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Miss Oregon

Katie Harman signs a poster at a USO dinner.

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.


  • History 1
  • Winners 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Seaside Civic and Convention Center where the pageant is held each year
Allison Cook with Raymond F. Rees

The event began in 1947 as the Miss Oregon Pageant and was founded by the merchants in the coastal city of Seaside.[1] Miss Oregon was designated the official State Hostess in 1969.[2] 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.[3]

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.[1] The two-day event narrows the competition down to ten finalists on the first day before selecting a winner on the second day.[1] Events at the event include an evening wear competition, talent competition, bathing suit competition, and a competition in casual wear.[4] The competition includes an interview on-stage as the final portion before a winner is selected.[4]

In addition to the chance to become Miss America, the winner also receives scholarships.[1] Contests range in age from 17 to 24, and must first win local competitions before qualifying for the Miss Oregon contest.[4]


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2015 Ali Wallace Portland 22 Miss Portland Lyrical Dance "Latch" by Sam Smith Daughter of Tamara Fazzolari, Miss Oregon 1987
2014 Rebecca Anderson[5][6] Oregon City 23 Miss Cascade Vocal "For Good" STEM Finalist[7]
2013 Allison Cook[8] 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" Successor to Crown, Contestant at National Sweetheart 2011
Rachel Berry[9] Indiana 24 Miss Willamette Valley Tap Dance Formerly competed in California; Resigned July 19, 2012, due to residency ineligibility.[10]
2011 Caroline McGowan[11] Waukee, Iowa 20 Miss Linn-Benton County Operatic Vocal "Chanson Boheme" from Carmen Became Miss Oregon while a student at Oregon State University
2010 Stephenie Steers[12] Klamath Falls 24 Miss Multnomah Vocal "Something to Talk About" Top 15 Voted into the Top 15 at Miss America as one of two "Contestants' Choice" Finalists selected by the contestants
2009 CC Barber[13] Scappoose 23 Miss Tri Valley Dance "Bleeding Love" Top 15 Preliminary Swimsuit award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006, Voted into the Top 15 at Miss America as one of two "Contestants' Choice" Finalists selected by the contestants
2008 Danijela Krstić[14] Beaverton 24 Miss Tri Valley Belly Dancing
2007 Kari Virding[15] Portland 24 Miss Portland Vocal "The Girl in 14G" Non-finalist Talent Award 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 Successor to crown
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, 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 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 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 Ali Wallace, Miss Oregon 2015
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 Oregon's Junior Miss in 1974, Daughter of Miss Oregon 1947
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 (Most Talented Popular Singer) 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?" USO Tour
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 and married Mickey Newbury in 1969
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 (Most Talented Singer)
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
1926 No Miss Oregon Maxine Jennings competed as Miss Portland.
1923 No Miss Oregon Patricia Smith competed as Miss Portland.
1922 No Miss Oregon Virginia Edwards competed as Miss Portland.


  1. ^ a b c d Miss Oregon Pageant starts today in Seaside. The Oregonian, July 8, 2004.
  2. ^ Chapter 186 – State Emblems; State Boundary 2005 Oregon Revised Statutes
  3. ^ Foyston, John. Miss Portland rises to the top, takes Miss Oregon title. The Oregonian, July 2, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c Tareen, Sophia. Persistence pays off for pageant winner. The Oregonian, July 12, 2004.
  5. ^ Spitaleri, Ellen (June 30, 2014). "Anderson crowned Miss Oregon 2014".  
  6. ^ "Miss Oregon wears bicycle shoes in Miss America parade".  
  7. ^
  8. ^ Avery-Page, Nora (July 12, 2013). "New Miss Oregon from Klamath Falls".  
  9. ^ Sedlak, Rebecca (July 1, 2012). "Miss Oregon 2012 Rachel Berry looks forward to Miss America after Seaside win".  
  10. ^ Blackman, Teresa (July 19, 2012). "Miss Oregon gives up crown over residency controversy".  
  11. ^ "Caroline McGowan of Corvallis wins 2011 Miss Oregon pageant".  
  12. ^ "Hillsboro woman is named Miss Oregon". The Associated Press. July 12, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ "New Miss Oregon hails from Scappoose".  
  14. ^ Litvin, Katie (July 23, 2008). "Bosnian beauty wins Miss Oregon crown".  
  15. ^ "Miss Portland Crowned Miss Oregon 2007". Salem News. July 1, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 

External links

  • Miss Oregon official website
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