Miss Delaware

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Miss Delaware
Type Beauty pageant
Miss America
Website Official website
Jamie Ginn, Miss Delaware 2006

The Miss Delaware competition is the pageant that selects the representative of Delaware in the Miss America pageant. The event takes place annually in the month of June and has previously been held in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware at Convention Hall, and in the state capital of Dover, Delaware at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Miss Delaware serves as the official hostess to the state of Delaware. In 2017, the pageant was held at Cape Henlopen HS Theater in Lewes, Delaware.

Former Miss Delaware titleholders have gone on to lead accomplished lives. Many have entered into careers such as politics, law, education, entertainment, and medicine.[citation needed]

The Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization provides several thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to its many contestants.

Joanna Wicks of Wilmington was crowned Miss Delaware on June 16, 2018. 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.



Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Robin Jane Whemper (1962), Elaine Campanelli (1976), Sandra Louise Aiken (1978), Lisa Marie Munzert (1991), Jennifer Lin Kaczmarczyk (1994), Alison White (1998), Rebecca Bledsoe (2006), Maria Cahill (2012), Rebecca Jackson (2014), Brooke Mitchell (2016)
  • Non-finalist Interview: Alyssa Murray (2013)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Paula Kusmer (1972)
  • George Cavalier Talent Award: Anne Marie Jarka (1988)
  • Bernie Wayne Scholarship for the Performing Arts: Junnie Cross (2001)
  • Bert Parks Talent Award: Michelle Harris (1996), Junnie Cross (2001)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Kayla Martell (2011), Brittany Lewis (2015)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Junnie Cross (2001), Linda Kurtz (2005)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Joanna Wicks[1] Wilmington 24 Miss Wilmington Speed Painting, "Confident"
2017 Chelsea Bruce[2] Manasquan, NJ[3] 21 Miss Newark Contemporary Dance Eligible as a student at the University of Delaware[2]
2016 Amanda Debus[4][5] Middletown 23 Miss First State Contemporary Ballet Previously Miss Delaware's Outstanding Teen 2008[5]
Previously Miss Delaware Teen USA 2011[6]
2015 Brooke Mitchell[7] Selbyville 19 Miss Milford Tap Dance and Baton Twirling to "Uptown Funk" Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014[citation needed]
2014 Brittany Lewis Brigantine, NJ 23 Miss Wilmington Jazz Dance Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up 1st runner-up at Miss Delaware 2014 pageant, assumed title when Amanda Longacre was dethroned[8]
Amanda Longacre Bear 24 Miss Pike Creek Vocal
Dethroned due to her not meeting the Miss America age limitations[8]
2013 Rebecca Jackson Kennett Square, PA 21 Miss Dover Vocal, "Think of Me" from The Phantom of the Opera Non-finalist Talent Award
2012 Alyssa Murray Selbyville 20 Miss Costal Bay Jazz Dance "River Deep – Mountain High" Non-finalist Interview Award
2011 Maria Cahill[9] Newark 20 Miss Rehoboth Beach Irish Dance "Lord of the Dance" Non-finalist Talent Award
2010 Kayla Martell Milford 21 Miss Kent County Contemporary Ballet en Pointe "The Way You Make Me Feel" Top 10 Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up Voted into the Top 15 as a "People's Choice" by public voting[citation needed]
First contestant with alopecia areata to compete in Miss America[citation needed]
2009 Heather Lehman Magnolia 20 Miss Diamond State Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
2008 Galen Giaccone[10] Wyoming 20 Miss Diamond State Piano "El Cumbanchero" by Rafael Hernández Marín Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award
2007 Brittany Dempsey Dover 20 Miss Capital Jazz Dance "Rhythm of the Night"
2006 Jamie Ginn Wilmington 25 Miss Brandywine Dance "Dancin' Fool" from Copacabana 4th runner-up at National Sweetheart 2005 as Miss New Jersey[citation needed]
2005 Rebecca Bledsoe Middletown 23 Miss Central Delaware Classical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville Non-finalist Talent Award
2004 Linda Kurtz Dover 21 Miss Dover Ballet "Man of La Mancha" Quality of Life Award Finalist Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003[citation needed]
Anchor and Reporter for ABC affiliate, WMDT-Salisbury, Maryland[citation needed]
2003 Erin Elizabeth Williams Lincoln 20 Miss Eastern Shore Classical Vocal "Time to Say Goodbye"
2002 Shoha Parekh Newark 24 Miss Greenville Bharatnatyam Style Dance Appeared in the movie Annapolis[citation needed]
2001 Erin Cooper Camden & Wyoming 22 Miss Hockessin Lyrical Ballet "Book of Days"
2000 Junnie Cross Dover 22 Miss Hockessin Vocal "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera Bert Parks Talent Award

Bernie Wayne Scholarship for the Performing Arts Award

Preliminary Talent Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
1999 Kama Boland Hockessin 22 Miss Diamond State Piano "Jerry Lee Lewis Medley"
1998 Jody Kelly Dover 22 Miss Hockessin Flute medley to "Shenandoah" and "Dueling Banjos"
1997 Alison White Millsboro 18 Miss Millsboro Classical Vocal "Poor Wand'ring One" from The Pirates of Penzance Non-finalist Talent Award
1996 Aimee Michelle Voshell Felton 18 Miss Dover Ballet en Pointe "Return to Innocence"
1995 Michelle Harris Newark 24 Miss Brandywine Vocal "I Will Always Love You" Bert Parks Talent Award
1994 Letitia Lee Pusey Millsboro 23 Miss Sussex County Lyrical Tap Dance
1993 Jennifer Lin Kaczmarczyk Hockessin 20 Miss Brandywine Popular Vocal "This is the Moment" Non-finalist Talent Award
1992 Kathleen Ann Slavin Dagsboro 25 Miss Sussex County Vocal "My Man"
1991 Beth Ann Jones Wilmington 22 Miss Brandywine Vocal Medley
1990 Lisa Marie Munzert New Castle 20 Miss Brandywine Dance / Twirling "They're Playing Our Song" Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Robin Lee Coutant Millsboro 21 Miss University Vocal "Think of Me"
1988 Laura Kathleen Ludwig Lewes 21 Miss Sussex County Popular Vocal "Happy Days Are Here Again"
1987 Anne Marie Jarka Newark 21 Miss University Vocal / Piano "Almost Over You" Orchestrated for Ms. Jarka by Marvin Hamlisch George Cavalier Talent Award
1986 Lori Ann Scott Wilmington 23 Miss Wilmington Popular Vocal "Love Is Spreading All Over"
1985 Lisa Anne Patrick Newark 24 Miss Newark Character Ballet en Pointe
1984 Nancy Lynn Ball Rehoboth Beach 24 Miss Cape Henlopen Jazz Ballet en Pointe
1983 Tammy Renee Copeland Newark 21 Miss Greater Wilmington Vocal "Cry Me a River"
1982 Nancy Ellen Farley Elsmere 21 Miss New Castle Comedy Monologue "Report of the Nominating Committee"
1981 Jodi Meade Graham Wilmington 19 Miss Brandywine College Vocal "Can You Read My Mind" Grandniece of Miss America 1924, Ruth Malcomson[citation needed]
1980 Andra Lee Dickerson Newark 21 Miss Newark Piano / Vocal
1979 Ann Lorraine Harrington Milford 22 Miss Milford Magic Act
1978 Janice Anne Albro Claymont 25 Miss Brandywine Hundred Piano Solo "The Entertainer" & "Maple Leaf Rag" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1977 Sandra Louise Aiken Seaford 21 Miss Seaford Classical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'" Non-finalist Talent Award
1976 Debora Rica Lipford Newark 21 Miss Newark Dramatic Interpretation of a Popular Song "It Was a Good Time" from Ryan's Daughter Top 10 First African-American contestant to make Top 10 at Miss America[citation needed]
1975 Elaine Campanelli Ocean View 20 Miss Ocean View Fire Baton Routine Non-finalist Talent Award
1974 Kathleen Attanasi Rehoboth Beach 22 Miss Rehoboth Beach Harp Medley "Harmonious Blacksmith" & "Close To You"
1973 Jackie LaGuardia Milford 19 Miss Sussex West Vocal "Irma La Douce"
1972 Catherine Lawton[11] Clayton 20 Miss University Motors Banjo Medley "Banjo Memories" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1971 Paula Kusmer Wilmington 19 Miss Goldey-Beacom College Dramatic Reading "The Diary of Anne Frank" Miss Congeniality
1970 Linda Sue Hitchens Seaford 20 Miss Nylon Capital Vocal / Dance "Give My Regards to Broadway"
1969 Margo Ewing Wilmington 19 Miss Talleyville Vocal Interpretation "My Mother's Wedding Day" Served as a Delaware State Senator[citation needed]
1968 Gayle Freeman Wilmington 19 Miss Brandywine College Vocal & Guitar "Times They Are a-Changin'"
1967 Susan Alice Levens Dover 18 Miss Wesley College Vocal "Who Will Buy" from Oliver!
1966 Mary Lee Mancini Wilmington 19 Miss Greater Wilmington Ballet / Sketch (dance/monologue)
1965 Kathleen Grandall Wilmington 18 Miss Brandywine Multi-Lingual Monologue with Native Songs & Dances
1964 Anita Gail Euban Wilmington 20 Miss Brandywine Popular Vocal & Dance
1963 Diane Beverly Isaacs Greenwood Miss Greenwood Piano & Popular Vocal Was married to former congressman, governor, and current Senator of Delaware, Tom Carper[citation needed]
1962 Alice Jane Watts Lewes 19 Miss Harrington Pantomime of Record "Seventeen"
1961 Robin Jane Whemper Wilmington 18 Miss Newark Vocal & Dance "That's What Makes Paris Paree" from April in Paris Non-finalist Talent Award
1960 Deborah Dunkenfield Benoit Wilmington 21 Composite Expression of Special Training
1959 Ester Olney Newark 18 Vocal
1958 Nancy M. Williams Wilmington Dance "Gone With the Wind"
1957 Kathleen Ann D'Attillio Wilmington Piano
1956 Janice Olson Newark
1955 Joanne Sakowski Wilmington Vocal
1954 Barbara Woodall Claymont Piano
1953 Lois Anne Alava Wilmington Piano "Concerto in A Minor" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1952 Helen Blackwell Wilmington Classical Vocal
1951 Suzanne Parrott Dover Piano
1950 Lorna Edwardson Dover Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madame Butterfly
No Delaware representative at Miss America pageant
1944 Jacquelyn Vasseur Wilmington
1943 Mona Crawford Wilmington
1942 Dorothy McGovern Wilmington
1941 Verona Smith[12] Bridgeville
1940 Peggy Insolo Wilmington Piano Top 15
No Delaware representative at Miss America pageant
1937 Nickey Harriet Harrington
1936 Lillian Shamers Wilmington
No Delaware representative at Miss America pageant
No pageant was held
1933 Victoria A. George Wilmington 18
No pageants were held
No Delaware representative at Miss America pageant
1923 Ruth Agnes Brady Miss Wilmington No Miss Delaware
1922 Adele Senft Miss Wilmington No Miss Delaware
No Delaware representative at Miss America pageant

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Vaccaro, Shleby (June 17, 2018). "Miss Wilmington gets promotion to Miss Delaware on a platform of domestic violence awareness". WDEL News. 
  2. ^ a b "Miss Newark named Miss Delaware 2017". Delaware State News. June 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Miss Delaware pageant to be held June 16 at Cape High in Lewes". Cape Gazette. June 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Amanda Debus Is Miss Delaware 2016". Delaware Today. 
  5. ^ a b Bittle, Matt (June 12, 2016). "Middletown's Debus 'in such disbelief' after Miss Delaware win". Delaware State News. 
  6. ^ "Amanda Debus Visits Section 36!". Section 36. March 16, 2017. 
  7. ^ Howard, Arshon (June 13, 2015). "Brooke Mitchell crowned Miss Delaware 2015". Delaware State News. Dover, DE: Independent Newsmedia. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Dethroned Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre Files $3 Million Lawsuit". ABC News. 2014-07-17. 
  9. ^ "Maria Cahill crowned Miss Delaware". Beaumont Enterprise. June 12, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Associated Press. "U of D student crowned Miss Delaware". WDel. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  11. ^ "Beauty Strums Way to Crown". The News Journal. June 26, 1972. 
  12. ^ "Miss Delaware to Give Atlantic City Beauties Run for U. S. Honors". Wilmington, Delaware: The Morning News. September 4, 1941.