Miss Teenage America

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The Miss Teenage America Pageant was started in 1961 as a pageant for high school girls. It was sponsored by Dr. Pepper. From 1961–1967 Dallas, Texas hosted the national pageant. Then, from 1968–1973 the pageant was held in Fort Worth, Texas. Afterwards, different cities throughout the United States hosted the national pageant.

Unlike today's Miss Teen USA and Miss America's Outstanding Teen, this pageant featured girls representing cities and not states. The contestants aged between 13 and 17. There was also a talent segment. The organizers experimented with the finalist formats until 1967, when it was fixed at 8 finalists and then the Top 4. Finalists were always announced the night before the finals.

The winners received a four-year college scholarship, a car from Chrysler or Dodge, cash, a personal appearance contract, as well as Dr. Pepper and American Airline Stock Shares.

in 1976, Bob Hope, Erma Bombeck and Judith Houghton co-wrote the book "Miss Teenage America Tells How to Make Good Things Happen." The book was copyrighted by Miss Teenage America, Inc. All book proceeds were placed into a scholarship fund for the contestants. Abelard-Schuman published the book. The organization also printed and sold punch out paper doll sets featuring the reigning queen.

Hosts included Sally Field, Johnny Carson, Bob Barker, and Dick Clark. In 1975, NBC televised the national pageant. Bob Hope started hosting the pageant in 1976. Other notable hosts include Bud Collyer and John Davidson. The pageant was later televised on CBS with Richard Thomas as host. On February 15, 1979 the event was televised at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee with Anson Williams hosting.

Dr. Pepper sold the pageant to Teen Magazine in 1981.

  • Miss Teenage America 1962 - Diane Lynne Cox (Richmond, VA)[1]
  • Miss Teenage America 1963 - Darla Banks (Fresno, CA)[2]
  • Miss Teenage America 1964 - Judy Doll (Akron, OH)*[3]
  • Miss Teenage America 1965 - Carolyn Mignini (Baltimore, MD)[4]
  • Miss Teenage America 1966 - Colette Daiute (New York City, NY)[5]
  • Miss Teenage America 1967 - Sandy Roberts (Milpitas, CA)[6]
  • Miss Teenage America 1968 - Stephanie Ann Crane (St. Louis, MO)[7]
  • Miss Teenage America 1969 - Melissa Babish (Pittsburgh, PA)[8][9]
  • Miss Teenage America 1970 - Debbie Patton (Odessa, TX)[10]
  • Miss Teenage America 1971 - Rewa Walsh (Magnolia High School, Anaheim, CA)[11]
  • Miss Teenage America 1972 - Mary Colleen Fitzpatrick (Lancaster High School, Lancaster, OH)[12]
  • Miss Teenage America 1973 - Melissa Marie Galbraith
  • Miss Teenage America 1974 - Lori Matsukawa (Honolulu, HI)[13]
  • Miss Teenage America 1975 - Karen Peterson (Toledo, OH)[14]
  • Miss Teenage America 1976 - Cathy Durden (Honolulu, HI)[15]
  • Miss Teenage America 1977 - Becky Reid (Dallas, TX)[16]
  • Miss Teenage America 1978 - Leslie Griffiths (Anchorage, AK)[17]
  • Miss Teenage America 1979 - Lori Heeren (Sioux City, IA)[18]
  • Miss Teenage America 1983 - Amy Sue Brenkacz (Chicago, IL)
  • Miss Teenage America 1984 - Laura Baxter (Danville, CA)
  • Miss Teenage America 1988 - Diane Dovell (Columbus, OH) [19]
  • Miss Teenage America 1989 - Lisa Morgan (Beaupre, IL) [20]
  • Miss Teenage America 1991 - Elizabeth Nuckles (Fletchers Ridge, VA)[21]
  • Miss Teenage America 1992 - Samantha Zogg (University of San Diego High School, CA) <"'Teen Magazine" March 1992>
  • Miss Teenage America 1993 - Mary Nguyen (Fullerton, CA)[22]
  • Miss Teenage America 1997 - Brooke Allen [23]
  • Miss Teenage America 1998 - Megan Weber[24]

Miss Teenage America 1964, Judy Doll, gave up her crown on May 19, 1964, to get married on May 31, 1964, to George Wolfe, a junior at Central Michigan University. The first runner-up, Jeanine Zavrel of Washington, DC, was awarded the title.[25]

Former Contestants[edit]

Constance Ramos, (ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Building and Planning Designer, Host of HGTV's Color Correction,) Miss Teenage Kansas City, 1979

References[edit]

It is very likely that Traci Reed, Miss Teenage Los Angeles was the first African American to compete in a nationally televised beauty pageant in fall of 1966, She was also one of the seven finalists and later had a starring role in one of the first TV sitcom about a black couple. Donna Taylor Gann, Miss Teenage Lexington, Ky. 1966.