Miss Wyoming

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Miss Wyoming
Type Beauty pageant
Miss America

Miss Wyoming is a state-level pageant which sends winners to compete for the title of Miss America. The competition, which awards scholarships, is open to women aged 17 through 24.

Beck Bridger of Sheridan was crowned Miss Wyoming 2018 on June 23, 2018 at WYO Theatre in Sheridan, Wyoming. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Results summary

The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Miss Americas: N/A
  • 1st runners-up: Carol Held (1948)
  • 2nd runners-up: N/A
  • 3rd runners-up: Lexie Madden (2013)
  • 4th runners-up: N/A
  • Top 10: Elaine Lois Holkenbrink (1953)
  • Top 15: Dorothy McKay (1947)


Preliminary awards

Non-finalist awards

  • Non-finalist Talent: Carol Rose (1969), Trish Long (1976), Carol June Wallace (1977), Kim Pring (1979)

Other awards


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Beck Bridger[1] Sheridan 22 Miss Northeast Wyoming Vocal, "At Last"
2017 Cheyenne Buyert[2] Sheridan 19 Miss Sheridan County Vocal, "Puttin' on the Ritz" Women in Business Scholarship Finalist[3]
2016 Jordyn Hall[4] Laramie 23 Miss South Central Jazz Dance
2015 Mikaela Shaw Laramie 21 Miss University of Wyoming Violin, "Hoe-Down" by Aaron Copland Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013

Later Miss Wyoming USA 2017
2014 Jessie Allen Lander 24 Miss Fremont County Dance "Feeling Good" Younger sister of Miss Wyoming USA 2012, Holly Allen
2013 Rebecca Podio Newcastle 23 Miss Weston County Piano "Fantasy" by William Joseph
2012 Lexie Madden Torrington 21 Miss Goshen County Original Piano Composition "Canzone Lenta" 3rd runner-up Previously Wyoming's Junior Miss 2009
2011 Catherine Brown[5] Richardson, Texas 24 Miss Albany County Pop Vocal "Rolling in the Deep" Eligible to compete as a student at the University of Wyoming
2010 Alicia Grove Rock Springs 23 Miss Sweetwater County Jazz Dance "Ain't No Sunshine"
2009 Anna Nelson Rock Springs 19 Miss Rock Springs Jazz Dance "Summer in the City"
2008 Courtney Gifford Sheridan 19 Miss Sheridan College Vocal Comedy Previously Miss Wyoming's Outstanding Teen 2005

First Miss America's Outstanding Teen contestant to win a Miss America state title[citation needed]

Later Miss Wyoming USA 2013
2007 Jennifer McCafferty Scottsbluff, Nebraska 24 Miss Albany County Vocal "Gimme, Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie Eligible to compete as a student at the University of Wyoming
2006 Jenileigh Sawatzke Orange County, California 24 Miss Cheyenne Aerial Silk Routine "Defying Gravity" Eligible to compete as a student at Laramie County Community College
2005 Heather Nicole Jackelen Jackson 24 Miss Jackson Acrobatic Dance Previously Miss Wyoming USA 2001

Later Miss Galaxy 2007
2004 Megan Reichert Dayton 19 Miss Dayton Semi-classical Vocal "Poor Wand'ring One" from The Pirates of Penzance
2003 Tamara Kocher Gillette 22 Miss Gillette Dance
2002 Beth Holland Gillette 23 Vocal "Orange Colored Sky" Assumed the title when Rothenbuehler resigned[6]
Katie Rothenbuehler Gillette 22
Relinquished the title less than 24 hours into her reign in order to accept a full-time position as a junior high school choir teacher[6]
2001 Erin Empey Casper 20 Ballet "Cristofori's Dream" by David Lanz
2000 Kimberly Wilkerson Gillette 24 Vocal "Everybody Says Don't" from Anyone Can Whistle Contestant at National Sweetheart 1999
1999 Elaine Dabney Lander 20 Ballet "Somewhere Out There"
1998 Mindy Jo Baughman Rock Springs 20 Tap Dance "Tap Your Troubles Away" from Mack & Mabel
1997 Jeffie Ventling Laramie 24 Vocal "The Phantom of the Opera"
1996 Rebecca Darrington Gillette 19 Vocal Comedy "100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man" from Wonderful Town Waterford Crystal Scholarship for Business Management and Marketing
1995 Dawn Marie Frantz Casper
Assumed the title of Miss Wyoming in late 1995 after Lane relinquished her title[citation needed]
Dana Lane Cheyenne 20 Classical Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu" Relinquished the title of Miss Wyoming after competing at Miss America[citation needed]
1994 Trisha Ramirez Cheyenne 23 Piano Solo
1993 Deborah Maston Wheatland 21 Miss Northeast Flute Solo
1992 Stacy Cenedese Cheyenne 21 Miss Laramie County Dance & Baton Twirling "Hooked on Instrumentals Part 3" Later Miss Wyoming USA 1997
1991 Laurie Briggs Cheyenne 23 Miss Albany County Jazz Tap Dance
1990 Carolie Howe Chugwater 22 Miss Cheyenne Vocal "My Heart Belongs to Me"
1989 Alisa Mavrotheris Cheyenne 25 Acrobatic Jazz Dance
1988 Wendi Willis Laramie 19 Miss Albany County Dance & Baton Twirling
1987 Terrilynn Hove Casper 21 Miss Laramie Vocal Medley
1986 Lacy J. Reeves Laramie 22 Miss Albany County Vocal "You're Gonna Hear From Me" from Inside Daisy Clover
1985 Tamara Dereemer Horse Creek 22 Miss Cheyenne Popular Vocal "God Bless the USA"
1984 Annie Easterbrook Laramie 21 Miss Albany County Gymnastics Jazz Dance
1983 Heather Wallace Cheyenne 21 Miss Cheyenne Vocal "New York, New York"
1982 Janie Hertzler Cheyenne 23 Miss Laramie Vocal "Everything"
1981 Keri Borgaard Cheyenne 23 Miss Cheyenne Vocal Medley "At the Crossroads" & "Hey, Look Me Over"
1980 Susan Pennington Casper 20 Miss Casper College Vocal "The Man I Love"
1979 Karla Singer Cheyenne 19 Miss Laramie County Vocal "Mister Melody" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1978 Kim Pring Cheyenne 22 Miss Cheyenne Baton Twirling "There's No Business Like Show Business" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss Wyoming USA 1975

Brought a libel lawsuit against Penthouse Magazine: the book Trial by Fire recounts her case[citation needed]
1977 Jeanne Uphoff Cheyenne 21 Miss Laramie County Jazz Dance "Chump Change"
1976 Carol June Wallace Jackson 24 Miss Yellowstone Piano Medley "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing", "Love Story", "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", & "Strangers in the Night" Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss Kentucky USA 1975[7] and Semi-finalist at Miss USA 1975

Mother of Miss Kentucky 2002, Mary Catherine Correll
1975 Trish Long Laramie 21 Miss University of Wyoming Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly Non-finalist Talent Award
1974 Cheryl Johnson Cheyenne 20 Miss Laramie County Community College Modern Jazz Dance "Scorpio" Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship Became Miss Wyoming after original winner, Vicki Tomisek, resigned[citation needed]

Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1973 Pamela Hill Casper 20 Miss Casper College Vocal "I Can Love"
1972 Annette Klipstein Cheyenne 22 Miss Cheyenne Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus Previously Wyoming's Junior Miss 1968

Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1971 Marsha Crandall Rock Springs 20 Miss Rock Springs Vocal Medley "What the World Needs Now Is Love" & "The Look of Love"
1970 Jane Hutchings Cheyenne 19 Miss University of Wyoming Piano "1st Arabesque"
1969 Sandra Grim Casper 20 Miss Casper Vocal Medley "People", "I Gotta Be Me", & "Free Again"
1968 Carol Rose Burns 20 Miss Cheyenne Clarinet Medley "Mozart's Concerto", "Strangers on the Shore", & "Ji-da" Non-finalist Talent Award
1967 Patricia Martínez Torrington 18 Miss Torrington Classical Vocal "Les Filles de Cadix" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1966 Susan Livreri Douglas 20 Miss Douglas Comedy Sketch
1965 Trudy Bower Freedom 19 Miss University of Wyoming Vocal "From This Moment On"
1964 Joan Selmer Cheyenne 21 Miss Cheyenne Acro-Baton Routine
1963 Cody Neville Byron Miss Lovell Classical Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu"
1962 Gretchen Stainbrook Jackson Hole 19 Miss Jackson Musical Skit
1961 Mary Orr Sheridan 19 Miss Sheridan Dramatic Reading "The Bride"
1960 Sharon Luond Cheyenne 18 Dramatic Monologue from "Wingless Victory" by Maxwell Anderson
1959 Linda Lou Phillips Laramie 19 Vocal & Dance
No Wyoming representative at Miss America pageant
1953 Elaine Lois Holkenbrink Torrington Fashion Display Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1952 Ruth Francis Casper Drama
1951 Patricia Seabeck Casper Monologue
1950 Lenore Hoffman Cheyenne
1949 Esther McLeod Sheridan
1948 Carol Held Douglas Piano "Hungarian Opus 9" by Edward MacDowell 1st runner-up
1947 Dorothy McKay Cheyenne Painting Exhibition Top 15
No Wyoming representative at Miss America pageant
1941 Patricia Marie Snyder Cheyenne Vocal & Dance
No Wyoming representative at Miss America pageant
1937 Mary Ann McLaughlin Riverton
No Wyoming representative at Miss America pageant
No pageant was held
No Wyoming representative at Miss America pageant
No pageants were held
No Wyoming representative at Miss America pageant


  1. ^ Burr, Rustin (June 27, 2018). "Sheridan Girls Take Home the Miss Wyoming Tiaras". Sheridan Media.
  2. ^ "Buyert Crowned Miss Wyoming". Sheridan Media. June 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "2018 Miss America Contestants Make Debut At Arrival Ceremony in Atlantic City Presented by AtlantiCare". missamerica.org. September 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "Jordyn Hall Crowned Miss Wyoming 2016".
  5. ^ Johnson, Mary Jo (June 27, 2011). "Miss Albany County Crowned Miss Wyoming 2011". Sheridan, WY: KROE. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2011-06-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Pageant News Bureau News archive: April - June 2002
  7. ^ "Home state girls hard to find". Kingman Daily Miner. 1976-09-10. p. 7.
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