Miss Oklahoma

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The Miss Oklahoma competition selects a winner to compete on behalf of Oklahoma in the Miss America pageant. Miss Oklahoma has won the Miss America crown on five occasions. Also, in the years when city representatives were common, Norma Smallwood won, competing as Miss Tulsa, giving the state of Oklahoma a total of six crowns. Oklahoma is also one of three states to win the Miss America title back to back for two years.

Triana Browne of Tulsa was crowned Miss Oklahoma 2017 on June 10, 2017 at Oral Roberts University- Mabee Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2018 on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Results summary[edit]

Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson (center) and former Miss Americas Jennifer Berry (left) and Jane Jayroe (right) at Tinker Air Force Base
Makenna Smith, Miss Oklahoma 2007
License plate celebrating Oklahoma's win at Miss America 1967

The year in brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.

Placements[edit]

  • Miss Americas: Norma Smallwood (1926)**, Jane Anne Jayroe (1967), Susan Powell (1981), Shawntel Smith (1996), Jennifer Berry (2006), Lauren Nelson (2007)
  • 1st runners-up: Bettye Cornelia Avert (1939), Betty Thompson (2012)
  • 2nd runners-up: Mary Nancy Denner (1958), Anita Bryant (1959), Lori Kelley (1989), Casey Preslar (2003), Alicia Clifton (2013), Kelsey Griswold (2014)
  • 3rd runners-up: N/A
  • 4th runners-up: Donna Briggs (1948), Louise O'Brien (1951), Ann Campbell (1956), Nancy Chapman (1983), DuSharme Carter (1993), Emoly West (2011)
  • Top 5: Virginia Howard (1927)**
  • Top 10: Willie Mae Stockton (1924)*, Bobby Jene Simmons (1952), Judy Adams (1971), Andrea Hanson (1974), Tamara Marler (1990), Cynthia White (1991), Julie Payne (1999), Kelley Scott (2004), Elizabeth Kinney (2005), Alexandra Eppler (2015), Georgia Frazier (2016)
  • Top 12: Taylor Treat (2010), Sarah Klein (2017)
  • Top 15: Ada Martyne Wood (1940), Mifaunwy Dolores Shunatona (1941)
  • Top 20: Kaci Hundley (2002)
  • Top 23: Mary Dean Overly (1923)*, Catherine Crosby (1923)**

Awards[edit]

Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Mary Ann Hazelton (1960), Jill Elmore (1980), Mignon Merchant (1987), Leesa Cornett (1988), Amy Duncan (1997), Kelli Masters (1998), Kristin Steveson (2001)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Mifaunwy Dolores Shunatona (1941), Shirley Barbour (1953)
  • America's Choice: Taylor Treat (2010), Betty Thompson (2012)
  • Quality of Life Award Winners: Taylor Treat (2010)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st Runners-up: Jennifer Berry (2006)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Alexandra Eppler (2015), Sarah Klein (2017)
  • Special Judges' Award: Susan Supernaw (1972)

* Competed as Miss Oklahoma City
** Competed as Miss Tulsa

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2017 Triana Browne[1] Tulsa 24 Miss Oklahoma City Vocal Chickasaw Nation Citizen
2016 Sarah Klein Tulsa 24 Miss Tulsa Piano Top 12 Quality of Life Award Finalist 2nd runner up at National Sweetheart 2015

Previously 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th runner up at Miss Oklahoma[citation needed]
2015 Georgia Frazier Tulsa 23 Miss Ada Vocal Happy Days Are Here Again" Top 10 Previously Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen 2009

Top 16 at National Sweetheart 2014
2014 Alexandra Eppler Edmond 24 Miss Enid Dance Titanium" Top 10 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
2013 Kelsey Griswold Tulsa 20 Miss Bricktown Vocal "Everybody Says Don't" from Anyone Can Whistle 2nd runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
2012 Alicia Clifton Oklahoma City 20 Miss Edmond LibertyFest Tap Dance "Can't Buy Me Love" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Previously Miss Oklahoma Jr. National Teenager 2005

Won Preliminary Talent and was 4th runner-up at Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen 2007

Previously Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen 2008

Won Preliminary Talent Award and placed in Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2009
2011 Betty Thompson[2] Davenport 22 Miss Oklahoma State University Irish Step Dance "Warriors" by Ronan Hardiman 1st runner-up America's Choice

Preliminary Talent Award
2010 Emoly West Edmond 24 Miss Edmond LibertyFest Ballet en Pointe "Time" by Billy Porter 4th runner up Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
2009 Taylor Treat Ada 22 Miss University of Oklahoma Ballet en Pointe "Palladio" Top 12 America's Choice

Quality of Life Award Winner
2008 Kelsey Cartwright[3] Collinsville 21 Miss Keystone Lake Lyrical Dance
2007 Makenna Smith Oklahoma City 24 Miss Oklahoma City University Vocal "Wheels of a Dream" from Ragtime
2006 Lindsey Miller Miss Grand Lake Jazz Vocal N/A N/A 1st runner-up at Miss Oklahoma 2006

Assumed title when Lauren Nelson won Miss America 2007
Lauren Nelson Lawton 20 Miss Oklahoma State Fair Vocal "You'll Be in My Heart" Winner Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award Previously Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen 2004
2005 Jennifer Warren 21 Miss Green Country Vocal N/A N/A 1st runner-up at Miss Oklahoma 2005

Assumed title when Jennifer Berry won Miss America 2006
Jennifer Berry Tulsa 22 Miss Grand Lake Ballet en Pointe "Within" Winner Preliminary Talent Award

Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up
2004 Elizabeth Kinney Mooreland 22 Miss Oklahoma State Fair Tap Dance "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Top 10
2003 Kelley Scott Owasso 23 Miss Oklahoma State Fair Vocal "Son of a Preacher Man" Top 10
2002 Casey Preslar Tulsa 22 Miss Grand Lake Jazz Vocal "You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
2001 Kaci Hundley Enid 21 Miss Oklahoma State Fair Vocal "Crying" Top 20
2000 Kristin Steveson Broken Arrow 23 Miss Tulsa State Fair Classical Vocal "Sempre Libera" from La traviata Non-finalist Talent Award
1999 Daneka Allen Oklahoma City 23 Miss Stroud Vocal "Respect"
1998 Julie Payne Grandfield 23 Miss Collinsville Tap Dance "Hound Dog" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1997 Kelli Masters Midwest City 24 Miss Oklahoma City University Baton Twirling "Gonna Fly Now" Non-finalist Talent Award
1996 Amy Duncan Oklahoma City 23 Miss University of Oklahoma Dramatic Vocal "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" Non-finalist Talent Award
1995 Meighen Bradfield N/A N/A Assumed title when Shawntel Smith won Miss America 1996
Shawntel Smith Muldrow 24 Miss Tulsa State Fair Vocal "The Woman in the Moon" from A Star Is Born Winner
1994 Tiffany Craig Norman 24 Miss Norman Vocal "If Only"
1993 Elizabeth Moseley Norman 22 Miss Shawnee Flute Solo "Dueling Banjos"
1992 DuSharme Carter Oklahoma City 21 Miss Oklahoma City University Vocal "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now" 4th runner-up Later Miss Oklahoma USA 1995

Top 12 at Miss USA 1995
1991 Gina Lynne Smith Stillwater 21 Miss Stroud Vocal Medley "Somewhere"
1990 Cynthia White Oklahoma City 24 Miss Stroud Piano Solo "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" Top 10
1989 Tamara Marler Tulsa 26 Miss Norman Vocal "Since I Fell for You" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1988 Lori Kelley Clinton 23 Miss Norman Classical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1987 Leesa Cornett Newcastle 20 Miss Norman Vocal "If He Walked Into My Life" from Mame Non-finalist Talent Award
1986 Mignon Merchant Oklahoma City 25 Miss Lake Hudson Stand-up Comedy Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss Oklahoma USA 1983

Top 10 at Miss USA 1983
1985 Felicia Ferguson Oklahoma City 24 Miss Grand Lake Vocal "You Don't Know Me"
1984 Julie Sunday Owasso 21 Miss Owasso Piano
1983 Trelynda Kerr Moore 21 Miss Grand Lake Country Vocal Medley "Stand by Your Man"
1982 Nancy Chapman Altus 21 Miss Oklahoma City Piano Solo "Fireworks by Debussy" 4th runner-up
1981 April Clayton Cameron 22 Miss Tulsa State Fair Ballet en Pointe "The Blue Danube" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1980 Kathleen Allin N/A N/A 2nd runner-up at Miss Oklahoma 1980, accepted Miss Oklahoma title after 1st runner-up, April Clayton, declined

Assumed title when Susan Powell won Miss America 1981
Susan Powell Elk City 21 Miss Oklahoma City Classical Vocal "The Telephone Aria" Winner Preliminary Talent Award (tie)
1979 Jill Elmore Tulsa 23 Miss Grand Lake Classical Vocal "Art Is Calling For Me" from The Enchantress by Victor Herbert Non-finalist Talent Award
1978 Kendi Brown Oklahoma City 21 Miss Warr Acres Tap Dance "Medley of songs by Cole Porter"
1977 Ellen Wight Tulsa 22 Miss Oklahoma City University Classical Vocal "The Jewel Song" from Faust Died in December 1979 (Source: OKCU Focus - Summer 2003)
1976 Lucia Miller Buffalo 21 Miss Tulsa State Fair Trumpet Solo "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey"
1975 Lisa Reagan Oklahoma City 19 Miss Warr Acres Vocal Medley "As Time Goes By" & "I Got Love" Former wife of former Congressman Mickey Edwards[citation needed]
1974 Debbie Knight Warr Acres 22 Miss Warr Acres Piano Solo "Minuet in G Major"
1973 Andrea Hanson Tahlequah 21 Miss Tulsa State Fair Piano / Vocal "The Homeland Aria" from Die Fledermaus Top 10
1972 Debbie Giannopoulos Oklahoma City 20 Miss Warr Acres Classical Singing from Carmen Contestant at Miss Teenage America 1968
1971 Susan Supernaw Tulsa 20 Miss Phillips University Acrobatic Jazz Ballet Special Judges' Award
1970 Judy Adams Cushing 20 Miss Oklahoma State University Violin "The Hot Canary" arranged by Florian ZaBach Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1969 Jeanne Gambrell Tulsa 22 Miss University of Tulsa Ballet / Jazz Dance "Hair" & "Aquarius" from Hair
1968 Beverly Drew Harrah 22 Miss Shawnee Vocal "Step to the Rear"
1967 Carolyn Denton Muskogee 19 Miss Oklahoma State University Vocal "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows"
1966 Sandy Ferguson Miss Lawton N/A N/A Assumed title when Jane Anne Jayroe won Miss America 1967
Jane Anne Jayroe Laverne 19 Miss Oklahoma City Vocal / Orchestra Conducting "1-2-3" Winner Preliminary Talent Award
1965 Sandra Curtis Tulsa 20 Miss Tulsa Dramatic Reading "Sorry Wrong Number"
1964 Jane Hitch Guymon 18 Miss Guymon Dance
1963 Cheryl Semrad Hassman Waukomis Miss Okeene Speech "May I Teach Others to Live"
1962 Billi Kay Smith Stroud 19 Miss Stroud Dramatic Reading
1961 Dana Darlene Reno Stigler 20 Miss Stigler Oration with Indian Sign Language Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1963
1960 Donna Kay Creed Enid 20 Miss Enid Vocal "The Sound of Music"
1959 Mary Ann Hazelton Tulsa 19 Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
1958 Anita Bryant Tulsa 18 Vocal "When the Boys Talk About the Girls" 2nd runner-up
1957 Mary Nancy Denner Alva Poetry Recitation "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver" by Edna St. Vincent Millay 2nd runner-up
1956 LaDonna Kramer Loyal Piano Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1956
1955 Ann Campbell Oklahoma City Speech & Furniture Design Display 4th runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
1954 Charlavan Baker Oklahoma City Dress Design
1953 Lorene Washburn Tulsa Vocal
1952 Shirley Barbour Tulsa Drama Miss Congeniality
1951 Bobby Jene Simmons Oklahoma City Classical Vocal "Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette Top 10
1950 Louise O'Brien Tulsa Vocal "Twas Only An Irishman's Dream" 4th runner-up
1949 Georgine R. Leeka Tulsa Vocal
1948 Donna Briggs Tulsa Painting Display 4th runner-up
1947
No Oklahoma representative at Miss America pageant
1946
1945
1944
1943 Joan Marceille Hawk Oklahoma City
1942
No Oklahoma representative at Miss America pageant
1941 Mifaunwy Dolores Shunatona Tulsa Top 15 Miss Congeniality Third Native American to compete at Miss America[citation needed]
1940 Ada Martyne Wood Oklahoma City Top 15 Second Native American to compete at Miss America[citation needed]
1939 Bettye Cornelia Avert Oklahoma City Original Piano & Vocal "Wondering & Dreaming" 1st runner-up
1938 Marjorie Ann Adams Ada
1937
No Oklahoma representative at Miss America pageant
1936
1935
1934
No pageant was held
1933 Joanne Alcorn 16 N/A N/A Withdrew from the competition due to appendicitis
1932
No pageants were held
1931
1930
1929
1928
1927 Virginia Howard Tulsa Miss Tulsa Top 5 No Miss Oklahoma

Competed as Miss Tulsa

1926 Norma Smallwood Tulsa 17 Miss Tulsa Winner Swimsuit & Evening Gown First Native American to win Miss America[citation needed]

No Miss Oklahoma

Competed as Miss Tulsa

1925 Fern Marlow Oklahoma City Miss Oklahoma City Competed as Miss Oklahoma City

Multiple Oklahoma representatives

Sue Starkey Tulsa Miss Tulsa Competed as Miss Tulsa

Multiple Oklahoma representatives

1924 Willie Mae Stockton Oklahoma City Miss Oklahoma City Top 10 Competed as Miss Oklahoma City

Multiple Oklahoma representatives

Rose Everett Tulsa Miss Tulsa Competed as Miss Tulsa

Multiple Oklahoma representatives

1923 Mary Dean Overly Oklahoma City Miss Oklahoma City Top 23 Competed as Miss Oklahoma City

Multiple Oklahoma representatives

Catherine Crosby Tulsa Miss Tulsa Top 23 Competed as Miss Tulsa

Multiple Oklahoma representatives

1922
No Oklahoma representative at Miss America pageant
1921

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Triana Browne, Miss Oklahoma City, crowned Miss Oklahoma 2017". TulsaWorld.com. June 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Miss Oklahoma State University Betty Thompson Crowned Miss Oklahoma". News on 6. June 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (2008-06-08). "Collinsville woman captures "Miss Oklahoma" title". KTEN. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 

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