Miss Utah

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Utah USA.
Whitney Merrifield, Miss Utah 2009
Jill Stevens, Miss Utah 2007

The Miss Utah competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Utah in the Miss America pageant. Two Miss Utahs have won the Miss America pageant.


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Lauren Wilson[1] Pleasant Grove 21 Miss Northern Utah County Dance "Libertango"
2015 Krissia Beatty[2] St. George 22 Miss Nebo Piano "All of Me"
2014 Karlie Major Logan 20 Miss Cache Valley Dance "Forget About the Boy" from Thoroughly Modern Millie Noted for wearing a one piece bathingsuit and a dress with sleeves. Had not worn makeup prior to the competition.
2013 Ciera Pekarcik[3] Farmington 23 Miss Panoramaland Vocal "Via Dolorosa"
2012 Kara Arnold Bountiful 22 Miss Davis County Piano "Ballade No. 1 in G Minor" Top 16
2011 Danica Olsen Tooele 21 Miss Utah Valley University Dance "Come Fly with Me" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
2010 Christina Lowe Midway 21 Miss Utah County Vocal "Footprints in the Sand" Top 15
2009 Whitney Merrifield Lindon 18 Miss Utah County Classical Piano "Moments Musicale" Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2008
2008 Kayla Barclay Manti 18 Miss Sanpete County Piano Non-finalist Talent Award Wore a one-piece swimsuit in competition despite judge reccomendations otherwise.[4]
2007 Jill Stevens Kaysville 24 Miss Davis County Vocal "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress Top 16 Miss Congeniality at National Sweetheart 2006, Voted into the Top 16 as "America's Choice" by viewers of the TLC Network's Miss America Reality Check series. Combat Medical with Utah National Guard who did an 18-month-tour in Afghanistan.
2006 Katie Millar Highland 20 Miss Timpanogos Electric Violin "Souvenir D'Amerique, Variations on Yankee Doodle" Top 10
2005 Julia Bachison North Ogden 22 Miss Utah State Fair Vocal "I've Got the World on a String" Preliminary Swimsuit Award Miss Utah USA 2008 and Top 15 at Miss USA 2008
2004 Amy Davis Bountiful 23 Miss Salt Lake Valley Classical Piano "Étude Op. 10, No. 12" Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Miss Photogenic 1st runner-up at Miss Utah USA 2007
2003 Stacy Johnson Provo 21 Miss Provo Latin Jazz Dance "Man of La Mancha" Non-finalist Talent Award
2002 Natalie Camille Johnson Bountiful 22 Miss Northern Utah Classical Piano "Prelude in G minor"
2001 Jaclyn Hunt Lehi 20 Miss Utah County Classical Piano "2nd Concerto by Rachmaninoff" Top 10 Quality of Life Award
2000 Jami Leilani Palmer Tremonton 20 Miss Northern Counties Classical Piano "Grieg's Piano Concerto In A Minor" Non-finalist Talent Award
1999 Vanessa Ballam Logan 20 Miss Cache Valley/Logan Vocal "When I Look At You" from The Scarlet Pimpernel Non-finalist Talent Award
1998 Michele Mobley Sandy City 21 Miss Sandy City Classical Vocal "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide Non-finalist Talent Award
1997 Mary McDonough Layton 19 Miss Davis County Piano "Des Danzas Creoles" by Alberto Ginastera Non-finalist Talent Award, Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
1996 Nanette Pearson Pleasant Grove 23 Miss Salt Lake Valley Classical Ballet "La Boutique Fantasque"
1995 Amanda Moody Orem 19 Miss Orem Classical Piano "Ballade No. 4" Preliminary Talent Award, Non-finalist Talent Award, Bernie Wayne Talent Award
1994 Brooke Anderson West Valley City 21 Miss West Valley City Ballet
1993 Marquessa Glee Bullock Providence 20 Miss Utah State University Classical Piano "1st Movement from Concerto No. 1" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
1992 Jennifer Ward Salt Lake City 20 Miss Salt Lake Valley Classical Violin "Scherzo Tarantella" Non-finalist Talent Award
1991 Elizabeth Anne Johnson Orem 21 Miss Utah State Fair Classical Piano "Hungarian Rhapsody" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1990 Jennifer Nakken Cedar City 20 Miss Iron County Lyrical Dance "The Sound of Music" Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Jacque Dawn Tingey Centerville 25 Miss Intermountain Region Vocal "Over the Rainbow" Non-finalist Talent Award
1988 Sophia Symko Salt Lake City 21 Miss University of Utah Piano "Spanish Rhapsody" Preliminary Talent Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
1987 Marianne Bales Orem 21 Miss Orem Lyrical Dance & Vocal "Let Me Dance For You"
1986 Donna Clark Salt Lake City 22 Miss University of Utah Ballet
1985 Gina Larsen Provo 21 Miss Utah State Fair Popular Vocal "Greatest Love of All"
1984 Nancy Gail Ayers Miss Salt Lake Valley 1st runner-up at Miss Utah 1984; Assumed title when Sharlene Wells won Miss America title
Sharlene Wells Salt Lake City 20 Miss Utah Valley Spanish Vocal & Paraguyan Harp "Mis Noches Sin Ti" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award Utah's Junior Miss 1982
1983 Lynn Lambert Provo 21 Miss Provo Classical Piano "Concerto No. 2, 3rd Movement" by Rachmaninoff Non-finalist Talent Award Utah's Junior Miss 1980 and 2nd runner-up at America's Junior Miss
1982 Cindy Quinn Provo 21 Miss Utah State Fair Classical Vocal "Habanera"
1981 Jonelle Smith Provo 23 Miss Utah Valley Classical Vocal "Sempre Libera" from La traviata Top 10 Toured with the Miss America USO Troupe
1980 Jean Bullard Provo 22 Miss Indian Vocal Medley "He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat! & "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret
1979 Karen L. Brimley Layton 19 Miss Weber State College Semi-classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"
1978 Jami Coombs Tremonton 19 Miss Wheat & Beet Classical Piano "Grieg's Concerto in A Minor"
1977 Kristy Deakin Brigham City 19 Miss Brigham City Baton Twirling Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1976 Suzanne McKay Salt Lake City 22 Miss Salt Lake County Fair Organ Medley "Yankee Doodle Dandy" & "God Bless America"
1975 Barbara Hanks Sandy 24 Miss Latter Day Saints Business College Jazz Dance "I'm a Brass Band" from Sweet Charity Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1974 Kathlyn White Bountiful 21 Miss Davis County Fair Classical Vocal "Voices of Spring" Wife of Wayne Osmond
1973 Brenda Richardson Provo 20 Miss Brigham Young University Vocal Medley Non-finalist Talent Award
1972 Sally Peterson Salt Lake City 21 Miss University of Utah Classical Piano "Piano Concerto No. 1" Non-finalist Talent Award, Miss Congeniality
1971 Janis Gentry Vernal 19 Miss UBIC Vocal "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1970 Deborah Melba Dunn Salt Lake City 20 Miss Stevens-Henager College Modern Dance "Julia"
1969 Susan Nielson Salt Lake City 20 Miss Utah National Guard Ballet "Eleven Studies for Eleven Players" by Ned Rorem
1968 Kathleen Frances Wood Salt Lake City 19 Miss Midvale Monologue "The Promise of One Person On This Planet"
1967 Patricia Soutas Salt Lake City 20 Miss Utah State Fair Magic Act & Original Vocal "Everyone Has Magic"
1966 Georgia Lynne Johnson Salt Lake City 21 Miss Rose Park Dramatic Reading from "Medea"
1965 Frances Yvonne Vernon Salt Lake City 22 Miss Utah Air Force Reserve Original Modern Dance "The American Pioneer Woman" Top 10
1964 Lois Anne Bailey Salt Lake City 18 Miss Salt Lake City Piano "Symphonie espagnole"
1963 Annette Bates Salt Lake City Miss Salt Lake City Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
1962 Judith Ann Ridd Magna 19 Miss Logan Modern Interpretive Dance
1961 Carolyn DeAnn Lasater Salt Lake City 19 Miss Utah National Guard Pantomime Dance "My Life in a Day" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Featured Performer Miss America 1962
1960 Marian Faye Walker Salt Lake City 27 Miss Utah National Air Force Reserve Classical Vocal "The Waltz Aria" from Mireille Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1959 Jacqueline Winterrose Salt Lake City 22 Character Dance "Tequila"
1958 Janet Carolyn Secor Salt Lake City Classical Ballet "The Waltz" from The Sleeping Beauty Top 10
1957 Francine Louise Felt Salt Lake City Violin Non-finalist Talent Award
1956 Joan Willes Salt Lake City Original Comedy Skit
1955 Suzanne Storrs Poulton Salt Lake City Non-finalist Talent Award
1954 Maurine Parker Ogden Drama "Anne of the Thousand Days"
1953 Ina Lavon Brown Provo Drama
1952 Marylyn Reese Brigham Monologue "The Mudlark" & "Our Town"
1951 Colleen Kay Hutchins Salt Lake City 25 Dramatic Monologue "Elizabeth the Queen" by Maxwell Anderson Winner Preliminary Talent Award
1950 Joanne Hinand Provo East Indian Dance
1949 June Barlow Bountiful Vocal / Dress Design "Villanelle" & "The Wren"
1948 Marilyn Robinson Ogden Dramatic Monologue "Tommy, Tommy, Tommy" Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award
1947 Donna Southwick Cedar City Drama, Piano, Vocal & Dance
1946 Armelia Carol Ohmart Salt Lake City Vocal "I Won't Tell a Soul" 4th runner-up TV and film actress with a career from the late 40s to mid 70s, credits include the movie House on Haunted Hill
1945 Dorothy Holohan Salt Lake City Ballet
1938 Muriel La Von Goodspeed Salt Lake City Classical Vocal & Piano 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1927 Esther Kilpatrick Salt Lake City
1926 Doretta Carstensen Salt Lake City 16 Trip to Atlantic City sponsored by Saltaire and BPOE


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