Miss District of Columbia

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Bindhu Pamarthi, Miss District of Columbia 2013
Stephanie Williams , Miss District of Columbia 2010
Jennifer Corey, Miss District of Columbia 2009
Kate Grinold, Miss District of Columbia 2008
Kate Michael, Miss District of Columbia 2006
Margo Lucey Miss District of Columbia, 1956
Dorothy Parker, Miss District of Columbia 1938
Helen Sweeney, Miss District of Columbia 1924, performing poolside
Margaret Gorman, Miss America 1921/Miss District of Columbia 1921 (1st Miss America)

The Miss District of Columbia competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the District of Columbia in the Miss America pageant.

The District of Columbia pageant, which was suspended for some years during the 1960s and 1990s, is unusual in that many winners come from outside the district. Women are eligible to compete for the title if they attend school, work, or are ordinarily a resident in the District, and many students who have won the title come from out-of-state.[citation needed]

Results Summary[edit]

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


  • Miss Americas: Margaret Gorman (1921), Venus Ramey (1944)
  • 1st runners-up: Margaret Gorman (1922), Marjorie Joesting (1926), Margo Lucey (1957), Rosanne Tueller (1964)
  • 2nd runners-up: Jean Cavanaugh (1941)
  • 3rd runners-up: Ruth Rea (1961), Marshawn Evans (2002)
  • 4th runners-up: Dixie Rafter (1943)
  • Semi-finalists: Rita Burns (1933), Helen Clum (1935), Dorothy Parker (1938), Dorothy Powell (1945), Sandra Stahl (1951), Linda Weisbrod (1955), Nicole Messina (1999), Shannon Schambeau (2006), Kate Grinold (2009), Jennifer Corey (2010)


Preliminary Awards[edit]

  • Preliminary Swimsuit: Dixie Rafter (1943), Venus Ramey (1944), Ruth Rea (1961), Rosanne Tueller (1964), Shannon Schambeau (2006), Cierra Jackson (2017)
  • Preliminary Talent: Catherine Howe (1940), Venus Ramey (1944), Sandra Stahl (1951), Iris Fitch (1953), Linda Weisbrod (1955), Virginia Pailes (1960) (tie), Rosanne Tueller (1964), Nicole Messina (1999), Marshawn Evans (2002)
  • Preliminary Interview: Marshawn Evans (2002)

Non-finalist Awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Scarlett Shinault (1962), Toyia Taylor (2000), Shayna Rudd (2008)
  • Non-finalist Interview: Ashley Boalch (2012)


  • Miss Congeniality: Iris Fitch (1953) (tie)
  • Quality of Life Finalist: Nicole Messina (1999), Therese Lizardo (2005)
  • Four Points Award: Stephanie Williams (2011)


Year Name Hometown Age Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Cierra Jackson[1] Columbus, Georgia 24 Gospel Vocal "Alabaster Box" by CeCe Winans Preliminary Swimsuit Award
2015 Haely Jardas Fort Myers, Florida 24 Vocal "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift
2014 Teresa Davis[2] Hoschton, Georgia 23 Piano "Malagueña" Born in South Korea[citation needed]
2013 Bindhu Pamarthi Washington, D.C. 23 Bollywood Dance "Stereo Love"
2012 Allyn Rose Newburg, Maryland 24 Artistic Roller Skating "Beat It" Previously Miss Maryland USA 2011
Top 8 at Miss USA 2011

Miss U.S. Supranational 2014
3rd Runner-up at Miss Supranational 2014
2011 Ashley Boalch[3][4] Sandy Spring, Maryland 23 Vocal "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" Non-Finalist Interview Award Appears on Real Housewives of Potomac
2010 Stephanie Williams Atlantic City, New Jersey 23 Vocal "This Is My Now" Four Points Award
2009 Jennifer Corey West Islip, New York 22 Operatic Vocal "O Mio Babbino Caro" Top 10 Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008
2008 Kate Grinold Washington, D.C. 23 Contemporary Ballet Tango "Tanguera" Top 10
2007 Shayna Rudd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 22 Jazz Dance "Feeling Good" Non-finalist Talent Award
2006 Kate Michael Lilburn, Georgia 24 Jazz Dance "Fever" Named "The Most Beautiful Person on Capitol Hill" in July, 2005 by The Hill[citation needed]

2nd runner-up in 2008 Miss District of Columbia USA pageant
2005 Shannon Schambeau San Antonio, Florida 25 Tap Dance "My Strongest Suit" from Aida 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award 2nd runner-up to National Sweetheart 2004 as Miss Florida

1st runner-up in the 2007 Miss District of Columbia USA pageant

Mrs. Texas America 2010
Top 6 at Mrs. America 2011 under married name, Shannon Patterson[5][6]
2004 Therese Lizardo Watchung, New Jersey 24 Hawaiian/Tahitian Dance "Tahitian Drums" Quality of Life Award Finalist
2003 Lisa Ferris Portland, Oregon 21 Vocal "Gimme, Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie
2002 Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Atlanta, Georgia 23 Gymnastics "Around the World" Miss District of Columbia USA 2005
2001 Marshawn Evans Arlington, Virginia 22 Rhythmic Dance Twirl "I Will Survive" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award

Preliminary Interview Award
Contestant on The Apprentice 4
2000 Rashida Jolley Washington 20 Harp "I Got Rhythm" & "Fascinating Rhythm"
1999 Toyia Taylor Washington 24 Public Address "Wake Up" Non-finalist Talent Award
1998 Nicole Messina Waterford, New Jersey 23 Tap Dance "Sing, Sing, Sing" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award

Quality of Life Finalist
1997 Sonya Gavankar Joliet, Illinois 21 Vocal "The Power of the Dream"
No District of Columbia representative at Miss America pageant
1989 Donya Rose Washington 22 Lyrical Jazz Ballet "Over the Rainbow"
1988 Patricia Morrin Washington 23 Jazz Dance Crowned after the original pageant results, in which Edwina Richard was crowned, were overturned. A judge was a faculty member where two contestants were students.[7]
1987 Cheryl Chapman Arlington, Virginia 21 Vocal "Come Rain or Come Shine"
1986 Karen Watson Arlington, Virginia 25 Classical Ballet en Pointe
1985 Cherie Ward Adelphi, Maryland 22 Original Drama
1984 Desiree Keating Silver Spring, Maryland 22 Interpretive Dance Miss District of Columbia USA 1986
No District of Columbia representative at Miss America pageant
1963 Rosanne Tueller McLean, Virginia Vocal in English and French & Jazz Dance "I Love Paris" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
Featured Performer on 1964 Miss America Pageant telecast
1962 Ann Verner Arlington, Virginia 19 Vocal & Guitar "Country Boy"
1961 Scarlett Shinault Silver Spring, Maryland 20 Vocal "I Cain't Say No" Non-finalist Talent Award
1960 Ruth Rea Chevy Chase, Maryland 18 Vocal "A Little Brains, A Little Talent" from Damn Yankees 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1959 Virginia Pailes Hyattsville, Maryland 21 Vocal "It All Depends on You" Preliminary Talent Award (tie)
1958 Lee Berkow Washington 21 Vocal "Come Rain or Come Shine" Competed in the 1959 Miss Dixie Pageant
1957 June Cook Arlington, Virginia 20 Piano "Rhapsody in Blue" Competed in the 1958 Miss Dixie Pageant
1956 Margo Lucey Colesville, Maryland 20 Dramatic Monologue & Vocal "Autumn Leaves" 1st runner-up Mrs. Maryland 1980

4th runner-up at Mrs. America 1981 pageant
1955 Judith Dunkle 19 Vocal
1954 Linda Weisbrod 21 Classical Vocal "O Mio Fernando" from La Favorita Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1953 Helen Smith[8] 19 Dance
1952 Iris Fitch 19 Vocal "With a Song in My Heart" Preliminary Talent Award

Miss Congeniality (tie)
1951 June Klein 21 Vocal
1950 Sandra Stahl 21 Classical Vocal "The Bell Song" from Lakmé Top 16 Preliminary Talent Award
1949 Mary Hayes 19 Classical Piano Miss Dixie in 1951
1948 Joann Miller 23 Vocal, "An Old, Old Castle in Scotland"
1947 Margaret Wilson 19 Dance, "Mexican Hat Dance"
1946 Jeanne Carlson 19 Vocal, "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly"
1945 Dorothy Powell 21 Drama "Saint Joan" Top 13
1944 Venus Ramey 19 Vocal in English and Spanish & Dance "Take It Easy" Winner Preliminary Talent Award

Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1943 Dixie Rafter 18 Vocal / Dance "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" from Thank Your Lucky Stars 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1942 Marilyn Makin 18 Vocal
1941 Jean Cavanaugh 18 Soft Shoe Dance, "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" 2nd runner-up
1940 Catherine Howe 22 Dance "The Yam" Preliminary Talent Award
1939 Evelyn Foster 19 Ballet en Pointe
1938 Dorothy Parker Vocal & Tap Dance "How'd You Like to Love Me" Top 15 Her photo appears on the wall of the District Chophouse[citation needed]
1937 Helen Greene 24 Blues Vocal & Piano
1936 Shirley Schwartz First Jewish titleholder
1935 Helen Clum 18 Vocal & Dance, "Every Day I'll Fall In Love With You" Top 12
No pageant was held
1933 Rita Burns 19 Top 18
No pageants were held
1927 Gladys Cookman
1926 Marjorie Joesting 1st runner-up
1925 Abbie Eagan
1924 Helen Sweeney
1923 Lorraine Bunch
1922 Evelyn C. Lewis Competed as Miss Washington D.C.
Margaret Gorman 17 1st runner-up Returned to defend title

Competed as Miss America
1921 Margaret Gorman 16 Winner Inter-City Beauty - Amateur

Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America


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