Miss District of Columbia
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 has twice won the title of Miss America:
The District of Columbia pageant, which was suspended for some years during the 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.
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age||Talent at Miss America||Placement at Miss America||Special scholarships at Miss America||Notes|
|2016||Cierra Dena'e Jackson||Columbus, Georgia||24||Gospel Vocal "Alabaster Box" by CeCe Winans||Preliminary swimsuit winner|
|2015||Haely Jardas||Fort Myers, Florida||24||Vocal "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift with a 1920s flare|
|2014||Teresa Davis||Hoschton, Georgia||23||Piano "Malagueña"||Born in South Korea|
|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||Sandy Spring, Maryland||23||Vocal "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"||Non-Finalist Interview Award||
|2010||Stephanie Williams||Atlantic City, New Jersey||23||Vocal "This Is My Now"||Fourpoints Award|
|2009||Jennifer Corey||West Islip, New York||22||Operatic Vocal "O Mio Babbino Caro"||Top 10 at Miss America 2010||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008|
|2008||Kate Grinold||Washington, D.C.||23||Contemporary Ballet Tango "Tanguera"||Top 10 at Miss America 2009|
|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. Second 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||Married in 2007 to Washington Nationals' pitcher John Patterson; First runner-up in the 2007 Miss District of Columbia USA pageant; 2nd runner-up to National Sweetheart 2004 as Miss Florida; Later Mrs. Texas America 2010 and Top 6 at Mrs. America 2011 under her married name, Shannon Patterson.|
|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"||Later 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 Finalist||Preliminary Talent Award, Quality of Life Finalist|
|1997||Sonya Gavankar||Joliet, Illinois||21||Vocal "The Power of the Dream"|
|1989||Donya Rose||Washington||22||Lyrical Jazz Ballet "Over the Rainbow"|
|1988||Patricia Morrin||Washington||23||Jazz Dance||Was awarded the title after the original pageant results, in which Edwina Richard was crowned, were overturned.One of the original judges was a faculty member of a school where two contestants were students.|
|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||Future Miss District of Columbia USA 1986|
|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 the 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|
|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"||Also competed in the 1958 Miss Dixie Pageant|
|1956||Margo Lucey||Colesville, Maryland||20||Dramatic Monologue & Vocal "Autumn Leaves"||1st runner-up||Backstroke Champion of Egypt - 1951. First female drum major, Sherwood High School Marching Band - 1954. Also crowned Mrs. Maryland 1980 and 4th Runner-up to Mrs. America 1981 (Texas).|
|1954||Linda Weisbrod||21||Classical Vocal "O Mio Fernando" from La Favorita||Semi-finalist||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1952||Iris Fitch||19||Vocal "With a Song in My Heart"||Preliminary Talent Award, voted Miss Congeniality (tie)|
|1950||Sandra Stahl||21||Classical Vocal "The Bell Song" from Lakmé||Semi-finalist||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1949||Mary Hayes||19||Classical Piano||Also was crowned 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"||Semi-finalist|
|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|
|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"||Semi-finalist||Her photo appears on the wall of the District Chophouse, 509 7th Street, NW|
|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"||Semi-finalist|
|1926||Marjorie Joesting||1st Runner-Up||3rd place Most Beautiful Girl in Evening Dress|
|1925||Abbie Eagan||Rolling Chair Parade Award|
|1922||Evelyn C. Lewis|
|Margaret Gorman||17||Returned to defend her title and competed as Miss America, the first time the title was actually used|
|1921||Margaret Gorman||16||Winner||crowned "Inter-City Beauty, Amateur," and "The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America"|
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