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Miss Washington


Miss Washington

Elyse Umemoto, Miss Washington 2007
Laurie Nelson, Miss Washington 1978

The Miss Washington competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Washington in the Miss America pageant.


  • History 1
  • Results at Miss America 2
  • Winners 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Washington first sent delegates to Miss America in 1926 and 1927 with Leona Fengler Miss Seattle. She was sponsored by the Seattle Times (a practice common in the early days of the Miss America Pageant). She was pictured by the paper leaving in a bi-plane for her cross country flight to Atlantic City where she was voted 'Prettiest Girl in an Evening Gown'. Featured in the Seattle Museum of History and Industry in the exhibit 'Puttin on the Ritz' a 1920s display. In 1987, Leona was welcomed home and featured once again at the newly revived Miss Seattle Pageant that year.[1][2]

The Depression and War years caused sporadic participation by Washington Contestants to the Miss America pageant, but the Miss Washington pageant was revived in 1948, with a $1000 scholarship being offered to the winner. In 1949 the Pageant was a 'financial flop' and the winner had to seek community donations to fund her appearance at Miss America. At the time the organization was so deeply in debt that the titleholder's tiara was nearly repossessed by the manufacturer.[3][4][5]

Then as today the Miss America State Pageant programs are staffed, produced and sponsored by civic minded community volunteers and businesses who are mindful of promoting service to the community by the young ladies involved. The Primary function of the program is to provide scholarship dollars to further the contestants education, making the Miss America Local State and National the single largest Scholarship for young American Women who are American Citizens in the World. Unlike most other pageant programs there is no entry fee charged to the Contestant to compete and she must win a local Competition to get to the State level and then is eligible to go on to Miss America. The talent and trappings to compete from one level to the next are assisted when possible by the volunteer committees and sponsors, but the effort and dedication to the most of the opportunities available are indeed the responsibility of the participants. It is very often a fact that those women who never capture the top spot and move to the next levels of competition get the most personal growth from their interface with the ideas of making a difference in their community, and go on in life in pathways of great accomplishment. Simply by having had the opportunity to learn how to interview for the year of public service in the 'job' of Miss America.[1][6]

In 1948, the Miss Washington pageant was held in Ephrata.[7]

From 1961 to 1997 it was hosted by Vancouver, under a number of Executive Directors before being moved to the Tri-Cities under the Directorship of Chamber President Dorothy Schoeppach under whose direction the local programs again grew from 9 to 22. Two years later it moved to Tacoma under the Directorship of Joan Dehn and Mike Shinkle.

The pageant has been held in

  • Miss Washington official website

External links

  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ Seattle Museaum of History and Industry
  3. ^ "Miss Washington's Crown in Danger". Eugene Register-Guard. 1949-08-29. 
  4. ^ "Kelso-Longview affair to help Miss Washington". Ellensburg Daily Record. 1949-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Miss Washington Winners to Get Fine Scholarships". 1949-08-11. 
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ "Ephrata greets state beauties". The Spokesman-Review. 1948-06-23. 
  8. ^ "Miss Washington Pageant to Change Site". 
  9. ^ "Despite loss, Miss Tri-Cities eager to cheer on new Miss Washington". Tri City Herald. 2000-07-04. 
  10. ^ "Miss Washington". Spokesman-Review. 1980-06-22. 
  11. ^ a b "Miss Washington ties in pageant talent test". The Spokesman-Review. 1980-09-05. 
  12. ^ "Miss Washington is second runner-up for Miss America". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2008-01-28. 
  13. ^ "Miss Washington snags 2nd runner-up spot". 2008-01-28. 
  14. ^ Culverwell, Wendy (1998-06-21). "Stunned Miss Pierce wins state title". Tri City Herald. 
  15. ^ "Issaquah Woman is Miss Washington". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. 1989-06-23. 
  16. ^ "Miss Washington Crowned". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 1985-06-24. 
  17. ^ "Miss Washington is second runner-up for Miss America". Tri City Herald. 1985-08-15. 
  18. ^ "Dancer Crowned Miss Washington". Spokane Chronicle. 1983-06-27. 
  19. ^ Associated Press (1978-06-25). "Gig Harbor Girl Miss Washington". Tri City Herald. 
  20. ^ "Title Resigned". The Deseret News. Jul 12, 1976. 
  21. ^ "Search for swimsuit pays off for Miss Washington". Tri City Herald. 1973-09-07. 
  22. ^ "Seattle Miss Wins State's Beauty Title". Ellensburg Daily Record. 1964-07-20. 
  23. ^ "Co-ed is Miss Washington". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 1959-05-11. 
  24. ^ "3 Tie in Talent Competition of Miss America Contest". Toledo Blade. 1959-09-10. 
  25. ^ "Miss Washington is Ex-Idahoan". Spokesman-Review. 1951-08-01. 
  26. ^ "Des Moines Miss is 1950 Miss Washington". Ellensburg Daily Record. 1950-08-08. 


* Succeeded to the crown after Miss Washington won Miss America

Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2015 Lizzi Jackson Bellingham 23 Miss Rainer Vocal STEM Scholarship Recipient
2014 Kailee Dunn Kennewick 22 Miss Spokane Vocal "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde Miss Tri Cities 2012, Miss Northwest 2013
2013 Reina Almon Yakima 21 Miss Evergreen Vocal "I (Who Have Nothing)" Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2009, Miss Yakima County 2012, Miss Washington 2012 First Runner Up, Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
2012 Mandy Schendel Newcastle 22 Miss Eastside Vocal "My Wish" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Quality of Life Finalist Was chosen 16th as the "Judges Choice" during the televised Miss America pageant 2013, Miss Washington Teen USA 2008
2011 Brittney Henry Puyallup 24 Miss Eastside Fiddle "Celtic Fiddle Medley" Non-finalist Talent Award Miss Columbia Basin 2010, Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
2010 Jacquie Brown Vancouver 21 Miss Greater Vancouver Vocal "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" 3rd runner-up
2009 Devanni Partridge Auburn 20 Miss Seattle Piano "Malagueña" Miss Auburn 2007
2008 Janet Harding Yelm 21 Miss Tahoma Piano Miss Whatcom County 2006
2007 Elyse Umemoto Wapato 23 Miss Seattle Popular Vocal "Angels" 2nd runner-up Miss Pierce County 2006, First Runner Up Miss Washington 2006, 3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2006, Contestant on Survivor: South Pacific
2006 Kristen Eddings Silverdale 22 Miss Kitsap Vocal "For Once in My Life" Top 10 Miss Poulsbo 2002
2005 Tina Marie Mares Lynnwood 25 Miss Sno-isle Classical Piano "Chopin's Nocturne in C-sharp minor"
2004 Allison Porter Tacoma 24 Miss Seattle Classical Violin "Concerto in E Minor"
2003 Fianna Dickson Spokane 24 Miss Spokane Jazz Dance "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" Non-finalist Interview Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2000
2002 Amanda Beers Richland 20 Miss Tri-Cities Classical Piano "Sonata Opus 31" by Beethoven Top 15
2001 Breann Parriott Puyallup 23 Miss Pierce County Contemporary Ballet en Pointe "West Side Story" Miss Washington USA 2003
2000 Semmelle Ford Tacoma 19 Miss Pierce County Classical Vocal "Art Is Calling for Me" from The Enchantress by Victor Herbert
1999 Tina Willis Tacoma 20 Miss Pierce County Vocal "Remember Me"
1998 Mariana Loya[14] Tacoma 19 Miss Pierce County Classical Violin "Concerto in E Minor" Scholar Award Miss Arizona USA 2005
1997 Monta Monique Pasco 24 Miss Seattle Classical Piano "Rigoletto Paraphrase" by Franz Liszt
1996 Janet Reasons Port Orchard 22 Miss Pierce County Semi-classical Vocal "Half a Moment" from Jeeves
1995 Amber Hamilton Auburn 18 Miss Auburn Jazz Dance "Last Dance"
1994 Annalee Klein Enumclaw 24 Miss SeaTac Country Vocal "Sweet Dreams"
1993 Teri Ann Plante Normandy Park 22 Miss Whatcom County Tap Dance
1992 Colleen Kearney Bellevue 26 Miss Issaquah Jazz Piano "Dizzy Fingers" by Zez Confrey
1991 SoYoung Kwon Olympia 22 Miss Seattle Classical Piano "Mephisto Waltz" Top 10
1990 Lynnae Thurik Lake Oswego, Oregon 26 Miss Clark County Classical Piano Piece by Sergei Rachmaninoff Won Miss Washington while a student at Pacific Lutheran University
1989 Jennifer Wall[15] Issaquah 20 Miss Issaquah Piano "Opus 706" by Carl Wilhelm Kern Top 10
1988 Talia Watland Poulsbo 24 Miss Seattle Vocal "Pour on the Power"
1987 Sharon Dean Issaquah 21 Miss Issaquah Vocal Medley
1986 Melanie Cobb Vancouver 24 Miss Clark County Vocal "Let's Hear It For Me" from Funny Lady
1985 Honey Castro[16] Moses Lake 19 Miss Moses Lake Vocal "What Did I Have I Don't Have Now" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 3rd runner-up[17] Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
1984 Rebecca Wood Spokane 21 Miss Greater Tacoma Vocal "If I Ruled the World"
1983 Jennifer Havlin[18] Bellingham 24 Miss Whatcom County Character Ballet "On Golden Pond"
1982 Monica Hard Bellevue 23 Miss Burien Vocal Medley "Sweet Inspiration" & "Where You Lead"
1981 Kristine Weitz Moses Lake 19 Miss Tri-Cities Jazz Vocal "Summertime" Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
1980 Doris Hayes Tacoma 20 Miss Pierce County Jazz Vocal "Our Love Is Here to Stay" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award First African American preliminary winner[11]
1979 Janelle Martz Normandy Park 22 Miss Des Moines Classical Piano "Grieg's Piano Concerto In A Minor"
1978 Laurie Nelson[19] Gig Harbor 19 Miss Pierce County Vocal "Have I Stayed Too Long At the Fair?" 4th runner-up Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1977 Natasha Solovjev Burien 19 Miss Burien Classical Piano "Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1"
1976 Theresa Adams Wenatchee 19 Miss Greater Wenatchee Classical Piano "Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G minor" Successor to crown
Sharon Lea Lambert Tacoma Miss Pierce County Resigned before Miss America Pageant. She was facing a shoplifting charge.[20]
1975 Lee Ann Hibbert Shoreline 22 Miss Northshore Vocal / Jazz Improvisation "That's a Fine Kind O' Freedom"
1974 Charlene Joy Myers Burien Miss Burien Successor to crown
Kathleen Beth Moore Bothell 22 Miss Northshore Classical Vocal "Italian Street Song" Top 10 Resigned
1973 Leslie Ann Mays Mercer Island 23 Miss Bellevue Jazz Dance "The In Crowd" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award[21]
1972 Rebecca June Pozzi Kent 20 Miss Kent Vocal Medley "Consider Yourself" & "I'd Do Anything" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1971 Susan Georgiana Buckner Burien 19 Miss Burien Gymnastics Dance "The Joker" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Played the role of cheerleader Patty Simcox in the film Grease
1970 Nancy Kay Peterson Moses Lake 19 Miss Moses Lake Original Comedy Monologue "Once Upon a Leaf"
1969 Marsha Covey Moses Lake 19 Miss Moses Lake Vocal Medley "Love Come Again" & "That's Life"
1968 Joyce Kay Stepanek Issaquah 20 Miss Issaquah Comedy Routine "The Adventures of Huck Finn"
1967 Lynda Jean Kilp White Center 19 Miss White Center Vocal Medley "One Boy" & "A Lot of Livin To Do" from Bye Bye Birdie
1966 Sandra Lee Marth Centralia 19 Miss Lewis County Semi-classical Vocal "Habanera"
1965 Kippy Lou Brinkman Richland 21 Miss Seattle Harp & Tap Dance "Night and Day" Non-finalist Talent Award 1st runner-up at Miss Wool of America 1964
1964 Lauren Elaine Waddleton[22] Burien 19 Miss Burien Vocal "I Could Have Danced All Night" Top 10
1963 Mardi Hagen Tacoma Miss Seattle Modern & Classical Character Dance Non-finalist Talent Award
1962 Susan Frances English Bellevue 19 Miss Bellevue Dramatic Reading
1961 Gail Leona Hannuk Aberdeen 18 Miss Grays Harbor Piano "Warsaw Concerto" Contestant at Miss Wool of America 1962
1960 Connie Rae Hughes Bellingham 18 Miss Bellingham Original Monologue
1959 Sharon Joyce Vaughn[23] Port Orchard 21 Miss South Kitsap Vocal Medley "Habanera" & "I Cain't Say No" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award[24]
1958 Anne Sylvia Henderson Spokane Miss Spokane Pantomime & Charleston Dance
1956 Deanna Hall Olympia Dance
1954 Frances Graham Spokane Vocal
1953 Geraldine Lindsey Seattle Vocal
1951 Darlene Shaffer[25] Seattle Dress Design
1950 Karlyne Abele[26] Des Moines Dramatic Reading "The Flag" Top 16
1949 Libby Aldrich Kelso Vocal "Stormy Weather"
1948 Lorraine Lowder Aberdeen Miss Grays Harbor Hula dance
1940 Peggy Mason Tacom
1939 Annamae Schoonover Seattle Dramatic Monologue from Accent on Youth 2nd runner-up
1933 Gladine Sweetser 22 Top 18
1927 No Miss Washington Representing Washington were: Eleanor Maddieux, Miss Seattle and Eva King, Miss Spokane
1926 No Miss Washington Leone Natalie Fengler competed as Miss Seattle and placed as a Finalist. Also representing Washington were: Gloria Smith, Miss Spokane and Dorothy Rothermal, Miss Tacoma
1925 No Miss Washington Evelyn Louise Carman competed as Miss Seattle.
1922 No Miss Washington Evelyn Atkinson competed as Miss Seattle.



1927 Leona Fengler       Miss America Top 5 / 1926 'Prettiest Girl in Evening Gown' Finalist
1939 Annamae Schoonover  Miss America 2nd runner-up
1950 Karlyne Abele       Miss America Top 10
1959 Sharon Vaughn       Miss America 2nd runner-up
1963 Mardi Hagan         Miss America Judges Award
1964 Lsuren Waddleton    Miss America Non-finalist Talent Award
1965 Kippy Lou Brinkman  Miss America Non-finalist Talent AWard
1971 Susan Buckner       Miss America Top 10 / Swimsuit Preliminary Award
1973 Leslie Ann Mays     Miss America Top 10 / Swimsuit Preliminary Award
1974 Kathleen Beth Moore Miss America Top 10
1978 Laurie Nelson       Miss America 4th runner-up
1980 Doris Hayes         Miss America Top 10 / Preliminary Talent Award
1981 Kristine Weitz      Miss America Non-finalist Talent Award, Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1983 Honey Castro        Miss America 3rd runner-up
1989 Jennifer Wall       Miss America Top 10
1991 So Young Kwon       Miss America Top 10
2002 Amanda Beers        Miss America Top 10
2003 Fianna Dickson      Miss America Non-finalist Interview Award
2006 Kristen Eddings     Miss America Top 10
2007 Elyse Umemoto       Miss America 2nd runner-up / Reality Check Winner
2010 Jacquie Brown       Miss America 3rd runner-up
2012 Britney Henry       Miss America Non-finalist Talent Award
2013 Mandy Schendel      Miss America Top 10

The most successful Miss Washingtons at Miss America though the years have been:

Washington has won several special awards in Talent, Swimsuit, Interview and Quality of Life (making a difference in your community) at Miss America. In 1980 Doris Hayes, the first African American Miss Washington, tied with Lencola Sullivan of Arkansas as the pageant's first African American preliminary winners. The Local pageants and the Miss Washington pageant had in fact been multi-cultural for decades prior, and have had all ethnicities represented as entries to Miss America, including Honey Castro - Moses Lake, So Young Kwon - Seattle, Maryannna Loya - Seattle, Elyse Umemoto - Seattle, Semmelle Ford - Tacoma, Tina Willis - Tacoma.[10][11]

Results at Miss America

The Competitions Contestant Contracted rules continue to be Morally and Culturally upright. The participants must live work or go to school in the areas permitted by the programs they compete in, never married or have been pregnant, nor convicted of any crime.


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