Miss North Dakota

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The Miss North Dakota competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of North Dakota in the Miss America pageant. The first Miss North Dakota to compete at Miss America was Kitty Page in 1949.[1] In 2017 Cara Mund became the North Dakotan to win the Miss America title, when she won the Miss America 2018 pageant.[2]

Katie Olson of Williston was crowned Miss North Dakota on June 9, 2018 at Williston High School in Williston, North Dakota.[3] 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 America: Cara Mund (2018)
  • Top 10: Donna Grotberg (1977), Tina Curran (1989), Roxana Saberi (1998)
  • Top 16: Jacky Arness (2015)


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Joan Teets (1950), Margaret Aandahl (1953), Claudia Gullickson (1960), Denise Fledderman (1967), Georgia Ann Becker (1973), Daureen Podenski (1980), Rosie Sauvageau (2013)

Other awards[edit]


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Katie Olson[4] Williston 20 Miss Fargo Dance TBD TBD
2017 Lizzie Jensen[5] Fargo 23 Miss West Fargo Vocal, "Hallelujah"
1st runner-up to at Miss North Dakota 2017,[6] assumed the title after Mund became Miss America 2018[5]
Cara Mund[3] Bismarck 23 Miss Northern Lights Jazz Dance, “The Way You Make Me Feel” Winner[2] Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up[7] Previously Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2010[3]
2016 Macy Christianson[8] Minot 20 Miss Grand Forks Contemporary Ballet
2015 Delanie Wiedrich[9] Hazen 19 Miss Grand Forks Vocal "A New Life" from Jekyll & Hyde
2014 Jacky Arness Fargo 21 Miss Peace Garden Vocal "Feeling Good" Top 16 Miss Congeniality Named Judge's Choice, securing a place in Top 16 at Miss America 2015 pageant
2013 Laura Harmon Grand Forks 23 Miss Grand Forks Vocal "O Sole Mio"
2012 Rosie Sauvageau Fargo 24 Miss Fort Abercrombie Piano / Vocal "To Make You Feel My Love" Preliminary Talent Award

Non-finalist Talent Award
2011 Ariana Walker[10] Bismarck 20 Miss State Capitol Contemporary Lyrical Dance "Defying Gravity" Previously Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2008[11] & Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2010
2010 Beth Dennison Hutchinson, Minnesota 21 Miss Grand Forks Modern Dance "All'improvviso Amore" Qualified as a student at the University of North Dakota
2009 Katie Ralston Carrington 22 Miss Red River Valley Vocal "One Hundred Easy Ways" from Wonderful Town
2008 Tessie Jones West Fargo 21 Miss Dickinson Piano Contestant at National Sweetheart 2007
2007 Ashley Young Grand Forks 20 Miss Grand Forks Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus Miss Congeniality
2006 Annette Olson Baldwin 23 Miss Peace Garden Vocal "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2005
2005 Jacqueline Johnson Fargo 20 Miss Red River Valley Cello "Julio"
2004 Ashley Ford Cavalier 21 Miss North Dakota State Potato Queen Vocal "There You Are"
2003 Sara Schelkoph Grand Forks 23 Miss Fort Abercrombie Lyrical Ballet "Somewhere"
2002 Stacey Thomas Bismarck 19 Miss Fort Abercrombie Jazz en Pointe "Sparkling Diamonds" from Moulin Rouge! Previously Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 1999
Previously Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2001
2001 Jillayne Mertens Motley, Minnesota 19 Miss North Dakota State College of Science Violin / Vocal "Look to the Rainbow" from Finian's Rainbow
2000 Carrie Haberstroh Lisbon 21 Miss Red River Valley Classical Piano "Prelude in C sharp minor"
1999 Kay Picconatto Minot 21 Miss Dakota Territory Vocal "Journey to the Past"
1998 Sonja Gedde Fargo 18 Miss Fargo Piano "Malagueña"
1997 Roxana Saberi Fargo 20 Miss Fargo Classical Piano "Prelude in G minor" Top 10 Miss America Scholar In 2009 she gained worldwide attention when she was imprisoned for 100 days for alleged espionage in Iran[12]
1996 Stephanie Hamilton Williston 18 Miss Williston Lyrical Dance "On My Knees"
1995 Kim Cooley Grand Forks 24 Miss Potato Bowl Tap Dance "Luck Be a Lady" Miss North Dakota Quality of Life Award
1994 Nicci Elkins Grand Forks 21 Miss Red River Valley Tap Dance Previously Miss North Dakota Teen USA 1991, top 6 at Miss Teen USA 1991
1993 Suzanne Spilde Casselton 24 Miss Pride of the Prairie Vocal "On a Wonderful Day Like Today" from The Sweetheart Tree
1992 Stephanie Fisher Larimore 24 Miss Watford City Vocal "Until Now"
1991 VanNessa Straub Fargo 24 Miss US Durum Piano "Warsaw Concerto"
1990 Lezlie Lund Tolna 23 Miss US Durum Vocal "Time Heals Everything" from Mack & Mabel
1989 Susan Jacobson Grand Forks 23 Miss Potato Bowl Vocal / Dance "One Night Only"
1988 Tina Curran Grand Forks 21 Miss Oil Country Ballet en Pointe "Capriccio Espagnol" Top 10
1987 Susan Campbell Grand Forks 20 Miss Grand Forks Lyrical Dance
1986 Barbara Kerzman Minot 23 Miss Ward County Semi-classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"
1985 Elizabeth Anne Jaeger Fargo 25 Miss Fargo Jazz Dance Previously Miss North Dakota USA 1983, 4th runner-up at Miss USA 1983
1984 Callie Northagen Grand Forks 21 Miss Red River Valley Piano
1983 Phyllis Hankey Park River 22 Miss Mayville State College Vocal "If You Believe" from The Wiz
1982 Jeana Wolf Rugby 21 Miss Red River Valley Tap Dance "You're a Grand Old Flag" & "Give My Regards to Broadway"
1981 Stacie Anfinson Hettinger 21 Miss Dickinson Vocal "I Only Want to Say"
1980 Karen Moe Minot 20 Miss Minot Popular Vocal
1979 Daureen Podenski Edgeley 22 Miss LaMoure County Classical Vocal "Vissi d'arte" Non-finalist Talent Award
1978 Shelia Lindeman Linton 20 Miss Valley City Popular Vocal "Woman in the Moon" from A Star Is Born
1977 Kathryn Power Beulah 22 Miss North Dakota State Potato Queen Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song"
1976 Donna Grotberg Valley City 18 Miss Valley City Piano Solo "The Cat and the Mouse" Top 10
1975 Cathy Woell Minot 19 Miss Minot Vocal "Yes"
1974 Susan Kay Myhr Bottineau 18 Miss Bottineau Vocal Medley "You're Gonna Hear From Me" & "Don't Rain on My Parade"
1973 Linda Joyce Cole Lisbon 19 Miss Valley City Classical Vocal "Winds in the South"
1972 Georgia Ann Becker Napoleon 18 Miss Kidder County Country Western Vocal "Rose Garden" Non-finalist Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1971 Lana Herreid Williston 20 Miss Williston Original Vocal Composition "From Life"
1970 Nancy Tangen Northwood 19 Miss Grand Forks Classical Vocal "Pace Pace Mio Dio" from La forza del destino
1969 Charlene Seifert Gascoyne 21 Miss Bowman Comedy Monologue "Sleeping Beauty"
1968 Virginia Hanson Bismarck 21 Miss Grand Forks Semi-classical Vocal "This Is My Country"
1967 Wanda Lou Lowry Bismarck 18 Miss Parshall Classical Vocal "Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette
1966 Denise Fledderman Inkster 20 Miss Langdon Popular Vocal Non-finalist Talent Award
1965 Onalee Olson Fargo 19 Miss Fargo Original Interpretive Dance "Charleston"
1964 Karen Kopseng Bismarck 19 Miss Grand Forks Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly Preliminary Talent Award
1963 JoAnn Syvrud Mandan Miss Dickinson Vocal Ballad & Guitar
1962 Claudia Revland Fargo 19 Miss Fargo Vocal Ballad & Guitar
1961 Diane Ulvedal Grand Forks 18 Miss Grand Forks Piano Solo "Gavotte from the Second Sonata" by Bach
1960 Carol Olson Fargo 21 Miss Fargo Dramatic Monologue "Mary Stuart"
1959 Claudia Gullickson Grand Forks 18 Classical Vocal "Carissima" Non-finalist Talent Award
1958 Helen Korfhage Grand Forks Classical Vocal "If Thou Lov'st Me"
1957 Helen Winje Minot Vocal
1956 Janet Smith Steele Drama
1955 MaryAnn Gibbs Williston Vocal
1954 Delores Paulson Bismarck Violin "Méditation"
1953 Marilyn Wentz Napoleon Vocal
1952 Margaret Aandahl Litchville Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
1951 Marilyn Walker Minot Painting Display
1950 Joan Teets Minot Comedy Monologue "Touch of Norway" Non-finalist Talent Award
1949 Kitty Page Bismarck Tap Dance & Baton Twirling


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  5. ^ a b "New Miss North Dakota named". Bismarck Tribune. September 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ Kelly, Jamie (June 11, 2017). "Cara Mund crowned Miss North Dakota 2017". Williston Herald. 
  7. ^ Morgan, Ike (September 8, 2017). "Miss Alabama Jessica Procter wins Miss America Quality of Life Award". AL.com. Retrieved September 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Miss Grand Forks becomes the new Miss North Dakota". Grand Forks Herald. June 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ Moore, Katherine (June 13, 2015). "Wiedrich wins: Miss Grand Forks to represent North Dakota at Miss America Pageant". Williston Herald. Williston, ND: Wick Communications. 
  10. ^ "And the winner is: Ariana Walker is crowned Miss ND". Williston Herald. June 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ Reporter, Kate Kliner, Staff. "Youth pageant winners take home titles and scholarships". Williston Herald. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
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