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Subject: Miss America 1961, Miss America award winners, Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, Pamela Eldred
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Miss Michigan

Ashlee Baracy, Miss Michigan 2008
Kirsten Haglund making an appearance as Miss America
Kirsten Haglund, Miss Michigan 2007, before she won the Miss America 2008 title

The Miss Michigan competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Michigan in the Miss America pageant. Michigan has won the Miss America crown on five occasions.


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2015 Emily Kieliszewski[1] Alpena 23 Miss Stateline Tap Dance "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
2014 K. T. Maviglia[2] Dundee 21 Miss Washtenaw County Dance "Be Italian" from Nine Diagnosed with Sensorineural hearing loss at age 9
2013 Haley Williams[3] Saline 20 Miss Saginaw County Baton twirling "Thunder" by Nuttin' But Stringz Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen 2009
2012 Angela Christine Venditti[4] Shelby Township 25 Miss St. Clair Shores Tap Dance "Dirty Orchestra" by Black Violin
2011 Elizabeth Wertenberger[5] Dundee 22 Miss Southwest Dance "Don't Stop Believin'" Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
2010 Katie Lynn LaRoche Bay City 23 Miss Capital City Contemporary Dance "Calls Me Home" Quality of Life Award, Miss Congeniality Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
2009 Nicole Blaszczyk Novi 22 Miss Wayne County Lyrical Dance "Lifetime" Preliminary Talent Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
2008 Ashlee Baracy[6] Westland 23 Miss Wayne County Jazz Dance Top 10 Quality of Life 1st runner-up Miss Michigan Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Miss America 2008 Academic Scholarship, 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2007, Michigan's Junior Miss 2003 and Top 10 and Overall Fitness Winner at America's Junior Miss 2003
2007 Gina Valo Ann Arbor Miss West Michigan Fiddle 1st runner-up at Miss Michigan 2007; Assumed title after Kirsten Haglund won the Miss America title, Miss Michigan Preliminary Talent Award, 2nd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2006
Kirsten Iora Haglund Farmington Hills 19 Miss Oakland County Vocal "Over the Rainbow" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award Granddaughter of Miss Detroit 1944
2006 Angela Corsi Farmington Hills 24 Miss Heart of Michigan Contemporary Dance en Pointe "Sway" Miss Michigan Preliminary Talent and Swimsuit Award, 4th runner-up (2004) & 3rd runner-up (2005) at National Sweetheart
2005 Octavia Reese Detroit 23 Miss Wayne County Cello "Fuego"
2004 Kelli Talicska Auburn 24 Miss Kalamazoo County Vocal "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera Contestant at National Sweetheart 2003
2003 Madonna K. Emond Livonia 22 Miss Great Lakes Jazz Dance "On Broadway" Top 10 3rd runner-up (2001) & Winner (2002) at National Sweetheart
2002 Erin Moss Stevensville 21 Miss Southwest Michigan Flute "Riverdance"
2001 Stacy Essebaggers Whitehall 21 Miss Great Lakes Clogging "Medley from Moulin Rouge!" Top 10
2000 Che'vonne Burton Detroit 18 Miss Redford Township Vocal Medley "This Can't Be Love" & Almost Like Being in Love" Top 10 Miss Michigan Teen USA 1997
1999 Audrie Chernauckas Livonia 23 Miss Redford Township Ballet en Pointe "Medley from Titanic" Appeared in a 2011 episode of House Hunters with husband and young son, Previously a Rockette and worked with Siegfried and Roy
1998 Laura Frances Welling Livonia 23 Miss Washtenaw Gymnastic Dance "Jurassic Park"
1997 Kimberly Stec Rochester 22 Miss Washtenaw Jazz Dance "Step by Step"
1996 Jennifer Lynn Drayton Saginaw 22 Miss Great Lakes Classical Piano "Sonata Appassionata" Miss Michigan Preliminary Talent Award
1995 Coni Lyn Hull Sullivan Jackson 23 Miss Redford Township Vocal "Half a Moment" from Jeeves
1994 Maria Malay Kamara Zeeland 24 Miss Heart of Michigan Classical Vocal "Sempre Libera" from La Traviata Non-finalist Talent Award
1993 Stacey Gail Heisler Livonia 23 Miss Great Lakes Violin Solo Quality of Life 1st runner-up
1992 Terri Sue Liford Monroe 24 Miss Monroe County Popular Vocal "Only You" Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
1991 Sandra Kay Metiva Saginaw 25 Miss Northern Michigan Vocal "Amazing Grace" Non-finalist Talent Award
1990 Victoria Lynn Fair Jackson 21 Miss Jackson County Classical Vocal "Habanera"
1989 Margaret Jan McIntyre Monroe 24 Miss Monroe County Ballet "Carmen"
1988 Krista Ann Blomgren Livonia 22 Miss Heart of Michigan Oboe
1987 Melanie Ester Churella Farmington Hills Miss Farmington Successor to crown
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Monroe 24 Miss Monroe County Hawaiian-Tahitian Dance Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1986 Kelly Lynn Garver Farmington Hills 23 Miss Farmington Fiddle Medley "Orange Blossom Special" & "New Country" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Show Troupe
1985 Alecia Rae Masalkoski Muskegon 23 Miss Muskegon County Karate Kata Top 10 Miss Indiana USA 1987
1984 Barbara Jean Crandall Lawrence 21 Miss Southwest Michigan Ventriloquism "Auctioneer's Song" Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Denise Gehman Waterford 20 Miss West Bloomfield Vocal Medley "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" & "Show Me" from My Fair Lady
1982 Kathy Pennington Jackson 25 Miss Heart of Michigan Vocal "God Bless the Child"
1981 Gwen Brown Dickerson Ishpeming 22 Miss Ishpeming Dramatic Presentation of Original Writing "Memory of Grandmother"
1980 Heidi Hepler Livonia 24 Miss Livonia Classical Vocal "Italian Street Song"
1979 Bethany Wright Saginaw 19 Miss Saginaw Vocal "The Music and the Mirror" from A Chorus Line Non-finalist Talent Award
1978 Suzanne M. Schemm Essexville 21 Miss Van Buren County Vocal / Dance "All That Jazz" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1977 Holly Schmidt Farmington Hills 18 Miss Farmington Piano Solo "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum"
1976 Diane Hansen Berrien Center 23 Miss Southwest Michigan Piano Medley "America", "Dixie", & "Yankee Doodle"
1975 Julie Beckers Allegan 18 Miss Allegan County Dance & Speech "Zarathustra"
1974 Susan Short Shain Kalamazoo 24 Miss Heart of Michigan Semi-classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"
1973 Sherry Agnello Colby St. Clair Shores 19 Miss St. Clair Shores Vocal "I'd Rather Be Blue"
1972 Terri Cousino Oros Erie 19 Miss Monroe County Vocal "How Can I Wait?" Non-finalist Talent Award
1971 Linda Susan Kish Allen Park 19 Miss Taylor Vocal "As Long as He Needs Me" Non-finalist Talent Award
1970 Ginger Meyers Robinson Lincoln Park 21 Miss Ann Arbor Vocal "Wicked Man"
1969 Sandra Gillespie Bograkos Hastings 20 Miss Michigan State University Successor to crown
Pamela Eldred[7] Birmingham 21 Miss Detroit Ballet "Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet" Winner
1968 Darlene Kurant Follett Muskegon 19 Miss Muskegon Vocal "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face"
1967 Toni Jo Abbenante Farmer East Grand Rapids 19 Miss Michigan Junior College Dramatic Reading "Then You'll Remember Me" by Grace Atkinson Non-finalist Talent Award
1966 Nancy Ackert Miss Battle Creek Gayle Chancey of Dearborn was crowned Miss Michigan but was disqualified prior to Miss America for taking a car without permission and taking a road trip without telling her family. She was replaced by Ackert who received the news while in Hoopeston, Illinois competing at National Sweetheart.
1965 Esther Lynne Smith Portage 19 Miss Western Michigan University Classical Vocal Non-finalist Talent Award
1964 Sarah Jane Noble East Lansing 18 Miss East Lansing Free Exercise Routine Non-finalist Talent Award
1963 Kathleen McLaughlin Kostomo Ishpeming Miss Upper Michigan Dramatic Presentation "Western Star" by Stephen Vincent Benét
1962 Carole van Valin Chirgwin Roscommon 18 Miss Roscommon Dramatic Reading "Joe's Pal" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1961 Karen Southway Dewert Wyoming 18 Miss Wyoming Vocal "Someone to Watch Over Me"
1960 Donna Sheppard Kickert Miss Dowagiac Successor to crown
Nancy Fleming Montague 18 Miss White Lake Presentation of Dress Design Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Preliminary Talent Award
1959 Ann Penelope Marston Wyandotte 21 Miss Detroit Archery Demonstration Preliminary Talent Award
1958 Patience Pierce Panski Detroit Miss Detroit Drama "Meet Christobel"
1957 Valerie Strong Agresta Williamsburg Miss Williamsburg Piano "Brazil"
1956 Shirley Swanson Fordham Muskegon Miss Muskegon Monologue Non-finalist Talent Award
1955 Margaret Devereaux Howell Miss Howell Piano "Flight of the Bumblebee"
1954 Janice Somers Jonson Lansing Miss Lansing Vocal "You Made me Love You" 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Assumed the title after pageant officials reviewed the ballots and determined there was "an unusual pattern" in the judging. The ballots were reviewed because the winner, Delores Susin, was such a surprise the audience left in protest during her crowning.[8][9]
1953 Velva I. Robbins Dowagiac Miss Dowagiac Speech "Education"
1952 Karol Dragomir Palmer Benton Harbor Miss Benton Harbor Vocal "I'll Walk Alone"
1951 Delores N. Berruezo St. Clair Shores Miss St. Clair Shores Dance
1950 Bette Lou Pittman Owosso Miss Owosso Monologue "I Like Americans"
1949 Delores J. Motter Dearborn Miss Dearborn Ceramic Exhibition & Piano Top 15
1948 Linda Carroll Grand Rapids Miss Grand Rapids Impersonations of famous people
Doris Evelyn Johnson Detroit Vocal "Worry, Worry, Worry" Top 15 Competed as Miss Detroit
1947 Peggy J. Ellsworth Reed City Miss Reed City Vocal "He's Funny That Way"
Jane Rose Foster Detroit Vocal My Dream Came True" Competed as Miss Detroit
1946 Ruth Lenfestey Menza New Baltimore Miss New Baltimore
Constance Liddicoat Detroit Competed as Miss Detroit
1945 Therese Mary Sullivan Detroit
Barbara Lee Smith Detroit Competed as Miss Detroit
1944 Beverly Bennett Detroit Vocal "Stormy Weather" Top 12
Iora June Victor Detroit Vocal "Goodnight, Wherever You Are" Competed as Miss Detroit, Grandmother of Miss America 2008
1943 Ruby Telfer Detroit Miss Detroit
1942 Patricia Hill Detroit Miss Detroit Comedic Recitation 2nd runner-up
1941 Gerry Marcoux Detroit Miss Detroit Top 15
1940 Monnie Drake Detroit Miss Detroit Vocal "Bill" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1939 Patricia Donnelly Detroit 18 Miss Detroit Vocal / Bass Fiddle "To You" & "Ol' Man Mose" Winner
1938 Marjorie Jackson Detroit Competed as Miss Detroit
1936 June U. Forbes Flint Competed as Miss Flint
1933 Barbara Strand Top 18
1929 Loraine Budge McVey No Miss America 1929 pageant
1927 No Miss Michigan Charlotte Jane Lowe competed as Miss Battle Creek and finished as a Semi-finalist at Miss America. Also representing Michigan were: Ruth Bushroe, Miss Flint; Florence Nina Clement, Miss Kalamazoo; Margherite Straus, Miss Lansing; Margaret Tinney, Miss Pontiac; and Charlotte Elaine Bowman, Miss Saginaw.
1926 No Miss Michigan Joyce Jean Hurd competed as Miss Lansing and was a Finalist at Miss America. Also representing Michigan were Gertrude Fisher, Miss Battle Creek and Ruth Mae Fowler, Miss Detroit.
1925 No Miss Michigan Jane Porter competed as Miss Detroit and was a Finalist at Miss America. Margherita Strang competed as Miss Lansing.
1922 No Miss Michigan Beth Madsen competed as Miss Detroit.


  1. ^ Champion, Brandon (June 21, 2015). "In her sixth state pageant, Emily Kieliszewski finally gets her Miss Michigan crown".  
  2. ^ Champion, Brandon (June 18, 2015). "Passing the crown: KT Maviglia reflects on year as Miss Michigan".  
  3. ^ Kolb, Natalie (June 15, 2013). "The crowning of Miss Michigan 2013, Haley Williams on June 15, 2013".  
  4. ^ March, Libby (June 16, 2012). "Miss Michigan 2012 Angela Venditti 'excited,' ready to eat some McDonald's".  
  5. ^ "Dundee woman wins Miss Michigan". WTOL 11. June 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ Marla Miller (2008-06-22). "Westland woman named 2008 Miss Michigan". Muskegon Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  7. ^ "Miss Michigan Pamela Eldred of Detroit". Ludington Daily News. June 23, 1969. 
  8. ^ "Lookback: The Miss Michigan Pageant of 1954". MLive. June 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Miss Michigan - Well, Almost". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. June 25, 1954. 

External links

  • Miss Michigan official website
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