Miss America 1996
DateSeptember 16, 1995
PresentersRegis Philbin
Kathie Lee Gifford
VenueBoardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
WinnerShawntel Smith
Oklahoma Oklahoma
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Miss America 1996, the 69th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, September 16, 1995 and was televised by the NBC Network.



Final results Contestant
Miss America 1996
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10[1]

Order of announcements


Preliminary awards

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Quality of Life awards

Result Contestant Platform
Winner Adopt-A-Grandparent
1st runner-up -
2nd runner-up -

Non-finalist awards

Awards Contestant

Other awards

Awards Contestant
Bernie Wayne Performing Arts Award
  • Utah Utah - Amanda Moody
Bert Perks Talent Award
Dr. David Allman Medical Scholarship
Konica Visual Arts Scholarship
Rembrandt Award for Mentorship
Waterford Business Management & Marketing Award


State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Leigh Sherer Jasper 22 Piano/Vocal "Medley from Carmen" Top 10
Alaska Alaska Stacey Storey Eagle River 17 Lyrical Dance "The Letting Go" Miss Alaska USA 2003
Arizona Arizona Cara Jackson Chandler 22 Vocal "All Is Fair In Love" Miss Arizona USA 1999
Arkansas Arkansas Paula Gaye Montgomary Cabot 22 Vocal "Cant Help Loving That Man" 2nd runner-up Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1991
California California Tiffany Stoker Clovis 21 Vocal "Think of Me" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award America's Junior Miss 1992
Colorado Colorado Amy Ciccolella Monument 21 Popular Vocal/Puppetry "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
Connecticut Connecticut Amy Zappone Wolcott 18 Dance "Dancin' Fool" from Copacabana
Delaware Delaware Michelle Harris Newark 24 Vocal "I Will Always Love You" Bert Perks Talent Award
Florida Florida Kristin Ludecke Eustis 19 Classical Vocal "O Luce di Quest'anima" from Linda di Chamounix Miss Florida USA 2000
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Rachel English Thomaston 21 Tap Dance "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" Georgia's Junior Miss 1991
Hawaii Hawaii Traci Toguchi Honolulu 20 Vocal "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"
Idaho Idaho Brooke Gambrell Boise 22 Fiddle Medley "Blackberry Blossom" Quality of Life 1st runner-up Miss Idaho USA 2000
Illinois Illinois Tracy Kathleen Hayes Wheaton 22 Vocal "Tonight" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Indiana Indiana Becky Gray Indianapolis 23 Piano
Iowa Iowa Jennifer Curry Muscatine 21 Vocal "The Last Man In My Life" from Song and Dance
Kansas Kansas Amy Beth Keller Great Bend, Kansas 24 Classical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Kentucky Kentucky Kristie Hicks Bardstown 23 Vocal "Stormy Weather" Konica Visual Arts Scholarship Miss Kentucky Teen USA 1989 and 1st runner-up at Miss Teen USA 1989
Louisiana Louisiana Karmyn Tyler Shreveport 20 Classical Vocal "Tu che di gel sei cinta" Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant at Miss Oktoberfest 1997 represented Arkansas
Maine Maine Sharon Pelletier Madawaska 23 Popular Vocal "At This Moment"
Maryland Maryland Marcia M Griffith Fort Washington 23 Lyrical Ballet "Somewhere"
Massachusetts Massachusetts Marcia Turner Cambridge 21 Piano "Souvenirs d'Andalousie, Op.22" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk Top 10
Michigan Michigan Coni Lyn Hull Sullivan Jackson 23 Vocal "Half a Moment" from Jeeves
Minnesota Minnesota Paula Knoll Moorhead 22 Classical Violin "Csárdás" Waterford Business Management & Marketing Award
Mississippi Mississippi Monica Louwerens Greenville 21 Vocal "Vanilla Ice Cream" from She Loves Me Top 10 Rembrandt Award for Mentorship
Missouri Missouri Erin Phillips Mexico 23 Tap Dance "Gershwin Medley"
Montana Montana Amanda Granrud Great Falls 23 Dramatic Reading
Nebraska Nebraska Myra Katherine Hale Lincoln 23 Classical Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
Nevada Nevada Jennifer Joseph-Lier Wendover 24 Vocal "I Am Changing" Non-finalist Talent Award
New Hampshire New Hampshire Stephanie Foisy Concord 18 Tap Dance "You Do Something to Me" Mrs. New Hampshire America 2004 under her married name, Stephanie Mills

Mother of Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2021, Emilee Mills
New Jersey New Jersey Dena Querubin Waterford 23 Classical Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
Quality of Life Winner
New Mexico New Mexico Vivian Herding Albuquerque 24 Classical Piano "Bach Medley"
New York (state) New York Helen Louise Goldsby Brooklyn 24 Classical Vocal "Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta" from La Rondine Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
North Carolina North Carolina Lisa Bamford Raleigh 21 Classical Piano "Totentanz" Preliminary Talent Award
Non-finalist Talent Award
North Dakota North Dakota Kim Cooley Grand Forks 24 Tap Dance "Luck Be a Lady"
Ohio Ohio Ellen Pasturzak Portsmouth 23 Vocal "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard
Oklahoma Oklahoma Shawntel Smith Muldrow 24 Vocal "Woman in the Moon" from A Star Is Born Miss America 1996
Oregon Oregon Emily John Orton Creswell 19 Classical Vocal "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante" from Carmen 1st runner-up
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Linette Mertz Kutztown 23 Country Vocal "Why Haven't I Heard from You"
Rhode Island Rhode Island Elizabeth Reilly North Providence 24 Dance "Everybody Says Don't" from Anyone Can Whistle
South Carolina South Carolina Amanda Spivey Boiling Springs 22 Soprano saxophone "The Joy of Life" Non-finalist Talent Award
South Dakota South Dakota Kimberlee McKay Belle Fourche 22 Flute "Carmen Fantasy" Dr. David Allman Medical Scholarship
Tennessee Tennessee Alison Shumate Union City 21 Vocal Medley "Crazy for You" & "I Got Rhythm" Non-finalist Interview Award Daughter of Miss Tennessee 1967
Texas Texas Carly Jarmon Mesquite 19 Vocal "Stand by Your Man" Miss Teen Texas 1992
Utah Utah Amanda Moody Orem 19 Classical Piano "Ballade No. 4" Preliminary Talent Award
Non Finalist Talent Award
Bernie Wayne Performing Arts Award
Vermont Vermont Jennifer Faucette Burlington 24 Piano & Violin "Hungarian Dance No. 5"
Virginia Virginia Amber Medlin Virginia Beach 23 Classical Piano "Polonaise in A flat, Op. 53"
Washington (state) Washington Amber Hamilton Auburn 18 Jazz Dance "Last Dance"
West Virginia West Virginia Elizabeth McIntyre Dunbar 24 Clogging "Dance"
Wisconsin Wisconsin Pamela Lynn Polk Berlin 22 Vocal "Operator"
Wyoming Wyoming Dana Lane Cheyenne 20 Classical Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu"



  1. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, Roxanne (September 17, 1995). "Miss Oklahoma Wins, So Does Pageant Tradition". The Washington Post.