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Miss District of Columbia

Bindhu Pamarthi, Miss District of Columbia 2013
Stephanie Williams, Miss District of Columbia 2010
Jennifer Corey, Miss District of Columbia 2009
Kate Grinold, Miss District of Columbia 2008
Kate Michael, Miss District of Columbia 2006
Margo Lucey Miss District of Columbia, 1956
Dorothy Parker, Miss District of Columbia 1938
Helen Sweeney, Miss District of Columbia 1924, performing poolside
Margaret Gorman, Miss America 1921/Miss District of Columbia 1921 (1st Miss America)

The Miss District of Columbia competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the District of Columbia in the Miss America pageant. The District has twice won the title of Miss America:

The District of Columbia pageant, which was suspended for some years during the 1990s, is unusual in that many winners come from outside the district. Women are eligible to compete for the title if they attend school, work or are ordinarily resident in the District, and many students who have won the title come from out-of-state.


Year Name Hometown Age Talent at Miss America Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2015 Haely Jardas Fort Myers, Florida 24 Vocal "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift
2014 Teresa Davis[1] Hoschton, Georgia 23 Piano "Malagueña" Born in South Korea
2013 Bindhu Pamarthi Washington, D.C. 23 Bollywood Dance "Stereo Love"
2012 Allyn Rose Newburg, Maryland 24 Artistic Roller Skating "Beat It" Previously Miss Maryland USA 2011 (Top 8 at Miss USA 2011) & Miss U.S. Supranational 2014 (3rd Runner-up at Miss Supranational 2014)
2011 Ashley Boalch[2][3] Sandy Spring, Maryland 23 Vocal "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" Non-Finalist Interview Award
2010 Stephanie Williams Atlantic City, New Jersey 23 Vocal "This Is My Now" Fourpoints Award
2009 Jennifer Corey West Islip, New York 22 Operatic Vocal "O Mio Babbino Caro" Top 10 at Miss America 2010 Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008
2008 Kate Grinold Washington, D.C. 23 Contemporary Ballet Tango "Tanguera" Top 10 at Miss America 2009
2007 Shayna Rudd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 22 Jazz Dance "Feeling Good" Non-finalist Talent Award
2006 Kate Michael Lilburn, Georgia 24 Jazz Dance "Fever" Named "The Most Beautiful Person on Capitol Hill" in July, 2005 by The Hill. Second runner-up in 2008 Miss District of Columbia USA pageant
2005 Shannon Schambeau San Antonio, Florida 25 Tap Dance "My Strongest Suit" from Aida 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Married in 2007 to Washington Nationals' pitcher John Patterson; First runner-up in the 2007 Miss District of Columbia USA pageant; 2nd runner-up to National Sweetheart 2004 as Miss Florida; Later Mrs. Texas America 2010 and Top 6 at Mrs. America 2011 under her married name, Shannon Patterson.[4][5]
2004 Therese Lizardo Watchung, New Jersey 24 Hawaiian/Tahitian Dance "Tahitian Drums" Quality of Life Award Finalist
2003 Lisa Ferris Portland, Oregon 21 Vocal "Gimme, Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie
2002 Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Atlanta, Georgia 23 Gymnastics "Around the World" Later Miss District of Columbia USA 2005
2001 Marshawn Evans Arlington, Virginia 22 Rhythmic Dance Twirl "I Will Survive" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award, Preliminary Interview Award Contestant on The Apprentice 4
2000 Rashida Jolley Washington 20 Harp "I Got Rhythm" & "Fascinating Rhythm"
1999 Toyia Taylor Washington 24 Public Address "Wake Up" Non-finalist Talent Award
1998 Nicole Messina Waterford, New Jersey 23 Tap Dance "Sing, Sing, Sing" Top 10 Finalist Preliminary Talent Award, Quality of Life Finalist
1997 Sonya Gavankar Joliet, Illinois 21 Vocal "The Power of the Dream"
1989 Donya Rose Washington 22 Lyrical Jazz Ballet "Over the Rainbow"
1988 Patricia Morrin Washington 23 Jazz Dance Was awarded the title after the original pageant results, in which Edwina Richard was crowned, were overturned.One of the original judges was a faculty member of a school where two contestants were students.[6]
1987 Cheryl Chapman Arlington, Virginia 21 Vocal "Come Rain or Come Shine"
1986 Karen Watson Arlington, Virginia 25 Classical Ballet en Pointe
1985 Cherie Ward Adelphi, Maryland 22 Original Drama
1984 Desiree Keating Silver Spring, Maryland 22 Interpretive Dance Future Miss District of Columbia USA 1986
1963 Rosanne Tueller McLean, Virginia Vocal in English and French & Jazz Dance "I Love Paris" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Preliminary Talent Award Featured Performer on the 1964 Miss America Pageant telecast
1962 Ann Verner Arlington, Virginia 19 Vocal & Guitar "Country Boy"
1961 Scarlett Shinault Silver Spring, Maryland 20 Vocal "I Cain't Say No" Non-finalist Talent Award
1960 Ruth Rea Chevy Chase, Maryland 18 Vocal "A Little Brains, A Little Talent" from Damn Yankees 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1959 Virginia Pailes Hyattsville, Maryland 21 Vocal "It All Depends on You" Preliminary Talent Award
1958 Lee Berkow Washington 21 Vocal "Come Rain or Come Shine" Competed in the 1959 Miss Dixie Pageant
1957 June Cook Arlington, Virginia 20 Piano "Rhapsody in Blue" Also competed in the 1958 Miss Dixie Pageant
1956 Margo Lucey Colesville, Maryland 20 Dramatic Monologue & Vocal "Autumn Leaves" 1st runner-up Backstroke Champion of Egypt - 1951. First female drum major, Sherwood High School Marching Band - 1954. Also crowned Mrs. Maryland 1980 and 4th Runner-up to Mrs. America 1981 (Texas).
1955 Judith Dunkle 19 Vocal
1954 Linda Weisbrod 21 Classical Vocal "O Mio Fernando" from La Favorita Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award
1953 Helen Smith[7] 19 Dance
1952 Iris Fitch 19 Vocal "With a Song in My Heart" Preliminary Talent Award, voted Miss Congeniality (tie)
1951 June Klein 21 Vocal
1950 Sandra Stahl 21 Classical Vocal "The Bell Song" from Lakmé Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award
1949 Mary Hayes 19 Classical Piano Also was crowned Miss Dixie in 1951
1948 Joann Miller 23 Vocal, "An Old, Old Castle in Scotland"
1947 Margaret Wilson 19 Dance, "Mexican Hat Dance"
1946 Jeanne Carlson 19 Vocal, "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly"
1945 Dorothy Powell 21 Drama "Saint Joan" Semi-finalist
1944 Venus Ramey 19 Vocal in English and Spanish & Dance "Take It Easy" Winner Preliminary Talent Award, Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1943 Dixie Rafter 18 Vocal / Dance "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" from Thank Your Lucky Stars 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1942 Marilyn Makin 18 Vocal
1941 Jean Cavanaugh 18 Soft Shoe Dance, "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" 2nd runner-up
1940 Catherine Howe 22 Dance "The Yam" Preliminary Talent Award
1939 Evelyn Foster 19 Ballet en Pointe
1938 Dorothy Parker Vocal & Tap Dance "How'd You Like to Love Me" Semi-finalist Her photo appears on the wall of the District Chophouse, 509 7th Street, NW
1937 Helen Greene 24 Blues Vocal & Piano
1936 Shirley Schwartz First Jewish titleholder
1935 Helen Clum 18 Vocal & Dance, "Every Day I'll Fall In Love With You" Semi-finalist
1933 Rita Burns 19 Semi-Finalist
1927 Gladys Cookman
1926 Marjorie Joesting 1st Runner-Up 3rd place Most Beautiful Girl in Evening Dress
1925 Abbie Eagan Rolling Chair Parade Award
1924 Helen Sweeney Semi-Finalist
1923 Lorraine Bunch
1922 Evelyn C. Lewis
Margaret Gorman 17 Returned to defend her title and competed as Miss America, the first time the title was actually used
1921 Margaret Gorman 16 Winner crowned "Inter-City Beauty, Amateur," and "The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America"


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External links

  • Miss District of Columbia Official Website
  • Miss Outstanding Teen District of Columbia Official Website
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