992 Stacey Rose Parker 22 Miss Metro South Classical Violin Solo "Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5"
1991 Colleen Walker Pueblo 21 Miss Pueblo County Vocal "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera
1990 Karrie Mitchell Arvada 24 Miss Arvada Popular Vocal "Vision of Love" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1989 Debbie Riecks Aurora 24 Miss Mile High/Front Range Contemporary Flute Solo "Shenandoah" & "Dueling Banjos" 2nd runner-up Previously Colorado's Junior Miss 1983

1st runner-up at America's Junior Miss
1988 Maya Walker Eagle-Vail 23 Miss Western Counties Jazz Vocal "Night and Day" 1st runner-up Later Miss Oklahoma USA 1992
1987 LaTanya Hall Boulder 22 Miss Boulder Valley Vocal "I Am Changing" 3rd runner-up
1986 Carol Janson Boulder 21 Miss Boulder Valley Piano "Revolutionary Etude" Non-finalist Talent Award
1985 Linda Trimmer Denver 22 Miss Sterling Vocal "He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat!
1984 Lisa Frees Thornton 25 Miss Adams County Vocal "I Got Rhythm"
1983 Melanie Scott Littleton 21 Miss Denver Jazz Acrobatic Dance "Junkaroo Holiday"
1982 Deborah Davids Denver 22 Miss Chatfield Harp "Introduction et Allegro" by Maurice Ravel Non-finalist Talent Award
1981 Lynnette Jessen Denver 20 Miss Jefferson County Acrobatic Dance "Theme from Exodus" Later Miss Colorado USA 1985
1980 Kimberly Christiansen Arvada 19 Miss Aurora Baton Twirling "The Main Event" Non-finalist Talent Award
1979 Sheliah Wilkins Denver 23 Miss Denver Classical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'"
1978 Catherine Brown Littleton Miss Littleton Classical Vocal
1977 Suzan Hogan Colorado Springs 19 Miss Denver County Flute Solo "Carnival of Venice" Non-finalist Talent Award
1976 Karen Land Littleton 22 Miss Northeastern Junior College Vibes Solo "Bandstand Boogie"
1975 Penny Currier Lakewood 22 Miss Lakewood Concert Pedal Harp Solo "St. Louis Blues"
1974 Cynthia Hunter Denver 23 Miss Denver Soft Shoe Dance "Mame"
1973 Gayle Holden Denver Miss Denver N/A N/A Assumed the title after Rebecca Ann King became Miss America 1974
1973 Rebecca Ann King Sterling 23 Miss Metro Denver Vocal "If I Ruled the World" Winner Served on the Miss America Board of Directors[citation needed]
1972 Sally Anderson Longmont 19 Miss Longmont Classical Vocal "Daydreams"
1971 Cathy Glau Denver 20 Miss Northern Colorado Modern Jazz Dance "Up, Up and Away" Non-finalist Talent Award Featured performer for the Miss America 1973 telecast

Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1970 Sue Gehrman Fort Collins 18 Miss Northglen Musical Interpretation "Just You Wait" from My Fair Lady
1969 Adria Easton Boulder 21 Miss Boulder Baton Twirling "Medley from Funny Girl" Top 10 Performed in the Miss America USO Troupe
1968 Pamela Kerker Sterling 21 Miss Sterling Ballet / Jazz Dance "By Myself" & "Babalu"
1967 Tia Tyler Golden 20 Miss Denver Dramatic Reading "Queendom Sequence" from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Miss Congeniality (3 way tie)

Non-finalist Talent Award
1966 Holly Smith Denver 19 Miss University of Denver Popular Vocal
1965 Kristina Holm Denver 19 Piano Solo "More" & "Gigi"
1964 Kathleen Knight Denver 19 Miss May Days Semi-classical Vocal "The Telephone"
1963 Cheryl Sweeten Arvada 18 Miss Arvada Dramatic Reading "Anastasia" Top 10
1962 Sally Guinn Westminster 18 Miss Westminster Folk Singing
1961 Jane McBurney Denver 18 Miss University of Colorado Piano "Malaguena"
1960 Anne Walker Littleton 18 Miss Aurora Dance
1959 Marlinda Mason Denver 20 Dramatic Reading
1958 Cynthia Cullen Boulder Drama "Queen on Being Sentenced to Death"
1957 Marilyn Van Derbur Denver 20 Organ "Tea for Two" & "Tenderly" Winner
1956 Polly Childs Aurora Drama
1955 Sharon Ritchie Denver 18 Recitation "The Murder of Lidice" by Edna St. Vincent Millay Winner
1954 Barbara Busey Denver Vocal / Dance
1953 Mary Donelan Keenesburg Dramatic Monologue from "Of Mice and Men"
1952 Chardelle Hayward Fort Collins Piano
1951 Jo London Aurora Dramatic Monologue N/A N/A The original winner, Marie Aber, resigned before competing at Miss America[4]
1950 Barbara Norrish Longmont Violin
1949 Sylvia Canaday Denver Monologue "Dinner at Eight" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1948 Virginia Smith Pueblo
1947 Joyce Haycock Pueblo Vocal "Chi-Baba"
1946 Raye Donnelly Colorado Springs
1941 Charlene Woods Denver
1940 Eileen Hoskins Denver
1938 Rosanna Bean Montrose
1927 Elva Yvette Roy Miss Denver Competed as Miss Denver at Miss America 1927 pageant

No Miss Colorado
1926 Jeanette Roland Multiple Colorado representatives
Delores Conrad Miss Denver Top 15 Multiple Colorado representatives


  1. ^ "Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson addresses her Miss America monologue on Ellen". www.ew.com. September 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "CU Boulder student crowned Miss Colorado". 9 News. June 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us". Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ Lewiston Morning Tribune, August 15, 1951

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