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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]

Miss Arizona
TypeBeauty pageant
501(c)(3) organization
Miss America
Key people
Stacey Kole (Executive Director)
Cathy Herd (President)
WebsiteOfficial website

Jacqueline Thomas was crowned Miss Arizona 2019 on June 22, 2019 at Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2020.


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)
  • 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: Beth Andre (1956), Lynn Freyse (1958), Pam Wenzel (1980), Debra Daniels (1983), Kathryn Bulkley (2011)
  • Top 15: Anna Marie Barnett (1938), Wanda Law (1947), Laura Lawless (2003)


Preliminary AwardsEdit

Non-finalist AwardsEdit

  • Non-finalist Talent: Paula Lou Welch (1963), Linda Gail Sirrine (1973), Sarah Tattersall (1982), Lisa Mandel (1989), Tammy Kettunen (1990), Kimberly Hoskins (1991), Stacy Agren (1995), Erin Gingrich (1997), Erin Nurss (2009)

Other awardsEdit


  •      Declared as winner
  •      Ended as a runner-up
  •      Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2019 Jacqueline Thomas[2] Phoenix 24 Miss North Phoenix Piano TBD TBD
2018 Isabel Ticlo[3] Chandler 24 Miss North Phoenix Bollywood Dance, "JBJ" by Mahalakshmi Iyer Later Arizona Sweetheart 2019
2017 MaddieRose Holler[4] Surprise 20 Miss Peoria Vocal Previously Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2013[5]
2016 Katelyn Niemiec[6] Scottsdale 22 Miss Tempe Twirl Routine Previously Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2009[7]
2015 Madison Esteves[8] 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[9]
2014 Alexa Rogers[10] 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[11] 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

Previously Miss Arizona Teen America 2008
2009 Savanna Troupe Phoenix 23 Miss Maricopa County Twirl Routine, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
2008 Erin Nurss[12] Sierra Vista 23 Miss Tucson Valley Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Sister of Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2005, Adrienne Nurss[12]

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2007 pageant
2007 Nicole Turner Phoenix 24 Miss Chandler Jazz Dance, "Proud Mary"
2006 Hilary Griffith Glendale 20 Vocal, "Don't Know Why" Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2005 pageant
2005 Audrey Sibley Sierra Vista 19 Miss San Marcos Vocal, "Alone" Quality of Life Award Finalist
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 pageant

Later Mrs. Arizona America 2010 under her married name, Corrie Francis[13]
2002 Laura Lawless Tempe 24 Miss Maricopa Classical Piano, "Revolutionary Etude" Top 15
2001 Kapri Rose Gilbert 19 Miss Gilbert Fiddle, "Orange Blossom Special"
2000 Kristen Vatt Mesa 20 Character Dance, "I, Don Quixote" from Man of La Mancha
1999 Lori Whiting 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 19 Miss Yuma County Ballet en Pointe, "Symphony of the Seas" Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Tammy Kettunen 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 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 pageant
1984 Rhonda White Central 20 Miss Graham County Country Vocal Medley
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" from Cabaret 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[citation needed]
1979 Pam Wenzel Phoenix 22 Miss North Central Phoenix Acrobatic Gymnastic Dance, "Theme from Children of Sanchez" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
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" from Oliver!
1975 Vickie Hall Sierra Vista Miss Sierra Vista
Successor to crown when Peterson resigned
Stacey Peterson Phoenix 21 Miss Tucson Ventriloquism, "Yankee Doodle" 4th runner-up
1974 Mary Avilla Glendale 20 Miss Maryvale Popular Vocal, "Best Thing You've Ever Done"
1973 Susan May[14] 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" Non-finalist Talent Award
1971 Celia Sklan Scottsdale 22 Miss Scottsdale Dramatic Skit & Song, "English Pub"
1970 Karen Shields Tucson 19 Miss University of Arizona Dance and Vocal Medley from My Fair Lady
1969 Kathleen Ennis 20 Miss Tucson Original Comedy Monologue, "Interview with Cleopatra, Shirley Temple, and Tiny Tim"
1968 Linda Johnson Warren 20 Miss Warren Authentic Tahitian Dance
1967 Bea Willis Phoenix 19 Miss Phoenix Vocal, "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" from My Fair Lady
1966 Launa Gardner Holbrook 19 Miss Holbrook Piano
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, "Together (Wherever We Go)" Winner[15] Miss Congeniality Semi-finalist at America's Junior Miss 1961 pageant

Only Miss America winner to also be named Miss Congeniality[15]
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 Award
1957 Lynn Freyse Tucson Miss Tucson Dramatic Reading from The Country Girl Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Later starred in TV series Hazel[citation needed]
1956 Barbara Hilgenberg Tucson Miss Tucson Monologue, “End and the Beginning” by John Mansfield 3rd runner-up (tie)
1955 Beth Andre Phoenix Miss Maricopa County Comic Monologue, "What Do I Do Now, Mr. McLeod?" Top 10
1954 Marjorie Nylund Phoenix Miss Phoenix Dramatic Reading, "A Marine's Conversation"
1953 Betty Lou Lindly Tempe Miss Tempe Piano
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant[16][17]
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 Top 15
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant[18][19][20][21][22][23]
1940 Anna Marie Barnett
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant[24]
1938 Anna Marie Barnett Bisbee Miss Bisbee Top 15
No national pageant was held[25]
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant[26]
No national pageants were held[25]
No Arizona representative at Miss America pageant[27][28][29][30][31][32][33]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Miss Arizona Scholarship Foundation (June 2015). "Competition Magazine".
  2. ^ Larrison, Ashlee (June 26, 2019). "GCU Honors College alumna crowned Miss Arizona". GCU Today.
  3. ^ "Meet The New 2018 Miss Arizona and Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen". Fox 10 Phoenix. June 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Bohulano, Gerald (June 25, 2017). "Filipina wins Miss Arizona 2017". ABS-CBN News.
  5. ^ "Maddie Holler crowned Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen". May 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Norman, Ariyanna. "Katelyn Niemiec, Miss Arizona 2016 and Elan Morris, Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2016".
  7. ^ D'Angelo, Alexa (May 20, 2009). "Niemiec Crowned Top AZ Teen". Arizona Republic.
  8. ^ D'Angelo, Alexa (June 28, 2015). "Miss Arizona crowns new winner".
  9. ^ "Hamilton High senior competing in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition". The Arizona Republic. Phoenix, AZ: Gannett. July 28, 2012.
  10. ^ "Pageant contenders have good showing at state". Parker Pioneer. June 23, 2014.
  11. ^ Toren, Nadine. "Meet Miss Arizona 2011: Jennifer Sedler". Arizona Foothills Magazine.
  12. ^ a b Ruiz-McGill, Rebecca (June 24, 2008). "UA Graduate Student Crowned Miss Arizona". UA News.
  13. ^ "2010 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  14. ^ May, Susan (1973-06-10). "Kingman NAU student is 1972 Miss Arizona". Phoenix Arizona Republic.
  15. ^ a b "1965 Miss America Title Won By 21‐Year‐Old Arizona Coed; Victor Was Chosen Earlier as Miss Congeniality by 49 Fellow Contestants". The New York Times. September 13, 1964.
  16. ^ "1953 Candidates". Miss America.
  17. ^ "1952 Candidates". Miss America.
  18. ^ "1946 Candidates". Miss America.
  19. ^ "1945 Candidates". Miss America.
  20. ^ "1944 Candidates". Miss America.
  21. ^ "1943 Candidates". Miss America.
  22. ^ "1942 Candidates". Miss America.
  23. ^ "1941 Candidates". Miss America.
  24. ^ "1939 Candidates". Miss America.
  25. ^ a b "Miss America Timeline: 1901–1950". PBS.
  26. ^ "1933 Candidates". Miss America.
  27. ^ "1927 Candidates". Miss America.
  28. ^ "1926 Candidates". Miss America.
  29. ^ "1925 Candidates". Miss America.
  30. ^ "1924 Candidates". Miss America.
  31. ^ "1923 Candidates". Miss America.
  32. ^ "1922 Candidates". Miss America.
  33. ^ "1921 Candidates". Miss America.