Miss Idaho
Formation1950; 72 years ago (1950)
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss America
Key people
Heidi Brendle (Executive Director)
WebsiteOfficial website
Kylee Solberg, Miss Idaho 2016
Kylee Solberg, Miss Idaho 2016
Kalie Wright, Miss Idaho 2015 and Miss Minnesota USA 2018
Kalie Wright, Miss Idaho 2015 and Miss Minnesota USA 2018

The Miss Idaho scholarship program is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Idaho in the Miss America pageant. The current titleholder receives a $4,000 cash scholarship to any accredited institution of her choice. She also represents the state of Idaho for the live ABC broadcast of the Miss America pageant.[1]

Sarah Jensen of Weiser was crowned Miss Idaho 2022 on June 18, 2022 at the Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2023 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut in December 2022.

Results summary

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss Idaho 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.



Preliminary awards

Non-finalist awards

Other awards


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2022 Sarah Jensen Weiser 26 Miss Western Idaho Piano TBA TBA
2021 Ayriss Torres[2] Pocatello 21 Miss Bonneville County Ballet en Pointe
2019–20[a] Grace Zimmerman[4] Weiser 21 Miss Western Idaho Dance Miss Congeniality

Women in Business Scholarship Finalist[5]
Originally first runner-up; assumed the title when Forest resigned in June 2019[6][4]
Rachel Forest[6] Pocatello 18 Miss Pocatello Did not compete Resigned to continue to pursue her education at Columbia University[4]

Younger sister of Miss Idaho 2018, Nina Forest[7]

Previously Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho 2017[8]
2018 Nina Forest[9] Pocatello 21 Miss Pocatello Piano, "Rhapsody Brillante" by Melody Bober Top 10[10] Older sister of Miss Idaho 2019, Rachel Forest[7]
2017 Taylor Lance[11] Boise 23 Miss Meridian Vocal, "So Small" by Carrie Underwood
2016 Kylee Solberg[12] Coeur d'Alene 21 Miss Tri-Counties Classical Ballet en Pointe Top 15 Previously National Sweetheart 2015
2015 Kalie Wright[13] Kimberly 23 Miss Magic Valley Vocal/Guitar, "Over the Rainbow" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously National Sweetheart 2014[14]

Later Miss Minnesota USA 2018[15]
2014 Sierra Sandison[16] Twin Falls 20 Miss Magic Valley Vocal, "Forget About the Boy" from Thoroughly Modern Millie Top 16 America's Choice 1st runner-up at Miss Idaho USA 2021 pageant[17]
2013 Sarah Downs Emmett 23 Miss Nampa Violin, "Orange Blossom Special" Four Points Award
2012 Whitney Wood[18] Idaho Falls 19 Miss Idaho Falls Piano, "Etude de Concert Opus 26" by Edward MacDowell Four Points Award

Louanne Gamba Instrumentalist Award

Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
2011 Genevieve Nutting[19] Boise 22 Miss Tri-Counties Piano, Rhapsody in Blue Four Points Award Previously Miss Idaho's Outstanding Teen 2006[20]

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010 pageant
2010 Kylie Kofoed[21] Eagle 19 Miss Nampa Classical Vocal, "Time to Say Goodbye" Only contestant at Miss America 2011 pageant to wear a one-piece swimsuit[22]
2009 Kara Jackson Nampa 22 Viola, "Csárdás"
2008 Elise Davis[23] Idaho Falls 20 Miss Idaho Falls Classical Vocal
2007 Sadie Quigley 19 Miss Eastern Idaho Piano, "Devilish Inspiration, Op. 4, No. 4" by Prokofiev Non-finalist Talent Award
2006 Katherine Crouch Rexburg 19 Miss Rexburg Piano, "Un Sospiro"
2005 Tracey Brown Post Falls 19 Miss North Idaho Ballet en Pointe, "The Stars and Stripes Forever" Quality of Life Award Later Miss Idaho USA 2008
2004 Elizabeth Barchas Boise 24 Miss Nampa Classical Piano, "Prelude in C sharp minor" Non-finalist Interview Award

Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up
Triple Crown Winner
2003 Tiffany Jewell 22 Miss Southern Idaho Vocal, "Ten Minutes Ago" from Cinderella
2002 Misty Taylor 20 Miss Tri-Counties Classical Vocal, "Chacun le Sait" from La fille du régiment
2001 Christi Weible Eagle 22 Dramatic Monologue Sister of Miss Idaho Teen USA 1999 and Miss Idaho USA 2004, Kimberly Weible

Contestant at National Sweetheart 1998 & 2000 pageants

Contestant on season 2 of The Bachelor
2000 Christina Tiel Nampa 21 Miss Blaine County Classical Vocal, "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville
1999 Mellisa Paul Boise 20 Miss Tri-Counties Dramatic Monologue from Steel Magnolias
1998 Tammy Toney 24 Miss Southern Idaho Classical Vocal, "Che Fiero Costume"' from Eteocle e Polinice by Giovanni Legrenzi
1997 Sherrie Belnap Roberts 20 Classical Piano, "Polonaise in A flat"
1996 Misty Esplin Preston 19 Miss Franklin County Classical Clarinet, "Concertino" by Carl Maria von Weber
1995 Brooke Gambrell Boise 22 Miss Boise Violin/Fiddle Medley, "Blackberry Blossom" Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up Later Miss Idaho USA 2000
1994 Tracy Yarbrough 24 Miss Southern Idaho Vocal, "Over the Rainbow" Later Miss Idaho USA 1996
1993 RoseAnna Boyle Twin Falls 23 Miss Twin Falls Vocal, "Come Rain or Come Shine"
1992 Stephanie Smith Boise 26 Miss Eastern Idaho Harp, "The Impossible Dream" & "Man of La Mancha"
1991 Sarah Louise Benson Nampa 18 Miss Treasure Valley Classical Piano
1990 Kendra Ruwe Meridian 23 Miss Boise Fiddle, "Miss Sally Goodin" Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Rebecca Trueblood Caldwell 26 Miss Treasure Valley Vocal, "God Bless the USA" Non-finalist Interview Award
1988 Susan Hart Rigby 18 Miss Idaho Falls Ballet
1987 Holly Hill Meridian 20 Miss Meridian Vocal, "The Music and the Mirror" from A Chorus Line
1986 Jennifer Hovey Twin Falls 19 Miss Idaho National Guard Violin
1985 Nanette South Rexburg 19 Miss Rexburg Alto Saxophone
1984 Patty Hoag Burley 19 Miss Burley Popular Vocal, "Wind Beneath My Wings"
1983 Elaine Pack Rexburg 20 Miss Idaho National Guard Harp, "Spanish Fantasy" Non-finalist Talent Award
1982 Lisa Eaton Shelley 22 Miss Eastern Idaho Vocal "It's My Turn"
1981 Stephanie Kambitsch Genesee 22 Miss University of Idaho Piano, "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11" Non-finalist Talent Award
1980 Leslie Taylor Burley 18 Miss Burley Piano, "Rocktata"
1979 Gladys Steele Boise 22 Miss Boise Violin, "Polish Dance"
1978 Kimberly Jensen Caldwell 18 Miss Caldwell Popular Vocal, "I Honestly Love You" Non-finalist Talent Award
1977 Charlene McArthur Pocatello 21 Miss Pocatello Piano, "Piano Throughout the Ages" Previously Miss Idaho USA 1975
1976 RaNae Peterson Preston 19 Miss Preston Organ Medley, "I Got Rhythm" & "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" Non-finalist Talent Award
1975 Teri Harding Heyburn 19 Miss Heyburn Vocal, "If Ever I Would Leave You"
1974 Rochelle Bacon Boise 21 Miss Boise Vocal, "Cornet Man" from Funny Girl
1973 Sharon Davis Jerome 21 Miss Twin Falls Vocal, "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" from Fiddler on the Roof
1972 Vicki Hawkins Boise 20 Miss Boise Piano, "Theme from Summer of '42"
1971 Karen Herd Idaho Falls 20 Miss Idaho Falls Organ, "Ebb Tide" & "España cañí" 1st runner-up
1970 Noralyn Olsen Ovid 18 Miss Montpelier Classical Piano, "Etude Op. 10, No. 5"
1969 Diana Hopperstad Twin Falls 19 Miss Twin Falls Folk Song with Tambourine & Drum, "Both Sides, Now"
1968 Karen Ryder Weiser 20 Miss Weiser Magic Act, "The Shadow of Your Smile" & "Born Free" Non-finalist Talent Award
1967 Kristine Phillips Rupert 19 Miss Rupert Organ Medley, "Tico Tico", "Dark Eyes", & "The Shadow of Your Smile" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1966 Cheryl Couch Twin Falls 19 Miss Twin Falls Vocal, "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady
1965 Rhonda Hammond Boise 19 Miss Idaho State University Speech on Fashion Design with Modeling Non-finalist Talent Award
1964 Judith Steubbe Moscow 21 Miss University of Idaho Piano, Fantaisie-Impromptu Non-finalist Talent Award
1963 Linda Moulton Boise 20 Miss Boise Semi-classical Vocal & Piano
1962 Irene May Ammons Nampa 23 Miss Nampa Folk Vocal, "The Riddle Song"
1961 LaVerda Garrison 18 Dramatic Reading, "The Yellow Wallpaper"
1960 Marlene Coleman Pocatello 18 Miss Pocatello Vocal, "If I Were On the Stage" Top 10 Contracted laryngitis and was unable to perform her talent during the national telecast[citation needed]
1959 Tamara Ashby Burley 18 Original Interpretive Ballet
1958 Bonnie Baird Heyburn Clarinet Non-finalist Talent Award
1957 Carene Clark Pocatello Classical Vocal from Die Fledermaus Non-finalist Talent Award
1956 Gail Rupp Vocal, "One Kiss" from The New Moon
1955 Judy Voiten Boise 19 Vocal / Guitar, "Western Folk Song Medley"
1954 LaVonne Skalsky Nampa Dramatic Monologue, "Children of God"
1953 Jane Bostic New Plymouth Vocal, "All the Things You Are"
1952 Zoe Warberg Twin Falls 18 Miss Twin Falls Speech, "The Sacred Duty of the American to Vote" First female judge in Idaho's 5th Judicial District and appeared on the 1985 Miss America telecast.

ZoeAnn Warberg Shaub died at 83 on Sept. 13, 2017 as result of a car accident in rural Jackpot, Nevada.

1951 Phyllis Ralstin Nezperce Operatic Vocal, "My Hero" from The Chocolate Soldier
1950 Barbara Norton Burley Vocal, "A Heart That's Free" from Two Weeks with Love
1949 No Idaho representative at Miss America pageant[24][25]
1947 Norma Briggs Pocatello Drama, Romeo & Juliet
1946 No Idaho representative at Miss America pageant
1939 Louise Fletchner Miss Sun Valley Clarinet, "Stardust" Top 15
1938 No Idaho representative at Miss America pageant[26][27][28][29]
1934 No national pageant was held[30]
1933 Margaret Whitman Spokane, WA N/A[31] Was disqualified from the pageant because she resided in Spokane, Washington[32]
1932 No national pageants were held[30]
1927 No Idaho representative at Miss America pageant[33][34][35][36][37][38][39]
  1. ^ Appointed titleholder extended to a second full year in 2020 after state and national pageants postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic[3]


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