The Miss Oregon competition is a regional scholarship competition and beauty pageant that selects the representative for the US state of Oregon in the Miss America pageant. The annual event includes contestants from across the state and awards scholarships to the participants.
The event began in 1947 as the Miss Oregon Pageant and was founded by the merchants in the coastal city of Seaside. Miss Oregon was designated the official State Hostess in 1969. In 2001, Katie Harman was crowned Miss Oregon and went on to win the Miss America crown, becoming the only Miss Oregon winner of the national event. The event is now titled the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant.
The event is held at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center at the Oregon Coast with local Seaside merchants as the primary sponsors of the annual contest. The two-day event narrows the competition down to ten finalists on the first day before selecting a winner on the second day. Events at the event include an evening wear competition, talent competition, bathing suit competition, and a competition in casual wear. The competition includes an interview on-stage as the final portion before a winner is selected.
In addition to the chance to become Miss America, the winner also receives scholarships. Contests range in age from 17 to 24, and must first win local competitions before qualifying for the Miss Oregon contest.
The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.
- Miss America: Katie Harman (2002)
- 1st runners-up: Dorothy Mae Johnson (1956), Emily John Orton (1996)
- 2nd runners-up: Patricia Regan Leines (1997)
- 3rd runners-up: Marjean Kay Langley (1969), Elizabeth Simmons (1994)
- 4th runners-up: N/A
- Top 10: Patti Throop (1954), Judith Hansen (1958), Martha Wyatt (1963), Sue Pack (1966), Suzanne Bunker (1978), Julie Ross (1982), Tamara Ann Finch (1998)
- Top 15: Jo Ann Amorde (1947), Joyce Davis (1948), CC Barber (2010), Stephenie Steers (2011)
- Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness: Patricia Regan Leines (1997), CC Barber (2010)
- Preliminary Talent: Judith Hansen (1958), Patricia Regan Leines (1997), Katie Harman (2002)
- Non-finalist Talent: Rosemary Doolen (1961), Lynn Dee Grenz (1972), Sandra Lynn Herring (1973), Shan Moss (1977), Teresa Richardson (1981), Stephanie "Jill" Wymer (1984), Kari Virding (2008)
- Non-finalist Interview: April Robinson (2004)
- Miss Congeniality: N/A
- Steinway Talent Award: Tamara Ann Finch (1998)
- STEM Scholarship Finalists: Rebecca Anderson (2015)
- Tiffany Phillips Memorial Scholar Athlete Award: Jennifer Sisco-Moore (1999), Angela Reed (2000)
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age||Local Title||Miss America Talent||Placement at Miss America||Special scholarships at Miss America||Notes|
|2016||Alexis Mather||Astoria||21||Miss Portland||Bravura Performance “Nessun Dorma”|
|2015||Ali Wallace||Portland||21||Miss Portland||Lyrical Dance "Latch" by Sam Smith||Daughter of Miss Oregon 1987, Tamara Fazzolari|
|2014||Rebecca Anderson||Oregon City||23||Miss Cascade||Vocal "For Good"||STEM Scholarship Finalist|
|2013||Allison Cook||Klamath Falls||19||Miss Southern Gem||Electro-Acoustic Violin "Let's Get It Started Remix" by The Black-Eyed Peas|
|2012||Nichole Mead||Newport||24||Miss Three Rivers||Lyrical Dance "What's Love Got To Do With It"||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2011
Successor to the crown after Rachel Berry resigned
|Rachel Berry||Indiana||24||Miss Willamette Valley||Tap Dance||N/A||N/A||Formerly competed in California
Resigned July 19, 2012, due to residency ineligibility
|2011||Caroline McGowan||Waukee, Iowa||20||Miss Linn-Benton County||Operatic Vocal "Chanson Boheme" from Carmen||Crowned while a student at Oregon State University|
|2010||Stephenie Steers||Klamath Falls||24||Miss Multnomah||Vocal "Something to Talk About"||Top 15||Voted into the Top 15 as a "Contestants' Choice" finalist selected by her fellow contestants|
|2009||CC Barber||Scappoose||23||Miss Tri Valley||Dance "Bleeding Love"||Top 15||Preliminary Swimsuit Award||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006
Voted into the Top 15 as a "Contestants' Choice" finalist selected by her fellow contestants
|2008||Danijela Krstić||Beaverton||24||Miss Tri Valley||Belly Dancing|
|2007||Kari Virding||Portland||24||Miss Portland||Vocal "The Girl in 14G"||Non-finalist Talent Award||Previously Miss Oregon Teen USA 2000|
|2006||Donilee McGinnis||Scappoose||24||Miss Willamette Valley||Tap Dance "I Gotcha"|
|2005||Lucy Fleck||Portland||20||Miss Portland||Tap Dance "Turn the Beat Around"||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003|
|2004||Brook Roberts||Roseburg||21||Miss Douglas County||Vocal "All That Jazz"||The Amazing Race 17 contestant
Star of the Brook & Tara Show
|2003||April Robinson||Gresham||22||Miss Multnomah County||Acapella Tap Dance||Non-finalist Interview Award|
|2002||Brita Stream||Eugene||22||Miss Linn-Benton||Vocal "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard|
|2001||Heidi Rickey||Lincoln City||19||Miss Yamhill County||Vocal||N/A||N/A||Successor to the crown after Katie Harmon was crowned Miss America 2002|
|Katie Harman||Gresham||21||Miss Portland||Classical Vocal "O Mio Babbino Caro"||Winner||Preliminary Talent Award||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2000|
|2000||Angela Day Brink||Roseburg||22||Miss Douglas County||Ballet "Angel"|
|1999||Angela Reed||Portland||23||Miss Tri-Valley||Vocal "You Don't Know Me"||Tiffany Phillips Memorial Scholar Athlete Award||Top 10 at National Sweetheart 1997 & 1998|
|1998||Jennifer Sisco-Moore||Eugene||23||Miss Tri-Valley||Classical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville||Tiffany Phillips Memorial Scholar Athlete Award||State Community Service Award|
|1997||Tamara Ann Finch||Myrtle Creek||24||Miss Douglas County||Classical Piano "Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 in B Flat Minor"||Top 10||Steinway Talent Award Winner|
|1996||Patricia Regan Leines||Medford||24||Miss Tri-Valley||Classical Vocal "Chacun le Sait" from The Daughter of the Regiment||2nd runner-up||Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Preliminary Talent Award
|1995||Emily John Orton||Creswell||19||Miss Linn-Benton||Classical Vocal "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante" from Carmen||1st runner-up|
|1994||Roberta Stenbeck||Roseburg||23||Miss Douglas County||Piano|
|1993||Elizabeth Simmons||Bandon||23||Miss Tri-Valley||Vocal "Someone Else's Story" from Chess||3rd runner-up||Previously National Sweetheart 1992|
|1992||Sara Kristi Paulson||Portland||21||Miss Washington County||Vocal "The Star-Spangled Banner"|
|1991||Carolyn Helen Ladd||Corvallis||24||Miss Linn-Benton||Vocal "I Must Be a Star"|
|1990||Brittney Gae Thompson||Portland||20||Miss Tri-Valley||Vocal "Break It to Me Gently"|
|1989||Lynette Boggs||Portland||25||Miss Portland||Vocal "I Am Changing"||Miss Oregon Quality of Life Award
Served on the Board of Directors for the Miss America pageant
Served on Las Vegas City Council and Clark County Commission
|1988||Anna Denise Jones||Portland||24||Miss Tri-Valley||Vocal "Crazy"|
|1987||Tamara Fazzolari||Portland||21||Miss Portland||Tap Dance||Mother of Miss Oregon 2015, Ali Wallace|
|1986||Jana Svea Peterson||Newport||22||Miss Linn-Benton||Vocal Medley||Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Show Troupe|
|1985||Dana Kocks||Ashland||21||Miss Rogue Valley||Classical Vocal "Seguidilla" from Carmen|
|1984||Renee Bagley||Portland||22||Miss Willamette Valley||Popular Vocal "Don't Cry Out Loud"|
|1983||Stephanie "Jill" Wymer||Sutherlin||22||Miss Douglas County||Popular Vocal "Out Here On My Own"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1982||Laura Matthys||Salem||21||Miss Linn-Benton||Rifle Twirling Routine "Herzegovinian March"|
|1981||Julie Ross||Portland||20||Miss Portland||Classical Piano "Prokofiev's Toccata"||Top 10|
|1980||Teresa Richardson||Forest Grove||20||Miss Multnomath County||Vocal "I Could Have Danced All Night"||Non-finalist Talent Award||Sister of Miss Utah 1973, Brenda Richardson|
|1979||Tami Sanders||Roseburg||21||Miss Douglas County||Gymnastic Dance "A Fifth of Beethoven"|
|1978||Amy White||Portland||20||Miss Portland||Musical Comedy Free Style Dance "Overture from Gypsy"|
|1977||Suzanne Bunker||Forest Grove||21||Miss Portland||Classical Flute "Fantasie for Flute"||Top 10|
|1976||Shan Moss||Nyssa||21||Miss Malheur County||Flute Solo "Concertino"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1975||Betty Hupfer||Milwaukie||21||Miss Gresham||Dancing "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"|
|1974||Juli Ann Berg||Eugene||21||Miss Lane County||Vocal "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin||Previously Oregon's Junior Miss
Daughter of Miss Oregon 1947, Jo Ann Amorde
|1973||Nancy Jean Jackson||Nyssa||20||Miss Rogue Valley||Dramatic Interpretation from The Taming of the Shrew|
|1972||Sandra Lynn Herring||Portland||20||Miss Portland||Vocal Medley "Who Will Buy?" & "As Long as He Needs Me" from Oliver!||Non-finalist Talent Award||Performed with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1971||Lynn Dee Grenz||Milwaukie||20||Miss Linn County||Vocal "Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever||Non-finalist Talent Award||Former Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives and past House Majority Leader
Judged the Miss America 1999 pageant
|1970||Cynthia Lynn Harrison||Portland||18||Miss Rogue Valley||Vocal & Guitar "Just Once"|
|1969||Margie Elaine Huhta||Astoria||20||Miss Knappa-Svensen||Vocal Medley "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" & "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"||Performed with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1968||Marjean Kay Langley||Milton-Freewater||19||Miss Pendleton||Classical Ballet "The Dying Swan"||3rd runner-up|
|1967||Christine Beach||Pendleton||18||Miss Pendleton||Vocal "Just You Wait" from My Fair Lady|
|1966||Lita Schiel||Lake Oswego||21||Miss Lake Oswego||Original Skit|
|1965||Sue Pack||Eugene||18||Miss Eugene||Vocal "The Lonely Goatherd"||Top 10||Joined The New Christy Minstrels in 1966
Wife of Mickey Newbury
|1964||Carol Pedersen||Newport||18||Miss Lincoln County||Dramatic Reading|
|1963||D’Ann Fullerton||Roseburg||Miss Roseburg||Original Novelty Dance & Hula Baton|
|1962||Martha Wyatt||Jacksonville||19||Miss Rogue Valley||Interpretive Jazz Dance "Love Walked In"||Top 10|
|1961||Jody Bourne||Salem||20||Miss Salem||Interpretive Ballet|
|1960||Rosemary Doolen||Salem||19||Miss Salem||Vocal "A Heart That's Free"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1959||Karlyn Mattsson||Portland||18||Miss Portland||Piano & Dance|
|1958||Mary Ellen Vinton||McMinnville||Miss McMinnville||Piano & Tap Dance "I Won't Dance"||1st runner-up at Miss Wool of America 1963|
|1957||Judith Hansen||Astoria||Miss Astoria||Classical Vocal "Mi Chiamano Mimi" from La bohème||Top 10||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1956||Patricia Berg||Eugene||Miss Eugene||Vibraharp "Indian Love Call"|
|1955||Dorothy Mae Johnson||Portland||Miss Beaverton||Dramatic Monologue from Macbeth||1st runner-up|
|1954||Diane Carman||Milwaukie||Miss Oak Grove||Drama "This Is America"|
|1953||Patti Throop||Portland||Miss Portland||Dramatic Reading "Patterns"||Top 10|
|1952||Mary Lou Teague||Eugene||Miss Eugene||Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"|
|1951||Audrey Mistretta||Astoria||Miss Tongue Point||Vocal|
|1950||Elizabeth Ann Baker||Monmouth||Miss McMinnville||Classical Piano "Clair de Lune"|
|1949||Beverly Kruger||The Dalles||Miss The Dalles||Monologue "The Waltz" by Dorothy Parker|
|1948||Joyce Davis||Bend||Miss Redmond||Classical Vocal "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix"||Top 15|
|1947||Jo Ann Amorde||Sutherlin||Miss Roseburg||Vocal "Alice Blue Gown" from Irene||Top 15||Mother of Miss Oregon 1974, Juli Ann Berg|
|1926||Maxine Jennings||Portland||Miss Portland||No Miss Oregon|
|1923||Patricia Smith||Portland||Miss Portland||No Miss Oregon|
|1922||Virginia Edwards||Portland||Miss Portland||No Miss Oregon|
- Miss Oregon Pageant starts today in Seaside. The Oregonian, July 8, 2004.
- Chapter 186 – State Emblems; State Boundary 2005 Oregon Revised Statutes
- Foyston, John. Miss Portland rises to the top, takes Miss Oregon title. The Oregonian, July 2, 2007.
- Tareen, Sophia. Persistence pays off for pageant winner. The Oregonian, July 12, 2004.
- Spitaleri, Ellen (June 30, 2014). "Anderson crowned Miss Oregon 2014". Portland Tribune. Portland, OR: Pamplin Media Group. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
- "Miss Oregon wears bicycle shoes in Miss America parade". Portland, OR: KOIN-TV. Associated Press. September 13, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
- Avery-Page, Nora (July 12, 2013). "New Miss Oregon from Klamath Falls". Herald and News. Klamath Falls, OR: Pioneer News Group. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
- Sedlak, Rebecca (July 1, 2012). "Miss Oregon 2012 Rachel Berry looks forward to Miss America after Seaside win". The Daily Astorian. Astoria, OR: EO Media Group. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- Blackman, Teresa (July 19, 2012). "Miss Oregon gives up crown over residency controversy". Portland, OR: KGW-TV. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
- "Caroline McGowan of Corvallis wins 2011 Miss Oregon pageant". The Oregonian. The Associated Press. July 2, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- "Hillsboro woman is named Miss Oregon". OregonLive.com. The Associated Press. July 12, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
- "New Miss Oregon hails from Scappoose". Portland, OR: KATU. Associated Press. July 12, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- Litvin, Katie (July 23, 2008). "Bosnian beauty wins Miss Oregon crown". Portland Tribune. Portland, OR: Pamplin Media Group. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- "Miss Portland Crowned Miss Oregon 2007". Salem News. July 1, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2007.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Miss Oregon USA titleholders.|