Miss South Carolina

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss South Carolina USA.
Shelley Benthall, Miss South Carolina 2006
Crystal Garrett, Miss South Carolina 2007
Jane Jenkins Herlong, Miss South Carolina 1979

The Miss South Carolina competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of South Carolina in the Miss America pageant. The pageant was first held in Myrtle Beach and moved to Greenville starting in 1958 and remained in that city until the 1990s. Spartanburg hosted the pageant in a few different venues until new leadership took over the organization and moved the pageant to Columbia, SC in 2011. The pageant was televised since the 1960s until the 1998 pageant. Televising was resumed with the 2000 pageant through 2006. The pageant returned to television in 2014.[1]

With victories in both 1957 and 1994, South Carolina has twice won the Miss America crown.


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Rachel Wyatt Clemson 21 Miss Clemson Jazz Dance “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” 1st runner-up Previously Miss South Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2012 and Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013
2015 Daja Dial Spartanburg 22 Miss Greenville County Vocal "I Believe" Top 7 Preliminary Swimsuit Winner
2014 Lanie Hudson[2][3] Spartanburg 23 Miss Anderson Clogging "Think" CMN Miracle Maker Competed on America's Got Talent with her dance troupe
2013 Brooke Mosteller Mount Pleasant 24 Miss Mount Pleasant Vocal "Hallelujah" Miss Congeniality Miss Congeniality at both the Miss South Carolina 2013 and Miss America 2014 pageants
2012 Almeda (Ali) Adair Rogers Laurens 20 Miss Laurens County Piano "I Want You Back" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Miss South Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2009 and top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2010
2011 Bree Boyce[4] Florence 22 Miss Capital City Classical Vocal "Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio" from Madama Butterfly Top 12
2010 Desiree Puglia[5] Simpsonville 22 Miss Pendleton A Capella Tap Dance
2009 Kelly Sloan Gray Court 24 Miss Hartsville Vocal "For Once in My Life"
2008 Anna Perry Florence 23 Miss Lexington Piano "Rhapsody in Blue" Non-finalist Talent Award Daughter of Miss South Carolina 1982 Julia Hill
2007 Crystal Garrett Columbia 21 Miss Charleston Vocal "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard Top 16
2006 Shelley Benthall Florence 21 Miss Florence Vocal "A Broken Wing" Non-finalist Talent Award, Miss Congeniality Top 3 Miss South Carolina Teen 2003
2005 Erika Powell Easley 20 Miss Golden Corner Classical Vocal "Time to Say Goodbye" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award, Bernie Wayne Performing Arts Scholarship Miss South Carolina USA 2012
2004 Ann Ashley Wood Spartanburg 23 Miss Charleston Lyrical Dance "You Raise Me Up"
2003 Jessica Eddins Irmo 24 Miss North Charleston Semi-classical Vocal "And This Is My Beloved" Non-finalist Talent Award
2002 Kelly McCorkle Greenville 23 Miss Golden Corner Lyrical Ballet "I Believe" Top 15 Contestant on The Amazing Race 7 with partner Ron Young (3rd place), Half-sister of Miss South Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2008 Courtney Cisson
2001 Jeanna Raney Inman 20 Miss Greater Greer Tap Dance "Kiss Me" Top 20 Active International Scholarship for Business and Marketing
2000 Heather Hudson Lexington 22 Miss Tigertown Classical Vocal "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi Non-finalist Talent Award South Carolina's Junior Miss 1996
1999 Danielle Davis Greer 18 Miss Williamston Vocal "I Wanna Fall in Love"
1998 Wendy Willis Fountain Inn 24 Miss Camden Vocal "Operator" by The Manhattan Transfer
1997 Janet Powers Hartsville 21 Miss Southern 500 Vocal Medley "Go Tell It on the Mountain", "Gonna Build a Mountain", & "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Non-finalist Talent Award
1996 Angela Hughes Anderson[6] 21 Miss Anderson County Tap Dance "Sing, Sing, Sing" Mrs. South Carolina America 2005 under her married name, Angela Hughes-Singleton[7]
1995 Amanda Spivey Boiling Springs 22 Miss Southern 500 Soprano saxophone Solo "The Joy of Life" Non-finalist Talent Award Currently a pediatric dentist in Spartanburg[8]
1994 Kristie Greene Greenville 24 Miss Berea Comedy Vocal "Exactly Like Me"
1993 Tonya Helms 24[9] Miss Greater Greer[9] N/A N/A Minor controversy over age eligibility, Succeeded Aiken as Miss S.C. when the latter won Miss America[9]
Kimberly Clarice Aiken Columbia 18 Miss Columbia Vocal "Summertime" Winner
1992 Carrie Lee Davis Greenville 26 Miss Greenville Marimba "Csárdás" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award First Medical Doctor to compete at Miss America
1991 Ronnetta Hatcher Columbia 26 Miss Columbia Percussion
1990 Mary Gainey Hartsville 24 Miss Liberty Marimba "Scherzo for Marimba in C" 1st runner-up 3rd runner-up at Miss South Carolina USA 1990
1989 Kimilee Bryant Greenville 23 Miss Berea Classical Vocal "Je Suis Titania" from Mignon Preliminary Talent/George Cavalier Talent Award 1988 MAP Broadway actress and opera singer
1988 Anna Graham Reynolds Greenwood 23 Miss Greenwood Vocal "Mack the Knife" Daughter of Miss South Carolina 1957
1987 Nancy Humphries Myrtle Beach 21 Miss Myrtle Beach Piano Solo "The Stars and Stripes Forever" Preliminary Swimsuit Award Miss South Carolina USA 1990, Former co-host of Access Hollywood
1986 Dawn Smith Columbia 22 Miss Liberty Classical Vocal "Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Smith's sister was brutally murdered prior to her competing at Miss America. The murder story and the murderer taunting her family after the attack was reported by the media and filmed as a movie. Won "Pageant Rewind" on What Not to Wear, against two other 1986 top 10 finalists.
1985 Sherry Thrift Westminster 23 Miss Liberty Clogging "Are You From Dixie?" 1st runner-up South Carolina's Junior Miss 1980
1984 Vicki Harrell Columbia 22 Miss University of South Carolina Piano Solo
1983 Dalia Garcia Columbia 21 Miss South Congaree Vocal "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
1982 Julia Hill Florence 26 Miss Duncan-Lyman-Wellford Classical Piano "Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, 3rd Movement" Non-finalist Talent Award Mother of Miss South Carolina 2008 Anna Perry
1981 Jill Rankin Columbia 21 Miss Columbia Northeast Figure Skating "Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major"
1980 Donna Jewell Columbia 19 Miss Cayce-West Columbia Vocal "Have I Stayed Too Long At the Fair?" Pageant Coach
1979 Jane Jenkins Johns Island 23 Miss Charleston Vocal Medley "The Party's Over" & "Send in the Clowns" Has written a book Bare Feet to High Heels on her life and "Bury Me with My Pearls" Christian Humor-Amazon Best-Seller, 2015 Illumination Award and Christian Publishers Book of the Year. Southern Humorist, Professional Singer and Comedian heard on Sirius XM Radio.
1978 Mary Diane Toole Aiken 17 Miss Aiken County Ballet "Pas de Quatre" Non-finalist Talent Award
1977 Catherine Hinson Rock Hill 22 Miss Rock Hill Saxophone Medley "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" & "Flight '76" by Walter Murphy 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1976 Lavinia Cox Latta 23 Miss Rock Hill Piano Medley "The Man I Love" & "Sunny" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1975 Cynthia Anthony West Columbia 22 Miss Lexington Classical Vocal "Chacun le Sait" from La fille du régiment Top 10
1974 Cheryl Von Lehe Charleston 18 Miss Charleston Vocal "Oh Babe, What Would You Say?"
1973 Fran Riggins Easley 21 Miss Easley Vocal "All the Things You Are"
1972 Bonnie Corder Columbia 21 Miss Columbia Vocal Medley "My Man's Gone Now", "Let Me Sing", & "I'm Happy"
1971 Pamela Inabinet Swansea 21 Miss Columbia Tap Dance "Puttin' on the Ritz" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe, Featured dancer on the Miss America 1972 telecast
1970 Claudia Turner Spartanburg 19 Miss Spartanburg Vocal "Once Upon a Time" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1969 Brantlee Price Newberry 19 Miss Newberry Vocal "Got A Lot O' Living To Do"
1968 Rebecca Smith Clover 19 Miss Clover Semi-classical Vocal "America the Beautiful"
1967 Peggy White Fountain Inn 23 Miss Laurens Organ Medley "Spanish Flea" & "Flight of the Bumblebee"
1966 Barbara Harris Simpsonville 21 Miss Columbia Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus Preliminary Swimsuit Award Former Mayor of Morris Township, New Jersey, Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1965 Nancy Moore Aiken 18 Miss Aiken Piano Solo "Variations on There She Is" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Later married US Senator from South Carolina Strom Thurmond
1964 Diana Sue Smith Florence 20 Miss Florence Vocal Medley of Popular Songs
1963 Carolyn Gaines North Augusta 19 Miss North Augusta Popular Vocal
1962 Evelyn Ellis Greenville 19 Miss Columbia Interpretive Dance - Toe & Ballet "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" & "Gigi" 3rd runner-up South Carolina's Junior Miss 1961, Featured performer on the Miss America 1963 telecast
1961 Janet McGee Greenville 20 Miss Greenville Vocal "Ave Maria"
1960 Edith Sandra Browning Greenwood 19 Miss Greenwood Comic Dance / Pantomime "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1959 Nettie Dennis Moncks Corner 19 Miss Moncks Corner Vocal 2nd runner-up at Miss Dixie 1961
1958 Gene Wilson Charleston 18 Miss Charleston Vocal "If I Loved You" Non-finalist Talent award 2nd runner-up at Miss Dixie 1960
1957 Cecilia Colvert Greenwood 18 Miss Greenwood Pantomime / Vocal "C'est si bon" by Eartha Kitt Contestant at Miss Dixie 1958, Mother of Miss South Carolina 1988
1956 Marian McKnight Manning 19 Miss Manning Comedy Sketch "The Monroe Doctrine" Winner
1955 Martha Chestnut Conway Miss Conway Piano Miss Dixie 1956
1954 Polly Suber Greenville Miss Whitmire Monologue "Air Corps" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1953 Miriam Stevenson Winnsboro 20 Miss Greenwood Tap Dance Top 10 Miss South Carolina USA 1954 and Miss USA 1954 and Miss Universe 1954
1952 Mary Griffin Florence Miss Florence Classical Vocal Top 10 Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1952, 1st runner-up at Miss USA 1953 representing Myrtle Beach, 5th runner-up at Miss World 1953 representing United States
1951 Joyce Perry Conway Miss Conway Comedy Vocal "Sewing Machine" Top 10
1950 Carolyn Fowler Lyman Miss Lyman Vocal "Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me"
1949 Barrie Wingard Columbia Miss Clinton
1948 Esther Greene Greenville Miss Greenville
1947 Margaret Griffin Spartanburg Miss Spartanburg Classical Vocal
1946 Anna Morse Columbia Miss Columbia
1945 Margaret Seible Columbia Miss Columbia Drama "Life with a Southern Mammy on an Old Plantation" Non-finalist Talent Award Received the first ever Non-finalist Talent Award at the Miss America pageant
1944 Virginia Owens Columbia Miss Columbia
Gloria Mae Grisso Columbia Competed as Miss Columbia
1943 Janelle Strange Columbia Miss Columbia
Sarah Nina Harvin Columbia Competed as Miss Columbia
1942 Nelle Owens Columbia Miss Columbia Dance
Sarah Virginia Pulliam Columbia Competed as Miss Columbia
1941 Gloria Missel Charleston Miss Charleston Vocal "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"
Miriam King Charleston Competed as Miss Charleston
1940 Vonadora Baker Dillon Miss Lakeview Recitation
Mary Eleanor Parrish Dillon Tap Dance "Cocktails for Two" Preliminary Talent Award Competed as Miss Myrtle Beach
1939 Margaret Shealy Clinton Miss Clinton Vocal "Especially For You"
LaBruce Sherrill Competed as Miss Myrtle Beach
1938 Margaret Land Chester Miss Camden
1937 Wayring Smathers Columbia Miss Columbia
1927 No Miss South Carolina Claudia Harvin competed as Miss Charleston and placed as a Semi-finalist.
1926 No Miss South Carolina Dorothy Brickman competed as Miss Charleston.
1923 No Miss South Carolina Agatha G. Schachte competed as Miss Charleston.


  1. ^ "The Miss South Carolina Pageant returns to television June 28, 2014". Miss South Carolina. April 2, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ Rogerson, Karis (June 28, 2014). "Spartanburg woman named Miss South Carolina". The State. Columbia, SC: McClatchy. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ Armonaitis, Dan (June 26, 2015). "Spartanburg woman reflects on her year as Miss South Carolina". The State. Columbia, SC: McClatchy. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Otis R., Jr. (July 4, 2011). "New Miss South Carolina witty and poised". The State. Columbia, SC: McClatchy. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Healy, Lee G. (July 4, 2010). "Fireworks ring in reign of new Miss South Carolina". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, SC: New Media Investment Group. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Meet Miss South Carolina 1996". Miss America Organization. Archived from the original on July 6, 1997. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ "2005 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ http://www.dentalmom.com/ Official website of Dr. Amanda "Amy" Spivey Green in Spartanburg, SC. Accessed 12 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "New Miss S.C. may be too old for pageant rules". Spartanberg Herald-Journal. Columbia, SC. Associated Press. 25 September 1993. pp. B3. Retrieved 2 June 2014. Official documents list two different birth dates for the new Miss South Carolina, one of which would have made her too old to compete in the pageant. Tonya Leigh Helms, who competed as Miss Greater Greer, succeeded Kimberly Aiken as the state titlist this past week after Ms. Aiken won the Miss America pageant. Ms. Helms’ South Carolina driver’s license lists her birth date as Sept. 19, 1968. That would make her 25 years old, and pageant rules say Miss South Carolina contestants cannot turn 25 before Step. 30 in the year they “intend to compete in the national finals of the pageant.” The fact sheet released by pageant officials contains the same Sept. 19 birth date. But pageant directory Joseph Sanders said Ms. Helms’ won’t turn 25 until Dec. 19. He sent The Associated Press a copy of what he said is her birth certificate. That lists her birth date as Dec. 19, 1968, which would make her 24. 

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