Miss Florida USA

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Jessica Rafalowski, Miss Florida USA 2008
Jenna Edwards, Miss Florida USA 2007
Melissa Witek, Miss Florida USA 2005
Kristen Berset, Miss Florida USA 2004

The Miss Florida USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Florida in the Miss USA pageant.

While Florida has been successful in terms of runners-up, finalists and semi-finalists, the state has never won the Miss USA pageant, although Cheryl Patton became Miss USA after Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe.

Florida's best results were during the mid-sixties to mid-seventies. Their most recent finalist was Lissette Garcia who placed in the top 16 in 2011.

Two former Miss Florida Teen USA titleholders have won this competition, and three titleholders have also competed at Miss America.


Results summary




YearNameHometownAge1Placement at Miss USASpecial awards at Miss USANotes
2013Michelle AguirreHialeah19
2012Karina Brez[1]Wellington24Born in Ukraine, Gemologist
2011Lissette GarciaMiami24Top 16 Semi-finalistRepresented Cuba at Reina Hispanoamericana 2007 pageant in Santa Cruz, Bolivia finishing as a Top 8 Finalist.
2010Megan Clementi[2]Orlando25Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2006
2009Anastagia PierrePlantation20Previously Miss Florida Teen USA 2004. Later Miss Bahamas Universe 2011
2008Jessica RafalowskiDeLand21Top 10 Finalist, Finishing in 8th PlaceMiss Polonia World 2010
2007Jenna EdwardsNorth Miami25Previously Miss Florida 2004, Miss Oktoberfest 2000 as Miss Mississippi, Miss Teen All American 1999 as Miss Mississippi
2006Cristin DurenPanama City244th runner-upMiss PhotogenicPreviously Miss Florida Teen USA 1997 and first woman to win Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA and Miss USA
2005Melissa WitekCocoa Beach244th runner-upContestant on NBC's Treasure Hunters
2004Kristen BersetSt. Petersburg22Top 10 Finalist, Finishing in 7th Place
2003Carrie Ann MewhaFort Lauderdale24
2002Shannon FordMiami25Miss PhotogenicMiami Dolphins NFL Cheerleader and a contestant on the third season of The Bachelor
2001Julie DonaldsonPonte Vedra Beach23
2000Kristin LudeckeEustes23Style AwardPreviously Miss Florida 1995; daughter of Miss Florida USA 1970 Cheryl Johnson[3]
1999Melissa QuesadaMiss Teen All American 1995, Miss United States Teen 1997
1998Jamie ConverseLater Mrs. Florida America 2007 under her married name, Jamie Converse-Estrada.[4]
1997Angelia SavageJacksonville25Top 6 Finalist, Finishing in 4th Place
1996Idalmis VidalMiami21
1995Shannon DepuyTallahassee24Top 6 Finalist, Finishing in 4th PlacePreviously Miss Virginia 1990 and semifinalist in Miss America 1991
1994Cynthia ReddingDeltona
1993Shakeela GajadhaCoral Gables
1992Sharon BeldenLater Miss World America 1992 and semi-finalist at Miss World 1992
1991Rosa Velilla
1990Tricia Hahn
1989Jennifer ParkerTallahassee17
1988Monica Farrell3rd runner-upPerviously Miss Florida 1985
1987Clotilde Helen CabreraTampa221st runner-upFirst African-America to win Miss Florida USA and Later Miss World USA 1987 and competed at Miss World 1987
1986Kathy RosenwinkelOrlando
1985Barbi LoshNorth Miami Beach
1984Stacy HassfurderTallahassee
1983Janet ChesserDaytona Beach
1982Lisa SmithMargatetop 10 finalist in Miss World USA 1980
1981Valerie LundeenMiami
1980Barbara BowserMiami Springs2nd runner-up
1979Penny SheridanMerritt Island
1978April ShawLakelandSemi-finalist
1977Linda LeFevreGainesvilleMiss Congeniality
1976Leigh WalshCoral Gables
1975Mary-Margaret HumesCoral Gables3rd runner-upactress best known for playing Gail Leery on the television drama Dawson's Creek.
1974Cynthia ZachSemi-finalist
1973Stacy EvansSemi-finalist
1972Coni Ensor3rd runner-up
1971Susan DeatonSemi-finalist
1970Cheryl JohnsonOrlandoSemi-finalistMother of Miss Florida USA 2000 Kristin Ludecke[3], Previously crowned Miss Dixie 1967.
1969Mary JunqueraSemi-finalist
1968Leslie Bauer
1967Cheryl Patton2nd runner-upBecame Miss USA 1967 after Sylvia Hitchcock became Miss Universe 1967 and 1st runner up declined title.
1966Randy Beard4th runner-up
1965Karol Kellysemifinalist in Miss American Beauty 1967, title of usa rep to Miss International pageant
1964Candance Davenport
1963Nancy EnglandBest State Costume
1962Sharon Conrad
1961Peggy Defreitas
1960Nancy Wakefield4th runner-up
1959Nanita Greene2nd runner-up
1958Marcia Valibus1st runner-upCompeted in the 1958 Miss Dixie Pageant
1957Deanie Cates
1956Kim Meyer
1955Mariles GesslerSemi-finalist
1954Rosemary Talucci
1953Kay DuggarSemi-finalist
1952Yvonne Peairs

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


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