Miss South Carolina USA

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Miss South Carolina USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Aiken
Location
Membership
Miss USA
Official language
English
Website Official website


The Miss South Carolina USA competition, previously known as Miss South Carolina Universe,[1][2] is the pageant that selects the representative for the state South Carolina in the Miss USA pageant, and the name of the title held by that winner. The pageant has been produced by Paula Miles, the sister of Miss South Carolina USA 1979, Janice McDonald, since 1980.[3]

Miriam Stevenson, South Carolina's first Miss USA and the United States' first Miss Universe, was also the first Miss USA winner to have competed at Miss America. She was the first woman to have competed at Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Universe. South Carolina's second Miss USA was Shawn Weatherly, who also went on to win Miss Universe.[4]

Four Miss South Carolina USAs have also held the Miss South Carolina Teen USA title and competed at Miss Teen USA. Two have also competed at Miss America.

Miss South Carolina USA titleholders have also competed at two other major international pageants. Gina Tolleson, first runner-up at Miss USA 1990, went on to win the Miss World crown that year, and Miss South Carolina USA 2004, Amanda Pennekamp, has also competed at the Miss Earth 2006 pageant where she made the top 16.[5]

The current titleholder is Megan Gordon of North Augusta who was crowned on the evening of November 19, 2016.

Results summary[edit]

  • Winners: Miriam Stevenson (1954), Shawn Weatherly (1980), Lu Parker (1994)
  • 1st runners-up: Betty Cherry (1956), Vickie Chesser (1970), Gina Tolleson (1990), Amanda Pennekamp (2004)
  • 2nd runners-up: Eva Engle (1969), Allison Grisso (1983), Audra Wallace (1992)
  • 3rd runner-up: Virginia Murray (1976)
  • 5th runner-up: Megan Pinckney (2013)
  • Top 5: Lauren Poppell (1999), Megan Gordon (2017)
  • Top 8: Courtney Turner (2011)
  • Top 10: Maribeth Curry (1986), April Abel (1988), Lisa Rabon (2000), Anna Hanks (2003), Lacie Lybrand (2006), Stephanie Murray Smith (2009), Christina Zapolski (2014)
  • Top 12: Kelli Gosnell (1993), Ashley Williams (2002)
  • Top 15/16: Susan Anthony Day (1953), Sara Stone (1955), Jean Spotts (1957), Patricia Ann Moss (1958), Cecelia Yoder (1963), Vicki Harrison (1965), Susan Gordon (1972), Ashley Zais (2007), Jamie Hill (2008), Erika Powell (2012), Leah Lawson (2016)

Awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Kiki Kirkland (1973)
  • Miss Photogenic: Sonja Glenn (1998)
  • Best State Costume: Vicki Chesser (1970), Virginia Murray (1976)
  • Best in Swimsuit: Lauren Poppell (1999)

Winners[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Stephanie Murray Smith, Miss South Carolina USA 2009
Lacie Lybrand, Miss South Carolina USA 2006
Amanda Pennekamp, Miss South Carolina USA 2004, competing as Miss Earth USA in the swimsuit competition at Miss Earth 2006
Maribeth Curry, Miss South Carolina USA 1986
Allison Grisso, Miss South Carolina USA 1983
Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2017 Megan Gordon North Augusta 23 Top 5
2016 Leah Lawson Laurens 21 Top 15
2015 Sarah Weishuhn Goose Creek 20
2014 Christina Zapolski Charleston 22 Top 10 Contestant on Hunted
2013 Megan Pinckney North Charleston 21 5th runner-up Previously Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2010
2012 Erika Powell Greenville 26 Top 16 Previously Miss South Carolina 2005, Top 10 at Miss America 2006; former nanny of Hugh Jackman
2011 Courtney Turner North Augusta 20 Top 8 Previously Miss United States Teen 2009
2010 Rachel Law Greenville 21
2009 Stephanie Murray Smith Goose Creek 21 Top 10 Contestant on The Amazing Race 17
2008 Jamie Hill Columbia 24 Top 15 Contestant on The Amazing Race 10
2007 Ashley Zais Newberry 20 Top 15
2006 Lacie Lybrand Lexington 23 Top 10 Miss United States 2002
2005 Sarah Medley North Charleston 18 Previously Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2001
2004 Amanda Pennekamp Columbia 22 1st runner-up Later Miss Earth USA 2006 and top 16 semifinalist at Miss Earth 2006
2003 Anna Hanks Belton 21 Top 10 Miss United States 2005
2002 Ashley Williams Little Mountain 20 Top 10
2001 Candace Richards[6] Fountain Inn[6] 24[6]
2000 Lisa Rabon Myrtle Beach 21 Top 10
1999 Lauren Poppell Rock Hill 23 Top 5 Best in Swimsuit Previously Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1993, Top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1993
1998 Sonja Glenn[7] Chesnee[7] 21 Miss Photogenic[8]
1997 Casey Mizell Irmo 22
1996 Lysa Jackson Charleston 19
1995 Danielle Corley[9] Lexington[9] 23[9]
1994 Lu Parker Charleston 26 Miss USA 1994 Top 6 finalist at Miss Universe 1994
1993 Kelli Gosnell Pacolet 22 Semi-finalist
1992 Audra Wallace Charleston 22 2nd Runner-up 2nd runner up at Miss World USA 1993
1991 Traci Rufty Columbia 21
1990 Gina Tolleson[10] Spartanburg[10] 20[10] 1st Runner-up[11] Later Miss World America 1990 and Miss World 1990
1989 Angela Shuler Rock Hill 21 Previously Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1986
1988 April Abel[12] Johnston 20 Semi-finalist
1987 Elizabeth Woodard[13] Aiken[13] 21 Previously Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1983
1986 Maribeth Curry[14] Mauldin[15] 20 Semi-finalist
1985 Ann Margarete Hughes Charleston
1984 Ginger Greer Lugoff
1983 Allison Grisso[16] Columbia[16] 21[16] 2nd Runner-up
1982 Margo Wood Columbia
1981 Zade Turner[17] Myrtle Beach 21
1980 Shawn Weatherly[4] Sumter 20 Miss USA 1980 Miss Universe 1980[4]
1979 Janice McDonald Myrtle Beach Co-founder of RPM Productions with her sister Paula Miles
1978 Kathryn Threatt Pickens
1977 Pam Hoover Florence
1976 Virginia Murray Chester 3rd Runner-up[18] Best Costume Flight attendant and survivor of United Airlines Flight 232[19]
1975 Robin Morris[20] Greenville[20]
1974 Carol Lynn Hollis[21] Rock Hill
1973 Kiki Kirkland[22] Newberry[22] 21[22] Congeniality
1972 Susan Gordon Rock Hill Semi-finalist Non-finalist at Miss World USA 1970 representing South Carolina
1971 Eunice Campbell[23] Eastover[23]
1970 Vicki Chesser[24][25] Mt. Pleasant 19 1st Runner-up Best Costume
1969 Eva Engle Columbia 2nd Runner-up
1968 Kathryn Knoy
1967 Hope Patterson
1966 Joselyn Alarie
1965 Vicki Harrison Semi-finalist
1964 Judy Kennedy[2]
1963 Cecelia Yoder Semifinalist Represented South Carolina in Miss World America 1963 but did not place.
1962 Judy Clyburn
1961 Yvonne Quick[1]
1960 Margaret Thompson
1959 Mary Powell
1958 Patricia Ann Moss Semi-finalist
1957 Jean Spotts Semi-finalist
1956 Betty Cherry Columbia 1st Runner-up Later Miss World United States 1956, 1st runner up at Miss World 1956.
1955 Sara Stone Semi-finalist
1954 Miriam Stevenson Winnsboro 20 Miss USA 1954 Miss Universe 1954
Previously Miss South Carolina 1953
1953 Susan Anthony Day Semi-finalist
1952 Margie Allen

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Limestone's Beauties". The Gaffney Ledger. 27 June 1961. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Winthrop Girl wins state 'Universe' title". The Index-Journal. 20 June 1964. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ Price, Mark (13 November 2006). "Woman responsible for share of Cinderellas". The Desert Sun. p. D5. 
  4. ^ a b c "Clemson co-ed hopes history will repeat itself at pageant". The Greenville News. 29 November 1989. p. 28 – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ Lucas, Lynne (24 November 1991). "A Different World". The Greenville News. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ a b c Powell, Lynne (15 November 2000). "Limestone College fund director is Miss South Carolina USA". The Gaffney Ledger. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ a b "Wofford Senior from Chesnee crowned Miss South Carolina USA". The Greenville News. 5 November 1997 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "Miss Photogenic". The Greenville News. 8 March 1998. p. B1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ a b c "New Miss South Carolina USA crowned". The Greenville News. 28 November 1994. p. 2A – via Newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ a b c "Spartanburg woman wins state beauty title". The Greenville News. 5 December 1989 – via Newspapers.com. 
  11. ^ "Miss Michigan chosen Miss USA". The Gettysburg Times. 3 March 1990. p. 1. 
  12. ^ "Miss South Carolina USA". The Index-Journal. 9 November 1987 – via Newspapers.com. 
  13. ^ a b "Aiken student named Miss South Carolina". 1 December 1986. p. 3B – via Newspapers.com. 
  14. ^ Norman, Diane (1986-03-23). "Golden Thread is Common Theme for Miss South Carolina USA". Herald-Journal. 
  15. ^ The Associated Press (16 February 1986). "Mauldin Teen Crowned Miss South Carolina-USA". The Greenville News – via Newspapers.com. 
  16. ^ a b c "Miss SC USA Crowned". The Index-Journals. 7 February 1983. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com. 
  17. ^ "Miss South Carolina-USA likes Baryshnikov". The Rock Hill Herald. 1981-02-07. 
  18. ^ The Associated Press (21 July 1989). "Five North Carolinians survive crash; 2 killed". Asheville Citizen-Times. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  19. ^ The Associated Press (21 July 1989). "Five North Carolinians survive crash; 2 killed". Asheville Citizen-Times. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  20. ^ a b "Greenville Girl wins SC-USA Title". The Aiken Standard. 31 March 1975. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  21. ^ "Rock Hill Woman wins Beauty Title". The Greenville News. 1 April 1974. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com. 
  22. ^ a b c "Miss SC-USA Plans to Leave For Pageant in New York May 11". The Greenville News. 2 May 1973. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com. 
  23. ^ a b "New Queen". Florence Morning News. 22 March 1971 – via Newspapers.com. 
  24. ^ "Bishopville Beauty Runner-up in Contest". The Sumter Daily Item. 21 March 1971. p. 5B. 
  25. ^ "2 Upstate Residents to Seek Title". The Greenville News. 4 March 1971. p. 33 – via Newspapers.com. 

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