Miss Mississippi USA

Miss Mississippi USA

The Miss Mississippi USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Mississippi in the Miss USA pageant.

Mississippi has not been very successful in Miss USA pageants, with only 10 placements as of 2010. They have never had a Miss USA, and their highest placement was Leah Laviano's 1st-runner up placement in 2008.

Four titleholders have competed at Miss Teen USA, and as of 2007, four have competed at Miss America.

The pageant is directed by Miss Tennessee USA 1989: Kim Greenwood.[1]


Results summary


  • 1st runners-up: Leah Laviano (2008)
  • 3rd runners-up: Cindy Williams (1986)
  • 4th runners-up: Laurie Kimbrough (1979), Dana Richmond (1988)
  • Top 10: Jennifer Adcock (2005), Breanne Ponder (2010)
  • Top 11/12: Katharine Manning (1987), Stephanie Teneyck (1990)
  • Top 15: Marlene Britsch (1961), Patricia Ann Turk (1964)



Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2011 Keeley Patterson Starkville 20
2010 Breanne Ponder Mount Olive[2] 20 Top 10, finishing in 8th place
2009 Jessica Lauren McRaney Terry 23 Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2004
2008 Leah Laviano Ellisville 19 1st runner-up
2007 Jalin Wood Waynesboro 25 Previously Miss Mississippi 2004
2006 Kendra King Monticello 20
2005 Jennifer Adcock Hattiesburg 24 Finalist Previously Miss Mississippi 2002, semifinalist at Miss America 2003, Mississippi's Junior Miss 1998
2004 Beth Richards Laurel 25
2003 Allison Bloodworth Grenada 21 Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1999
2002 Heather Soriano Philadelphia 24 Previously Miss Mississippi 1999
2001 Melanie Vaughn[3] Olive Branch
2000 Angie Carpenter Greenwood Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1994, semifinalist at Miss Teen USA 1994
1999 Kari Babski Gloster
1998 Angel Whatley[4] Jackson
1997 Arlene McDonald[5] Tupelo Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1992, semifinalist at Miss Teen USA 1992
1996 Caroline Ramagos[6] Soso
1995 Jill Tullos Married Senator Chris McDaniel
1994 Leslie Jetton Gave up her title in March to become a national spokesperson for Caribe Corporations in New Orleans.[7]
1993 Sherry Bowles Lambert
1992 Tammy Johnson
1991 Mitzi Swanson
1990 Stephanie Teneyck 20 Semi-finalist, finishing in 11th place Miss Photogenic 2nd Runner up at Miss All Nations 1990
1989 Laura Durrett Olive Branch
1988 Dana Richmond Madison 20 4th runner-up 1st Runner up at Miss International 1988
1987 Katharine Manning Drew 24 Semi-finalist, finishing in 7th place Previously Miss Mississippi 1984, 2nd runner up at Miss America 1985
1986 Cindy Williams Hattiesburg 22 3rd runner-up Semifinalist at Miss International 1986
1985 Camille Gilliland Meridian
1984 Carla Green Biloxi
1983 Becky Case Jackson
1982 Nancy Perkins Marks
1981 Angela Ashmore
1980 Cheri Brown Meridian Previously Miss Mississippi 1978, preliminary swimsuit winner at Miss America 1979
1979 Laurie Kimbrough Oxford 4th runner-up
1978 Wanda Gatlin
1977 Leigh Tapley Jackson
1976 Teresa Camp
1975 Leigh Cross
1974 Denise Clark
1973 Karen Clements
1972 Deborah Pawlik
1971 Janey Gillis
1970 Susan Ladner Pass Christian
1969 Rose Ray
1968 Brenda Conerly
1967 Lassie Cooke
1966 Unknown
1965 Unknown
1964 Patricia Ann Turk Semi-finalist
1963 Joan Kenebrilde Hattiesburg competed in the 1964 Miss Dixie Pageant
1962 Sandra Mazur Jackson competed in the 1963 Miss Dixie Pageant
1961 Marlene Britsch Semi-finalist
1954–1960 Did Not Compete
1953 Jessie Morgan Semi-finalist at Miss America 1951
1952 Carolyn Thomas

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


  1. ^ "Producers". Miss Mississippi USA/Teen USA Pageants. http://www.missmississippiusa.com/producers.html. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Profile: Mississippi USA - Breanne Ponder
  3. ^ Purdy, Jean (2000-06-06). "With near misses in past, Desoto beauty wins title". The Commercial Appeal. p. DS1. 
  4. ^ "Jackson woman wins Miss Mississippi USA title" (Press release). Associated Press. 1997-06-14. p. B3. 
  5. ^ "Two pageants crown winners in Biloxi in double ceremony". The Commercial Appeal. 1996-06-10. p. B3. 
  6. ^ "Shooting For a New Goal MISS USA contestant turns from hoops to rule over different courts". The Commercial Appeal. 1995-12-29. p. C1. 
  7. ^ "Miss Mississippi gets a better offer". The Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate. 1994-03-10. p. 4-B. 

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