Miss Virginia
Formation1923
Type[Scholarship pageant]
HeadquartersRoanoke
Location
Membership
Miss America
Official language
English
Key people
Elaine Aikens, Mark Schreier, Nancy Lucy(Executive Director)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss Virginia competition is a scholarship pageant for women, with the titleholder representing Virginia in the Miss America pageant. The competition was founded in 1953 as a scholarship contest for young women, although women had represented Virginia in the Miss America pageant since the 1930s. Four Miss Virginia winners have gone on to be crowned Miss America, including former national titleholder Caressa Cameron.[1]

To compete in the Miss Virginia pageant, a contestant must first win one of many local competitions. Contestants may compete at the local and state level more than once, but having won a state title may only compete in the national Miss America competition one time. The state pageant is held in Roanoke, Virginia at the Roanoke Civic Center in June or July.[2][3]

During her reign, Miss Virginia travels over 40,000 miles across the state making appearances to further her social impact initiative, visit schools, and for the Miss America Organization's national Children's Miracle Network campaign.[3]

Dorcas Campbell from Farfield was Miss Virginia of 1963, won many singing contests, and was a very talented opera singer. Kristi Lauren Glakas, Miss Virginia 2005, is one of only seven women who have competed in the Miss America, Miss Teen USA, and Miss USA competitions. She was Miss Virginia Teen USA 1999 and Miss Virginia USA 2004, placing in the top ten at Miss Teen USA 1999 and was a non-finalist at Miss USA 2004.[4] Two other Miss Virginia titleholders later competed in the Miss USA pageant: Jennifer Pitts was Miss Virginia USA 2005 and Shannon DePuy was Miss Florida USA 1995.[4][5]

Victoria Chuah of Ashburn was crowned Miss Virginia 2022 on June 25, 2022, at the Berglund Center Auditorium in Roanoke, Virginia. She competed at Miss America 2023 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut in December 2022 where she won the Women in STEM award.

Gallery of past titleholders

Results summary

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

Placements

Awards

Preliminary awards

Non-finalist awards

Other awards

Winners

Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2023 Katie Rose[6] Martinsburg 27 Ballet en Pointe
2022 Victoria Chuah Ashburn 23 Miss Arlington Ballet en Pointe Women in STEM Winner
2021 Tatum Sheppard[7] Milan, TN 22 Miss Central Virginia Vocal Daughter of Kellye Cash, Miss America 1987[7]

Eligible as a student and recent graduate of Liberty University[7]
2019–20[a] Dot Kelly Hampton 22 Miss Lynchburg Tap Dance Did not compete; originally 1st runner-up, later assumed the title after Schrier won Miss America 2020[9]
Featured as Macy's Starlet at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019[citation needed]
Camille Schrier[9] Newtown, PA 24 Miss Dominion Chemistry Demonstration Winner[10] Preliminary Talent Award Student at VCU School of Pharmacy at time of crowning[11]
2018 Emili McPhail[12] Roseboro, NC 22 Miss Arlington Piano, "The Phantom of the Opera" Preliminary On Stage Interview Award[13] Previously Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2013[14]
Top 8 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014 pageant[15]

Eligible as student at Hollins University[12]
2017 Cecili Weber[16][17] Roanoke 22 Miss Arlington Contemporary Jazz Dance, "Last Dance" Top 10[18] Previously Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2010[19]
Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2011 pageant[20]

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013, as Miss Ohio[citation needed]
2016 Michaela Sigmon[21] Chesapeake 21 Miss Greater Richmond Tap Dance, "Let's Get Loud" by Jennifer Lopez
2015 Savannah Lane[22] Midlothian 19 Miss Piedmont Region Vocal, "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl Top 15
2014 Courtney Garrett Pamplin 21 Miss State Fair of Virginia Classical Vocal, "Parla più piano" 1st runner-up Charles & Theresa Brown Scholarship[23]

Quality of Life Award Finalist
Previously Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2009[24]
Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2010 pageant[25]
2013 Desiree Williams Newport News 24 Miss Arlington Piano, "Cubana Cubana" by Maksim Mrvica Previously National Sweetheart 2012

Later Miss Virginia USA 2016
Top 10 at Miss USA 2016 pageant
2012 Rosemary Willis Chesapeake 21 Miss Roanoke Valley Vocal, "I (Who Have Nothing)"
2011 Elizabeth Crot[26][27] Chesapeake 23 Miss Arlington Classical Vocal, "Sempre Libera" from La traviata Top 15
2010 Caitlin Uze Arlington 22 Miss Greater Richmond Irish Treble Reel Dance, "Riverdance" Top 10 Marion A. Crooker Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
2009 Chinah Helmandollar[28] Hardy Miss Smith Mountain Lake Did not compete; originally placed as a Top 10 semifinalist, later assumed the title after Cameron won Miss America 2010[citation needed]
Caressa Cameron Fredericksburg 21 Miss Arlington Vocal, "Listen" Winner[1] Preliminary Talent Award 4th runner-up at National Sweetheart 2006 pageant[citation needed]
2008 Tara Wheeler[29] Woodbridge 24 Miss Arlington Vocal, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
2007 Hannah Kiefer[30] High Point,NC 21 Miss Mountain Empire Classical Ballet en Pointe, "The Chocolate Dance" from The Nutcracker 3rd runner-up Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship Eligible as a student at Hollins University[citation needed]
2006 Adrianna Sgarlata Fairfax Station 24 Miss Arlington Classical Vocal, "Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta" from La rondine Quality of Life Award Finalist
2005 Kristi Lauren Glakas[31] Centreville 24 Miss Apple Blossom Festival Vocal, "In His Eyes" from Jekyll & Hyde 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award[32] Triple Crown winner:
2004 Mariah Rice[33] Mechanicsville 24 Miss Greater Richmond Lyrical Dance, "I Am Changing" Children's Champion Award
2003 Nancy Redd Martinsville 22 Miss Martinsville-Henry County Piano, "Malagueña" Top 10 Children's Champion Award

Preliminary Swimsuit Award
2002 Jennifer Pitts Arlington 24 Miss Apple Blossom Festival Contemporary Ballet en Pointe, "Standing in Motion" by Yanni Contestant at National Sweetheart 2001 pageant[citation needed]

Later Miss Virginia USA 2005[citation needed]
2001 Meghan Shanley Virginia Beach 21 Miss Hampton Holly Days Festival Vocal, "Big Time"
2000 Jacqueline Cook[34] Colonial Heights 24 Miss Hampton/Newport News Jazz en Pointe, "Jump, Shout, Boogie"
1999 Crystal Lewis Newport News 21 Miss Lynchburg Festival Vocal, "I Believe in You and Me" Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1998 Thomanita (Nita) Leona Booth[35] Tidewater 19 Miss Tidewater Vocal Did not compete; later assumed the title after Johnson won Miss America 1999 [citation needed]
First African American titleholder
Nicole Johnson[36] Virginia Beach 24 Miss Lynchburg Festival Vocal, "That's Life" Winner
1997 Kelli Quick Lynchburg 20 Miss Lynchburg Festival Vocal, "I Go To the Rock" from The Preacher's Wife Non-finalist Talent Award
1996 Michelle Kang[37] Fredericksburg 22 Miss Apple Blossom Festival Classical Piano, "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" Non-finalist Talent Award First Asian-American titleholder[38]
1995 Amber Medlin Virginia Beach 23 Miss Virginia Beach Classical Piano, "Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53" Assumed Ballengee's title[39]
Andrea Ballengee Yorktown Miss Hampton/Newport News Dance Unable to compete; initially allowed to keep her title after it was discovered she had embellished her academic record but was stripped of crown later the same month after further discrepancies were revealed[40][41]
Previously Miss Virginia Teen USA 1992[citation needed]
Top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1992 pageant[citation needed]

Later Mrs. California and Mrs. America 2006 under married name Andrea Preuss
Top 10 at Mrs. World 2006 pageant
1994 Cullen Johnson[42] Norfolk 23 Miss Central Shenandoah Valley Classical Piano, Sonata Pathetique 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Waterford Crystal Business Scholarship
1993 Nancy Glisson Williamsburg 22 Miss Lynchburg Festival Popular Vocal, "I Will Always Love You" 4th runner-up
1992 Lora Flattum Isle of Wight 24 Miss Apple Blossom Festival Classical Piano, "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C Minor" Non-finalist Talent Award
1991 Sheri Huffman Lynchburg 23 Miss Amherst County Vocal, "If I Can Dream" Non-finalist Talent Award
1990 Shannon DePuy Lynchburg 19 Miss Amherst County Classical Piano, "Revolutionary Etude" Top 10 Later Miss Florida USA 1995[citation needed] & top 6 at Miss USA 1995[citation needed]
1989 Tami Elliott[43] Newport News 24 Miss Portsmouth-Seawall Festival Gymnastics Dance Routine, "The Phantom of the Opera" Non-finalist Talent Award
1988 April Fleming 23 Miss Richmond Vocal, "New York State of Mind"
1987 Heidi Lammi Alexandria 26 Miss Northern Virginia Ballet en Pointe, Grande Tarantelle Top 10
1986 Julianne Smith Yorktown 21 Miss Williamsburg Vocal, "Golden Rainbow" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1985 Kimberly Johnson Coeburn 19 Miss Lonesome Pine Vocal & Piano, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
1984 Susan Carter Parker Covington 23 Miss Alleghany Highlands Classical Vocal, "My Man's Gone Now" Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Lisa Aliff Roanoke 23 Miss Vinton Dogwood Festival Vocal & Dance, "Manhattan" & "Broadway Rhythm"
1982 Beverly Cooke[44] Richmond 24 Miss Portsmouth-Seawall Festival Vocal Medley, "Smile" & "Happy Days Are Here Again" Mother of Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2006, Brittany Young[45]
1981 Vicky Pulliam Martinsville 21 Miss Martinsville/Henry County Semi-classical Vocal, "Art Is Calling For Me" from The Enchantress by Victor Herbert
1980 Holly Jereme Roanoke 23 Miss Roanoke Valley Vocal & Dance, "City Lights"
1979 Darlene McIntosh Chesapeake 22 Miss Chesapeake Classical Piano, "Prelude in C sharp minor"
1978 Paige Brown Alexandria Miss Fairfax County Did not compete; later assumed title after Barker won Miss America 1979 [citation needed]
Kylene Barker Galax 22 Miss Pulaski County Gymnastics Routine, "Gonna Fly Now" & "Feelin So Good" Winner
1977 Terri Bartlett Newport News 24 Miss Norfolk Classical Piano, "Rhapsody in C Minor" Non-finalist Talent Award
1976 Pamela Polk Richmond 22 Miss Peanut Festival Classical Vocal, "Mi Chiamano Mimi" from La bohème Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1975 Joan Grady Virginia Beach 21 Miss Virginia Beach Classical Vocal, "Vissi d'arte"
1974 Stephanie Dowdy 18 Vocal, "I've Gotta Be Me"
1973 Elinda Gail Vandeventer Pulaski 20 Miss Pulaski Classical Vocal, "The Telephone Aria"
1972 Dona Marie Pillow Lynchburg 22 Miss Lynchburg Vocal, "Memories" Cousin of country singer, Ray Pillow[citation needed]
1971 Linda Moyer Norfolk 20 Miss Norfolk Vocal & Dance Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1970 Jeannette Smith Roanoke 19 Miss Roanoke Valley Classical Piano, "Toccata" by Aram Khachaturian
1969 Sydney Lewis Hampton 19 Miss Hampton/Newport News Original Monologue, "Prisoner at the Bar"
1968 Cherie Davis Clifton Forge 20 Miss Alleghany Highlands Classical Vocal, "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1967 Barbara Yost Roanoke 19 Miss Roanoke Valley Piano, "Grande valse brillante in E flat major"
1966 Linda Maclin 18 Modern Jazz Dance Miss Congeniality
1965 Jean Inge Norfolk 22 Miss Norfolk Speech about Politics & Government entitled Democracy
1964 Carolyn Eddy 21 Dramatic Reading Non-finalist Talent Award
1963 Dorcas Campbell Fairfield Miss Rockbridge County Vocal Medley, "Près des remparts de Séville" from Carmen & Songs from West Side Story Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1962 Patricia Gaulding Richmond 19 Miss Richmond Caricature Sketching & Original Comedy Monologue Non-finalist Talent Award
1961 Charlotte Thomas Roanoke 19 Miss Lynchburg Piano, "Malagueña"
1960 Catherine Birch Staunton 19 Miss Bristol Classical Ballet Married magician, John A. Daniel[citation needed]
1959 Alice Sue Williams Richmond 19 Miss Williamsburg Dramatization of Designing & Sewing Fashions Non-finalist Talent Award
1958 Barbara Guthrie Martinsville Miss Martinsville Drama
1957 Rebecca Lee Edmunds Roanoke Miss Roanoke Valley Dance
1956 Rebecca Richardson Martinsville Miss Martinsville Art Display & Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
1955 Betty Sue Mathews Norfolk Miss Virginia Beach Vocal, "There's No Business Like Show Business"
1954 Julie Ann Bruening Swoope Miss Staunton-Augusta County Charcoal Sketch of The Statue of Liberty
1953 Anne Lee Ceglis Norfolk Classical Vocal, "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1952 Edna Long Richmond Dance
1951 Shirley Bryant Norfolk Vocal
1950 Gloria Fenderson Petersburg
1949 Betty Lewis Norfolk Vocal
1948 Bobby Joe Wilson Hillsville
1947 Ruth Ellen Mears Cape Charles Speech
1946 Bette Cannon Alexandria Monologue, "The Waltz" by Dorothy Parker
1945
No Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[46][47]
1944
1943 Dorothy Taylor Richmond Miss Richmond Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1942 Charlotte Mae Smith Fredericksburg
1941 Jacquelyn McWin Waynesboro Top 15
1940 Virginia Campbell Charlottesville
1939 Rose Marie Elliott[48] Suffolk[48] Vocal, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" 4th runner-up[48]
1938 Kathleen Mann North Arlington
1937 Frances Lee Sultan Kecoughtan Top 16
1936 Dolores Taylor Ocean View Miss Virginia Top 15 Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mary Virginia Ash Phoebus Miss Virginia Peninsula
1935
No Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[49]
1934 No national pageant was held[50]
1933 Evangeline Glidewell[51] Danville 17 Miss Danville N/A[52] 3rd runner-up
1932 No national pageants were held[50]
1931
1930
1929
1928
1927 No Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[53]
1926 Eleanor V. Reid Miss Norfolk N/A[52] Top 15 Competed under local title at national pageant
1925 Dorothea Prince Miss Norfolk Competed under local title at national pageant
1924 No Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[54]
1923 Billie Gates[55] Richmond Miss Richmond N/A[52] Competed under local title at national pageant
1922 No Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[56][57]
1921

Notes

  1. ^ Appointed titleholder had to reign for a full year in 2020 after state and national pageants postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic[8]

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