Miss Iowa

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Iowa USA.

The Miss Iowa scholarship program's mission is to provide scholarship awards within a competitive system designed to enhance educational and career opportunities for young women. While encouraging young women to serve as positive role models through service and personal development, the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program provides exposure to experiences that personal confidence, showcase talents, and serve the community.

The Miss Iowa competition is the official preliminary for the state of Iowa in the Miss America pageant. No contestant from Iowa has ever won the national Miss America title although two Miss Iowas have been named first runner-up. Cheryl Browne, Miss Iowa 1970, competed in the Miss America 1971 pageant[1] as the first African American contestant.

Contestants at the local and state levels of the Miss Iowa program use the scholarship money they earn to help pay for college and graduate school. In addition to scholarships granted to local and state winners, the Miss Iowa program awards scholarships for outstanding interview skills, talent, and other special awards.

The Miss Iowa pageant is a three-day program held in the Quad-Cities every June.

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Kelly Koch Waukee 20 Miss Polk County Dance Top 10
2015 Taylor Wiebers Clinton 21 Miss Clinton County Vocal "Don't Forget Me" from Smash Top 12 Preliminary Talent Winner

Preliminary Swimsuit Winner
2014 Alysa Lou Olson[2] Des Moines 21 Miss Scott County Vocal "How Could I Ever Know" from The Secret Garden Top 12 Previously Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen 2010[3]
2013 Nicole Kelly Keokuk 23 Miss Metro Vocal "Brave" The first contestant born without her left forearm.[4]
2012 Mariah Cary Burlington 20 Miss Muscatine Tap Dance "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)" 4th Runner Up at Miss America 2013
2011 Jessica Pray[5] Johnston 18 Miss Muscatine Vocal "You Raise Me Up" Top 10
2010 Pauli Mayfield Davenport 24 Miss Scott County Vocal "I Know Where I've Been" from Hairspray Ric Ferentz Non-Finalist Interview Award
2009 Anne Langguth Iowa City 22 Miss Johnson County Violin Solo "Zigeunerweisen" Non-Finalist Talent Award & Quality of Life Finalist Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2008; Formerly Iowa's Junior Miss 2005, Top 10 at America's Junior Miss 2005
2008 Olivia Myers[6] Sperry 22 Miss Burlington Tap Dance "Fever" 2nd Runner Up at Miss America 2009
2007 Diana Reed Norwalk 23 Miss Capital City Baton "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray Top 10 at Miss America 2008 Preliminary Talent Former Golden Girl for the University of Iowa, Formerly Iowa's Junior Miss 2002
2006 Emily Nicholas Clear Lake 21 Miss Cedar River Vocal "Over the Rainbow" Sister of Miss Iowa 2004
2005 Kay Pauszek Bettendorf 23 Miss Muscatine Irish Step Dance "Tipping Wheel"
2004 Carolyn Nicholas Clear Lake 22 Miss Cedar River Flute Solo "The Heebie Jeebies" Non-finalist Talent Sister of Miss Iowa 2006
2003 Nicole White Eldridge 22 Miss Scott County Vocal "If I Had My Way"
2002 Stephanie Moore Okoboji 22 Miss Golden Circle Vocal "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera Iowa's Junior Miss 1998
2001 Erin Smith Bettendorf 20 Miss Mississippi Valley Fair Piano Solo "Khachaturian's Toccata" Miss America Scholar Iowa's Junior Miss 1999
2000 Theresa Uchytil Urbandale 24 Miss Johnson County Baton "The Cup of Life" Quality of Life 1st runner-up
1999 Jennifer Caudle Davenport 21 Miss Scott County Cello "Sabre Dance" Non-finalist Talent
1998 Lisa Dondlinger Des Moines 24 Miss Capital City Violin Solo "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo Non-finalist Talent
1997 Sheri Riley Clear Lake 19 Miss Cedar Valley Gospel Vocal "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
1996 Natasha Courter Davenport 23 Miss Mississippi Valley Fair Tap Dance "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
1995 Jennifer Curry Muscatine 21 Miss Johnson County Vocal "The Last Man In My Life" from Song and Dance
1994 Tammy Truitt Davenport 21 Miss Scott County Dramatic Vocal "I Still Believe" from Miss Saigon
1993 Nancy Van Meter Burlington 24 Miss Burlington Vocal "Stand by Your Man" 2nd runner-up Quality of Life
1992 Catherine Lemkau Muscatine 24 Miss Mississippi Valley Fair Vocal "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent, Preliminary Swimsuit (tie)
1991 Lisa Somodi Muscatine 23 Miss Muscatine County Classical Piano "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent
1990 Kerri Rosenberg Burlington 26 Miss Mississippi Valley Fair Classical Vocal "Ah, Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette Top 10 at Miss America 1991
1989 Jayna Sanchez Davenport 24 Miss Cedar-Johnson County Dance / Twirl "Another Cha-Cha" by Santa Esmeralda Non-finalist Talent
1988 Tiffany DiBernardo Bettendorf 19 Miss Scott County Vocal "I Go To Rio"
1987 Robin Wolfram Davenport 24 Miss Scott County Popular Vocal "Only He"
1986 Darcy Benton Delmar 19 Miss Clinton County Vocal "Someone to Watch Over Me" Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Show Troupe
1985 Sherri Bowman Council Bluffs 24 Miss Griswold Piano Solo
1984 Debra Deitering Missouri Valley 23 Miss Southwest Iowa Vocal "This Is My Life"
1983 Karri Nussle Des Moines 19 Miss Polk County Vocal "Minute Waltz"
1982 Linda Simon DeWitt 23 Miss Clinton County Baton Twirling Non-finalist Talent Former Golden Girl for the University of Iowa
1981 Darla Blocker Davenport 19 Miss Scott County Vocal "But the World Goes Round"
1980 Jane Patton Council Bluffs 24 Miss Nishna Valley Semi-Classical Vocal "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"
1979 Lori Froeling Keokuk 20 Miss Keokuk Flute Solo "Carnival of Venice" Top 10
1978 Mary England Davenport 20 Miss Davenport Piano Solo "Spellbound"
1977 Debra Scheller Fort Dodge 23 Miss Ringsted Popular Vocal "Country Girl"
1976 Ronda Frogley Davenport 20 Miss Davenport Popular Vocal "Tomorrow"
1975 Debbie Weuve State Center 20 Miss Marshalltown Vocal "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret
1974 Jean Bollhoefer Haverhill 25 Miss Marshalltown Popular Vocal "Starting Here, Starting Now" Non-finalist Talent
1973 Lynette Henninger Bettendorf 19 Miss Davenport Ballet "Color My World" & "Make No Sound" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1972 Renee Stuedemann Clinton 23 Miss DeWitt Baton Twirling "Can-Can" Top 10
1971 Judith Stephens Clarinda 21 Miss Clarinda Piano "Rhapsody In Blue"
1970 Cheryl Browne Decorah 20 Miss Decorah Ballet "Deep Purple" Non-finalist Talent First African American contestant to compete at the Miss America pageant, toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1969 Lois Koth Alta 20 Miss Storm Lake Pipe Organ Solo "Toccata" by Charles-Marie Widor Non-finalist Talent
1968 Susan Thompson Des Moines 21 Miss Des Moines Piano Solo "Warsaw Concerto" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit
1967 Lynda Jeanne Formanek[7] Belle Plaine 23 Miss Newton Character Portrayal of "Alice In Wonderland" Top 10 Died from injuries in an auto accident in March 1969
1966 Pamela Ericson Sioux City 19 Miss Sioux City Semi-Classical Vocal, "Love Is Where You Find It" from The Kissing Bandit
1965 Marie Mushro Sioux City 19 Miss Sioux City Ballet en Pointe, "The Dying Swan" Miss Congeniality, Non-finalist Talent Featured performer in the 1966 Miss America telecast
1964 Carol Johnson Ames 21 Miss Ames Folk Singing & Guitar
1963 Carolyn Yochum Davenport Miss Davenport Piano Solo, "Etude in D Flat Major" Non-finalist Talent
1962 Joleen Wolf Des Moines 19 Miss Des Moines Interpretive Ballet "Autumn Concerto" Non-finalist Talent Featured performer in the 1963 Miss America Pageant telecast
1961 Patti Whalen Clinton 18 Miss Clinton-DeWitt Vocal Medley "I Feel Pretty" & "Tonight" from West Side Story
1960 Sally Neville Davenport 18 Miss Davenport Dramatic Reading "Mother On a Moment's Notice"
1959 Jacquelyn Baker Grinnell 20 Modern Interpretive Dance
1958 Joanne MacDonald Ames Dramatic Recitation "The White Cliffs of Dover" 1st runner-up
1957 Carol Fleck Oskaloosa Dance
1956 Martha Barsness Decorah Vocal, "Ah, Fors'e Lui" from La Traviata Non-finalist Talent
1955 Kay Taylor Iowa City Tap Dance, "French Maids' Dreaming of Marriage"
1954 Carol Morris Ottumwa Violin Solo Later Miss Iowa USA 1956, Miss USA 1956, Miss Universe 1956
1953 Constance Verhoef Sheldon Vocal
1952 Carolyn Hill Cedar Falls Vocal, "You're My Everything"
1951 Jane Nancy Norman Shenandoah Vocal, "Romance" from The Desert Song
1950 Mary Lines Clarinda Piano / Marimba "Stardust"
1949 Barbara Juel Council Bluffs Classical Vocal, "Strie la Vampa" from Il trovatore
1947 Ruth Anderson Oelwein Attended Cornell College Married in 1949 to Gordon Erickson Vocal "You Made Me Love You" Resides currently in Solvang, California
1946 Jacquline Means Des Moines Acrobatic Dance
1945 Jeanne Gordon Des Moines
1941 Lorene Snoddy Des Moines
1936 Carol Bailey Waterloo
1935 Connie Rosefeld Des Moines *competed in Miss America as Miss Des Moines
1933 Eleanor Dankenbring Manning 20 Disqualified for not living in Iowa
1927 Geneva Roberts Storm Lake
1925 No Miss Iowa Dorothy Nordyke competed as Miss Sioux City in the Miss America pageant
1924 No Miss Iowa Alta Sterling competed as Miss Sioux City in the Miss America Pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ Photographs by Paul Cauley, 1971 Door Gunner, A Co 101st Avn
  2. ^ Geyer, Thomas (June 14, 2014). "Miss Scott County crowned Miss Iowa". Quad-City Times. Davenport, IA: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ Geyer, Thomas (June 12, 2010). "Davenport woman wins Miss Iowa crown". Quad-City Times. Davenport, IA: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved June 23, 2015. Iowa also has a new Outstanding Teen. Aly Olson, 17, of Des Moines, who is Miss Capital City’s Outstanding Teen, was crowned Friday during competition at the Adler Theatre. 
  4. ^ Miss America contestant born without forearm: 'I'm just like you'
  5. ^ "Miss Muscatine wins Iowa crown". Quad-City Times. June 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Miss Burlington becomes Miss Iowa 2008". WQAD. 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Miss Iowa of '67 Dies in Crash". Waterloo Daily Courier. March 17, 1969. 

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