Miss Kansas

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Kansas USA.
Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas 2013

The Miss Kansas competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Kansas in the Miss America pageant. Kansas has won the Miss America crown on three occasions.


YearNameHometownAgeLocal TitleMiss America TalentPlacement at Miss AmericaSpecial scholarships at Miss AmericaNotes
2014Amanda SasekMoberly23Miss Greater WichitaVocal "I Don't Know My Own Strength"
2013Theresa VailManhattan22Miss Leavenworth CountyVocal, "Nessun Dorma"Top 10America's Choice winner at the Miss America 2014; She is the first Miss America contestant to display tattoos in the swimsuit competition (the insignia of the United States Army Dental Command on her left shoulder and one of the Serenity Prayer along the right side of her torso).[1][2]
2012Sloane LewisNorwich22Miss Wooded HillsSelf-arranged Piano Medley "River Storm"won preliminary swimsuit award, interview award, evening gown award, outstanding instrumentalist
2011Carissa Kelley[3]Winfield24Miss Wooded HillsDance "Rolling in the Deep"Previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 2004
2010Lauren WerhanWichita20Miss SouthwestBallet en Pointe "Asturias"Won preliminary talent and interview award.
2009Becki RonenBuhler21Miss Flint HillsClassical Trumpet Solo "Stars in a Velvety Sky"
2008Emily DeaverAugusta19Miss AugustaPiano / Vocal "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?"Won all 3 preliminary competitions during Miss Kansas competition
2007Alyssa GeorgeMinneapolis22Miss Sedgwick CountyClassical Piano Solo
2006Michelle WalthersTowanda21Miss AugustaVocal "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress
2005Adrienne RoselLiberal23Miss WichitaTheatrical Vocal / Dance "America" from West Side Story
2004Megan BushellWichita22Miss Wheat CapitalVocal "When You Say You Love Me"Semi-finalist
2003Angelea BusbyLenexa21Miss Cheney LakeInterpretive Baton Twirling / Dance "Theme from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"Non-finalist Talent Award
2002Jeanne Anne SchroederHutchinson24Miss Chisholm TrailClassical Vocal "Time To Say Goodbye"
2001Kimberlee GriceUlysses23Miss Kaw ValleyVocal "At Last"Eleanor "Big Mama" Andrews Performing Arts Award winner
2000Amy Lea ShawDerby22Miss Arkansas ValleyClassical Piano "Prelude, Op. 23, No. 5"
1999Leah DarbyDerby21Miss DerbyVocal "I Dreamed a Dream"
1998Jennifer VannattaLeawood24Miss Greater Kansas CityVocal "Le Jazz Hot" from Victor/Victoria3rd runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1999; Current co-director of the Miss Arkansas USA, Miss Arkansas Teen USA, Miss Kansas USA, Miss Kansas Teen USA, Miss Missouri USA, Miss Missouri Teen USA, Miss Nebraska USA, Miss Nebraska Teen USA, Miss Oklahoma USA, and Miss Oklahoma Teen USA pageants under her married name, Jennifer Vannatta-Fisher[4]
1997Lesley MossHoxie24Miss Greater Kansas CityVocal "You'll Have to Swing It"
1996Jennifer Parksassumed title when Tara Holland became Miss America
Tara Dawn HollandOverland Park23Miss Flint HillsClassical Vocal "Où Va la Jeune Hindoue" from LakméWinnerPreliminary Swimsuit Award, 1st runner-up Quality of Life Awardformer National Sweetheart Pageant winner 1995 as Miss Florida
1995Amy KellerGreat Bend24Miss HeartlandClassical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'"Semi-finalistPreliminary Swimsuit Award
1994Trisha SchafferLiberal22Miss SouthwestPopular Vocal "Orange Colored Sky"Semi-finalistPreliminary Talent AwardPreviously was Kansas' Junior Miss 1990
1993Lori MinnixLawrence24Miss KU/LawrenceClassical Piano "Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor"
1992Pamela McKelvyKansas City24Miss Greater Kansas CityPopular Vocal "I Am Changing"3rd runner-upPreliminary Talent Award
1991Robbin Lee WassonLenexa21Miss Greater Kansas CityVocal Medley "How Long Has This Been Going On?" & "It's a Miracle"Semi-finalist
1990Kimberly DuggerWichita22Miss WichitaSemi-Classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"Non-finalist Talent Award
1989Jennifer Lyn HedrickDerby22Miss Fort ScottFlute Solo
1988Candice Cae PyleDodge City20Miss Dodge CityVocal "Blue Moon"
1987Sherri Lee MayerBrewster26Miss Harvey CountyDramatic Interpretation "Clear Glass Marbles" from Talking With...
1986Heather Lynn ClarkBenton23Miss WichitaVocal & Sign Language "I'll Never Say Goodbye"
1985Carolyn Jo KirgisSalina25Miss Blue StemVocal "Our Love Is Here to Stay"
1984Nancy Lee CobbWichita20Miss LawrencePiano / Vocal "I Love New Orleans Music"
1983Laura Lynn WattersColby22Miss Emporia State UniversityTrumpet Medley "Sugar Blues" & "Wood Chopper's Ball"Non-finalist Talent Award
1982Lisa Marie BerwickValley Center21Miss WheatlandVocal "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
1981Dawn HolmstromWichita20Miss WichitaVocal Medley "My Man" & "Happy Days Are Here Again"
1980K. Leann FolsomWichita21Miss Center CityPiano / Vocal "Kiss Me In the Rain"
1979Michelle Elaine WhitsonMission21Miss TopekaHarp Solo "Never on Sunday"2nd runner-up
1978Lori Ann BergenSalina20Miss SalinaViolin Solo "Csárdás" & "Orange Blossom Special"Semi-finalistPreliminary Talent AwardDean, College of Communication, Marquette University
1977Jill DirksWichita22Miss WichitaVocal "Open Your Heart"Non-finalist Talent Award
1976Linda HallHill City21Miss FrontierPiano Solo "Theme from The Apartment"*wife of former US Senator Tom Daschle
1975Jana Lynn SalmansHanston20Miss Colby Community CollegeVocal "Follow Me"
1974Karen Dianne SmithShawnee18Miss ShawneeJazz / Acrobatic Dance "The Entertainer"Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Non-finalist Talent AwardToured with Miss America USO Troupe
1973Jane SchulteHays21Miss Fort Hays State CollegeVocal Medley "Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" & "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
1972Cindy Lee SikesCoffeyville18Miss WichitaVocal "Fame"Semi-finalistPreliminary Swimsuit Awardstarred as Dr. Annie Canavero on St. Elsewhere; Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1971Sandy RingsTopeka20Miss TopekaVocal / Ventriloquism "Toyland"Semi-finalistPreliminary Talent Award
1970Linda Susan EddsManhattan21Miss ManhattanPopular Vocal "The Windmills of Your Mind"
1969Margo Sue SchroederHillsboro18Miss Marion County FairPiano Solo "Sunny"
1968Jane Kathryn BairParsons18Miss Kansas State College of PittsburgBallet Interpretation "My Friend the Sea"
1967Kandee Kae Klineassumed the title when Debra Barnes became Miss America
Debra Dene BarnesMoran20Miss Kansas State College of PittsburgPiano Solo "Born Free"WinnerPreliminary Swimsuit Award
1966Betty Louise FoxEmporia20Miss EmporiaPopular Vocal Medley, "A Foggy Day" & "The Girl from Ipanema"
1965Mimi Frinkassumed the title when Deborah Bryant became Miss America
Deborah Irene BryantOverland Park19Miss Overland ParkDramatic Interpretation "The Miserable Miserliness of Midas Moneybags"WinnerPreliminary Swimuit Awardsemifinalist in Miss World USA 1963, Semi-Finalist in the 1961 Miss Teenage America Pageant and competed in the 1962 Miss Teenage America Pageant
1964Sharon Margene SavageFlorence20Miss Marion County FairVocal, "Johnny One Note" & "Ritorna Vincitor" from AidaDuring her reign as "Miss Kansas" killed in auto accident near Peabody, Kansas
1963Karen Raye SchwartzPrattMiss WichitaClassical Vocal, "Voi la Sapete" from Cavalleria rusticanaNon-finalist Talent AwardFeatured Performer for the 1964 Miss America Pageant telecast
1962Beverly June WoodPrairie Village18Miss Kansas CityCharleston Dance
1961Carolyn Jane ParkinsonScott City20Miss LawrenceMusical Reading "Hello Kansas"
1960Gayla Leigh ShoemakeEl Dorado19Miss El DoradoOriginal Dramatic Interpretation "Rude Awakening"Miss Kansas State University, 1959
1959Sharon O'NealKansas City18Dramatic InterpretationNon-finalist Talent Award
1958Sharon WhitacreMissionAccordion Solo "3rd Movement of Concerto in A" by Pietro Deiro
1957Georgiana RundelAxtellVocal, "Habanera" & "Getting to Know You"
1956Mary Ann McGrewWellingtonDramatic Reading "Understanding Others"3rd runner-uptied w/Miss Ariz
1955Gail WhiteArkansas CityPiano
1954Phyllis DanielsonWichitaVocal
1953Joann MilnarHutchinsonWater Ballet
1952Kay Ann GoforthMcPhersonVocal / Dance
1950Anabel BakerWichitaDrama "Lady Macbeth"
1949Shirley HargissTopekaVocal "Cecilia On a See-Saw"Semi-finalist
1948Vera J. RalstonWichita18Miss WichitaOratory3rd Runner-upPreliminary Swimsuit Award
1947Ruth Ellen RichmondFort ScottMiss PittsburgVocal "My Wonderful One"
1946Joyce BlakemoreLiberal
1944Grace Louise PittmanWichita
1939Rosemary WinslowSalina
1938Blanche WebbHumboldt
1937Lucia BentonNortonSemi-finalist
1933Pauline Sayre23
1927No Miss KansasMildred Orr competed as Miss Wichita in the Miss America Pageant
1926No Miss KansasRuth Richardson competed as Miss Wichita in the Miss America Pageant
1925No Miss KansasWildeana Withers competed as Miss Wichita in the Miss America Pageant
1924No Miss KansasDonna Frye competed as Miss Wichita in the Miss America Pageant


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