Miss Nevada
Formation1949; 72 years ago (1949)
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss America
Official language
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss Nevada competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Nevada in the Miss America pageant, and the name of the title held by that winner. The first Nevadan to compete at Miss America was Carol Lampe in 1949.[1]

The pageant was traditionally held in Reno and currently takes place in Las Vegas.[2][3] Other venues have included Elko, Carson City and Mesquite.[4][5][6] It has, at various times, been hosted by the Reno Lions Club and the Soroptimist club of Nevada.[2][7]

Nasya Mancini of Sparks was crowned Miss Nevada 2019 on July 2, 2019 at the Westgate International Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. She competed for the title of Miss America 2020 on December 19, 2019 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut where she was a Social Impact Initiative Scholarship finalist.

Results summary

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss Nevada 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
2021 State and national pageants postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic[8]
2019–20 Nasya Mancini[9] Sparks 22 Miss Washoe County Comedic Monologue TBD Social Impact Initiative Scholarship Finalist[10]
2018 Alexis Hilts[11] Las Vegas 23 Miss UNLV Piano, "Transcendental Étude No. 4" by Franz Liszt STEM Scholarship Award[12] Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2008[13]
2017 Andrea Martinez[3] 23 Miss Clark County Vocal, “His Eye in on the Sparrow" STEM Scholarship Award Finalist[14]
2016 Bailey Gumm[15] Minden 20 Miss Pleasant Valley Tap Dance, "Sax" by Fleur East Quality of Life Award Finalist[16] Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2011[17]

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014 pageant
2015 Katherine Kelley[18] Madisonville 23[18] Miss Summerlin Piano, "Etude in D Minor" STEM Scholarship Award Finalist[19]
2014 Ellie Smith[20] Henderson[20] 17 Miss North East Nevada Vocal, Somebody to Love Non-finalist Talent Award[20] Sister of Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2014, Amy Smith[21]

Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2012
2013 Diana Sweeney[22] Mound House 19 Miss Carson City Lyrical Dance, "Roads" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012 pageant
2012 Randi Sundquist[5] Elko[5] 22[5] Miss Southern Counties Contemporary Jazz Dance, "I Won't Give Up"
2011 Alana Lee Las Vegas 21 Miss Clark County Vocal, "At This Moment"
2010 Cris Crotz Mesquite 24 Miss Southern Counties Popular Vocal, "Alone"
2009 Christina Keegan[23] Gardnerville 23 Miss Northern Counties Ballet en Pointe, "Bohemian Rhapsody" Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
2008 Julianna Erdesz[6] Reno 24 Miss Carson City Vocal Later Miss Nevada USA 2010
2007 Caleche Manos 23 Vocal, "Love Is a Battlefield" Quality of Life Award Winner Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006 pageant
2006 Caydi Cole Las Vegas 22 Miss Clark County Vocal, "Blues in the Night"
2005 Crystal Wosik 23 Miss Las Vegas Lyrical Dance, "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl
2004 Elizabeth Muto[24] 24 Dramatic Monologue, "Who Will Cry?" Non-finalist Interview Award

Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
Received Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush[25]
2003 Christina O'Neil Carson City 24 Miss Gold Country Vocal, "Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime Contestant at National Sweetheart 1999 pageant
2002 Teresa Benitez[26] Reno 24 Miss Silver State Dramatic Monologue from The Laramie Project 3rd runner-up[4][26] Overall Interview Award

Preliminary Interview Award

Quality of Life Award Winner
Majority Floor Leader of the Nevada Assembly[27][26]
2001 Ashley Huff[28] Las Vegas 21 Miss Las Vegas Polynesian Dance, "Welcome to Polynesia" Later Miss Nevada USA 2003
2000 Tiffanie Story Reno 19 Miss UNR/Truckee Meadows Vocal, "Ain't Misbehavin'" Non-finalist Talent Award
1999 Gina Giacinto Las Vegas 24 Miss Las Vegas Original Vocal Presentation, "Dreams Were Given Wings To Fly" Preliminary Swimsuit Award[29] Later Miss Nevada USA 2001
3rd runner-up at Miss USA 2001 pageant[30]
1998 Anna Carpenter Mesquite 18 Miss Mesquite Monologue
1997 Amanda Gunderson Reno 19 Miss Northern Counties Classical Vocal, "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen"
1996 Annette Albertson 24 Miss Truckee Meadows Vocal, "Luck Be a Lady"
1995 Jennifer Joseph-Lier Wendover 24 Miss Elko County/Northeast Nevada Vocal, "I Am Changing" Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant on the E! reality show "The Entertainer"[citation needed]
1994 Laura Hubach Reno 22 Miss Reno Classical Piano
1993 Mitzie Cox[31] Sparks 20 Miss Sparks Vocal / Dance, "I'm a Brass Band" from Sweet Charity
1992 Sandra Dornak Las Vegas 25 Miss Las Vegas Ventriloquism, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins
1991 Malia Winn Minden 17 Miss Douglas County Interpretive Ballet, music from Somewhere in Time
1990 Tia Marie Zorne Las Vegas 21 Miss Las Vegas Acro-Jazz Dance, "Julie's Theme" from American Anthem
1989 Brenda Linscott Incline Village 23 Miss Cosmopolitan Counties Vocal, "Memory" from Cats
1988 Deborah Schuler 22 Vocal, "The Woman in the Moon" from A Star Is Born
1987 Stacie James Las Vegas 23 Miss Las Vegas Vocal, "On My Own" from Les Misérables 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1986 Kelsey Kara Las Vegas 23 Miss Las Vegas Flamenco Dance
1985 Sonja Nall 23 Classical Ballet en Pointe, "Kitri's Variation" from Don Quixote Non-finalist Talent Award
1984 LeAnna Grant 22 Vocal, "I Love Paris" Later Miss Nevada USA 1986
1983 Kim Pacini Incline Village 24 Miss North Lake Tahoe Vocal, "You're the Top"
1982 Kim King Las Vegas 21 Miss Clark County Banjo, "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee"
1981 Suzanne Bowman Reno 20 Miss Reno Modern Rhythmic Gymnastics, "Zero to Sixty in Five"
1980 Phyllis Hamlin[32] 23 Piano, Warsaw Concerto
1979 Jeanne Cangemi North Lake Tahoe 22 Miss North Lake Tahoe Classical & Jazz Saxophone, "Harlem Nocturne" & "Csárdás"
1978 Megan Anderson Reno 19 Miss Washoe County Classical Vocal, "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca Non-finalist Talent Award
1977 Lori Isom Las Vegas 18 Miss Clark County Jazz Dance, "Classical Blues"
1976 Sandra Kastel 21 Miss Las Vegas Vocal, "My Man" Non-finalist Talent Award
1975 Sherri Ann Lowe 21 Baton Twirling / Variety Act
1974 Jacqueline Barker Sparks 19 Miss Sparks Popular Vocal, "The Way We Were"
1973 Echo Rost 20 Modern Jazz Dance, "I Feel the Earth Move" Neat As A Pin Award (tie)
1972 Helen Bennett[33] Reno 23 Miss Reno Classical Ballet, "Dance of the Gypsy" Non-finalist Talent Award[33]
1971 Joan Burachio Las Vegas 21 Miss Las Vegas Accordion, "Csárdás" Top 10
1970 Vicky Jo Todd Sparks 20 Miss Sparks Vocal / Guitar, "Time" Non-finalist Talent Award
1969 Karen Wastun Yerington 21 Miss Lyon County Dramatic Presentation, "Lizzie" from The Rainmaker
1968 Sharon Davis Reno 19 Miss University of Nevada Classical Vocal, "Quando m'en vò" from La bohème
1967 Vicky Landeck 18 Miss Reno Dramatic Reading, "Ruth, the Moabitess" by N.A. Truell
1966 Roberta Sharp Carson City 18 Miss Carson City Piano
1965 Kathryn Blaikie 18 Musical Comedy, "I'm Late" Preliminary Swimsuit Award[34]
1964 Ellen Roseman Sparks 21 Miss South Lake Tahoe Comedy Skit
1963 Cheryle Thompson Las Vegas Miss Las Vegas Folk Singing, "My Lover Has Gone" Top 10
1962 Audrey Chambers Las Vegas 19 Baton Twirling, Fire Baton & Dance
1961 Sherry Wagner Reno 19 Tap Dance, "Oh Them Golden Slippers"
1960 Nancy Bowen[35] McGill 19 Humorous Reading & Piano
1959 Dawn Wells Reno 20 Dramatic Reading from Antigone Played role of Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island[36]
1958 Judy Wadsworth Sparks Dramatic Monologue from The Lark
1957 Loni Gravelle[37] Reno Piano, "Piano Concerto in A Minor" by Edvard Grieg Top 10
1956 Carmen Ruggeroli Las Vegas Vocal
1955 Vivienne Potter Reno Dramatic Monologue, "An Address to the Jury"
1954 Janice Babcock Ballet, "Blues"
1953 Jeannine McColl Las Vegas Dance
1952 Bonnie Wilson Reno Ballet, "Something to Dance About" Assumed the title after the original winner, Sylvia Russell, chose to marry[38]
1951 Donna Sollars Vocal & Ukulele, "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?" & "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"
1950 Tosca Masini Sparks Comedy Characterization Top 16
1949 Carol Lampe Reno Speech, "4-H"[39]
No Nevada representative at Miss America pageant[40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53]
No national pageant was held[54]
No Nevada representative at Miss America pageant[55]
No national pageants were held[54]
No Nevada representative at Miss America pageant[56][57][58][59][60][61][62]


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