Miss Texas

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This article is about the state pageant to select a Texas delegate to the Miss America pageant. For the Miss USA state pageant, see Miss Texas USA.
Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008
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The Miss Texas competition was founded in 1937 as a scholarship contest for young women. The winner represents Texas in the Miss America pageant; three winners have gone on to be crowned Miss America (but none since 1975). Almost all contestants have either received or are in the process of earning college or postgraduate degrees and utilize Miss Texas scholarship awards for furthering their education.

To become Miss Texas, a contestant must first win a local competition, a process requiring personal commitment, hard work, and talent. A young woman may compete at the local and state level more than once, but may only compete in the national Miss America competition one time. Hundreds of women participate each year in the local pageants, culminating in the selection of local finalists who compete for the Miss Texas title in July. The state pageant was held in Fort Worth for 36 years before relocating to the University of Texas at Arlington's Texas Hall in 2009. In 2012, the pageant moved to the Allen Event Center in suburban Collin County.[1] 2014 marked the beginning of the Miss Texas pageant at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas.[2]

Once chosen, Miss Texas and the local winners become representatives of their generation, using their stature to address community service matters and other contemporary issues, which are of particular relevance to young Texans and women.

In 2010, Miss Texas celebrated its 75th anniversary, and Randy Pruett wrote a book, A Dream as Big as Texas, to document the stories of the 75 women that were crowned Miss Texas.[3]


Year Name Hometown Local Title Age Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Caroline Carothers San Antonio Miss Plano 20 Baton Twirling Top 7
2015 Shannon Sanderford Coppell Miss Fort Worth 23 Vocal, "Son of a Preacher Man" Top 10
2014 Monique Evans[4][5] Austin Miss Park Cities 22 Ballet en Pointe "Requiem for a Tower" Top 16 Born in Naples, Florida, but lives in Austin as a UT student
2013 Ivana Hall[6][7] Cedar Hill Miss North Texas 23 Vocal "Fever" Top 10 Later Miss Oklahoma World 2015, top 22 at Miss World America 2015
2012 DaNae Couch[8] Coppell Miss Dallas 23 Twirling "Last Dance" Top 10
2011 Kendall Morris Ennis Miss Frisco 20 Piano "New World Symphony" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Louanne Gamba (LuLu) Instrumental Award Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2006
2010 Ashley Melnick[3][9] Dallas Miss Fort Worth 21 Vocal "I Surrender" Top 12
2009 Kristen Blair Southlake Miss North Texas 22 Classical Vocal "Chi il bel sogno di doretta" from "La rondine" Top 10
2008 Rebecca Robinson[10] Buffalo Miss Longview 24 Tap Dance "Hey Pachuco" Miss Congeniality Miss Teen Texas 2000
2007 Molly Hazlett Centerville Miss Longview 21 Character Jazz en Pointe "Rich Man's Frug" from Sweet Charity Top 8 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
2006 Shilah Phillips Plano Miss Frisco 25 Vocal "I Believe in You and Me" 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Shilah Precious Phillips was the first African American to win Miss Texas title
2005 Morgan Matlock Lamesa Miss Fort Worth 24 Vocal Medley "Come Rain or Come Shine" & "What Kind of Fool Am I?" Top 10
2004 Jamie Story Bedford Miss Arlington 23 Classical Piano "Mendelssohn's Concerto No. 1 in G Minor" Top 10
2003 Sunni Cranfill Hooks Miss Amarillo Area 23 Ballet en Pointe "Carmen Fantasy" Non-finalist Talent Award Dallas Cowboys cheerleader in 2009
2002 Mary Lisa Dalzell Magnolia Miss Lake O' The Pines 23 Flute Medley "Shenandoah" & "Dueling Banjos" Top 10 Preliminary Interview Award Morning Anchor at CBS affiliate in Tyler, TX
2001 Stacy James Texarkana Miss Lake O' The Pines 22 Vocal "Man of La Mancha" Top 20
2000 Tara Watson Lufkin Miss Hurst-Euless-Bedford 22 Vocal "I've Got a Crush on You" Top 10 Miss Teen Texas 1993
1999 Yanci Yarbrough Childress Miss Hurst-Euless-Bedford 24 Vocal Medley "Come In From the Rain" & "Stormy Weather" 4th runner-up Vocalist working with Fellowship Church
1998 Tatum Hubbard Odessa Miss Arlington 24 Jazz Dance "Hit Me With a Hot Note And Watch Me Bounce" from Sophisticated Ladies Main anchor at CBS affiliate in Midland-Odessa (KOSA-TV)
1997 Reagan Hughes Midland Miss Lake O' The Pines 23 Dramatic Vocal "I Dreamed a Dream"
1996 Michelle Martinez Dallas Miss Dallas 23 Classical Piano "Chopin's Ballade in G Minor" Top 10
1995 Carly Jarmon Mesquite Miss Oak Cliff 19 Vocal "Stand by Your Man" Miss Teen Texas 1992
1994 Arian Archer Borger Miss Amarillo Area 20 Vocal "Almost Over You" Top 10
1993 BaShara Chandler Garland Miss Northeast Texas 21 Piano "4th Movement of Sonata in C" by Alberto Ginastera Non-finalist Interview Award
1992 Amy Parker[11] Carrollton Miss Tarrant County 22 Vocal "A Sunday Kind of Love"
1991 Rhonda Morrison[12] Coldspring Miss Lake O' The Pines 21 Vocal "My Funny Valentine" Top 10
1990 Suzanne Lawrence[13] Humble Miss Humble/Kingwood 21 Country Vocal "Sweet Dreams" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award, Quality of Life Award
1989 Leah Kay Lyle[14] Plainview Miss Haltom-Richland Area 22 Piano "Sonata Opus 22" by Alberto Ginastera Top 10
1988 Cathy Castro[15] McAllen Miss Duncanville 22 Ballet en Pointe "Les toreadors" First Hispanic to win Miss Texas title[16]
1987 Rita Jo Thompson[17] Lufkin Miss Greenville 22 Jazz Dance "An American Trilogy" Top 10
1986 Stephany Samone Dallas Miss Grand Prairie 25 Country Vocal "Stand By Your Man" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award[18] Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Show Troupe
1985 Jonna Fitzgerald Tyler Miss Greenville 21 Fiddle "Csárdás" & "Orange Blossom Special"[19] 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Toured with 1986 Miss America Gillette Show Troupe
1984 Tamara Hext Fort Worth Miss Arlington 21 Vocal "I've Got a Crush On You" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award[20]
1983 Dana Rogers[21] Boerne Miss San Antonio 22 Vocal "An American Trilogy" Top 10 Featured performer at Miss America 1985 pageant
1982 Gloria Gilbert[22] Millsap Miss Palo Pinto County 20 Ventriloquism & Vocal "I've Been Everywhere" Non-finalist Talent Award National Sweetheart 1981, Toured with 1986 Miss America Gillette Show Troupe, Longtime hostess of the Miss Texas pageant television broadcast
1981 Sheri Ryman Texas City Miss Texas A&M 20 Gymnastics "Theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind" 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award[23] Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1980 Terri Eoff[24] Lubbock Miss Lubbock 19 Dramatic performance from "A Bad Play For an Old Lady" Top 10 Actress appeared on soap opera Search for Tomorrow
1979 Lex Ann Haughey Hurst Miss Haltom-Richland Area 20 Flute "Flight of the Bumblebee" & "Flight '76" by Walter Murphy
1978 Sandi Miller[25] Mesquite Miss Red Bird Area 20 Classical Piano "Gershwin's 2nd Concerto in F Minor" Top 10 Mrs. Texas 1988
1977 Lori Smith Fort Worth Miss Haltom-Richland Area 20 Vocal "Moanin' Low" Top 10 Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1976 Carmen McCollum Odessa Miss West Texas 19 Saxophone Medley "Wabash Cannonball", "Yakety Sax", & "If He Walked Into My Life" from Mame 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award, Preliminary Swimsuit Award[26]
1975 Mary Ellen Richardson Waco Miss Waco 20 Classical Vocal "The Jewel Song" from Faust Top 10
1974 Phyllis Barger[27] Miss Houston Ballet en Pointe Assumed title after Shirley Cothran won Miss America title. Barger was 3rd runner-up to Cothran but the 1st and 2nd runners-up turned down the title to honor show business and entertainment commitments.
Shirley Cothran[28] Denton Miss Haltom-Richland Area 21 Flute Medley "Bumble Boogie" & "Swingin' Shepherd Blues" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1973 Judy Mallett Beaumont Miss Haltom-Richland Area Fiddle "Csárdás" & "Orange Blossom Special" Top 10 Toured with Miss America USO Troupe, Performed in halftime show of Super Bowl VIII
1972 Mae Beth Cormany Wichita Falls Miss Hurst-Euless-Bedford Vocal "Misty" & "Come Rain or Come Shine" 3rd runner-up Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1971 Janice Bain[29] San Antonio Miss White Settlement 21 Classical Vocal "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi
1970 Belinda Myrick Odessa Miss West Texas Country Vocal Assumed title after Phyllis George won Miss America title, Toured with Miss America USO Troupe[30]
Phyllis George[31] Denton Miss Dallas 21 Piano Medley "Promises, Promises" & "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award One of the first women sportscasters on network television as co-host of NFL Today on CBS (1975–77, 1980–83)
1969 Dana Dowell White Oak Miss Longview 19 Drum Set Solo "Cute"
1968 Glenda Propes[32] Henderson Miss Rusk County 18 Vocal and Dance (Broadway) Assumed title after Diane Hugghins resigned
Diane Hugghins[33] Tyler Miss Nacogdoches 20 Jazz Dance "Put on a Happy Face" from Bye Bye Birdie Resigned after competing at Miss America
1967 Molly Grubb Fort Worth Miss Fort Worth 20 Ballet en Pointe "La Périchole"
1966 Susan Logan San Angelo Miss Lubbock 19 Dramatic Monologue from Gone with the Wind Top 10
1965 Mary Lou Butler[34] Irving Miss Nacogdoches 19 Vocal
1964 Lenda Varley Fort Worth Miss Fort Worth 19 Vocal Did not compete at Miss America, Assumed title after Sharon McCauley resigned[35]
Sharon McCauley[36] Athens Miss Athens 20 Vocal "Let Me Entertain You" from Gypsy: A Musical Fable 3rd runner-up Resigned to marry Miss Texas stage director[35]
1963 Jeanne Amacker Beaumont Miss Austin Vocal "When You Wish upon a Star"
1962 Penny Lee Rudd Waskom Miss Marshall 19 Jazz Dance "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" 2nd runner-up
1961 Linda Loftis Fort Worth Miss Fort Worth 19 Classical Vocal "Sempre Libera" from La traviata 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1960 Mary Cage Moore Laredo Miss Dallas 18 Spanish Dance to music by Manuel de Falla Non-finalist Talent Award
1959 Marilyn Turner Fort Worth Miss Fort Worth 19 Ballet en Pointe Non-finalist Talent Award
1958 Mary Nell Hendricks Arlington Miss Arlington Vocal "Getting to Know You" Top 10 Contestant at Miss Dixie 1959
1957 Carolyn Calvert Austin Miss Austin Monologue from "Medea" Contestant at Miss Dixie 1958
1956 Barbara Murry Houston Miss Houston Vocal Contestant at Miss Dixie 1957
1955 June Prichard Seymour Miss West Texas Horseback riding and rodeo events 1st runner-up at Miss Dixie 1957
1954 Yvonne Erwin Dallas Miss Dallas Piano & Art
1953 Paula Lane Cleburne Miss Cleburne Fashion design & Speech
1952 Connie Hopping Littlefield Miss Littlefield Vocal
1951 Glenda Holcomb Odessa Miss West Texas Dramatic Monologue
1950 Margaret Sommers Dallas Miss Dallas Classical Vocal "Jealousy" Top 16
1949 Ysleta Leissner Fort Worth Miss Fort Worth Ballet en Pointe
1948 Bonnie Jean Bland Orange Miss Orange Vocal/Art Display "Put the Blame on Mame"
1947 Luna McClain Lufkin Miss Lufkin Vocal "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" & "Cowboy Boogie" Miss Congeniality
1946 D. Anne Wisener University Park Miss University Park Vocal "Embraceable You"
1945 Polly Below Galveston Miss Galveston Vocal Top 13
1944 Joyce Courrege Orange Miss Orange Comedy Monologue Miss Congeniality
1942 Jo-Carroll Dennison Tyler Miss Tyler 19 Vocal and Dance "Deep in the Heart of Texas" Winner Preliminary Talent Award, Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1940/41 Gloria Ann Byrns Evans Port Arthur Miss Port Arthur Tap Dance & Baton Twirling Returned to represent Texas in 1941 because Texas held on contest in 1941, withdrew from Miss America contest due to illness [37] [38]
1939 Charmayne Smith Dallas Miss Dallas Vocal "Round-Up Time in Texas" Top 15
1937 Alice Emerick Fort Worth Miss Fort Worth Tap Dance 1st runner-up
1936 Patricia Allen Green Corpus Christi Miss Corpus Christi Top 15 Competed as Miss Corpus Christi
1927 No Miss Texas Moselle Ransome competed as Miss Dallas and placed as 1st runner-up. Juanita Gilbert competed as Miss Fort Worth.
1926 No Miss Texas Rosebud Blondell competed as Miss Dallas and was a Finalist. Also representing Texas were Winnie Law, Miss Fort Worth and Zasada Lord, Miss Houston.
1925 No Miss Texas Representing Texas were: Elinore Wilkens, Miss Dallas; Mary Louise Kilman, Miss Fort Worth; and Edna Francis, Miss Houston
1924 No Miss Texas representing Texas were: Vera Simpson, Miss Austin; Freeda Rowley, Miss Beaumont; Etta Mae Collins, Miss Dallas; Hazel Doolin, Miss Fort Worth; Lorraine Holzhaus, Miss Galveston; Mary C. Wilmot, Miss Houston; Katherine Hensley, Miss San Antonio; and Thelma Kirsch, Miss Texas City. There was also a Miss Irvington who competed but whose name is not known.
1923 No Miss Texas representing Texas were: Ruth Elizabeth Brand, Miss Dallas; Bessie Laurene Roosa, Miss Fort Worth; Gladys M. Webber, Miss Houston; and Katherine Hensley, Miss San Antonio

In popular culture[edit]

In the long-running television series Dallas, the character Sue Ellen Ewing had purportedly won the title of Miss Texas in 1967, long before the events of the show took place (1978–91). She had entered the pageant as Miss Dallas.[39]

The song "Almost" by the band Bowling for Soup features the line, "I almost dropped out of school at fourteen where I almost made out with the Homecoming Queen, who almost went on to be Miss Texas, but lost to a slut with much bigger breasts."


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