Miss Kansas

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

Hannah Klaassen of Arkansas City was crowned Miss Kansas 2018 on June 9, 2018 at Dennis Lesh Sports Arena in Pratt, Kansas. 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.


  • Miss Americas: Deborah Irene Bryant (1966), Debra Dene Barnes (1968), Tara Dawn Holland (1997)
  • 1st runners-up: N/A
  • 2nd runners-up: Michelle Elaine Whitson (1980)
  • 3rd runners-up: Vera June Ralston (1948), Mary Ann McGrew (1957) (tie), Pamela McKelvy (1993)
  • 4th runners-up: N/A
  • Top 10: Sandy Rings (1972), Cynthia Sikes (1973), Lori Ann Bergen (1979), Robbin Lee Wasson (1992), Trisha Schaffer (1995), Amy Keller (1996), Megan Bushell (2005), Theresa Vail (2014)
  • Top 15: Shirley Hargiss (1949)
  • Top 16: Lucia Benton (1937)

Awards at Miss America[edit]

Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Sharon O'Neal (1960), Karen Raye Schwartz (1964), Karen Dianne Smith (1975), Jill Dirks (1978), Laura Lynn Watters (1984), Kimberly Dugger (1991), Angelea Busby (2004)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: N/A
  • America's Choice: Theresa Vail (2014)
  • Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Miracle Maker Award 2nd runners-up: Kendall Schoenekase (2017)
  • Eleanor "Big Mama" Andrews Performing Arts Award: Kimberlee Grice (2002)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Tara Dawn Holland (1997), Kendall Schoenekase (2017)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Megan Bushell (2005), Adrienne Rosel (2006), Krystian Fish (2018)
  • STEM Scholarship Award: Kendall Schoenekase (2017)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Hannah Klaassen[1] Arkansas City 19 Miss South Central Tap Dance, "The Greatest Show on Earth" from The Greatest Showman TBD TBD
2017 Krystian Fish[2] Wichita 21 Miss Heart of the Midwest Vocal, "They Just Keep Moving the Line" from Smash Quality of Life Award Finalist[3] Lifestyle & Fitness Preliminary winner and Quality of Life Award Winner, Evening Gown Winner, Won Debbie Bryant Stage Presence Award at Miss Kansas 2017 pageant[citation needed] Quality of Life Finalist, 6th place in CMNH Fundraising at 2018 Miss America Competition.
2016 Kendall Schoenekase[4] Overland Park 22 Miss Johnson County Vocal - "Ain't No Sunshine" CMN Miracle Maker Award 2nd runner-up[4]

Quality of Life Award 1st Runner-up[4]

STEM Scholarship Winner[4]
Won Lifestyle and Fitness and Evening Gown Preliminary Awards, Won Miss America Organization State Academic Award, Won CMNH State Miracle Maker Award, Won Debbie Bryant Best Stage Presence Award, and named Quality of Life and Salute Pages Award finalist at the Miss Kansas 2016 state pageant.
2015 Hannah Wagner Wichita 19 Miss Augusta Ballet en Pointe "Swan Lake"
2014 Amanda Sasek Moberly, MO 23 Miss Greater Wichita Vocal "I Don't Know My Own Strength"
2013 Theresa Vail Manhattan 22 Miss Leavenworth County Vocal "Nessun Dorma" Top 10 America's Choice First Miss America contestant to display tattoos in the swimsuit competition[5][6]
2012 Sloane Lewis Norwich 22 Miss Wooded Hills Self-arranged Piano Medley "River Storm" Won preliminary swimsuit award, interview award, evening gown award, outstanding instrumentalist at state pageant[citation needed]
2011 Carissa Kelley[7] Winfield 24 Miss Wooded Hills Dance "Rolling in the Deep" Previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 2004
2010 Lauren Werhan Wichita 20 Miss Southwest Ballet en Pointe "Asturias" Won preliminary talent and interview award at state pageant[citation needed]
2009 Becki Ronen Buhler 20 Miss Flint Hills Classical Trumpet Solo "Stars in a Velvety Sky"
2008 Emily Deaver Augusta 19 Miss Augusta Piano / Vocal "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" Won all 3 preliminary competitions during Miss Kansas competition[citation needed]
2007 Alyssa George Minneapolis 22 Miss Sedgwick County Classical Piano Solo
2006 Michelle Walthers Towanda 21 Miss Augusta Vocal "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress
2005 Adrienne Rosel Liberal 23 Miss Wichita Theatrical Vocal / Dance "America" from West Side Story Quality of Life Award Finalist (Top 7) Won the Lifestyle & Fitness Award as well as the Top Interview Score.
2004 Megan Bushell Wichita 22 Miss Wheat Capital Vocal "When You Say You Love Me" Top 10 Quality of Life Award Finalist
2003 Angelea Busby Lenexa 21 Miss Cheney Lake Interpretive Baton Twirling / Dance "Theme from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" Non-finalist Talent Award
2002 Jeanne Anne Schroeder Hutchinson 24 Miss Chisholm Trail Classical Vocal "Time To Say Goodbye"
2001 Kimberlee Grice Ulysses 23 Miss Kaw Valley Vocal "At Last" Eleanor "Big Mama" Andrews Performing Arts Award
2000 Amy Lea Shaw Derby 22 Miss Arkansas Valley Classical Piano "Prelude, Op. 23, No. 5"
1999 Leah Darby Derby 21 Miss Derby Vocal "I Dreamed a Dream"
1998 Jennifer Vannatta Leawood 24 Miss Greater Kansas City Vocal "Le Jazz Hot" from Victor/Victoria 3rd runner-up at Miss Oktoberfest 1999

As of 2010 was the co-director of the Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma state pageants for the Miss USA organization[8]
1997 Lesley Moss Hoxie 24 Miss Greater Kansas City Vocal "You'll Have to Swing It"
1996 Jennifer Parks Wichita Miss Arkansas Valley N/A N/A 3rd Runner-up at Miss Kansas 1996

Assumed title when Tara Dawn Holland became Miss America 1997 and other runners-up declined the title
Tara Dawn Holland Overland Park 23 Miss Flint Hills Classical Vocal "Où Va la Jeune Hindoue" from Lakmé Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up
Previously crowned National Sweetheart 1995 as Miss Florida
1995 Amy Keller Great Bend 24 Miss Heartland Classical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1994 Trisha Schaffer Liberal 22 Miss Southwest Popular Vocal "Orange Colored Sky" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Previously Kansas' Junior Miss 1990
1993 Lori Minnix Lawrence 24 Miss KU/Lawrence Classical Piano "Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor"
1992 Pamela McKelvy Kansas City 24 Miss Greater Kansas City Popular Vocal "I Am Changing" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1991 Robbin Lee Wasson Lenexa 21 Miss Greater Kansas City Vocal Medley "How Long Has This Been Going On?" & "It's a Miracle" Top 10
1990 Kimberly Dugger Wichita 22 Miss Wichita Semi-classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It" Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Jennifer Lyn Hedrick Derby 22 Miss Fort Scott Flute Solo "Carman Fantasy" Bizet Borne
1988 Candice Cae Pyle Dodge City 20 Miss Dodge City Vocal "Blue Moon"
1987 Sherri Lee Mayer Brewster 26 Miss Harvey County Dramatic Interpretation "Clear Glass Marbles" from Talking With...
1986 Heather Lynn Clark Benton 23 Miss Wichita Vocal & Sign Language "I'll Never Say Goodbye"
1985 Carolyn Jo Kirgis Salina/Beloit 25 Miss Blue Stem Vocal "Our Love Is Here to Stay"
1984 Nancy Lee Cobb Wichita 20 Miss Lawrence Piano / Vocal "I Love New Orleans Music"
1983 Laura Lynn Watters[9] Colby 22 Miss Troia-Thomas County Trumpet Medley "Sugar Blues" & "Wood Chopper's Ball" Non-finalist Talent Award
1982 Lisa Marie Berwick Valley Center 21 Miss Wheatland Vocal "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
1981 Dawn Holmstrom Wichita 20 Miss Wichita Vocal Medley "My Man" & "Happy Days Are Here Again"
1980 K. Leann Folsom Wichita 21 Miss Center City Piano / Vocal "Kiss Me In the Rain"
1979 Michelle Elaine Whitson Mission 21 Miss Topeka Harp Solo "Never on Sunday" 2nd runner-up
1978 Lori Ann Bergen Salina 20 Miss Salina Violin Solo "Csárdás" & "Orange Blossom Special" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Founding Dean of College of Media, Communication and Information at University of Colorado Boulder[10]
1977 Jill Dirks Wichita 22 Miss Wichita Vocal "Open Your Heart" Non-finalist Talent Award
1976 Linda Hall Hill City 21 Miss Frontier Piano Solo "Theme from The Apartment" Wife of former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle[citation needed]
1975 Jana Lynn Salmans[11] Hanston 20 Miss Dodge City Vocal "Follow Me"
1974 Karen Dianne Smith Shawnee 18 Miss Shawnee Jazz / Acrobatic Dance "The Entertainer" Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1973 Jane Schulte Hays 21 Miss Fort Hays State College Vocal Medley "Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" & "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
1972 Cynthia Sikes Coffeyville 18 Miss Wichita Vocal "Fame" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Starred as Dr. Annie Canavero on St. Elsewhere[citation needed]

Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1971 Sandy Rings Topeka 20 Miss Topeka Vocal / Ventriloquism "Toyland" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1970 Linda Susan Edds Manhattan 21 Miss Manhattan Popular Vocal "The Windmills of Your Mind"
1969 Margo Sue Schroeder Hillsboro 18 Miss Marion County Fair Piano Solo "Sunny"
1968 Jane Kathryn Bair Parsons 18 Miss Kansas State College of Pittsburg Ballet Interpretation "My Friend the Sea"
1967 Kandee Kae Kline Tribune Miss Garden City N/A N/A Assumed title when Debra Dene Barnes became Miss America 1968
Debra Dene Barnes Moran 20 Miss Kansas State College of Pittsburg Piano Solo "Born Free" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1966 Betty Louise Fox Emporia 20 Miss Emporia Popular Vocal Medley "A Foggy Day" & "The Girl from Ipanema"
1965 Mimi Frink Lawrence Miss Eudora N/A N/A Assumed title when Deborah Irene Bryant became Miss America 1966
Deborah Irene Bryant Overland Park 19 Miss Overland Park Dramatic Interpretation "The Miserable Miserliness of Midas Moneybags" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award Previously a semi-finalist (1961) and contestant (1962) at Miss Teenage America

Previously a semi-finalist at Miss World USA 1963
1964 Catherine Bergstrom Kansas City 21 Miss Lawrence N/A N/A 1st Runner-up at Miss Kansas 1964

Assumed title after Sharon Margene Savage was killed in an auto accident
Sharon Margene Savage Florence 20 Miss Marion County Fair Vocal "Johnny One Note" & "Ritorna Vincitor" from Aida During her reign she was killed in an auto accident near Peabody, Kansas[citation needed]
1963 Karen Raye Schwartz Pratt 20 Miss Wichita Classical Vocal "Voi la Sapete" from Cavalleria rusticana Non-finalist Talent Award Featured performer at Miss America 1964 telecast
1962 Beverly June Wood Prairie Village 18 Miss Kansas City Charleston Dance
1961 Carolyn Jane Parkinson Scott City 20 Miss Lawrence Musical Reading "Hello Kansas"
1960 Gayla Leigh Shoemake El Dorado 19 Miss El Dorado Original Dramatic Interpretation "Rude Awakening"
1959 Sharon O'Neal Kansas City 18 Miss Kansas City Dramatic Interpretation Non-finalist Talent Award
1958 Sharon Whitacre Mission 18 Miss Kansas City Accordion Solo "3rd Movement of Concerto in A" by Pietro Deiro
1957 Georgiana Rundle Axtell 21 Miss Kansas State Vocal "Habanera" & "Getting to Know You"
1956 Mary Ann McGrew Wellington 19 Miss Lawrence Dramatic Reading "Understanding Others" 3rd runner-up (tie)
1955 Gail White Arkansas City Piano
1954 Phyllis Danielson Wichita Vocal
1953 Joann Milnar Hutchinson Water Ballet
1952 Kay Ann Goforth McPherson Vocal / Dance
No Kansas representative at Miss America pageant
1950 Anabel Baker Wichita Drama "Lady Macbeth"
1949 Shirley Hargiss Topeka Vocal "Cecilia On a See-Saw" Top 15
1948 Vera June Ralston Wichita 18 Miss Wichita Oratory 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Better known as film and television actress Vera Miles, whose career spanned 45 years, from 1950 to 1995[citation needed]
1947 Ruth Ellen Richmond Fort Scott Miss Pittsburg Vocal "My Wonderful One"
1946 Joyce Blakemore Liberal
No Kansas representative at Miss America pageant
1944 Grace Louise Pittman Wichita
No Kansas representative at Miss America pageant
1939 Rosemary Winslow Salina
1938 Blanche Webb Humboldt
1937 Lucia Benton Norton Top 16
No Kansas representative at Miss America pageant
No pageant was held
1933 Pauline Sayre 23
No pageants were held
1927 Mildred Orr Miss Wichita No Miss Kansas

Competed as Miss Wichita at Miss America pageant
1926 Ruth Richardson Miss Wichita No Miss Kansas

Competed as Miss Wichita at Miss America pageant
1925 Wildeana Withers Miss Wichita No Miss Kansas

Competed as Miss Wichita at Miss America pageant
1924 Donna Frye Miss Wichita No Miss Kansas

Competed as Miss Wichita at Miss America pageant
No Kansas representative at Miss America pageant


  1. ^ Rose, Gale (June 9, 2018). "Hannah Klaassen of Arkansas City is Miss Kansas 2018". Pratt Tribune. 
  2. ^ "Krystian Fish is Miss Kansas 2017". Pratt Tribune. June 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ Frazier, Terry Cowart (August 31, 2017). "Miss Mississippi's platform recognized at Miss America pageant". The Vicksburg Post. 
  4. ^ a b c d "The 2017 Academy of Honor, Quality of Life, STEM, & Women in Business Scholarship Recipients Honored On Stage". Miss America Organization. September 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ Tattooed Kan. Guard sergeant is Miss America contestant
  6. ^ Miss Kansas Bares Her Tattoos
  7. ^ "Pageant newcomer earns Miss Kansas title". Pratt Tribune. June 11, 2011. Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on June 4, 2010. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Colby Woman Crowned Miss Kansas, will compete for Miss America Title". Salina Journal. July 17, 1983. 
  10. ^ http://www.colorado.edu/cmci/people/meet-dean
  11. ^ "Hanston Lass Wins Pageant". Hutchinson News. July 13, 1975. 

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