Miss Oregon

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Miss Oregon
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TypeScholarship pageant
Miss America
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The Miss Oregon competition is a regional scholarship competition and beauty pageant that selects the representative for the US state of Oregon in the Miss America pageant. The annual event includes contestants from across the state and awards scholarships to the participants.

Abigail Hayes of Damascus was crowned Miss Oregon 2021 on June 19, 2021 at Seaside Civic and Convention Center in Seaside, Oregon. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2022 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut in December 2021.

Gallery of past titleholders[edit]


The event began in 1947 as the Miss Oregon Pageant and was founded by the merchants in the coastal city of Seaside.[1] Miss Oregon was designated the official State Hostess in 1969.[2] In 2001, Katie Harman was crowned Miss Oregon and went on to win the Miss America crown, becoming the only Miss Oregon winner of the national event. The event is now titled the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant.[3]

The event is held at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center at the Oregon Coast with local Seaside merchants as the primary sponsors of the annual contest.[1] The two-day event narrows the competition down to ten finalists on the first day before selecting a winner on the second day.[1] Events at the event include an evening wear competition, talent competition, bathing suit competition, and a competition in casual wear.[4] The competition includes an interview on-stage as the final portion before a winner is selected.[4]

In addition to the chance to become Miss America, the winner also receives scholarships.[1] Contests range in age from 17 to 24, and must first win local competitions before qualifying for the Miss Oregon contest.[4]

Results summary[edit]

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss Oregon 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.


  • Miss America: Katie Harman (2002)
  • 1st runners-up: Dorothy Mae Johnson (1956), Emily John Orton (1996)
  • 2nd runners-up: Patricia Regan Leines (1997)
  • 3rd runners-up: Marjean Kay Langley (1969), Elizabeth Simmons (1994)
  • 4th runners-up: N/A
  • Top 10: Patti Throop (1954), Judith Hansen (1958), Martha Wyatt (1963), Sue Pack (1966), Suzanne Bunker (1978), Julie Ross (1982), Tamara Ann Finch (1998)
  • Top 15: Jo Ann Amorde (1947), Joyce Davis (1948), CC Barber (2010), Stephenie Steers (2011)


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Interview: April Robinson (2004)
  • Non-finalist Talent: Rosemary Doolen (1961), Lynn Dee Grenz (1972), Sandra Lynn Herring (1973), Shan Moss (1977), Teresa Richardson (1981), Stephanie "Jill" Wymer (1984), Kari Virding (2008)

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
2021 Abigail Hayes[5] Damascus 20 Miss Emerald Valley Vocal/Piano To be announced
2019–20[a] Shivali Kadam[7] Tigard 25 Miss Portland Vocal, “Reflection" from Mulan Preliminary Private Interview Award[8] First Oregon titleholder of Indian heritage[citation needed]

Previously Miss Oregon Sweetheart 2018[9]
3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2018 pageant[9]
2018 Taylor Ballard[10] Portland 25 Miss NW Wonderland Jazz Dance, "Salute"
2017 Harley Emery[11] Springfield 20 Miss Lane County Classical Piano, "Moonlight Escapade" Previously Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen 2013[12]
2016 Alexis Mather[13] Astoria 21 Miss Portland Bravura Performance, “Nessun Dorma”
2015 Ali Wallace Portland 21 Lyrical Dance, "Latch" by Sam Smith Daughter of Miss Oregon 1987, Tamara Fazzolari

2nd runner-up at Miss Oregon USA 2018 pageant[14]
2014 Rebecca Anderson[15][16] Oregon City 23 Miss Cascade Vocal, "For Good" STEM Scholarship Finalist[17]
2013 Allison Cook[18] Klamath Falls 19 Miss Southern Gem Electro-Acoustic Violin, "Let's Get It Started Remix" by The Black-Eyed Peas Later Miss Oregon USA 2021
2012 Nichole Mead Newport 24 Miss Three Rivers Lyrical Dance, "What's Love Got to Do With It" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2011 pageant

Successor to the crown after Berry resigned
Rachel Berry[19] Burbank, CA[20] 24 Miss Willamette Valley Tap Dance N/A Resigned July 19, 2012, due to residency ineligibility[20]
2011 Caroline McGowan[21] Waukee, IA 20 Miss Linn-Benton County Operatic Vocal, "Chanson Boheme" from Carmen Eligible as student at Oregon State University
2010 Stephenie Steers[22] Klamath Falls 24 Miss Multnomah Vocal, "Something to Talk About" Top 15 Voted into the Top 15 as a "Contestants' Choice" finalist selected by her fellow contestants
2009 CC Barber[23] Scappoose 23 Miss Tri Valley Dance, "Bleeding Love" Top 15 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006 pageant

Voted into the Top 15 as a "Contestants' Choice" finalist selected by her fellow contestants
2008 Danijela Krstić[24] Beaverton 24 Miss Tri Valley Belly Dancing
2007 Kari Virding[25] Portland 24 Miss Portland Vocal, "The Girl in 14G" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss Oregon Teen USA 2000
2006 Donilee McGinnis[26] Scappoose 24 Miss Willamette Valley Tap Dance, "I Gotcha"
2005 Lucy Fleck Portland 20 Miss Portland Tap Dance, "Turn the Beat Around" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003 pageant
2004 Brook Roberts Roseburg 21 Miss Douglas County Vocal, "All That Jazz" Contestant on The Amazing Race 17[citation needed]
2003 April Robinson Gresham 22 Miss Multnomah County Acapella Tap Dance Non-finalist Interview Award
2002 Brita Stream Eugene 22 Miss Linn-Benton Vocal, "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard
2001 Heidi Rickey Lincoln City 19 Miss Yamhill County Vocal N/A Assumed title after Harmon was crowned Miss America 2002
Katie Harman Gresham 21 Miss Portland Classical Vocal, "O Mio Babbino Caro" Winner Preliminary Talent Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2000 pageant
2000 Angela Day Brink Roseburg 22 Miss Douglas County Ballet, "Angel"
1999 Angela Reed Portland 23 Miss Tri-Valley Vocal, "You Don't Know Me" Tiffany Phillips Memorial Scholar Athlete Award Top 10 at National Sweetheart 1997 & 1998 pageants
1998 Jennifer Sisco-Moore Eugene 23 Classical Vocal, "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville Tiffany Phillips Memorial Scholar Athlete Award
1997 Tamara Ann Finch Myrtle Creek 24 Miss Douglas County Classical Piano, "Scherzo No. 2 in B Flat Minor" by Chopin Top 10 Steinway Talent Award Winner
1996 Patricia Regan Leines Medford 24 Miss Tri-Valley Classical Vocal, "Chacun le Sait" from La fille du régiment 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1995 Emily John Orton Creswell 19 Miss Linn-Benton Classical Vocal, "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante" from Carmen 1st runner-up
1994 Roberta Stenbeck Roseburg 23 Miss Douglas County Piano
1993 Elizabeth Simmons Bandon 23 Miss Tri-Valley Vocal, "Someone Else's Story" from Chess 3rd runner-up Previously National Sweetheart 1992
1992 Sara Kristi Paulson Portland 21 Miss Washington County Vocal, "The Star-Spangled Banner"
1991 Carolyn Helen Ladd Corvallis 24 Miss Linn-Benton Vocal, "I Must Be a Star"
1990 Brittney Gae Thompson Portland 20 Miss Tri-Valley Vocal, "Break It to Me Gently"
1989 Lynette Boggs 25 Miss Portland Vocal, "I Am Changing" Quality Of Life Award Finalist Served on the Board of Directors for the Miss America pageant[citation needed]
Served on Las Vegas City Council and Clark County Commission[citation needed]
1988 Anna Denise Jones 24 Miss Tri-Valley Vocal, "Crazy"
1987 Tamara Fazzolari 21 Miss Portland Tap Dance Mother of Miss Oregon 2015, Ali Wallace[citation needed]
1986 Jana Svea Peterson Newport 22 Miss Linn-Benton Vocal Medley
1985 Dana Kocks Ashland 21 Miss Rogue Valley Classical Vocal, "Seguidilla" from Carmen
1984 Renee Bagley Portland 22 Miss Willamette Valley Popular Vocal, "Don't Cry Out Loud"
1983 Stephanie "Jill" Wymer Sutherlin 22 Miss Douglas County Popular Vocal, "Out Here on my Own" from Fame Non-finalist Talent Award
1982 Laura Matthys Salem 21 Miss Linn-Benton Rifle Twirling Routine, "Herzegovinian March"
1981 Julie Ross Portland 20 Miss Portland Classical Piano, "Toccata" by Prokofiev Top 10
1980 Teresa Richardson Forest Grove 20 Miss Multnomath County Vocal, "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady Non-finalist Talent Award Sister of Miss Utah 1973, Brenda Richardson
1979 Tami Sanders Roseburg 21 Miss Douglas County Gymnastic Dance, "A Fifth of Beethoven"
1978 Amy White Portland 20 Miss Portland Musical Comedy Free Style Dance, Overture from Gypsy
1977 Suzanne Bunker Forest Grove 21 Miss Portland Classical Flute, "Fantasie for Flute" Top 10
1976 Shan Moss Nyssa 21 Miss Malheur County Flute, "Concertino" Non-finalist Talent Award
1975 Betty Hupfer Milwaukie 21 Miss Gresham Dance, Music from The Unsinkable Molly Brown
1974 Juli Ann Berg Eugene 21 Miss Lane County Vocal, "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin Daughter of Miss Oregon 1947, Jo Ann Amorde
1973 Nancy Jean Jackson Nyssa 20 Miss Rogue Valley Dramatic Interpretation from The Taming of the Shrew
1972 Sandra Lynn Herring Portland 20 Miss Portland Vocal Medley, "Who Will Buy?" & "As Long as He Needs Me" from Oliver! Non-finalist Talent Award
1971 Lynn Dee Grenz Milwaukie 20 Miss Linn County Vocal, "Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Non-finalist Talent Award Former Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives and past House Majority Leader[citation needed]
Judge at Miss America 1999 pageant[citation needed]
1970 Cynthia Lynn Harrison Portland 18 Miss Rogue Valley Vocal & Guitar, "Just Once"
1969 Margie Elaine Huhta Astoria 20 Miss Knappa-Svensen Vocal Medley, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" & "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
1968 Marjean Kay Langley Milton-Freewater 19 Miss Pendleton Classical Ballet, "The Dying Swan" 3rd runner-up
1967 Christine Beach Pendleton 18 Miss Pendleton Vocal, "Just You Wait" from My Fair Lady
1966 Lita Schiel Lake Oswego 21 Miss Lake Oswego Original Skit
1965 Sue Pack Eugene 18 Miss Eugene Vocal, "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music Top 10 Joined The New Christy Minstrels in 1966[citation needed]
Wife of Mickey Newbury[citation needed]
1964 Carol Pedersen Newport 18 Miss Lincoln County Dramatic Reading
1963 D’Ann Fullerton Roseburg Miss Roseburg Original Novelty Dance & Hula Baton
1962 Martha Wyatt Jacksonville 19 Miss Rogue Valley Interpretive Jazz Dance, "Love Walked In" Top 10
1961 Jody Bourne Salem 20 Miss Salem Interpretive Ballet
1960 Rosemary Doolen 19 Vocal, "A Heart That's Free" Non-finalist Talent Award
1959 Karlyn Mattsson Portland 18 Miss Portland Piano & Dance
1958 Mary Ellen Vinton McMinnville Miss McMinnville Piano & Tap Dance, "I Won't Dance"
1957 Judith Hansen Astoria Miss Astoria Classical Vocal, "Mi Chiamano Mimi" from La bohème Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1956 Patricia Berg Eugene Miss Eugene Vibraharp, "Indian Love Call"
1955 Dorothy Mae Johnson Portland Miss Beaverton Dramatic Monologue from Macbeth 1st runner-up
1954 Diane Carman Milwaukie Miss Oak Grove Drama, "This Is America"
1953 Patti Throop Portland Miss Portland Dramatic Reading, "Patterns" Top 10 She was a showgirl at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1957.[27]
1952 Mary Lou Teague Eugene Miss Eugene Vocal, "Love Is Where you Find It"
1951 Audrey Mistretta Astoria Miss Tongue Point Vocal
1950 Elizabeth Ann Baker Monmouth Miss McMinnville Classical Piano, Clair de Lune
1949 Beverly Kruger The Dalles Miss The Dalles Monologue, "The Waltz" by Dorothy Parker
1948 Joyce Davis Bend Miss Redmond Classical Vocal, "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" Top 15
1947 Jo Ann Amorde Sutherlin Miss Roseburg Vocal, "Alice Blue Gown" from Irene Top 15 Mother of Miss Oregon 1974, Juli Ann Berg
1935-46 No Oregon representative at Miss America pageant
No national pageant was held[28]
No Oregon representative at Miss America pageant[29]
No national pageants were held[28]
No Oregon representative at Miss America pageant[30]
1926 Maxine Jennings Portland Miss Portland N/A[31] Competed under local title at national pageant
No Oregon representative at Miss America pageant[32][33]
1923 Patricia Smith[34] Portland Miss Portland N/A[31] Competed under local title at national pageant
1922 Virginia Edwards[35]
No Oregon representative at Miss America pageant[36]
  1. ^ Titleholder extended to a second full year in 2020 after state and national pageants postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic[6]


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