Miss Texas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008
Molly Hazlett, Miss Texas 2007
Shirley Cothran, Miss Texas 1974 and Miss America 1975 aboard USS John F. Kennedy
Phyllis George, Miss Texas 1970 and Miss America 1971 in 2008

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]

Margana Wood of Austin was crowned Miss Texas 2017 on July 1, 2017 at Eisemann Center in Richardson, Texas. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2018 on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Results summary[edit]

The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.

Placements[edit]

  • Miss Americas: Jo-Carroll Dennison (1942), Phyllis George (1971), Shirley Cothran (1975)
  • 1st runners-up: Moselle Ransome (1927), Alice Emerick (1937), Shilah Phillips (2007)
  • 2nd runners-up: Penny Lee Rudd (1963), Carmen McCollum (1977), Jonna Fitzgerald (1986)
  • 3rd runners-up: Linda Loftis (1962), Sharon McCauley (1965), Mae Beth Cormany (1973), Suzanne Lawrence (1991)
  • 4th runners-up: Sheri Ryman (1982), Tamara Hext (1985), Yanci Yarbrough (2000), Margana Wood (2018)
  • Top 7: Caroline Carothers (2017)
  • Top 8: Molly Hazlett (2008)
  • Top 10: Mary Nell Hendricks (1959), Susan Logan (1967), Judy Mallett (1974), Mary Ellen Richardson (1976), Lori Smith (1978), Sandi Miller (1979), Terri Eoff (1981), Dana Rogers (1984), Stephany Samone (1987), Rita Jo Thompson (1988), Leah Kay Lyle (1990), Rhonda Morrison (1992), Arian Archer (1995), Michelle Martinez (1997), Tara Watson (2001), Mary Lisa Dalzell (2003), Jamie Story (2005), Morgan Matlock (2006), Kristen Blair (2010), Kendall Morris (2012), DaNae Couch (2013), Ivana Hall (2014), Shannon Sanderford (2016)
  • Top 12: Ashley Melnick (2011)
  • Top 13: Polly Below (1945)
  • Top 15: Rosebud Blondell (1926), Patricia Allen Green (1936), Charmayne Smith (1939)
  • Top 16: Margaret Sommers (1951), Monique Evans (2015)
  • Top 20: Stacy James (2002)
  • Top 23: Ruth Elizabeth Brand (1923)

Awards[edit]

Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Marilyn Turner (1960), Mary Cage Moore (1961), Gloria Gilbert (1983), Sunni Cranfill (2004)
  • Non-finalist Interview: BaShara Chandler (1994)

Other awards[edit]

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Local Title Age Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2017 Margana Wood[4] Houston Miss Travis County 22 Contemporary Dance, "When We Were Young" by Adele 4th runner-up[5] Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award[6] Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2012
Top 8 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013 pageant
2016 Caroline Carothers San Antonio Miss Plano 20 Baton Twirling, "Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago (musical) Top 7
2015 Shannon Sanderford Coppell Miss Fort Worth 23 Vocal, "Son of a Preacher Man" Top 10
2014 Monique Evans[7][8] Austin Miss Park Cities 22 Ballet en Pointe "Requiem for a Tower" Top 16
2013 Ivana Hall[9][10] Cedar Hill Miss North Texas 23 Vocal "Fever" Top 10 Later Miss Oklahoma World 2015
Top 22 at Miss World America 2015 pageant
2012 DaNae Couch[11] Coppell Miss Dallas 23 Twirling "Last Dance" Top 10
2011 Kendall Morris Ennis Miss Frisco 20 Piano "New World Symphony" Top 10 Louanne Gamba Instrumental Award

Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2006
2010 Ashley Melnick[3][12] 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[13] Buffalo Miss Longview 24 Tap Dance "Hey Pachuco" Miss Congeniality Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 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 First African American to win Miss Texas title[citation needed]
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 Later Dallas Cowboys cheerleader in 2009[citation needed]
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, Texas[citation needed]
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 Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 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[citation needed]
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)[citation needed]
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" Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 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[14] Carrollton Miss Tarrant County 22 Vocal "A Sunday Kind of Love"
1991 Rhonda Morrison[15] Coldspring Miss Lake O' The Pines 21 Vocal "My Funny Valentine" Top 10
1990 Suzanne Lawrence[16] Humble Miss Humble/Kingwood 21 Country Vocal "Sweet Dreams" 3rd runner-up Quality of Life Award Winner

Preliminary Talent Award
1989 Leah Kay Lyle[17] Plainview Miss Haltom-Richland Area 22 Piano "Sonata Opus 22" by Alberto Ginastera Top 10
1988 Cathy Castro[18] McAllen Miss Duncanville 22 Ballet en Pointe "Les toreadors" First Hispanic woman to win Miss Texas title[19]
1987 Rita Jo Thompson[20] 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[21] Toured with the 1987 Miss America USO Troupe
1985 Jonna Fitzgerald Tyler Miss Greenville 21 Fiddle "Csárdás" & "Orange Blossom Special"[22] 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Toured with 1986 Miss America USO Troupe
1984 Tamara Hext Fort Worth Miss Arlington 21 Vocal "I've Got a Crush On You" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award[23]
1983 Dana Rogers[24] Boerne Miss San Antonio 22 Vocal "An American Trilogy" Top 10 Featured performer at Miss America 1985 pageant
1982 Gloria Gilbert[25] Millsap Miss Palo Pinto County 20 Ventriloquism & Vocal "I've Been Everywhere" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously National Sweetheart 1981

Toured with 1986 Miss America USO Troupe

Longtime hostess of the Miss Texas pageant television broadcast[citation needed]
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[26] Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1980 Terri Eoff[27] Lubbock Miss Lubbock 19 Dramatic performance from "A Bad Play For an Old Lady" Top 10 Actress appeared on soap opera Search for Tomorrow[citation needed]
1979 Lex Ann Haughey Hurst Miss Haltom-Richland Area 20 Flute "Flight of the Bumblebee" & "Flight '76" by Walter Murphy
1978 Sandi Miller[28] Mesquite Miss Red Bird Area 20 Classical Piano "Gershwin's 2nd Concerto in F Minor" Top 10 Later 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 Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award[29]
1975 Mary Ellen Richardson Waco Miss Waco 20 Classical Vocal "The Jewel Song" from Faust Top 10
1974 Phyllis Barger[30] Miss Houston Ballet en Pointe Assumed title after Cothran won Miss America 1975 title

3rd runner-up to Cothran at Miss Texas 1974 after 1st and 2nd runners-up turned down the title
Shirley Cothran[31] 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[citation needed]
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[32] San Antonio Miss White Settlement 21 Classical Vocal "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi
1970 Belinda Myrick Odessa Miss West Texas Country Vocal N/A N/A Assumed title after George won Miss America 1971 title

Toured with Miss America USO Troupe[33]
Phyllis George[34] 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)[citation needed]
1969 Dana Dowell White Oak Miss Longview 19 Drum Set Solo "Cute"
1968 Glenda Propes[35] Henderson Miss Rusk County 18 Vocal and Dance (Broadway) N/A N/A Assumed title after Hugghins resigned
Diane Hugghins[36] Tyler Miss Nacogdoches 20 Jazz Dance "Put on a Happy Face" from Bye Bye Birdie Resigned after competing at Miss America 1969
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[37] Irving Miss Nacogdoches 19 Vocal
1964 Lenda Varley Fort Worth Miss Fort Worth 19 Vocal N/A N/A Assumed title after McCauley resigned[38]
Sharon McCauley[39] Athens Miss Athens 20 Vocal "Let Me Entertain You" from Gypsy: A Musical Fable 3rd runner-up After competing at Miss America 1965, resigned to marry the Miss Texas stage director[38]
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 Murray 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
1943
No Texas representative at Miss America pageant
1942 Jo-Carroll Dennison Tyler Miss Tyler 19 Vocal and Dance "Deep in the Heart of Texas" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1941 Gloria Ann Byrns Port Arthur Miss Port Arthur Tap Dance & Baton Twirling N/A N/A Returned as Miss Texas in 1941 because Texas held on contest

Withdrew from Miss America 1941 contest due to illness[40][41]
1940
1939 Charmayne Smith Dallas Miss Dallas Vocal "Round-Up Time in Texas" Top 15
1938
No Texas representative at Miss America pageant
1937 Olive Henderson Miss San Antonio Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Alice Emerick Fort Worth Miss Texas Tap Dance 1st runner-up
1936 Patricia Allen Green Corpus Christi Miss Corpus Christi Top 15 No Miss Texas

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1935
No Texas representative at Miss America pageant
1934
No pageant was held
1933
No Texas representative at Miss America pageant
1932
No pageants were held
1931
1930
1929
1928
1927 Moselle Ransome Miss Dallas 1st runner-up Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mildred Casad Miss El Paso
Juanita Gilbert Miss Fort Worth
1926 Rosebud Blondell Miss Dallas Top 15 Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Winnie Law Miss Fort Worth
Zasada Lord Miss Houston
1925 Elinore Wilkens Miss Dallas Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mary Louise Kilman Miss Fort Worth
Edna Francis Miss Houston
1924 Vera Simpson Miss Austin Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Freeda Rowley Miss Beaumont
Etta Mae Collins Miss Dallas
Hazel Doolin Miss Fort Worth
Lorraine Holzhaus Miss Galveston
Mary C. Wilmot Miss Houston
Name not known Miss Irvington
Katherine Hensley Miss San Antonio
Thelma Kirsch Miss Texas City
1923 Ruth Elizabeth Brand Miss Dallas Top 23 Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Bessie Laurene Roosa Miss Fort Worth
Gladys M. Webber Miss Houston
Katherine Hensley Miss San Antonio
1922
No Texas representative at Miss America pageant
1921

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.[42]

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."[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walker, Patrick M. (June 26, 2012). "Miss Texas will don crown in Allen instead of Arlington". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Fort Worth, TX. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Miss Texas Pageant To Move to The Eisemann Center". Focus Daily News. DeSoto, TX. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Lee, Jordan (June 29, 2012). "Miss Texas Turns 75". Fort Worth, TX: KXAS-TV. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Aggies make it to final rounds of Miss Texas pageant". Bryan-College Station Eagle. July 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ Uhler, Tom (September 12, 2017). "Miss Texas didn’t win Miss America. But her comments won her millions of new fans". The Sacramento Bee. 
  6. ^ "Texas, Utah Win 1st Night of Miss America Preliminaries". US News and World Report. September 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ Alexander, Heather (July 8, 2014). "New Miss Texas is UT student and professional ballerina". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Begley, Emily (July 12, 2014). "Naples native takes Miss Texas title". Naples Daily News. Naples, FL. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ Betsill, Jay (July 8, 2013). "Ivana Hall is crowned Miss Texas 2013". Fort Worth, TX. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Cedar Hill native crowned Miss Texas". Focus Daily News. DeSoto, TX. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ Pressley, Ty (July 9, 2012). "Miss Dallas Wins Miss Texas". Fort Worth, TX: KXAS-TV. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ McFarland, Susan (July 3, 2010). "Miss Fort Worth is crowned the 75th Miss Texas". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Fort Worth, TX. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Another Miss Longview wins Miss Texas". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Fort Worth, TX. Associated Press. July 5, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Tarrant County's Amy Parker wins Miss Texas crown". The Victoria Advocate. 1992-07-12. 
  15. ^ "Arlington Coed wins Miss Texas". The Victoria Advocate. 
  16. ^ "Miss Texas crowned in Fort Worth". The Victoria Advocate. 1990-07-15. 
  17. ^ "Plainview Woman 1989 Miss Texas". The Victoria Advocate. 1989-07-09. 
  18. ^ "New Miss Texas Eyes Next Goal". The Victoria Advocate. 1988-07-11. 
  19. ^ Lopez, Russell (1988-07-11). "Miss Texas a Winner for her Perseverance". The Dallas Morning News. 
  20. ^ Puga, Ana (1987-07-13). "Discipline pays off for new Miss Texas". The Dallas Morning News. 
  21. ^ "Early Winners". The Times-News. 1986-09-11. 
  22. ^ "Talent Selections Spice Up Contest". The Victoria Advocate. 1985-09-14. 
  23. ^ "Miss Massachusetts, Miss Texas capture honors". Reading Eagle. 1984-09-13. 
  24. ^ "Ambition pays off for new Miss Texas". The Victoria Advocate. 1983-07-10. 
  25. ^ "Ventriloquist wins title". Gadsden Times. 1982-07-12. 
  26. ^ "Texas wins prelim". The Telegraph. 1981-09-10. 
  27. ^ "Judge refuses to dethrone Miss Texas for exceeding time". Lakeland Ledger. 1980-08-02. 
  28. ^ Mattiace, Peter (1978-09-07). "Some go through 'torture' for chance at title". The Sumter Daily Item. 
  29. ^ Simon, James (1976-09-11). "Miss Minn., Texas favourites". The Free Lance-Star. 
  30. ^ "'Miss Texas Role Filled'". Lubbock Avalanche Journal. 1974-09-12. 
  31. ^ Connell, Chris (1974-09-09). "'Miss Texas' is crowned Miss America". Gettysburg Times. 
  32. ^ "Miss Texas Crowned at Fort Worth Pageant". The Victoria Advocate. 1971-07-11. 
  33. ^ "Names in the News". Tri City Herald. 1971-08-06. 
  34. ^ "Miss Texas new Miss America". St. Petersburg Times. 1970-09-13. 
  35. ^ "Miss Texas Gives Up Her Crown". The Victoria Advocate. 1983-12-02. 
  36. ^ "Miss Texas Crowned at Fort Worth". The Victoria Advocate. 1968-07-21. 
  37. ^ Cochran, Mike (July 17, 1966). "How Miss Texas' Describes 'Indescribable' Year's Reign". The Victoria Advocate. 
  38. ^ a b "Gives Up Title For Marriage". The Palm Beach Post. West Palm Beach, FL. United Press International. April 19, 1965. p. 18. 
  39. ^ "Miss Texas". The Victoria Advocate. Victoria, TX. July 29, 1964. p. 14. 
  40. ^ "Miss Texas Off To Seek Miss America Beauty Title" Port Arthur News September 29, 1941
  41. ^ "Miss Texas Is Out Of Beauty Contest" Amarillo Globe September 5, 1941
  42. ^ "Character Biographies: Sue Ellen Ewing". 

External links[edit]