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. 2014 marked the beginning of the Miss Texas Pageant at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas.
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.
|Year||Name||Hometown||Local Title||Age||Miss America Talent||Placement at Miss America||Special scholarships at Miss America||Notes|
|2015||Shannon Sanderford||Coppell||Miss Fort Worth||23||Vocal|
|2014||Monique Evans||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||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||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||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||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||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||Carrollton||Miss Tarrant County||22||Vocal "A Sunday Kind of Love"|
|1991||Rhonda Morrison||Coldspring||Miss Lake O' The Pines||21||Vocal "My Funny Valentine"||Top 10|
|1990||Suzanne Lawrence||Humble||Miss Humble/Kingwood||21||Country Vocal "Sweet Dreams"||3rd runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award, Quality of Life Award|
|1989||Leah Kay Lyle||Plainview||Miss Haltom-Richland Area||22||Piano "Sonata Opus 22" by Alberto Ginastera||Top 10|
|1988||Cathy Castro||McAllen||Miss Duncanville||22||Ballet en Pointe "Les toreadors"||First Hispanic to win Miss Texas title|
|1987||Rita Jo Thompson||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||Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Show Troupe|
|1985||Jonna Fitzgerald||Tyler||Miss Greenville||21||Fiddle "Csárdás" & "Orange Blossom Special"||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|
|1983||Dana Rogers||Boerne||Miss San Antonio||22||Vocal "An American Trilogy"||Top 10||Featured performer at Miss America 1985 pageant|
|1982||Gloria Gilbert||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||Toured with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1980||Terri Eoff||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||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|
|1975||Mary Ellen Richardson||Waco||Miss Waco||20||Classical Vocal "The Jewel Song" from Faust||Top 10|
|1974||Phyllis Barger||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||Fort Worth||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||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|
|Phyllis George||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||Trap Drum Solo "Caravan"|
|1968||Glenda Propes||Henderson||Miss Rusk County||18||Vocal and Dance (Broadway)||Assumed title after Diane Hugghins resigned|
|Diane Hugghins||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||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|
|Sharon McCauley||Athens||Miss Athens||20||Vocal "Let Me Entertain You" from Gypsy: A Musical Fable||3rd runner-up||Resigned to marry Miss Texas stage director|
|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||Mary Winton Whitaker||Odessa||Miss West Texas||Violin|
|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  |
|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
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.
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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