Miss Texas

The Miss Texas competition was founded in 1937 as a scholarship contest for young women. The winner represents Texas in the Miss America pageant; three winners have gone on to be crowned Miss America (but none since 1975).

Miss Texas
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss America
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To become Miss Texas, a contestant must first win a local competition. A young woman may compete at the local and state level more than once, but may only compete in the national Miss America competition one time. Hundreds of women participate each year in the local pageants, culminating in the selection of local finalists who compete for the Miss Texas title each July. The state pageant was held in Fort Worth for 36 years before relocating to the University of Texas at Arlington's Texas Hall in 2009. In 2012, the pageant moved to the Allen Event Center in suburban Collin County.[1] In 2014 the Miss Texas pageant began being held at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas.[2]

In 2010, Miss Texas celebrated its 75th anniversary, and Randy Pruett wrote a book, A Dream as Big as Texas, to document the stories of the 75 women that were crowned Miss Texas.[3]

Chandler Foreman of Pearland was crowned Miss Texas 2019 on June 29, 2019 at Eisemann Center in Richardson, Texas. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2020.

Gallery of past titleholdersEdit

Results summaryEdit

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss Texas titleholders at the national Miss America pageants/competitions. The year in parentheses indicates the year of the national competition during which a placement and/or award was garnered, not the year attached to the contestant's state title.


  • Miss Americas: Jo-Carroll Dennison (1942), Phyllis George (1971), Shirley Cothran (1975)
  • 1st runners-up: Moselle Ransome (1927), Alice Emerick (1937), Shilah Phillips (2007)
  • 2nd runners-up: Penny Lee Rudd (1963), Carmen McCollum (1977), Jonna Fitzgerald (1986)
  • 3rd runners-up: Linda Loftis (1962), Sharon McCauley (1965), Mae Beth Cormany (1973), Suzanne Lawrence (1991)
  • 4th runners-up: Sheri Ryman (1982), Tamara Hext (1985), Yanci Yarbrough (2000), Margana Wood (2018)
  • Top 7: Caroline Carothers (2017)
  • Top 8: Molly Hazlett (2008)
  • Top 10: Mary Nell Hendricks (1959), Susan Logan (1967), Judy Mallett (1974), Mary Ellen Richardson (1976), Lori Smith (1978), Sandi Miller (1979), Terri Eoff (1981), Dana Rogers (1984), Stephany Samone (1987), Rita Jo Thompson (1988), Leah Kay Lyle (1990), Rhonda Morrison (1992), Arian Archer (1995), Michelle Martinez (1997), Tara Watson (2001), Mary Lisa Dalzell (2003), Jamie Story (2005), Morgan Matlock (2006), Kristen Blair (2010), Kendall Morris (2012), DaNae Couch (2013), Ivana Hall (2014), Shannon Sanderford (2016)
  • Top 12: Ashley Melnick (2011)
  • Top 13: Polly Below (1945)
  • Top 15: Rosebud Blondell (1926), Patricia Allen Green (1936), Charmayne Smith (1939), Chandler Foreman (2020)
  • Top 16: Margaret Sommers (1951), Monique Evans (2015)
  • Top 20: Stacy James (2002)


Preliminary awardsEdit

Non-finalist awardsEdit

  • Non-finalist Interview: BaShara Chandler (1994)
  • Non-finalist Talent: Marilyn Turner (1960), Mary Cage Moore (1961), Gloria Gilbert (1983), Sunni Cranfill (2004), Madison Fuller (2019)

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
2020 State and national pageants postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic[4]
2019–20 Chandler Foreman[5] Pearland 22 Miss Park Cities Flute, “Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Top 15[6]
2018 Madison Fuller[7] Fairfield 23 Miss Dallas Ventriloquism, "I've Been Everywhere" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2010[8]
2017 Margana Wood[9] Houston 22 Miss Travis County Contemporary Dance, "When We Were Young" by Adele 4th runner-up[10] Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award[11] Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2012[12]
Top 8 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013 pageant[13]
2016 Caroline Carothers[14] San Antonio 20 Miss Plano Baton Twirling, "Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago (musical) Top 7
2015 Shannon Sanderford[15] Coppell 23 Miss Fort Worth Vocal, "Son of a Preacher Man" Top 10
2014 Monique Evans[16][17][18] Austin 22 Miss Park Cities Ballet en Pointe, "Requiem for a Tower" Top 16 Later Miss Florida USA 2020 [19]
2013 Ivana Hall[20][21] Cedar Hill 23 Miss North Texas Vocal, "Fever" Top 10 Later Miss Oklahoma World 2015
Top 22 at Miss World America 2015 pageant
2012 DaNae Couch[22] Coppell 23 Miss Dallas Twirling, "Last Dance" Top 10
2011 Kendall Morris[23] Ennis 20 Miss Frisco Piano, "New World Symphony" Top 10 Louanne Gamba Instrumental Award

Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2006[24]
2010 Ashley Melnick[3][25] Dallas 21 Miss Fort Worth Vocal, "I Surrender" Top 12
2009 Kristen Blair Southlake 22 Miss North Texas Classical Vocal, "Chi il bel sogno di doretta" from La rondine Top 10
2008 Rebecca Robinson[26][27] Buffalo 24 Miss Longview Tap Dance, "Hey Pachuco" Miss Congeniality Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2000[28]
2007 Molly Hazlett[29] Centerville 21 Miss Longview Character Jazz en Pointe, "Rich Man's Frug" from Sweet Charity Top 8 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
2006 Shilah Precious Phillips[30] Plano 25 Miss Frisco Vocal, "I Believe in You and Me" 1st runner-up[31] Preliminary Talent Award First African American to win Miss Texas title[30][31]
2005 Morgan Matlock Lamesa 24 Miss Fort Worth Vocal Medley, "Come Rain or Come Shine" & "What Kind of Fool Am I?" Top 10
2004 Jamie Story Bedford 23 Miss Arlington Classical Piano, "Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor" by Mendelssohn Top 10
2003 Sunni Cranfill Hooks 23 Miss Amarillo Area Ballet en Pointe, "Carmen Fantasy" Non-finalist Talent Award Later Dallas Cowboys cheerleader in 2009[32]
2002 Mary Lisa Dalzell Magnolia 23 Miss Lake O' The Pines Flute Medley, "Shenandoah" & "Dueling Banjos" Top 10 Preliminary Interview Award Evening Anchor at NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida[citation needed]
2001 Stacy James[33] Texarkana 22 Vocal, "Man of La Mancha" Top 20
2000 Tara Watson[34] Lufkin 22 Miss Hurst-Euless-Bedford Vocal, "I've Got a Crush on You" Top 10 Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 1993[28]
1999 Yanci Yarbrough Childress 24 Miss Hurst-Euless-Bedford Vocal Medley, "Come In From the Rain" & "Stormy Weather" 4th runner-up
1998 Tatum Hubbard Odessa 24 Miss Arlington Jazz Dance, "Hit Me With a Hot Note And Watch Me Bounce" from Sophisticated Ladies
1997 Reagan Hughes Midland 23 Miss Lake O' The Pines Dramatic Vocal, "I Dreamed a Dream"
1996 Michelle Martinez Dallas 23 Miss Dallas Classical Piano, "Ballade in G Minor" by Chopin Top 10
1995 Carly Jarmon[35] Mesquite 19 Miss Oak Cliff Vocal, "Stand by Your Man" Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 1992[36]

Married to 2002 World Series champion, Benji Gil[36]
1994 Arian Archer Borger 20 Miss Amarillo Area Vocal, "Almost Over You" Top 10
1993 BaShara Chandler Garland 21 Miss Northeast Texas Piano, "4th Movement of Sonata in C" by Alberto Ginastera Non-finalist Interview Award
1992 Amy Parker[37] Carrollton 22 Miss Tarrant County Vocal, "A Sunday Kind of Love"
1991 Rhonda Morrison[38] Coldspring 21 Miss Lake O' The Pines Vocal, "My Funny Valentine" Top 10
1990 Suzanne Lawrence[39] Humble 21 Miss Humble/Kingwood Country Vocal, "Sweet Dreams" 3rd runner-up Quality of Life Award Winner

Preliminary Talent Award
1989 Leah Kay Lyle[40] Plainview 22 Miss Haltom-Richland Area Piano, "Sonata Opus 22" by Alberto Ginastera Top 10
1988 Cathy Castro[41] McAllen 22 Miss Duncanville Ballet en Pointe, "Les toreadors" First Hispanic woman to win Miss Texas title[42]
1987 Rita Jo Thompson[43] Lufkin 22 Miss Greenville Jazz Dance, "An American Trilogy" Top 10
1986 Stephany Samone Dallas 25 Miss Grand Prairie Country Vocal, "Stand By Your Man" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award[44]
1985 Jonna Fitzgerald Tyler 21 Miss Greenville Fiddle, "Csárdás" & "Orange Blossom Special"[45] 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1984 Tamara Hext Fort Worth 21 Miss Arlington Vocal, "I've Got a Crush On You" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award[46]
1983 Dana Rogers[47] Boerne 22 Miss San Antonio Vocal, "An American Trilogy" Top 10 Mother of Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2019, Molly Martin[48]
1982 Gloria Gilbert[49] Millsap 20 Miss Palo Pinto County Ventriloquism & Vocal, "I've Been Everywhere" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously National Sweetheart 1981

Longtime hostess of the Miss Texas pageant television broadcast[citation needed]
1981 Sheri Ryman Texas City 20 Miss Texas A&M Gymnastics, Theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award[50]
1980 Terri Eoff[51] Lubbock 19 Miss Lubbock Dramatic Performance from A Bad Play For an Old Lady Top 10 Appeared on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow[citation needed]
1979 Lex Ann Haughey Hurst 20 Miss Haltom-Richland Area Flute, "Flight of the Bumblebee" & "Flight '76" by Walter Murphy
1978 Sandi Miller[52] Mesquite 20 Miss Red Bird Area Classical Piano, "2nd Concerto in F Minor" by Gershwin Top 10 Later Mrs. Texas 1988[citation needed]
1977 Lori Smith Fort Worth 20 Miss Haltom-Richland Area Vocal, "Moanin' Low" Top 10
1976 Carmen McCollum Odessa 19 Miss West Texas Saxophone Medley, "Wabash Cannonball," "Yakety Sax," & "If He Walked Into My Life" from Mame 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award[53]
1975 Mary Ellen Richardson Waco 20 Miss Waco Classical Vocal, "The Jewel Song" from Faust Top 10
1974 Phyllis Barger[54] Miss Houston Ballet en Pointe Assumed title after Cothran was named Miss America 1975 title

3rd runner-up at Miss Texas 1974 pageant
Shirley Cothran[55] Denton 21 Miss Haltom-Richland Area Flute Medley, "Bumble Boogie" & "Swingin' Shepherd Blues" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1973 Judy Mallett Beaumont Miss Haltom-Richland Area Fiddle, "Csárdás" & "Orange Blossom Special" Top 10 Performed in halftime show of Super Bowl VIII[citation needed]
1972 Mae Beth Cormany Wichita Falls Miss Hurst-Euless-Bedford Vocal Medley, "Misty" & "Come Rain or Come Shine" 3rd runner-up
1971 Janice Bain[56] San Antonio 21 Miss White Settlement Classical Vocal, "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi
1970 Belinda Myrick Odessa Miss West Texas Country Vocal N/A Assumed title after George won Miss America 1971 title

Toured with Miss America USO Troupe[57]
Phyllis George[58] Denton 21 Miss Dallas Piano Medley, "Promises, Promises" & "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award One of the first women sportscasters on network television as co-host of NFL Today on CBS (1975–77, 1980–83)[59]

Co-host of the 1989 and 1990 Miss America pageants with Gary Collins[citation needed]

Died from complications from polycythemia vera (a blood disorder) in Lexington, Kentucky on May 14, 2020[citation needed]
1969 Dana Dowell White Oak 19 Miss Longview Percussion, "Cute"
1968 Glenda Propes[60] Henderson 18 Miss Rusk County Vocal and Dance N/A Assumed title after Hugghins resigned
Diane Hugghins[61] Tyler 20 Miss Nacogdoches Jazz Dance, "Put on a Happy Face" from Bye Bye Birdie Resigned after competing at Miss America 1969 pageant
1967 Molly Grubb Fort Worth 20 Miss Fort Worth Ballet en Pointe, "La Périchole"
1966 Susan Logan San Angelo 19 Miss Lubbock Dramatic Monologue from Gone with the Wind Top 10
1965 Mary Lou Butler[62] Irving 19 Miss Nacogdoches Vocal
1964 Lenda Varley Fort Worth 19 Miss Fort Worth Vocal N/A Assumed title after McCauley resigned[63]
Sharon McCauley[64] Athens 20 Miss Athens Vocal, "Let Me Entertain You" from Gypsy: A Musical Fable 3rd runner-up After competing at Miss America 1965 pageant, resigned to marry the Miss Texas stage director[63]
1963 Jeanne Amacker Beaumont Miss Austin Vocal, "When You Wish upon a Star"
1962 Penny Lee Rudd Waskom 19 Miss Marshall Jazz Dance, "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" 2nd runner-up
1961 Linda Loftis Fort Worth 19 Miss Fort Worth Classical Vocal, "Sempre Libera" from La traviata 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1960 Mary Cage Moore Laredo 18 Miss Dallas Spanish Dance, music by Manuel de Falla Non-finalist Talent Award
1959 Marilyn Turner Fort Worth 19 Miss Fort Worth Ballet en Pointe Non-finalist Talent Award
1958 Mary Nell Hendricks Arlington Miss Arlington Vocal, "Getting to Know You" Top 10
1957 Carolyn Calvert Austin Miss Austin Monologue from Medea
1956 Barbara Murray Houston Miss Houston Vocal
1955 June Prichard Seymour Miss West Texas Horseback Riding 1st runner-up at Miss Dixie 1957 pageant[citation needed]
1954 Yvonne Erwin Dallas Miss Dallas Piano & Art
1953 Paula Lane Cleburne Miss Cleburne Fashion Design & Speech
1952 Connie Hopping Littlefield Miss Littlefield Vocal
1951 Glenda Holcomb Odessa Miss West Texas Dramatic Monologue
1950 Margaret Sommers Dallas Miss Dallas Classical Vocal, "Jealousy" Top 16
1949 Ysleta Leissner Fort Worth Miss Fort Worth Ballet en Pointe
1948 Bonnie Jean Bland Orange Miss Orange Vocal/Art Display, "Put the Blame on Mame"
1947 Luna McClain Lufkin Miss Lufkin Vocal, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" & "Cowboy Boogie" Miss Congeniality
1946 D. Anne Wisener University Park Miss University Park Vocal, "Embraceable You"
1945 Polly Below Galveston Miss Galveston Vocal Top 13
1944 Joyce Courrege Orange Miss Orange Comedic Monologue Miss Congeniality
No Texas representative at Miss America pageant[65]
1942 Jo-Carroll Dennison Tyler 19 Miss Tyler Vocal and Dance, "Deep in the Heart of Texas" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1941 Gloria Ann Byrns[66][67] Port Arthur Miss Port Arthur Tap Dance & Baton Twirling N/A Returned as Miss Texas in 1941 because Texas held on contest

Withdrew from Miss America 1941 pageant due to illness[66][67] Gloria Ann Byrns Evans died in Texas at 89 on December 24, 2011.
1939 Charmayne Smith Dallas Miss Dallas Vocal, "Round-Up Time in Texas" Top 15
No Texas representative at Miss America pageant[68]
1937 Olive Henderson Miss San Antonio Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Alice Emerick Fort Worth Miss Texas Tap Dance 1st runner-up
1936 Patricia Allen Green Corpus Christi Miss Corpus Christi Top 15 No Miss Texas

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
No Texas representative at Miss America pageant[69]
1934 No national pageant was held[70]
No Texas representative at Miss America pageant[71]
1932 No national pageants were held[70]
1927 Moselle Ransome Miss Dallas N/A[72] 1st runner-up Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mildred Casad Miss El Paso
Juanita Gilbert Miss Fort Worth
1926 Rosebud Blondell Miss Dallas Top 15 Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Winnie Law Miss Fort Worth
Zasada Lord Miss Houston
1925 Elinore Wilkens Miss Dallas Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mary Louise Kilman Miss Fort Worth
Edna Francis Miss Houston
1924 Vera Simpson Miss Austin Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Freeda Rowley Miss Beaumont
Etta Mae Collins Miss Dallas
Hazel Doolin Miss Fort Worth
Lorraine Holzhaus Miss Galveston
Mary C. Wilmot Miss Houston
Name not known Miss Irvington
Katherine Hensley Miss San Antonio
Thelma Kirsch Miss Texas City
1923 Bessie Laurene Roosa[73] Fort Worth Miss Fort Worth Multiple Texas representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Katherine Helmsley[74] San Antonio Miss San Antonio
No Texas representative at Miss America pageant[75][76]

In popular cultureEdit

  • In the long-running television series Dallas, the character Sue Ellen Ewing had purportedly won the title of Miss Texas in 1967, long before the events of the show took place (1978–91). She had entered the pageant as Miss Dallas.[77]
  • The song "Almost" by the band Bowling for Soup features the line, "I almost dropped out of school at fourteen where I almost made out with the Homecoming Queen, who almost went on to be Miss Texas, but lost to a slut with much bigger breasts."[citation needed]


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