The Miss Louisiana competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Louisiana in the Miss America pageant. Although no delegate from Louisiana has ever won the Miss America title, four have placed 1st runner-up.
The pageant is held the last week of June at the W. L. Jack Howard Theatre, named for the late Mayor W. L. "Jack" Howard and located in downtown Monroe adjacent to the Civic Center. The 2013 pageant is the fiftieth to have been held in Monroe.
The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.
- Miss America: N/A
- 1st runners-up: Patricia Brant (1988), Erika Schwarz (1997), Faith Jenkins (2001), Jennifer Dupont (2005)
- 2nd runners-up: Holli' Conway (2019)
- 3rd runners-up: Marguerite McClelland (1946), Debbie Ward (1974), Katherine Putnam (2010), April Nelson (2016)
- 4th runners-up: Libby Lovejoy (1975), Linnea Fayard (1991)
- Top 7: Laryssa Bonacquisti (2018)
- Top 10: Barbara Barker (1953), Lynda Ferguson (1966), Genevieve Del Gallo (1968), Debby Robert (1973), Phyllis Kelly (1979), Valerie Brosset (1989), Christi Page (1992), Mette Boving (1998), Hope Anderson (2012)
- Top 15: Louise Moore (1924), Justine Ker (2017)
- Top 16: Gertrude Rissie Miller (1937)
- Top 18: Marjorie Hagler (1933)
- Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness: Valerie Brosset (1989), Stacy King (1990), Christi Page (1992), Faith Jenkins (2001), Jennifer Dupont (2005), Laryssa Bonacquisti (2018)
- Preliminary Talent: Debby Robert (1973), Debbie Ward (1974), Patricia Brant (1988), Julie Lawrence (2000), Faith Jenkins (2001), April Nelson (2016), Laryssa Bonacquisti (2018), Holli' Conway (2019)
- Non-finalist Talent: Bobbie Chachere (1957), Cherie Martin (1965), Myrrah McCully (1980), Bobbie Candler (1983), Miriam Gauthier (1984), Amanda Mainord (1987), Stacy King (1990), Karmyn Tyler (1996), Julie Lawrence (2000), Jaden Leach (2014)
- Non-finalist Interview: Lacey Sanchez (2015)
- Miss Congeniality: N/A
- Miss America Scholar Award: Julie Lawrence (2000)
- Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Miracle Maker Award: Katherine Putnam (2010), Hope Anderson (2012)
- CMN Miracle Maker Award 2nd runners-up: Lacey Sanchez (2015)
- Quality of Life Award Winners: Faith Jenkins (2001)
- Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Heather Dupree (1999)
- Quality of Life Award 2nd runners-up: Erika Schwarz (1997)
- Declared as winner
- Ended as a runner-up
- Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
|Year||Name||Hometown||Education||Age||Local Title||Miss America Talent||Placement at Miss America||Special scholarships at Miss America||Notes|
|2019||Meagan Crews||Bossier City||LSU Shreveport||22||Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival||Vocal||TBD||TBD||Previously Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2014|
|2018||Holli' Conway||Monroe||Northwestern State University||23||Miss Heart of Pilot||Vocal, "I Believe"||2nd runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award|
|2017||Laryssa Bonacquisti||Monroe||LSU||22||Miss Shreveport||Ventriloquism, "I Wanna Be a Cowboy Sweetheart"||Top 7||Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award
Preliminary Talent Award
|Daughter of Miss New Jersey 1990, Lynette Falls Bonacquisti|
|2016||Justine Ker||Ruston||Vanderbilt University||22||Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival||Classical Piano||Top 15||Cousin of Miss California 2013 and 1st runner-up at Miss America 2014, Crystal Lee|
Previously Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2011
|2015||April Nelson||Mandeville||OCU||23||Miss Crescent City New Orleans||Vocal, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from The Sound of Music||3rd runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award||Previously Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2008|
|2014||Lacey Sanchez||Baton Rouge||LSU / Southeastern Louisiana University||24||Miss Lafayette||Vocal, "Not for the Life of Me" from Thoroughly Modern Millie||CMN Miracle Maker 2nd runner-up
Non-finalist Interview Award
|2013||Jaden Leach||West Monroe||ULM||20||Miss Spirit of the Ouachita||Vocal, "I Can't Let Go" from Smash||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|2012||Lauren Vizza||Shreveport||Louisiana Tech||22||Miss Louisiana Tech||Dance, "The Time of My Life" by David Cook||Later Miss Louisiana USA 2018|
|2011||Hope Anderson||Monroe||ULM / Louisiana Tech||22||Miss Spirit of Ruston||Dance, "Sway"||Top 10||CMN Miracle Maker Award||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009 pageant|
|2010||Kelsi Crain||Monroe||ULM||20||Miss ULM||Ballet en Pointe, "Victory"|
|2009||Katherine Putnam||Oak Grove||ULM||23||Miss Shreveport||Piano, "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah||3rd runner-up||CMN Miracle Maker Award|
|2008||Blair Abene||Hammond||Southeastern Louisiana||22||Miss Lincoln Parish||Classical Vocal, "Nessun dorma"||Previously Miss Teen Louisiana 2002|
Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2006 pageant
|2007||Amanda Joseph||Pineville||LSU / ULM||21||Miss Bossier City||Ballet en Pointe, "Canned Heat"|
|2006||Jamie Wilson||Minden||Louisiana Tech / LSU Law||23||Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival||Vocal, "Like We Never Loved at All"||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2005 pageant|
|2005||Molly Causey||Ruston||Louisiana Tech / LSU||22||Miss Shreveport||Piano, "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" by Franz Liszt||Previously Miss Teen Louisiana 1999|
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2004 pageant
|2004||Jennifer Dupont||Plaquemine||LSU||23||Miss Ouachita Parish||Jazz Dance, "The Life of the Party" from The Wild Party||1st runner-up||Preliminary Swimsuit Award||Triple Crown Winner|
|2003||Melissa Clark||Ruston||Louisiana Tech||23||Miss Louisiana Tech||Vocal, "The Prayer"||Previously Miss Teen Louisiana 1998|
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2000 pageant
Previously National Sweetheart 2001
|2002||Casey Crowder||Shreveport||Northwestern State||23||Miss Ark-La-Miss Fair||Vocal Medley, "This Can't Be Love" & "Almost Like Being in Love"||Previously Miss Teen Louisiana 1995|
|2001||Kati Guyton||Bossier City||Ouachita Baptist / LSU Shreveport||23||Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival||Vocal, "Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime||Previously Miss Teen Louisiana 1996|
|2000||Faith Jenkins||Shreveport||Louisiana Tech / Southern Law||24||Miss Louisiana Lagniappe||Vocal, "If I Could"||1st runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award
Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Quality of Life Award
|1999||Julie Lawrence||Destrehan||New Orleans||22||Miss Louisiana Stock Show||Ballet en Pointe, "I, Don Quixote" from Man of La Mancha||Miss America Scholar
Non-finalist Talent Award
Preliminary Talent Award
|Contestant at National Sweetheart 1998 pageant|
|1998||Heather Dupree||Baton Rouge||LSU||21||Miss Louisiana Lagniappe||Ventriloquism, "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)"||Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up||Previously Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1993|
|1997||Mette Boving||Ruston||Louisiana Tech||24||Miss Holiday in Dixie||Popular Vocal, "How Do I Live"||Top 10||Later Mrs. Colorado 2015|
|1996||Erika Schwarz||Folsom||Loyola||24||Miss St. Tammany Parrish||Original Piano Composition, "New Orleans Rhapsody"||1st runner-up||Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up||Judge for the Miss America 2006 pageant|
|1995||Karmyn Tyler||Shreveport||Centenary / Texarkana College / TAMU–Texarkana||20||Miss City of Roses||Classical Vocal, "Tu che di gel sei cinta"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1994||Tiffany Mock||Bossier City||Northeast Louisiana||23||Miss Shreveport||Vocal, "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"|
|1993||Catherine Teague||Shreveport||Louisiana Tech||20||Miss Natchitoches City of Lights||Vocal, "Listen To My Heart"|
|1992||Elizabeth Haynes||Baton Rouge||Louisiana Tech / LSU||24||Miss Caddo Lake||Piano Medley, "El Cumbanchero" & "Cumana"|
|1991||Christi Page||Ruston||Louisiana Tech||21||Miss Caney Lake||Piano / Vocal, "Great Balls of Fire"||Top 10||Preliminary Swimsuit Award|
|1990||Linnea Fayard||Shreveport||LSU Shreveport / Louisiana Tech||22||Miss Louisiana Super Derby Festival||Vocal, "Stormy Weather"||4th runner-up|
|1989||Stacy King||Slidell||Louisiana Tech||23||Miss Louisiana Deep South||Banjo Medley, "Dueling Banjos" & "Ghost Riders"||Non-finalist Talent Award
Preliminary Swimsuit Award
|1988||Valerie Brosset||West Monroe||Northeast Louisiana||21||Miss Louisiana Stockshow||Contemporary Ballet, "Singin' in the Rain"||Top 10||Preliminary Swimsuit Award|
|1987||Patricia Brant||Monroe||Northeast Louisiana||23||Miss Red River Valley||Ventriloquism, "Arizona Yodeler" & "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"||1st runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1986||Amanda Mainord||Baton Rouge||LSU||20||Miss Louisiana State University||Vocal, "When You Wish upon a Star"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1985||Carol Carter||Shreveport||LSU Shreveport||20||Miss Louisiana State University-Shreveport||Vocal, "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin||Later Miss Louisiana USA 1987|
|1984||Nita Whitaker||Northeast Louisiana||24||Miss Louisiana Forest Festival||Popular Vocal, "Over the Rainbow"||First African American to win Miss Louisiana|
|1983||Miriam Gauthier||19||Miss Bossier City||Piano, "Toccata" by Antonio Tauriello||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1982||Bobbie Candler||Baton Rouge||LSU||25||Miss Baton Rouge||Semi-classical Vocal, "With a Song in My Heart"||Non-finalist Talent Award||Previously National Sweetheart 1979|
|1981||Donese Worden||Monroe||Northeast Louisiana||22||Miss Northeast Louisiana University||Violin, "Millionaire's Hoe-Down"|
|1980||Martha "Missy" Crews||Baton Rouge||LSU||22||Miss Baton Rouge||Ballet en Pointe, "Jet Song" from West Side Story|
|1979||Myrrah McCully||Monroe||24||Miss North Louisiana Paperland||Piano, " Piano Concerto in D-flat major" by Aram Khachaturian||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1978||Phyllis Kelly||Baton Rouge||Southeastern Louisiana||20||Miss Southeastern Louisiana University||Classical Vocal, "Italian Street Song" from Naughty Marietta||Top 10|
|1977||Donna Holt||Tioga||Louisiana College||21||Miss Plain Dealing Dogwood||Semi-classical Vocal, "My Tribute"|
|1976||Candy Sue Crocker||Hammond||Southeastern Louisiana / Northeast Louisiana||22||Miss Plain Dealing Dogwood||Vocal / Tap Dance, "Swanee"|
|1975||Becky Wilson||Bossier City||Louisiana Tech||23||Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival||Vocal, "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin|
|1974||Libby Lovejoy||Sulphur||SMU||21||Miss Lake Charles||Classical Ballet en Pointe, "The Grenadiers"||4th runner-up|
|1973||Debbie Ward||Baton Rouge||LSU||Miss Delhi||Vocal Medley, "A Heart That's Free", "I Enjoy Being a Girl", & "I Could Have Danced All Night"||3rd runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award||Featured performer and co-host of the Miss America 1974–1977 pageants|
|1972||Debby Robert||Baton Rouge||LSU||21||Miss Baton Rouge||Classical Vocal, "The Art of Beguiling"||Top 10||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1971||Avis Cochran||Shreveport||SHSU / University of Houston–Victoria||19||Miss Shreveport||Acrobatic Dance, Theme from Exodus|
|1970||Carol Almand||Haynesville||18||Miss Homer||Vocal, "The Wedding"|
|1969||Sharon Branaman||New Iberia||USL||19||Miss Lafayette||Classical Vocal, "Olympia's Aria" from The Tales of Hoffmann|
|1968||Susanne Saunders||Shreveport||Northeast Louisiana||18||Miss Northeast Louisiana State College||Popular Vocal, "I Can See It"|
|1967||Genevieve Del Gallo||New Orleans||Loyola||21||Miss New Orleans||Classical Vocal, "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly||Top 10|
|1966||Joy Woods||New Orleans||Northeast Louisiana||20||Miss Northeast Louisiana State College||Oboe / Dance|
|1965||Lynda Ferguson||Shreveport||Centenary||20||Miss Shreveport||Semi-classical Vocal, "Italian Street Song" from Naughty Marietta||Top 10|
|1964||Cherie Martin||Pineville||Northeast Louisiana||19||Miss Rapides Parrish||Toreador Dance & Baton Twirling||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1963||Linda Gail Baucum||Springhill||18||Miss Springhill||Modern Jazz/South American Rock-Umba Dance||Contestant at Miss Teenage America 1962|
Was originally named first runner-up at Miss Louisiana 1963 pageant
Assumed title when original winner, Cathey, resigned
|Judith Ann Cathey||West Monroe||20||Resigned moments after being crowned as she was to marry her fiancé in August 1963|
|1962||Diana Jane Smith||Oak Ridge||Northeast Louisiana||21||Miss Bastrop||Organ Medley "Lady of Spain" & "Sabre Dance"|
|1961||Lyndra Frances Pate||Shreveport||Centenary||20||Miss Bastrop||Vocal, "The House I Live In"|
|1960||Judith Ann Coday||Baton Rouge||LSU||20||Miss Baton Rouge||Vocal|
|1959||Mary Mills Hawkins||Lake Providence||22||Miss Baton Rouge||Piano|
|1958||Alberta Louise Futch||Hammond||Southeastern Louisiana||Miss Tangipahoa Parish||Fire Baton Twirling|
|1957||Beverly Leigh Norman||Shreveport||St. Mary's College||Miss Caddo Parish||Vocal,"My Own True Love"|
|1956||Bobbie Chachere||Baton Rouge||LSU||Miss Baton Rouge||Dance||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1955||Jan Aline Johnston||Ruston||Louisiana Tech||Miss Ruston||Drama|
|1954||Gail Gleason||Shreveport||Miss Louisiana Tech||Piano & Art|
|1953||Sonya Lee LeBlanc||Baton Rouge||LSU||Miss Baton Rouge||Dance|
|1952||Barbara Barker||Monroe||Miss Monroe||Drama, "The Fog"||Top 10|
|1951||Jeanne Thompson||Baton Rouge||Dance||Later Miss Louisiana USA 1952 and 1953|
Only woman ever to compete in Miss USA pageant twice
|1949||Annie Hollingsworth||Baton Rouge|
|1947||Ruth Mary Blust||New Orleans||Vocal, "This Song Is You"|
|1946||Marguerite McClelland||Baton Rouge||Miss Baton Rouge||Classical Vocal, "Frühlingsstimmen"||3rd runner-up||Multiple Louisiana representatives|
Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
|Joyce Josephine Frink||New Orleans||Miss New Orleans|
|1945||Helene Shively||Competed under local title at Miss America pageant|
|1943||Shirley Catherine Lange|
|1941||Helen Yvonne Englert|
|1939||Frances Helen Anello|
|1938||Irene Blush Schomberger||Vocal / Trumpet / Dance|
|1937||Gertrude Rissie Miller||Winnsboro||Top 16|
|1936||Doris Huet||New Orleans||Miss New Orleans||Competed under local title at Miss America pageant|
|1933||Marjorie Hagler||17||Top 18|
|1927||Gladys Renya Moore||New Orleans||Miss New Orleans||Competed under local title at Miss America pageant|
|1926||Edna du Vernay|
|1924||Louise Moore||New Orleans||Miss New Orleans||Top 15||Competed under local title at Miss America pageant|
|1922||Maud Allison Price||New Orleans||Miss New Orleans||Competed under local title at Miss America pageant|
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