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Miss Arizona

The Miss Arizona competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Arizona in the Miss America pageant. Arizona has twice won the Miss America title. The first Miss Arizona, Anna Marie Barnett, was crowned in 1938.[1] In 2016, the 78th Miss Arizona was crowned. A nonprofit 501c3 organization, the Miss Arizona Organization, has been under the leadership of Executive Director Stacey Kole since 2013.[2]

Miss Arizona
Type Beauty pageant
Miss America
Key people
Stacey Kole (Executive Director)
Cathy Herd (President)
Website Official website

MaddieRose Holler of Surprise was crowned Miss Arizona 2017 on June 24, 2017 at Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona. She competed for the title of Miss America 2018 on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Gallery of past titleholdersEdit

Results summaryEdit

The year in brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Miss Americas: Jacque Mercer (1949), Vonda Kay Van Dyke (1965)
  • 1st runners-up: N/A
  • 2nd runners-up: N/A
  • 3rd runners-up: Barbara Hilgenberg (1957) (tie), Stacey Momeyer (1998), Jennifer Sedler (2012)
  • 4th runners-up: Patricia Allebrand (1960), Susan Bergstrom (1964), Stacey Peterson (1976)
  • Top 10: Wanda Law (1947), Beth Andre (1956), Lynn Freyse (1958), Pam Wenzel (1980), Debra Daniels (1983), Kathryn Bulkley (2011)
  • Top 15: Anna Marie Barnett (1938), Laura Lawless (2003)


Preliminary AwardsEdit

Non-finalist AwardsEdit

  • Non-finalist Talent: Paula Lou Welch (1963), Sarah Tattersall (1982), Lisa Mandel (1989), Tammy Kettunen (1990), Kimberly Hoskins (1991), Stacy Agren (1995), Erin Gingrich (1997), Erin Nurss (2009)


  • Miss Congeniality: Vonda Kay Van Dyke (1965)
  • Quality of Life Award Winners: Amanda Murray (1994), Stacy Agren (1995)
  • Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Hilary Griffith (2007)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Audrey Sibley (2006)
  • Special Scholarship: Donna Riggs (1959)
  • Special Talent: Linda Gail Sirrine (1973)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2017 MaddieRose Holler[3] Surprise 20 Miss Peoria Vocal Previously Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2013
2016 Katelyn Niemiec[4] Scottsdale 22 Miss Tempe Twirl Routine Previously Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2009
2015 Madison Esteves[5] Chandler 20 Miss Queen Creek Jazz Dance "Ain't Nothin' Wrong With That" by Robert Randolph and the Family Band Previously Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2012[6]
2014 Alexa Rogers[7] Scottsdale 23 Miss Phoenix Contemporary Dance "Human"
2013 Jennifer Smestad Gilbert 20 Miss City of Maricopa Vocal "Over You"
2012 Piper Stoeckel Prescott 21 Miss Tucson Valley Jazz Dance "Man in the Mirror"
2011 Jennifer Sedler[8] Tempe 19 Miss Phoenix Jazz Dance "It's About That Walk" by Prince 3rd runner-up
2010 Kathryn Bulkley Mesa 20 Miss Pima County Classical Vocal "Nessun Dorma" Top 10 Daughter of Miss Hawaii 1981, Pamela Offer

Miss Arizona Teen America 2008

Top 15 at Miss Arizona USA 2014
2009 Savanna Troupe Phoenix 23 Miss Maricopa County Twirl Routine "Satisfaction"
2008 Erin Nurss[9] Sierra Vista 23 Miss Tucson Valley Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Sister of Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2005, Adrienne Nurss[9]

Previously Arizona's Junior Miss 2003

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2007
2007 Nicole Turner Phoenix 24 Miss Chandler Jazz Dance "Proud Mary" Previously Miss Teen Arizona International 2003
2006 Hilary Griffith Glendale 20 Miss Chandler Vocal "Don't Know Why" Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2005
2005 Audrey Sibley Sierra Vista 19 Miss San Marcos Vocal "Alone" Quality of Life Award Finalist Top 15 at Miss Arizona USA 2009
2004 Katherine Kennedy Tempe 24 Miss Twirling Athlete Twirl Routine
2003 Corrie Hill Gilbert 24 Miss Mesa Dance "Proud Mary" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2000

Later Mrs. Arizona America 2010 under her married name, Corrie Francis[10]
2002 Laura Lawless Tempe 24 Miss Maricopa Classical Piano "Revolutionary Etude" Top 15 Previously New York's Junior Miss 1996
2001 Kapri Rose Gilbert 19 Miss Gilbert Fiddle "Orange Blossom Special"
2000 Kristen Vatt Mesa 20 Miss Gilbert Character Dance "I, Don Quixote" from Man of La Mancha
1999 Lori Whiting Mesa 20 Miss Desert Sun Piano "Malaguena"
1998 Leean Hendrix Parker 22 Miss Tempe Buttes Vocal "Heaven's What I Feel"
1997 Stacey Momeyer Phoenix 21 Miss Chandler Vocal "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from Phantom of the Opera 3rd runner-up Previously National Sweetheart 1996
1996 Erin Gingrich Yuma 21 Miss Yuma County Piano "Rhapsody in Blue" Non-finalist Talent Award
1995 Cara Jackson Chandler 22 Miss Chandler Vocal "All Is Fair In Love" Later Miss Arizona USA 1999
1994 Stacy Agren Mesa 21 Miss Mesa Classical Piano Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award Winner
1993 Amanda Murray Yuma 19 Miss Yuma County Vocal "What Did I Have That I Don't Have" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Quality of Life Award Winner
1992 Robyn Rayborn Mesa 26 Miss Maricopa County Vocal "How Great Thou Art"
1991 Darsi Turner Yuma 22 Miss Tucson Ballet "Through the Eyes of Love" from Ice Castles
1990 Kimberly Hoskins Yuma 19 Miss Yuma County Ballet en Pointe "Symphony of the Seas" Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Tammy Kettunen Yuma 21 Miss Maricopa County Freestyle Roller Skating "Amazing Grace" Non-finalist Talent Award Sister of Miss Arizona 1986, Terri Kettunen
1988 Lisa Mandel Tucson 22 Miss Tucson Dance "Steam Heat" Non-finalist Talent Award
1987 Theresa Light Tucson 18 Miss Western Maricopa Vocal "Somewhere"
1986 Terri Kettunen Yuma 21 Miss Yuma County Classical Piano Sister of Miss Arizona 1989, Tammy Kettunen
1985 Diane Martin Phoenix 23 Miss Phoenix Vocal "The Man that Got Away" & "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret Later Miss Arizona USA 1987
2nd runner-up at Miss USA 1987

Semi-finalist at Miss Asia Pacific 1987 as Miss USA
1984 Rhonda White Central 20 Miss Graham County Popular Country Western Vocal Medley including "Stand By Your Man"
1983 Jennifer Nichols Tempe 22 Miss Glendale Classical Vocal "Glitter and Be Gay"
1982 Debra Daniels Yuma 20 Miss Yuma County Free Form Gymnastics "Chariots of Fire" Top 10
1981 Sarah Tattersall Scottsdale 20 Miss Scottsdale Vocal "Maybe This Time" & "The Man That Got Away" Non-finalist Talent Award
1980 Brenda Strong Tempe 20 Miss Valley West Vocal "My Man" & "What Did I Have That I Don't Have" Played character and narrator, Mary Alice Young, in the TV series, Desperate Housewives
1979 Pam Wenzel Phoenix 22 Miss North Central Phoenix Acrobatic Gymnastic Dance "Theme from Children of Sanchez" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1978 Susan Kohler Tempe 23 Miss Arizona State University Vocal & Dance "Theme from New York, New York"
1977 Cindy Glenn Globe 18 Miss Globe Popular Vocal "Nothing Can Stop Me Now"
1976 Anne DeVarennes Tucson 22 Miss Tucson Vocal "As Long as He Needs Me"
1975 Vickie Hall Sierra Vista Miss Sierra Vista N/A N/A Successor to crown
Stacey Peterson Phoenix 21 Miss Tucson Ventriloquist Act "Yankee Doodle" 4th runner-up
1974 Mary Avilla Glendale 20 Miss Maryvale Popular Vocal "Best Thing You've Ever Done"
1973 Susan May[11] Kingman 19 Miss Coconino County Piano Medley "The Glory of Love", "Laura", & "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
1972 Linda Gail Sirrine Mesa 19 Miss Mesa Popular Vocal "Happy Heart" Special Talent Award
1971 Celia Sklan Scottsdale 22 Miss Scottsdale Dramatic Skit & Song "English Pub"
1970 Karen Shields Tucson 19 Miss University of Arizona Vocal & Dance to a medley of songs from My Fair Lady Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1969 Kathleen Ennis Tucson 20 Miss Tucson Original Comedy Monologue "Interview with Cleopatra, Shirley Temple and Tiny Tim"
1968 Linda Johnson Warren 20 Miss Warren Authentic Tahitian Dance Previously Arizona's Junior Miss 1966
1967 Bea Willis Phoenix 19 Miss Phoenix Vocal "Wouldn't It Be Loverly"
1966 Launa Gardner Holbrook 19 Miss Holbrook Piano Solo
1965 Sandra Montgomery Yuma 18 Miss Yuma County Vocal "Once In a Lifetime" & "I Love Being Here With You"
1964 Vonda Kay Van Dyke Phoenix 22 Miss Phoenix Ventriloquism & Singing "Together" Winner Miss Congeniality Previously Arizona's Junior Miss 1961
Semi-finalist at America's Junior Miss 1961

Only Miss America to also be named Miss Congeniality
1963 Susan Bergstrom Phoenix Miss Phoenix Modern Jazz Dance "Tonight" 4th runner-up
1962 Paula Lou Welch Tucson 20 Miss Tucson Fire Baton Twirling Non-finalist Talent Award
1961 Susan Webb Prescott 19 Miss Prescott Original Dramatic Composition "My Heritage: The Stars"
1960 Georgia Garbarino Flagstaff 18 Miss Flagstaff Modern Dance "An American in Paris"
1959 Patricia Allebrand Yuma 18 Miss Yuma County Modern Dance "Interpretation of Rejected Love" 4th runner-up
1958 Donna Riggs Phoenix Miss Phoenix Vocal / Dance "Teacher's Pet" Special Scholarship
1957 Lynn Freyse Tucson Miss Tucson Dramatic Reading "The Country Girl" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Became actress, starred in TV series Hazel
1956 Barbara Hilgenberg Tucson Miss Tucson Monologue “End and the Beginning” by John Mansfield 3rd runner-up (tie) Tied with Miss Kansas 1956, Mary Ann McGrew
1955 Beth Andre Phoenix Miss Maricopa County Comic Monologue of a Novice Golfer "What Do I Do Now, Mr. McLeod?" Top 10
1954 Marjorie Nylund Phoenix Miss Phoenix Drama "A Marine's Conversation"
1953 Betty Lou Lindly Tempe Miss Tempe Piano
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant
1950 Kathryn Lunsford Phoenix Miss Phoenix Modern Dance
1949 Jacque Mercer Litchfield 18 Miss Litchfield Dramatic Reading from Romeo and Juliet Winner Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1948 Donna McElroy Phoenix Miss Phoenix Dramatic Monologue
1947 Wanda Law Tempe Miss Tempe Diving Champion Top 10
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant
1940 Anna Marie Barnett
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant
1938 Anna Marie Barnett Bisbee Miss Bisbee Top 15
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant
No pageant was held
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant
No pageants were held
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Miss Arizona Scholarship Foundation (June 2015). "Competition Magazine". 
  2. ^ Miss Arizona Retrieved May 15, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Bohulano, Gerald (June 25, 2017). "Filipina wins Miss Arizona 2017". ABS-CBN News. 
  4. ^ Norman, Ariyanna. "Katelyn Niemiec, Miss Arizona 2016 and Elan Morris, Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2016". 
  5. ^ D'Angelo, Alexa (June 28, 2015). "Miss Arizona crowns new winner". 
  6. ^ "Hamilton High senior competing in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition". The Arizona Republic. Phoenix, AZ: Gannett. July 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pageant contenders have good showing at state". Parker Pioneer. June 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jennifer's News Letter". Miss Arizona Organization. June 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Ruiz-McGill, Rebecca (June 24, 2008). "UA Graduate Student Crowned Miss Arizona". UA News. 
  10. ^ "2010 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ May, Susan (1973-06-10). "Kingman NAU student is 1972 Miss Arizona". Phoenix Arizona Republic.