Miss Virginia

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Desiree Williams, Miss Virginia 2013 and Miss Virginia USA 2016
Caressa Cameron, Miss Virginia 2009 and Miss America 2010
Chinah Helmandollar, who assumed the Miss Virginia 2009 title after Caressa Cameron won the Miss America title
Tara Wheeler, Miss Virginia 2008
Hannah Kiefer, Miss Virginia 2007

The Miss Virginia competition is a scholarship pageant for women, with the titleholder representing Virginia in the Miss America pageant. The competition was founded in 1953 as a scholarship contest for young women, although women had represented Virginia in the Miss America pageant since the 1930s. Three Miss Virginia winners have gone on to be crowned Miss America, including former national titleholder Caressa Cameron.[1]

To compete in the Miss Virginia pageant, a contestant must first win one of many local competitions. Contestants may compete at the local and state level more than once, but having won a state title may only compete in the national Miss America competition one time. The state pageant is traditionally held in Roanoke, Virginia at the Roanoke Civic Center in June or July.[2][3]

During her reign, Miss Virginia travels over 20,000 miles across the state making appearances to further her personal platform and for the Miss America Organization's national Children's Miracle Network campaign.[3]

Dorcas Campbell from Farfield was Miss Virginia of 1963 and won many singing contests was in the newspaper all the time and was a very talented opera singer. Kristi Lauren Glakas, Miss Virginia 2005, is one of only seven women who have competed in the Miss America, Miss Teen USA, and Miss USA competitions. She was Miss Virginia Teen USA 1999 and Miss Virginia USA 2004, placing in the top ten at Miss Teen USA 1999 and was a non-finalist at Miss USA 2004.[4] Two other Miss Virginia titleholders later competed in the Miss USA pageant: Jennifer Pitts was Miss Virginia USA 2005 and Shannon DePuy was Miss Florida USA 1995.[4][5]

Cecili Weber of Ironton, OH was crowned Miss Virginia 2017 on June 24, 2017 at Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2018 on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[6]

Results summary[edit]

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


  • Miss Americas: Kylene Barker (1979), Nicole Johnson (1999), Caressa Cameron (2010)
  • 1st runners-up: Julianne Smith (1987), Cullen Johnson (1995), Courtney Garrett (2015)
  • 2nd runners-up: Anne Lee Ceglis (1954)
  • 3rd runners-up: Evangeline Glidewell (1934), Kristi Lauren Glakas (2006), Hannah Kiefer (2008)
  • 4th runners-up: Rosa Marie Elliott (1940), Nancy Glisson (1994)
  • Top 10: Caitlin Uze (2011)
  • Top 15: Elizabeth Crot (2012), Savannah Lane (2015)


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Rebecca Richardson (1957), Alice Sue Williams (1960), Patricia Gaulding (1963), Carolyn Eddy (1965), Sydney Lewis (1970), Terri Bartlett (1978),Susan Parker (1984), Tami Elliott (1990), Sheri Huffman (1992), Lora Flattum (1993), Michelle Kang (1997), Kelli Quick (1998)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Linda Maclin (1967), Mary Jane Roark (1969)
  • Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship Recipient: Hannah Kiefer (2008)
  • Children's Champion award: Nancy Redd (2004), Mariah Rice (2005)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Adrianna Sgarlata (2007), Tara Wheeler (2008), Caitlin Uze (2011), Courtney Garrett (2015)
  • Waterford Crystal Business Scholarship: Cullen Johnson (1995)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2017 Cecili Weber[7] Ironton, Ohio 22 Miss Arlington Contemporary Dance TBD TBD Eligible as a student at Hollins University; previously Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2010
2016 Michaela Gabriella Sigmon Chesapeake 21 Miss Greater Richmond Tap Dance “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez
2015 Savannah Lane Midlothian 19 Miss Piedmont Region Vocal "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl Top 15
2014 Courtney Garrett Pamplin 21 Miss State Fair of Virginia Classical Vocal "Parla Piu Piano" 1st runner-up Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2009 and Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2010
2013 Desiree Williams Newport News 24 Miss Arlington Piano "Cubana Cubana" by Maksim Mrvica National Sweetheart 2012 and later Miss Virginia USA 2016
2012 Rosemary Willis Chesapeake 21 Miss Roanoke Valley Vocal "I Who Have Nothing"
2011 Elizabeth Crot[8] Chesapeake 23 Miss Arlington Classical Vocal "Sempre Libera" from La traviata Top 15
2010 Caitlin Uze Arlington 22 Miss Greater Richmond Irish Treble Reel Dance "Riverdance Finale" Top 10 Quality of Life Finalist, Marion A. Crooker Award
2009 Chinah Helmandollar*[9] Hardy Miss Smith Mountain Lake Top 10 at Miss Virginia 2009, Assumed title when Caressa Cameron won the Miss America title
Caressa Cameron Fredericksburg 21 Miss Arlington Vocal "Listen" Winner[1] Preliminary Talent Award 4th runner-up at National Sweetheart 2006
2008 Tara Wheeler Woodbridge 24 Miss Arlington Vocal "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
2007 Hannah Kiefer[10] High Point, North Carolina 21 Miss Mountain Empire Classical Ballet en Pointe "The Chocolate Dance" from The Nutcracker 3rd runner-up 2008 Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship Eligible as a student at Hollins University
2006 Adrianna Sgarlata Fairfax Station 24 Miss Arlington Classical Vocal "Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta" from La rondine Quality of Life Finalist
2005 Kristi Lauren Glakas[11] Centreville 24 Miss Apple Blossom Festival Vocal "In His Eyes" from Jekyll & Hyde 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award[12] Triple Crown winner: Miss Virginia Teen USA 1999 and Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 1999, Miss Virginia USA 2004
2004 Mariah Rice[13] Mechanicsville 24 Miss Greater Richmond Lyrical Dance "I Am Changing" Children's Champion Award
2003 Nancy Redd Martinsville 22 Miss Martinsville-Henry County Piano "Malagueña" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Children's Champion Award
2002 Jennifer Pitts Arlington 24 Miss Apple Blossom Festival Contemporary Ballet en Pointe "Standing in Motion" by Yanni Contestant at National Sweetheart 2001, Miss Virginia USA 2005
2001 Meghan Shanley Virginia Beach 21 Miss Hampton Holly Days Festival Vocal "Big Time"
2000 Jacqueline Cook[14] Colonial Heights 24 Miss Hampton/Newport News Jazz en Pointe "Jump, Shout, Boogie"
1999 Crystal Evans (Lewis) Portsmouth 21 Miss Lynchburg Festival Vocal "I Believe in You and Me" Preliminary Talent Award
1998 Nita Booth*[15] Tidewater Miss Tidewater Vocal First African American titleholder
Nicole Johnson Virginia Beach 24 Miss Lynchburg Festival Vocal "That's Life" Winner
1997 Kelli Quick Lynchburg 20 Miss Lynchburg Festival Vocal "I Go To the Rock" from The Preacher's Wife Non-finalist Talent Award
1996 Michelle Kang[16] Fredericksburg 22 Miss Apple Blossom Festival Classical Piano "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" Non-finalist Talent Award First minority winner[17]
1995 Amber Medlin Virginia Beach 23 Miss Virginia Beach Classical Piano "Polonaise in A flat, Op. 53" Assumed Ballengee's title[18]
Andrea Ballengee Yorktown Miss Hampton/Newport News Dance Won title after placing runner-up for two years. She was initially allowed to keep her title after it was discovered she had embellished her academic record,[19] but was stripped of her crown later the same month after further discrepancies were revealed.[20] Miss Virginia Teen USA 1992 and Semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 1992, Mrs. America 2006 as Mrs. California and Top 10 at Mrs. World, married name Andrea Preuss
1994 Cullen Johnson[21] Norfolk 23 Miss Central Shenandoah Valley Classical Piano "Sonata Pathetique" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Waterford Crystal Business Scholarship
1993 Nancy Glisson Williamsburg 22 Miss Lynchburg Festival Popular Vocal "I Will Always Love You" 4th runner-up
1992 Lora Flattum Isle of Wight 24 Miss Apple Blossom Festival Classical Piano "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C Minor" Non-finalist Talent Award
1991 Sheri Huffman Lynchburg 23 Miss Amhearst County Vocal "If I Can Dream" Non-finalist Talent Award
1990 Shannon DePuy Lynchburg 19 Miss Amherst County Classical Piano "Revolutionary Etude" Top 10 Miss Florida USA 1995 and Finalist at Miss USA 1995
1989 Tami Elliott Newport News 24 Miss Portsmouth-Seawall Festival Gymnastics Dance Routine "The Phantom of the Opera" Non-finalist Talent Award Mrs. Virginia
1988 April Fleming 23 Miss Richmond
1987 Heidi Lammi Alexandria 26 Miss Northern Virginia Ballet en Pointe "Grande Tarantelle" Top 10
1986 Julianne Smith Yorktown 21 Miss Williamsburg Vocal "Golden Rainbow" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Show Troupe
1985 Kimberly Johnson Coeburn 19 Miss Lonesome Pine Vocal & Piano "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
1984 Susan Carter Parker Covington 23 Miss Alleghany Highlands Classical Vocal "My Man's Gone Now" Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Lisa Aliff Roanoke 23 Miss Vinton Dogwood Festival Vocal & Dance "Manhattan" & "Broadway Rhythm"
1982 Beverly Cooke[22] Richmond 24 Miss Portsmouth-Seawall Festival Vocal Medley "Smile" & "Happy Days Are Here Again" Mother of Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2006 Brittany Young[23]
1981 Vicky Pulliam Martinsville 21 Miss Martinsville/Henry County Semi-classical Vocal "Art Is Calling For Me" from The Enchantress by Victor Herbert
1980 Holly Jereme Roanoke 23 Miss Roanoke Valley Vocal & Dance "City Lights"
1979 Darlene McIntosh Chesapeake 22 Miss Chesapeake Classical Piano "Prelude in C sharp minor"
1978 Paige Brown* Alexandria Miss Fairfax County
Kylene Barker Galax 22 Miss Pulaski County Gymnastics Routine "Gonna Fly Now" & "Feelin So Good" Winner
1977 Terri Bartlett Newport News 24 Miss Norfolk Classical Piano "Rhapsody in C Minor" Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant at Miss Teenage America 1969
1976 Pamela Polk Richmond 22 Miss Peanut Festival Classical Vocal "Mi Chiamano Mimi" from La bohème Top 10 Preliminary Talent award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1975 Joan Grady Virginia Beach 21 Miss Virginia Beach Classical Vocal "Vissi d'arte"
1974 Stephanie Dowdy Virginia Beach 18 Miss Virginia Beach Vocal "I've Gotta Be Me"
1973 Elinda Gail Vandeventer Pulaski 20 Miss Pulaski Classical Vocal "The Telephone Aria"
1972 Dona Marie Pillow Lynchburg 22 Miss Lynchburg Vocal Medley "Memories" Cousin of country singer Ray Pillow
1971 Linda Moyer Norfolk 20 Miss Norfolk Vocal & Dance Preliminary Swimsuit Award Toured with the Miss America USO Troupe
1970 Jeannette Smith Roanoke 19 Miss Roanoke Valley Classical Piano "Toccata" by Aram Khachaturian
1969 Sydney Lewis Hampton 19 Miss Hampton/Newport News Original Monologue "Prisoner at the Bar" Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1971
1968 Cherie Davis Clifton Forge 20 Miss Alleghany Highlands Classical Vocal "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" Top 10 Preliminary Talent award Featured performer on Miss America 1969 telecast
1967 Barbara Yost Roanoke 19 Miss Roanoke Valley Piano Solo "Grande valse brillante in E flat major"
1966 Linda Maclin Roanoke 18 Miss Roanoke Valley Modern Jazz Dance Miss Congeniality
1965 Jean Inge Norfolk 22 Miss Norfolk Speech about Politics & Government entitled "Democracy"
1964 Carolyn Eddy Norfolk 21 Miss Norfolk Dramatic Reading Non-finalist Talent Award
1963 Dorcas Campbell Fairfield

Miss Rockbridge County Vocal Medley "Près des remparts de Séville" from Carmen & Songs from West Side Story Top 5 Preliminary Talent Award
1962 Patricia Gaulding Richmond 19 Miss Richmond Caricature Sketching & Original Comedy Monologue Non-finalist Talent Award
1961 Charlotte Thomas Roanoke 19 Miss Lynchburg Piano "Malagueña"
1960 Catherine Birch Staunton 19 Miss Bristol Classical Ballet
1959 Alice Sue Williams Richmond 19 Miss Williamsburg Dramatization of Designing & Sewing Fashions Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant at Miss Dixie 1960
1958 Barbara Guthrie Martinsville Miss Martinsville Drama Contestant at Miss Dixie 1959
1957 Rebecca Lee Edmunds Roanoke Miss Roanoke Valley Dance
1956 Rebecca Richardson Martinsville Miss Martinsville Art Display & Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
1955 Betty Sue Mathews Norfolk Miss Virginia Beach Vocal "There's No Business Like Show Business"
1954 Julie Ann Bruening Swoope Miss Staunton-Augusta County Charcoal Sketch of The Statue of Liberty
1953 Anne Lee Ceglis Norfolk Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1952 Edna Long Richmond Dance
1951 Shirley Bryant Norfolk Vocal
1950 Gloria Fenderson Petersburg
1949 Betty Lewis Norfolk Vocal
1948 Bobby Joe Wilson Hillsville
1947 Ruth Mears Cape Charles Speech
1946 Bette Cannon Alexandria Monologue "The Waltz" by Dorothy Parker
1943 Dorothy Taylor Richmond Competed as Miss Richmond
1942 Charlotte Smith Fredericksburg
1941 Jacquelyn McWin Waynesboro Top 15
1940 Virginia Campbell Charlottesville
1939 Rose Marie Elliott[24] Suffolk[24] Vocal "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" 4th runner-up[24]
1938 Kathleen Mann North Arlington
1937 Frances L. Sultan Kecoughtan Top 16
1936 Dolores Taylor Ocean View Top 15
Mary Virginia Ash Phoebus Competed as Miss Virginia Peninsular
1933 Evangeline Glidewell[25] Danville 17 Miss Danville 3rd runner-up
1926 No Miss Virginia Eleanor V. Reid competed as Miss Norfolk and was a Finalist.
1925 No Miss Virginia Dorothea Prince competed as Miss Norfolk.
1923 No Miss Virginia Phyllis Gates competed as Miss Richmond.

* Succeeded to the crown after Miss Virginia won Miss America


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