Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin 2011 & Miss America 2012
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin 2011 & Miss America 2012
Christina Anna Thompson, Miss Wisconsin 2007
Christina Anna Thompson, Miss Wisconsin 2007
Tracy Ann Gest, Miss Wisconsin 2005
Tracy Ann Gest, Miss Wisconsin 2005

The Miss Wisconsin competition is the pageant, held annually in Oshkosh, that selects the representative for the U.S. state of Wisconsin in the Miss America pageant. Wisconsin has twice won the Miss America crown (1973 and 2012).

Jennifer Schmidt of Racine was crowned Miss Wisconsin 2021 on June 19, 2021 at Alberta Kimball Auditorium at Oshkosh West High School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin after besting 21 other women for the state title on her third attempt. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2022 in November 2021.

Results summary

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss Wisconsin 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 Jennifer Schmidt[1] Racine 25 Miss Rock River Valley Jazz Dance STEM Scholarship 2nd runner-up
2019–20[a] Alyssa Marie Bohm[4] Mount Pleasant 24 Tap Dance, "Feeling Good"
2018 Tianna Marie Vanderhei[5] Wisconsin Rapids 25 Miss Wood Violet Contemporary Dance, "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers Top 15[6] Preliminary On Stage Interview Award[7] Competed for Miss Wisconsin six times, a state pageant record[citation needed]
2017 McKenna Holly Collins[8] Waunakee 20 Miss Madison Ballet en Pointe, “Habanera” from Carmen Previously a company member at the Madison Ballet[9]

Daughter of Wisconsin's Alice in Dairyland 1992, Kristan Conrad[10]
2016 Courtney Jean Pelot[11] Manitowoc 22 Miss Green Bay Area Dance, "Burnin' Up" by Jessie J
2015 Rosalie Elizabeth Smith[12] Waukesha 19 Miss New Berlin Lyrical Dance, "Heaven" by Beyoncé
2014 Raeanna Mary Johnson Holmen 24 Miss Madison Lyrical Dance, "Hallelujah" 3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2011 pageant[13]

First woman to hold the Miss Wisconsin title twice

4th runner-up at Miss Wisconsin USA 2017 pageant[14]
2013 Paula Mae Kuiper[15] Mount Pleasant 19 Miss Madison Piano, "Hungarian Rhapsody" Top 12
2012 Kate Gorman[16] Onalaska 23 Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Vocal, "20th Century Fox Mambo" from Smash
2011 Raeanna Mary Johnson[17] Holmen 21 Miss Seven Rivers Lyrical Dance, "Hallelujah" by Alexandra Burke N/A 1st runner-up at Miss Wisconsin 2011 pageant

Assumed title when Laura Kaeppeler won the Miss America 2012 title

Later Miss Wisconsin 2014
Laura Kaeppeler Kenosha 23 Miss Southern Wisconsin Operatic Vocal, "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi Winner[18] Preliminary Talent Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010 pageant[19]

Married TV producer, Mike Fleiss in 2014[20]
2010 Kimberly Sawyer Egg Harbor 22 Miss Green Bay Area Classical Vocal, "Donde lieta uscì" from La bohème
2009 Kristina Kelly Smaby Holmen 22 Miss Madison Ballet en Pointe, "River Deep – Mountain High"
2008 Briana Rose Lipor Racine 21 Miss South Central Classical Vocal, "Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta" from La rondine
2007 Christina Thompson[21] Pleasant Prairie 23 Miss Madison Classical Violin, "Praeludium & Allegro" by Fritz Kreisler Top 8
2006 Meghan Coffey New Berlin 22 Miss New Berlin Baton Twirling, "Stuff Like That There" Previously Wisconsin's National Teenager 2003
2005 Tracy Ann Gest Menomonee Falls 20 Miss New Berlin Classical Piano, "Morceaux de fantaisie" Previously Beauties of America Teen 2003[citation needed]
2004 Molly McGrath Wisconsin Rapids 22 Miss Madison Theatrical Ballet en Pointe, "All That Jazz" Quality of Life Award Finalist
2003 Tina Sauerhammer Green Bay 22 Miss Madison Classical Cello, "Le cygne" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
2002 Jayme Dawicki New Berlin 22 Miss Southern Wisconsin Classical Piano, "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen"
2001 Laura Herriot Princeton 23 Miss Berlin Vocal, "Oh, Lady Be Good!" Quality of Life Award Finalist
2000 Joya Zamora Kenosha 23 Miss Eastern Shore Vocal, "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" Non-finalist Talent Award
1999 Mary-Louise Kurey Brookfield 24 Miss West Allis Classical Vocal, "Il Bacio" Top 10 Bernie Wayne Performing Arts Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1998 Jill Marie Patzner Arcadia 22 Miss Western Wisconsin Semi-classical Vocal, "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera
1997 Nicole Jean Locy Glendale 22 Miss Western Wisconsin Vocal, "Someone Else's Story" from Chess Non-finalist Interview Award
1996 Jennifer Streblow Oshkosh 18 Miss Oshkosh Vocal, "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde
1995 Pamela Polk Berlin 22 Miss Southeastern Wisconsin Vocal, "Operator"
1994 Laura Voss Green Bay 22 Miss Green Bay Semi-classical Vocal, West Side Story Medley
1993 Tania Ziegler Fond du Lac 18 Miss Fond du Lac Classical Violin, "Bruch's Concerto No. 1 in G Minor" Top 10
1992 Stephanie Klett Beloit 25 Miss Wisconsin Central Coronet Medley, "Basin Street Blues" & "Ciribiribin" Non-finalist Talent Award[22] Later Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism[22]
1991 Brenda Haines Arcadia 19 Miss Arcadia Jazz Clarinet
1990 Tricia Luedtke Oostburg 19 Miss Oshkosh Classical Piano, "Polichinelle in F Sharp Minor" Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Kimberly Jean Totdahl Racine 23 Miss Kenosha Vocal & Dance, "Being Alive" Previously Miss Wisconsin T.E.E.N. 1982

Later Miss Wisconsin USA 1991
1988 Jeanie Marie Pfeiffer Franksville 25 Miss Milwaukee Vocal, "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody"
1987 Maria Kim Shorewood 20 Miss Madison Classical Piano, "Fantaisie-Impromptu" Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award
Previously Miss Wisconsin National Teenager 1983

Previously Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 1985
1986 Mara Nesemann Brookfield 20 Miss Waukesha County Gymnastics Dance Routine, "1980"
1985 Mary Kay Anderson St. Francis 20 Miss St. Francis Piano, "Frederik Chopin's Etude, Winter Wind, Op 25, No 11" Later Miss Wisconsin USA 1988
1984 Barbara Mullally Onalaska 22 Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Vocal, "Here I Am"
1983 Wendy Wagner Menomonie / Des Plaines, Illinois 22 Miss Menomonie Vocal, "Mira" from Carnival!
1982 Gail Marie Soller La Crosse 24 Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Classical Vocal, "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" Non-finalist Talent Award
1981 Keungsuk Kim Shorewood 19 Miss Milwaukee Classical Piano, "Kabalevsky's Prelude" Top 10
1980 Dana Spychalla Appleton 19 Miss Fond du Lac Vocal, "The Music and the Mirror" from A Chorus Line
1979 Kristine Konrad Oshkosh 19 Miss Oshkosh Vocal, "Starting Here, Starting Now"
1978 Carin Kizewic Racine 24 Miss Milwaukee Ballet en Pointe, "The Overture" from Die Fledermaus
1977 Jennifer Woychik Arcadia 19 Miss Arcadia Vocal Comedy, "I Love Trash"
1976 Julie Nowak Greendale 19 Miss West Allis Popular Vocal, "Do You Know Where You're Going To?"
1975 Marilyn Sembell Beloit 25 Miss Lake Geneva Classical Piano, "Prelude in G minor" Non-finalist Talent Award
1974 Carol Schmitt Green Bay 22 Miss Milwaukee Vocal, "Speak Softly Love" Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship

Special Education Award
1973 Judith Hieke Menomonee Falls 19 Miss Milwaukee Flute Medley including "Cuanto le Gusta" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1972 Linda Marie Henderson Elm Grove 20 Miss Milwaukee-Summerfest Ballet[citation needed] N/A 1st runner-up at Miss Wisconsin 1972 pageant

Assumed title when Meeuwsen was crowned Miss America 1973
Terry Meeuwsen De Pere 23 Miss Appleton Vocal, "He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat! Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1971 Patricia Jacobs Wauwatosa 19 Miss Stevens Point Vocal & Dance, "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1970 Linda Johnson Milwaukee 19 Miss Madison Piano, "Polonaise"
1969 Cynthia Morgan Janesville 18 Miss Janesville Vocal, "Old Devil Moon"
1968 Marilyn Brahmsteadt Wisconsin Rapids 21 Miss La Crosse Vocal, "What a Diff'rence a Day Made"
1967 Barbara Burk Baugh Brookfield 20 Miss Milwaukee Vocal, "Mira" from Carnival! 2nd runner-up
1966 Candace Gail Hinz Milwaukee 19 Miss West Allis Piano & Watercolor Painting, "Tara's Theme" from Gone with the Wind
1965 Sharon Mae Singstock Oshkosh 20 Miss Oshkosh Vocal, "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody" 4th runner-up
1964 Angela Gina Baldi Glendale 18 Miss North Shore Piano, "On Wisconsin in Three Variations"
1963 Barbara Jean Bonville Whitefish Bay 19 Miss North Shore Cello, "Pièce en forme de Habanera" by Maurice Ravel Special Scholarship Award
1962 Joan Mary Engh La Crosse 21 Miss La Crosse Vocal Comedy, "I'll Be Anything You Want Me to Be" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1961 Diane Margaret Anderson Eau Claire 19 Miss Eau Claire Violin & Ballet en Pointe, "The Swan"
1960 Karen Marie Fahrenbach Racine 21 Miss Racine Classical Ballet en Pointe, "The Sleeping Beauty"
1959 Mary Alice Fox Sheboygan 20 Miss Sheboygan Soft Shoe Comedy Dance 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1958 Kay Ross West Allis 24 Miss West Allis Art Presentation with Vocal & Dance
1957 Joan Hentschel Wauwatosa 18 Miss Wauwatosa Interpretive Ballet, "3:00 in the Morning"
1956 Lynn Byron Holden Milwaukee 19 Miss Ripon Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
1955 Margaret Walls Milwaukee 18 Miss Milwaukee Ballet, "Dying Swan"
1954 Dixie Sarchet Stevens Point 19 Miss Wisconsin Rapids Modern Dance, "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"
1953 Judith Jacobsen Wauwatosa 19 Miss Milwaukee Vocal & Dance, "Make Believe" & "Come Back to Sorrento"
1952 Jeannie Huston La Crosse 19 Miss La Crosse Cello
1951 Sheila Murphy Marshfield 18 Miss Marshfield Monologue
1950 Gloria Lange Milwaukee 20 Miss Milwaukee Operatic Vocal, "Donkey Serenade" from The Firefly
1949 Phyllis Kessler Green Bay 18 Miss Green Bay Baton Twirling Top 15
1948 Marvene Fischer Milwaukee 19 Miss Milwaukee
1947 Gladys Berkley Baraboo 19 Miss Baraboo Monologue
1946 Antoine Lunde Milwaukee / Westby 20 Miss Milwaukee Top 16
1945 Eileen Christy Menomonie 20 Miss Menomonie
1944 Elsie (Elyse) Sutter Milwaukee 20 Miss Milwaukee N/A Did not compete in the Miss America 1944 pageant. She died on Sept. 16, 2019 at 95.
No Wisconsin representative at Miss America pageant
1942 Charlotte Lemmer Milwaukee 18 Miss Milwaukee
1941 Betty Ann Miller[23] Milwaukee 18 Miss Milwaukee Mid-Summer Festival Artistic Caricature of President Franklin D. Roosevelt Top 15
No Wisconsin representative at Miss America pageant
1936 Aline Schwartz Milwaukee 18 Miss Milwaukee
No Wisconsin representative at Miss America pageant
No pageant was held
1933 Marie Marguerite Huebner Portage[24] 20 Miss Portage Top 18
No pageants were held
1927 Marjorie Leffingwell Miss Madison Multiple Wisconsin representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Virginia Hillyer Fort Atkinson 17 Miss Wisconsin
1926 Dorothy Seiler Miss Madison Multiple Wisconsin representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Florence Andrees Miss Milwaukee
Name not known Miss Racine
1925 Virginia Armstrong Miss Milwaukee No Miss Wisconsin

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1924 Clara Koehler Miss Milwaukee Top 15 No Miss Wisconsin

Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
No Wisconsin representative at Miss America pageant


  1. ^ Titleholder extended to a full year in 2020 after state and national pageants postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic[2][3]


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