Miss Ohio

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Ohio USA.

The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program (aka the Miss Ohio pageant) 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. 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 Sandusky's Jacquelyn Mayer, Miss Ohio 1963, 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 theatre continuously since 1980, for 35 years.


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Alice Louisa Magoto[1] Cincinnati 18 Miss Portsmouth Vocal Preliminary Swimsuit Award
2015 Sarah Hider[2] Wooster 24 Miss Maple City Jazz Vocal "Almost Like Being in Love" Previously Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2008
2014 Mackenzie Bart[3] Columbus 22 Miss Montgomery County Ventriloquism "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award, STEM Scholarship Winner of Funny or Die Presents: America's Next Weatherman
2013 Heather Wells[4] Warren 23 Miss Montgomery County Dance "Alabaster Box"
2012 Elissa McCracken Ada
20 Miss West Central Ohio Piano "Cumana"
2011 Ellen Bryan Celina 22 Miss Clayland Vocal "On My Way" from Violet Quality of Life Finalist
2010 Becky Minger Sylvania 22 Miss All-American City Vocal "A House Is Not a Home" Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2008 & 2009
2009 Erica Gelhaus St. Henry 21 Miss Clayland Classical Vocal "So Anch'io la Virtu Magica" from Don Pasquale National Sweetheart 2007
2008 Karissa Martin Woodsfield 20 Miss Clayland 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" Mrs. Ohio America 2011 under her married name, Melanie Miller
2005 Marlia Fontaine Massillon 23 Miss Lake Erie Vocal "The Impossible Dream"
2004 Amanda Beagle Warren 24 Miss Lake Erie Classical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'" Non-finalist Talent Award Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2003
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 2nd runner-up
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
1999 Tiffany Baumann Cleveland 22 Miss Greater Cleveland Vocal "But the World Goes Round" by Kander and Ebb Niece of Miss Ohio 1969 Katherine Baumann
1998 Cheya Watkins Cincinnati 21 Miss Southeastern Ohio Gospel Vocal "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" 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 2nd runner-up 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.
1991 Renee Autherson Newark 21 Miss Central Ohio Vocal / 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
1985 Suellen Cochran Heath 21 Miss Southeastern Ohio Piano Solo "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
1983 Pamela Helean Rigas Canfield 22 Miss Cuyahoga Co. Fair Vocal / Dance "Shine It On" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Ohio's Junior Miss 1978, Miss Alabama USA 1980 and 3rd runner-up at Miss USA 1980
1982 Debra Gombert Bexley 22 Miss North Central Semi-classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"
1981 Juliana Zilba Mansfield 21 Miss North Central Vocal Medley "Up the Ladder to the Roof" & "With One More Look At You" from A Star Is Born Non-finalist Talent Award, Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
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 Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1977 Joan Gilger* Mansfield 21 Miss Bowling Green Gymnastic Trampoline Assumed title after Susan Perkins won Miss America title. Gilger was 4th runner-up at Miss Ohio 1977 but accepted the title after the three other runners-up turned it down to be eligible to compete for Miss Ohio the following year.
Susan Perkins Middletown 23 Miss Clayland Vocal "Good Morning Heartache" Winner Preliminary Talent Award
1976 Janice Cooley Portsmouth 20 Miss Ohio Valley Piano Solo "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 First Miss Ohio crowned in Mansfield upon pageant's return to the city in 1975
1974 Lorrie Kapsta Columbus 26 Miss Franklin County Classical Piano "Piano Concerto in B Minor" Non-finalist Talent Award Last Miss Ohio crowned at Cedar Point Ballroom Pavilion
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
Laurie Lea Schaefer Bexley 22 Miss Central Ohio Semi-classical Vocal "And This Is My Beloved" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1970 Grace Bird Alliance 21 Miss Alliance French Horn Solo & Classical Vocal "1st Concerto for French Horn" & "Ouvre ton Coeur" from Vasco da Gama by Georges Bizet
1969 Katherine 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 Ohio's Junior Miss 1963 and 3rd runner-up at America's Junior Miss
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
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" First Miss Ohio crowned at Cedar Point Ballroom Pavilion
1962 Bonne Gawronski* Toledo 19 Miss Toledo Modern Jazz Interpretation of "Let There Be Drums"
Jacquelyn Mayer Sandusky 20 Miss Vacationland[6] Broadway Vignette "Wishing Upon a Star", "My Favorite Things", & "The White Cliffs of Dover" Winner Motivational speaker, Noted for her recovery from a near-fatal stroke suffered at age 28
1961 Darlene Depasquale Dayton 18 Miss Dayton Comedy Skit "Betty at the Baseball Game" Contestasnt at Miss Sun Fun USA 1961
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"
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 Solo
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 Vocal "Thine Alone" from Eileen Top 16 Competed as Miss Cincinnati
Mary Eileen Kelly Cleveland Competed as Miss Cleveland
1945 Julia Donahue Oxford
Virginia Lee Pleasant Cincinnati Competed as Miss Cincinnati
1944 Madeline Bohanon Cincinnati Competed as Miss Cincinnati
1943 Joan Hyldoft Cincinnati Ice skating Preliminary Talent Award Competed as Miss Cincinnati
1942 Barbara Patterson Cincinnati Competed as Miss Cincinnati
1941 Janice Sulzman Willoughby Top 15
Lois Jean Beck Cleveland Competed as Miss Cleveland
1940 Violet Berze Steubenville
Bette Jane Hart Competed as Miss Central Ohio
1939 Jeanne Saboda Cleveland
Maxine Drumm Competed as Miss East Ohio
1938 Marilyn Meseke Marion 21 Miss Marion Tap Dance "How'd You Like to Love Me", "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise", & "Joseph, Joseph" Winner
Evelyn Bertelsbeck Cleveland Top 15 Competed as Miss Cleveland
1937 Jean Fadden Cleveland Top 16
Evelyn Townley Top 16 Competed a second time as Miss Buckeye Lake
Sally Lillian Frank Cincinnati Competed as Miss Cincinnati
1936 Evelyn Townley Acrobatic Dance Top 15 Competed as Miss Buckeye Lake
Dorothy A. Duncan Cincinnati Competed as Miss Cincinnati
1935 Beatrice Pfeiffer Cincinnati Vocal Competed as Miss Cincinnati
Eleanore Papin Cleveland Competed as Miss Cleveland
1933 Corinne Porter 18 Top 18
1927 Evelyn Wilgus Russells Point Erma Shorwood Steele competed as Miss Canton.
1925 Elarka Towne Conneaut Elsie Connor, Miss Cleveland, finished as a Top 15. Isabel Robertson competed as Miss Youngstown and Emilia Kaniewska as Miss Toledo.
1924 No Miss Ohio Mary Katherine Campbell returned a third time to defend her title and finished 1st runner-up competing as Miss America. Pauline James, Miss Youngstown, was a Top 15. Lenore O'Ryan competed as Miss Columbus.
1923 Mary Katherine Campbell Columbus 17 Winner Competed as Miss America and successfully defended her title, the only woman to win the pageant twice. Mary Jane Clark, Miss Cleveland and Genevieve Mambourg, Miss Columbus finished as Top 23. Also representing Ohio were: Thelma Boyd, Miss Akron; and Olga Emrich, Miss Cincinnati.
1922 Mary Katherine Campbell Columbus 16 Winner Competed as Miss Columbus. Also representing Ohio were: Doris Widdensheim, Miss Akron; Leile Charles, Miss Cleveland; Helen Frances Smith, Miss Dayton; and Loraine Foskey, Miss Toledo

* Succeeded to the crown after Miss Ohio won Miss America


  1. ^ "Alice Magoto is Miss Ohio 2016". pageantsnews.com. 
  2. ^ Schock, Brittany (June 20, 2015). "Sarah Hider wins Miss Ohio 2015 crown". Richland Source. Mansfield, OH. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Miss Montgomery County crowned 2014 Miss Ohio". Dayton, OH: WHIO-TV. June 21, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ Salter, Lamar (June 24, 2013). "Howland native wins Miss Ohio 2013 pageant". Youngstown, OH: WFMJ-TV. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Former Queen Achieves Another Reign". triblive.com. 
  6. ^ Mayer bio - Ohio History.org

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