Miss Michigan

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Ariana Quan, Miss Michigan 2016
Ashlee Baracy, Miss Michigan 2008
Kirsten Haglund making an appearance as Miss America 2008

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

Emily Sioma of Grass Lake was crowned Miss Michigan 2018 on June 16, 2018 at Frauenthal Theatre in Muskegon, Michigan. 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 the contestant won her Miss Michigan pageant.


  • Miss Americas: Patricia Donnelly (1939), Nancy Fleming (1960), Pamela Eldred (1969), Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (1987), Kirsten Haglund (2007)
  • 1st runners-up: N/A
  • 2nd runners-up: Monnie Drake (1940), Patricia Hill (1942)
  • 3rd runners-up: Kelly Lynn Garver (1986)
  • 4th runners-up: Janice Hutton Somers (1954)
  • Top 10: Carole van Valin Chirgwin (1962), Alecia Rae Masalkoski (1985), Che'vonne Burton (2000), Stacy Essebaggers (2001), Madonna Kimberly Emond (2003), Ashlee Baracy (2008)
  • Top 12: Beverly Bennett (1944)
  • Top 15: Jane Porter (1925)*, Joyce Jean Hurd (1926)**, Charlotte Jane Lowe (1927)***, Gerry Marcoux (1941), Doris Evelyn Johnson (1948), Delores Jane Motter (1949)
  • Top 18: Barbara Strand (1933)
  • Top 23: Beth Madson (1923)*

* Competed as Miss Detroit
** Competed as Miss Lansing
*** Competed as Miss Battle Creek


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Shirley Swanson Fordham (1956), Sarah Jane Noble (1964), Esther Lynne Smith (1965), Toni Jo Abbenante Farmer (1967), Linda Susan Kish (1971), Terri Cousino Oros (1972), Bethany Wright (1979), Barbara Jean Crandall (1984), Sandra Kay Metiva (1991), Maria Malay Kamara (1994), Nicole Blaszczyk (2009), Arianna Quan (2016)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Katie Lynn LaRoche (2010)
  • Louanne Gamba Special Instrumentalist Award: Arianna Quan (2016)
  • Miss America Scholar Award: Ashlee Baracy (2008)
  • Quality of Life Award Winners: Katie Lynn LaRoche (2010), Haley Williams (2013)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Stacey Gail Heisler (1993), Ashlee Baracy (2008)
  • Quality of Life Award 2nd runners-up: Terri Sue Liford (1992), Elizabeth Wertenberger (2011)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Emily Sioma[1] Grass Lake 24 Miss Shoreline Tap Dance
2017 Heather Kendrick[2] Marysville 23 Miss Washtenaw County Violin, "Bad Romance" Appeared on America's Got Talent with electro-pop violin group, Nuclassica[3]
2016 Arianna Quan[4] Bloomfield Hills 23 Miss Wayne County Classical Piano “L’Ouette” by Glinka Balakirev Preliminary Talent Award

Non-Finalist Talent Award

Louanne Gamba Special Instrumentalist Award
2015 Emily Kieliszewski[5] Alpena 23 Miss Stateline Tap Dance "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
2014 K. T. Maviglia[6] Dundee 21 Miss Washtenaw County Dance "Be Italian" from Nine Diagnosed with Sensorineural hearing loss at 9 years old[citation needed]
2013 Haley Williams[7] Saline 20 Miss Saginaw County Baton twirling "Thunder" by Nuttin' But Stringz Quality of Life Award Previously Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen 2009
2012 Angela Christine Venditti[8] Shelby Township 25 Miss St. Clair Shores Tap Dance "Dirty Orchestra" by Black Violin
2011 Elizabeth Wertenberger[9] Dundee 22 Miss Southwest Dance "Don't Stop Believin'" Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
2010 Katie Lynn LaRoche Bay City 23 Miss Capital City Contemporary Dance "Calls Me Home" Quality of Life Award

Miss Congeniality
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
2009 Nicole Blaszczyk Novi 22 Miss Wayne County Lyrical Dance "Lifetime" Preliminary Talent Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
2008 Ashlee Baracy[10] Westland 23 Miss Wayne County Jazz Dance Top 10 Miss America Scholar

Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up
Previously Michigan's Junior Miss 2003
Top 10 and Overall Fitness Winner at America's Junior Miss 2003

1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2007
2007 Gina Valo Ann Arbor Miss West Michigan Fiddle
2nd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2006

1st runner-up at Miss Michigan 2007

Assumed the title after Haglund became Miss America 2008
Kirsten Haglund[11] Farmington Hills 19 Miss Oakland County Vocal. "Over the Rainbow" Winner[12] Preliminary Swimsuit Award Granddaughter of Miss Detroit 1944, Iora June Victor[13]
2006 Angela Corsi Farmington Hills 24 Miss Heart of Michigan Contemporary Dance en Pointe "Sway" 4th runner-up at National Sweetheart 2004

3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2005
2005 Octavia Reese Detroit 23 Miss Wayne County Cello "Fuego"
2004 Kelli Talicska Auburn 24 Miss Kalamazoo County Vocal "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003
2003 Madonna Kimberly Emond Livonia 22 Miss Great Lakes Jazz Dance "On Broadway" Top 10 3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2001

Previously National Sweetheart 2002
2002 Erin Moss Stevensville 21 Miss Southwest Michigan Flute "Riverdance"
2001 Stacy Essebaggers Whitehall 21 Miss Great Lakes Clogging "Medley from Moulin Rouge!" Top 10
2000 Che'vonne Burton Detroit 18 Miss Redford Township Vocal Medley "This Can't Be Love" & Almost Like Being in Love" Top 10 Previously Miss Michigan Teen USA 1997
1999 Audrie Chernauckas Livonia 23 Miss Redford Township Ballet en Pointe "Medley from Titanic" Appeared in a 2011 episode of House Hunters with husband and young son[citation needed]

Previously a Rockette[citation needed]

Previously worked with Siegfried and Roy[citation needed]
1998 Laura Frances Welling Livonia 23 Miss Washtenaw Gymnastic Dance "Jurassic Park"
1997 Kimberly Stec Rochester 22 Miss Washtenaw Jazz Dance "Step by Step"
1996 Jennifer Lynn Drayton Saginaw 22 Miss Great Lakes Classical Piano "Sonata Appassionata"
1995 Coni Lyn Hull Sullivan Jackson 23 Miss Redford Township Vocal "Half a Moment" from Jeeves
1994 Maria Malay Kamara Zeeland 24 Miss Heart of Michigan Classical Vocal "Sempre Libera" from La Traviata Non-finalist Talent Award
1993 Stacey Gail Heisler Livonia 23 Miss Great Lakes Violin Solo Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up
1992 Terri Sue Liford Monroe 24 Miss Monroe County Popular Vocal "Only You" Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
1991 Sandra Kay Metiva Saginaw 25 Miss Northern Michigan Vocal "Amazing Grace" Non-finalist Talent Award
1990 Victoria Lynn Fair Jackson 21 Miss Jackson County Classical Vocal "Habanera"
1989 Margaret Jan McIntyre Monroe 24 Miss Monroe County Ballet "Carmen"
1988 Krista Ann Blomgren Livonia 22 Miss Heart of Michigan Oboe
1987 Melanie Ester Churella Farmington Hills Miss Farmington
Assumed the title after Kaye Lani Rae Rafko became Miss America 1988
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Monroe 24 Miss Monroe County Hawaiian-Tahitian Dance Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1986 Kelly Lynn Garver Farmington Hills 23 Miss Farmington Fiddle Medley "Orange Blossom Special" & "New Country" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Troupe
1985 Alecia Rae Masalkoski Muskegon 23 Miss Muskegon County Karate Kata Top 10 Later Miss Indiana USA 1987
1984 Barbara Jean Crandall Lawrence 21 Miss Southwest Michigan Ventriloquism "Auctioneer's Song" Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Denise Gehman Waterford 20 Miss West Bloomfield Vocal Medley "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" & "Show Me" from My Fair Lady
1982 Kathy Pennington Jackson 25 Miss Heart of Michigan Vocal "God Bless the Child"
1981 Gwen Brown Dickerson Ishpeming 22 Miss Ishpeming Dramatic Presentation of Original Writing "Memory of Grandmother"
1980 Heidi Hepler Livonia 24 Miss Livonia Classical Vocal "Italian Street Song"
1979 Bethany Wright Saginaw 19 Miss Saginaw Vocal "The Music and the Mirror" from A Chorus Line Non-finalist Talent Award
1978 Suzanne M. Schemm Essexville 21 Miss Van Buren County Vocal / Dance "All That Jazz" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1977 Holly Schmidt Farmington Hills 18 Miss Farmington Piano Solo "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum"
1976 Diane Hansen Berrien Center 23 Miss Southwest Michigan Piano Medley "America", "Dixie", & "Yankee Doodle"
1975 Julie Beckers Allegan 18 Miss Allegan County Dance & Speech "Zarathustra"
1974 Susan Short Shain Kalamazoo 24 Miss Heart of Michigan Semi-classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"
1973 Sherry Agnello Colby St. Clair Shores 19 Miss St. Clair Shores Vocal "I'd Rather Be Blue"
1972 Terri Cousino Oros Erie 19 Miss Monroe County Vocal "How Can I Wait?" Non-finalist Talent Award
1971 Linda Susan Kish Allen Park 19 Miss Taylor Vocal "As Long as He Needs Me" Non-finalist Talent Award
1970 Ginger Ann Myers Lincoln Park 21 Miss Ann Arbor Vocal "Wicked Man"
1969 Sandra Gillespie Bograkos Hastings 20 Miss Michigan State University
Assumed the title after Pamela Eldred became Miss America 1970
Pamela Eldred[14] Birmingham 21 Miss Detroit Ballet "Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet" Winner
1968 Darlene Kurant Follett Muskegon 19 Miss Muskegon Vocal "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face"
1967 Toni Jo Abbenante Farmer East Grand Rapids 19 Miss Michigan Junior College Dramatic Reading "Then You'll Remember Me" by Grace Atkinson Non-finalist Talent Award
1966 Nancy Ackert[15] Battle Creek 19 Miss Battle Creek Vocal- a medley of tunes from "Annie Get Your Gun" Gayle Chancey of Dearborn was crowned Miss Michigan but was disqualified prior to Miss America pageant for taking a car without permission and taking a road trip without telling her family. She was replaced by Ackert who received the news while in Hoopeston, Illinois competing at National Sweetheart pageant.[citation needed]
1965 Esther Lynne Smith Portage 19 Miss Western Michigan University Classical Vocal Non-finalist Talent Award
1964 Sarah Jane Noble East Lansing 18 Miss East Lansing Free Exercise Routine Non-finalist Talent Award
1963 Kathleen McLaughlin Ishpeming 22 Miss Upper Michigan Dramatic Presentation "Western Star" by Stephen Vincent Benét
1962 Carole van Valin Chirgwin Roscommon 18 Miss Roscommon Dramatic Reading "Joe's Pal" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1961 Karen Southway Dewert Wyoming 18 Miss Wyoming Vocal "Someone to Watch Over Me"
1960 Donna Sheppard Kickert 18 Miss Dowagiac
Assumed the title after Nancy Fleming became Miss America 1961
Nancy Fleming Montague 18 Miss White Lake Presentation of Dress Design Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1959 Ann Penelope Marston Wyandotte 21 Miss Detroit Archery Demonstration Preliminary Talent Award
1958 Patience Pierce Panski Detroit Miss Detroit Drama "Meet Christobel"
1957 Valerie Strong Agresta Williamsburg Miss Williamsburg Piano "Brazil"
1956 Shirley Swanson Fordham Muskegon Miss Muskegon Monologue Non-finalist Talent Award
1955 Margaret Devereaux Howell Miss Howell Piano "Flight of the Bumblebee"
1954 Janice Hutton Somers Lansing Miss Lansing Vocal "You Made me Love You" 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award (tie) Assumed the title after pageant officials reviewed the ballots and determined there was "an unusual pattern" in the judging. The ballots were reviewed because the winner, Delores Susin, was such a surprise the audience left in protest during her crowning.[16][17]
1953 Velva I. Robbins Dowagiac Miss Dowagiac Speech "Education"
1952 Karol Dragomir Palmer Benton Harbor Miss Benton Harbor Vocal "I'll Walk Alone"
1951 Delores N. Berruezo St. Clair Shores Miss St. Clair Shores Dance
1950 Bette Lou Pittman Owosso Miss Owosso Monologue "I Like Americans"
1949 Delores J. Motter Dearborn Miss Dearborn Ceramic Exhibition & Piano Top 15
1948 Doris Evelyn Johnson Detroit Miss Detroit Vocal "Worry, Worry, Worry" Top 15 Multiple Michigan representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Linda Carroll Grand Rapids Miss Michigan Impersonations of famous people
1947 Jane Rose Foster Detroit Miss Detroit Vocal My Dream Came True" Multiple Michigan representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Peggy J. Ellsworth Reed City Miss Michigan Vocal "He's Funny That Way"
1946 Constance Liddicoat Detroit Miss Detroit Multiple Michigan representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Ruth Lenfestey New Baltimore 20 Miss Michigan
1945 Barbara Lee Smith Detroit Miss Detroit Multiple Michigan representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Therese Mary Sullivan Detroit Miss Michigan
1944 Iora June Victor Detroit Miss Detroit Vocal "Goodnight, Wherever You Are" Grandmother of Miss Michigan 2007 and Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund[13]

Multiple Michigan representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Beverly Bennett Detroit Miss Michigan Vocal "Stormy Weather" Top 12 Multiple Michigan representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1943 Ruby Jean Telfer Detroit Miss Detroit
1942 Patricia Hill Detroit Miss Detroit Comedic Recitation 2nd runner-up
1941 Gerry Marcoux Detroit Miss Detroit Top 15
1940 Monnie Drake Detroit Miss Detroit Vocal "Bill" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent award
1939 Patricia Donnelly Detroit 18 Miss Detroit Vocal / Bass Fiddle "To You" & "Ol' Man Mose" Winner
1938 Marjorie Jackson Detroit Miss Detroit No Miss Michigan

Competed as Miss Detroit at Miss America pageant
No Michigan representative at Miss America pageant
1936 June Ursula Forbes Flint Miss Flint No Miss Michigan

Competed as Miss Flint at Miss America pageant
No Michigan representative at Miss America pageant
No pageant was held
1933 Barbara Strand Top 18
No pageants were held
Loraine Budge McVey was crowned Miss Michigan, but no Miss America pageant was held
No pageants were held
1927 Charlotte Jane Lowe Miss Battle Creek Top 15 Multiple Michigan representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Ruth Bushroe Miss Flint
Florence Nina Clement Miss Kalamazoo
Margherite Straus Miss Lansing
Margaret Tinney Miss Pontiac
Charlotte Elaine Bowman Miss Saginaw
1926 Gertrude Fisher Miss Battle Creek Multiple Michigan representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Ruth Mae Fowler Miss Detroit
Joyce Jean Hurd Miss Lansing Top 15
1925 Jane Porter Miss Detroit Top 15 Multiple Michigan representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Margherita Strang Miss Lansing
No Michigan representative at Miss America pageant
1923 Beth Madson Miss Detroit Top 23 No Miss Michigan

Competed as Miss Detroit at Miss America pageant
No Michigan representative at Miss America pageant


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