Miss Ohio

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Miss Ohio
Miss Ohio Logo.png
TypeScholarship pageant
Miss America
Key people
Steven C. Oliveri
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program selects the representative for the U.S. state of Ohio to compete for the title of Miss America. The pageant is held annually, during the "Miss Ohio Festival" week, at the historic 1,600 seat Renaissance Theatre (originally named the Ohio Theatre) in Mansfield.

Ohio representatives have won the Miss America pageant six times, joining California, and Oklahoma as the only states with six crowns. New York has the most winners with seven. Ohio is the only state to have a contestant who won the Miss America title twice:

* When city representatives were common at the national pageant, Mary Katherine Campbell competed in Miss America Pageants as "Miss Columbus, Ohio".

The Miss Ohio pageant played a significant role in the saving of the Ohio Theatre and its renovation into the Renaissance Theatre. Mansfield originally hosted the Miss Ohio Pageant at the old Ohio Theatre from 1959 through 1962. After Jacquelyn Mayer, Miss Ohio 1962, was crowned Miss America 1963, the Miss Ohio pageant was relocated to the Ballroom Pavilion at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky. In 1975, the pageant returned to Mansfield, first to Malabar High School Auditorium from 1975 through 1978, then to the Madison Theatre in 1979. In 1980, it was decided to televise the pageant. Because of inadequate stage depth and backstage space at the Madison Theatre, then pageant producer Denny Keller and pageant set designer Paul Gilger persuaded the Miss Ohio Board of Directors to move the pageant back to Mansfield's Ohio Theatre, reopening the facility and sprucing it up for the pageant's first televised broadcast. The pageant's return to the old Ohio Theatre was the initial event that eventually led to the total renovation of the theatre and its reincarnation into the Renaissance Theatre, the history of which can be read here. The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program has been held at the Renaissance Theatre since 1980, now for 40 years.

Elizabetta Nies of Cincinnati was crowned on June 18, 2022 at Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2023 in December 2022.

Results summary[edit]

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss Ohio titleholders at the national Miss America pageants/competitions. The year in parentheses indicates the year of the national competition during which a placement and/or award was garnered, not the year attached to the contestant's state title.



Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Karen Sparka (1973), Cheryl Yourkvitch (1974), Lorrie Kapsta (1975), Janice Cooley (1977), Juliana Zilba (1982), Sarah Ann Evans (1989), Robyn Hancock (1997), Amanda Beagle (2005)

Other awards[edit]


  •   Declared as winner
  •   Ended as a runner-up
  •   Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2022 Elizabetta Nies Cincinnati 18 Miss Maple City Piano, "Étude Op. 10, No. 10" TBA TBA Daughter of Miss Illinois 1992 and Miss Illinois USA 1994, Kathleen Farrell

Niece of Miss Florida 1985 and Miss Florida USA 1988, Monica Farrell and of Miss New York 1984, Mary-Ann Farrell

2021 Lora Current[1] Rosewood 20 Miss South Central Ohio Tap Dance
2019–20 Caroline Grace Williams[2] Cincinnati 24 Miss Montgomery County Classical Vocal
2018 Matti-Lynn Chrisman[3] Cambridge 22 Miss Maple City Musical Theater Vocal, "Life of the Party" from Wild Party
2017 Sarah Clapper[4] Louisville 22 Miss Clayland Piano, "White Water Chopsticks" Charles & Theresa Brown Scholarship[citation needed]

Women in Business Scholarship Award[5]
2016 Alice Magoto[6][7] Cincinnati 18 Miss Portsmouth Vocal, "Astonishing" from Little Women Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award Later Miss Ohio USA 2019[8]
Top 10 at Miss USA 2019 pageant
2015 Sarah Hider[9] Wooster 24 Miss Maple City Jazz Vocal, "Almost Like Being in Love" Previously Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2008[10]
2014 Mackenzie Bart[11] Columbus 22 Miss Montgomery County Ventriloquism, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins Top 10 Charles & Theresa Brown Scholarship[12]

Preliminary Talent Award[13]

STEM Scholarship Award[13]
Winner of Funny or Die Presents: America's Next Weatherman
2013 Heather Wells[14] Warren 23 Miss Montgomery County Dance, "Alabaster Box"
2012 Elissa McCracken Ada[15] 20 Miss West Central Ohio Piano, "Cumana"
2011 Ellen Bryan Celina 22 Miss Clayland Vocal, "On My Way" from Violet Quality of Life Award Finalist
2010 Becky Minger Sylvania 22 Miss All-American City Vocal, "A House Is Not a Home" Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2008 and 2009 pageants

3rd runner-up in Miss Ohio USA 2012 pageant[16]

4th runner-up in Miss Ohio USA 2013 pageant[16]
2009 Erica Gelhaus St. Henry 21 Miss Clayland Classical Vocal, "So Anch'io la Virtu Magica" from Don Pasquale Previously National Sweetheart 2007
2008 Karissa Martin Woodsfield 20 Vocal, "The Girl in 14-G"
2007 Roberta Camp Grove City 23 Miss Maple City Vocal, "Blessed"
2006 Melanie Murphy Brook Park 20 Miss Miami Valley Dance, "Pump It" Later Mrs. Ohio America 2011 under married name, Melanie Miller
2005 Marlia Fontaine Massillon 23 Miss Lake Erie Vocal, "The Impossible Dream"
2004 Amanda Beagle Warren 24 Classical Vocal, "Quando me'n vo'" Non-finalist Talent Award Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2003 pageant
2003 Janelle Couts Akron 22 Miss Medina Vocal, "When I Look at You" from The Scarlet Pimpernel
2002 Tiffany Haas Cincinnati 20 Miss Heart of it All Classical Vocal, "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up Later starred as Glinda in Broadway and national touring productions of Wicked[17]
2001 Natalie Witwer Dublin 19 Miss Ashland Piano, "America the Beautiful"
2000 Stephanie Meisberger Hopewell 23 Miss North Coast Vocal, "You Do Something to Me" Contestant at National Sweetheart 1999 pageant
1999 Tiffany Baumann Cleveland 22 Miss Greater Cleveland Vocal, "But the World Goes Round" by Kander and Ebb Niece of Miss Ohio 1969, Kathrine Baumann
1998 Cheya Watkins Cincinnati 21 Miss Southeastern Ohio Gospel Vocal, "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" Later Miss Ohio USA 2000
1997 Kelly Creager Hamler 19 Miss Conneaut Vocal, "Remember Me This Way" from Casper
1996 Robyn Hancock Grand Rapids 21 Miss Crestline Classical Ballet en Pointe, "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker Non-finalist Talent Award
1995 Ellen Pasturzak Portsmouth 23 Miss Portsmouth Vocal, "As if We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard
1994 Lea Mack Pickerington 21 Miss Pickerington-America Vocal, "Think of Me" Top 10 Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up Previously Ohio's Junior Miss 1991
1993 Titilayo Adedokun Cincinnati 20 Miss Americana Classical Vocal, "The Jewel Song" from Faust 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1992 Robin Michelle Meade New London 23 Miss Mansfield Vocal, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" Top 10 Lead news anchor for HLN morning show, Morning Express with Robin Meade, since 2011[citation needed]
1991 Renee Autherson Newark 21 Miss Central Ohio Vocal / Tap Dance, "Fabulous Feet" from The Tap Dance Kid
1990 Kristi Cooke Marion 22 Miss Willard Vocal, "Nothing" from A Chorus Line
1989 Kristin Huffman Canal Winchester 24 Miss Pickerington-America Classical Vocal, "Csárdás" from Die Fledermaus 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1988 Sarah Ann Evans Van Wert 23 Miss Pickerington-America Vocal, "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera Non-finalist Talent Award
1987 Susan Kay Johnson Columbus 22 Miss Canton Vocal, "Believe"
1986 Mary Zilba Toledo 22 Miss Greater Toledo Vocal, "My Mammy" Sister of Miss Ohio 1981, Juliana Zilba

Later appeared on The Real Housewives of Vancouver[citation needed]
1985 Suellen Cochran[18] Heath 21 Miss Southeastern Ohio Piano, "Variations on Chopsticks" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1984 Melissa Ann Bradley Mansfield 23 Miss Clayland Vocal, "A Piece of Sky" from Yentl 1st runner-up Mother of actor, Chad Buchanan[citation needed]
1983 Pamela Helean Rigas Canfield 22 Miss Cuyahoga County Fair Vocal / Dance, "Shine it On" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Previously Ohio's Junior Miss 1978

Previously Miss Alabama USA 1980
3rd runner-up at Miss USA 1980 pageant
1982 Debra Gombert Bexley 22 Miss North Central Semi-classical Vocal, "Love Is Where You Find It"
1981 Juliana Zilba Mansfield 21 Vocal Medley, "Up the Ladder to the Roof" & "With One More Look at You" from A Star Is Born Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship

Non-finalist Talent Award
Sister of Miss Ohio 1986, Mary Zilba
1980 Kathy Vernon Youngstown 24 Miss North Central Vocal Medley, "I Have Dreamed" & "I Loved You Once in Silence" Top 10
1979 Tana Carli Lakewood 23 Miss Willard Accordion Medley, "Tea for Two" & "Dizzy Fingers" 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1978 Sher Patrick Centerville 19 Miss South Central Middle-Eastern Dance 3rd runner-up
1977 Joan Gilger Mansfield 21 Miss Bowling Green Gymnastic Trampoline N/A 4th runner-up at Miss Ohio 1977 pageant

Assumed title after Perkins was named Miss America 1978
Susan Perkins Middletown 23 Miss Clayland Vocal, "Good Morning Heartache" Winner[19] Preliminary Talent Award Judge for the preliminary competition of the Miss America 2018 pageant[20]
1976 Janice Cooley Portsmouth 20 Miss Ohio Valley Piano, "Mephisto Waltz" Non-finalist Talent Award
1975 Susan Banks Ravenna 24 Miss Warren Classical Vocal, "Sempre libera" from La traviata 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1974 Lorrie Kapsta Columbus 26 Miss Franklin County Classical Piano, "Piano Concerto in B Minor" by Tchaikovsky Non-finalist Talent Award
1973 Cheryl Yourkvitch Lorain 21 Miss Lorain County Vocal Medley Non-finalist Talent Award
1972 Karen Sparka Bowling Green 21 Miss Bowling Green Vocal Medley, "My Man" & "My Man's Gone Now" Non-finalist Talent Award
1971 Judy Jones West Alexandria 19 Miss Miami University N/A Assumed the title after Schaefer was named Miss America 1972
Laurie Lea Schaefer Bexley 22 Miss Central Ohio Semi-classical Vocal, "And This Is My Beloved" Winner[21] Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1970 Grace Bird Alliance 21 Miss Alliance French Horn & Classical Vocal, "1st Concerto for French Horn" & "Ouvre ton Coeur" from Vasco da Gama by Georges Bizet
1969 Kathrine Baumann Bowling Green 19 Miss Bowling Green Gymnastics Dance, "Those Were the Days" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
Aunt of Miss Ohio 1999, Tiffany Baumann
1968 Leslyn Hiple Louisville 19 Miss Canton Vocal Medley, "If My Friends Could See Me Now" & "I'm a Brass Band" from Sweet Charity
1967 Pamela Robinson Dayton 22 Miss Dayton Vocal, "Oh, to Be a Movie Star" from The Apple Tree Previously Ohio's Junior Miss 1963
3rd runner-up at America's Junior Miss 1963 pageant
1966 Sharon Phillian Delaware 21 Miss Delaware Vocal Medley, "This Is My Country" & "Où va la jeune Hindoue" from Lakme 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 1965 pageant
1965 Valerie Lavin Canton 20 Miss Canton Vocal / Dance, "I Ought to Dance"
1964 Diane Courtwright Columbus 19 Miss Columbus Popular Vocal & Modern Jazz Dance
1963 Peggy Emerson Akron Miss Akron Semi-classical Vocal, "And This Is my Beloved"
1962 Bonne Gawronski Toledo 19 Miss Toledo Modern Jazz Interpretation of "Let There Be Drums" N/A Assumed the title after Mayer was named Miss America 1963
Jacquelyn Mayer Sandusky 20 Miss Vacationland[22] Broadway Vignette, "Wishing Upon a Star," "My Favorite Things," & "The White Cliffs of Dover" Winner[23] Had a near-fatal stroke at the age of 28[citation needed]
1961 Darlene Depasquale Dayton 18 Miss Dayton Comedy Skit, "Betty at the Baseball Game"
1960 Alice McClain Marion 18 Miss Marion Vocal, "Summertime" & "I Got Plenty of Nothin"
1959 Carole Weiler Circleville 18 Miss Circleville Dramatic Reading
1958 Margaret Putman Ada Miss Ada Dramatic Sketch, "Student Nurse"
1957 Linda Hattman Mansfield Miss Mansfield Ballet
1956 Roberta Palmer Cleveland Miss Cleveland Vocal, "On the Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady Mother of Matthew Porretta[citation needed]
1955 Marguerite Garr Cincinnati Miss Cincinnati Vocal & Zither, "Old Black Joe"
1954 Barbara Quinlin Alliance Miss Alliance Classical Vocal, "Habanera" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1953 Martha Zimmerman Salem Miss Salem Drama / Piano
1952 Carol Koontz Bolivar Miss Bolivar Fire Baton Twirling & Clarinet
1951 Ruth Howell Apple Creek Miss Apple Creek Drama
1950 Irene Farren Grand River Miss Grand River Fashion Design
1949 Florence Bondi Cleveland Miss Cleveland
1948 Maxine Waack Fairview Miss Fairview Rumba Dance
1947 Nancy Nesbitt Cleveland Miss Cleveland Vocal, "I Don't Know Enough About You"
1946 LaVonne Bond Cincinnati Miss Cincinnati Vocal, "Thine Alone" from Eileen Top 16 Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mary Eileen Kelly Cleveland Miss Cleveland
1945 Julia Donahue Oxford Miss Ohio Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Virginia Lee Pleasant Cincinnati Miss Cincinnati
1944 Madeline Bohanon Competed under local title at national pageant
1943 Joan Hyldoft Ice Skating Preliminary Talent Award
1942 Barbara Patterson Preliminary Talent Award
1941 Lois Jean Beck Cleveland Miss Cleveland Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Janice Sulzman Willoughby Miss Ohio Top 15
1940 Violet Berze Steubenville Miss Ohio Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Bette Jane Hart Miss Central Ohio
1939 Maxine Drumm Miss East Ohio Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Jeanne Saboda Cleveland Miss Ohio
1938 Evelyn Bertelsbeck Cleveland Miss Cleveland Top 15 Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Marilyn Meseke Marion 21 Miss Ohio Tap Dance, "How'd You Like to Love Me," "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise," & "Joseph, Joseph" Winner
1937 Jean Fadden Cleveland Miss Ohio Top 16 Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Sally Lillian Frank Cincinnati Miss Cincinnati
Evelyn Townley Miss Buckeye Lake Top 16
1936 Dorothy A. Duncan Cincinnati Miss Cincinnati Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Evelyn Townley Miss Buckeye Lake Acrobatic Dance Top 15
1935 Beatrice Pfeiffer Cincinnati Miss Cincinnati Vocal Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Eleanore Papin Cleveland Miss Cleveland
1934 No national pageant was held[24]
1933 Corinne Porter 18 Miss Ohio Top 18
1932 No national pageants were held[24]
1927 Erma Shorwood Steele Miss Canton N/A[25] Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Evelyn Wilgus Russells Point Miss Ohio
1925 Elsie Connor Miss Cleveland Top 15 Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Elarka Towne Conneaut Miss Ohio
Emilia Kaniewska Miss Toledo
Isabel Robertson Miss Youngstown
1924 Mary Katherine Campbell Columbus 17 Miss America 1922 and 1923 1st runner-up Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Lenore O'Ryan Miss Columbus
Pauline James Miss Youngstown Top 15
1923 Thelma Boyd[26] Akron Miss Akron Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mary Katherine Campbell[27] Columbus 16 Miss America 1922 Winner[28] Competed as Miss America 1922

Successfully defended her title, the only woman to win the national pageant twice
Olga Emrick[27] Cincinnati Miss Cincinnati Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mary Jane Clark[27] Cleveland Miss Cleveland
Genevieve Mambourg[27] Columbus Miss Columbus
1922 Doris Widdersheim[29] Akron Miss Akron Multiple Ohio representatives

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Leile Charles[30] Cleveland Miss Cleveland Intercity Roller Chair Parade Third Prize[31]
Mary Katherine Campbell[32] Columbus 15[33] Miss Columbus Winner[34] Intercity Beauty Award[35]

Evening Dress Award Third Prize[36]
Helen Frances Smith[37] Dayton Miss Dayton
Loraine Foskey[38] Toledo Miss Toledo
1921 No Ohio representative at Miss America pageant[39]


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