Miss Alaska

Miss Alaska
Stephany Jeffers, Miss Alaska 2008

The Miss Alaska competition is a scholarship pageant that selects the representative for the state of Alaska in the Miss America pageant.

Alaska's highest placement occurred in 1998, when Joslyn Tinker was selected for the Top Ten. One Miss Alaska won a preliminary swimsuit and another won a preliminary night talent award. Several other delegates have received non-finalist talent awards and special scholarships.

Miss Alaskas 1975 and 1978, Cindy Suryan and PJ Gentry respectively, were popular Anchorage television and radio personalities for many years. Miss Alaska 1976, Kathy (Tebow) Sharp worked as a National Weather Association certified television weather broadcaster in the early 1980s, and was on the same news team as co-anchor, Cindy Suryan.

Miss Alaska 1981, Laura Trollan, also worked in local television as an Anchorage weather broadcaster. Miss Alaska 1982 became an award-winning realtor and business woman, achieving recognition for The Kristan Cole Team. Miss Alaska 1984, Maryline Blackburn, pursued a career in music and has received critical acclaim as a recording artist. Miss Alaskas 1985 and 1986 went on to establish successful careers in modeling: Jerri Morrison as a plus-size supermodel, most recognizable for her catalog work for Nordstrom and JC Penney, and Kristina Christopher-Taylor as a TV and print model featured in several national campaigns.

In addition to the winners, runner-ups in the mid-eighties also obtained national recognition. Miss Anchorage, Alice Welling, established herself as a comedic actress and singer, and Miss Wasilla, Sarah Heath Palin, rose through political ranks to become Governor of Alaska and the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee.

Stacey Storey, Miss Alaska 1995, pursued an acting career and appeared in such films as Elvis and Annabelle. She marked what would become a resurgence of pageant winners entering the performing arts throughout the 2000s, most notably professional violinist Audrey Solomon, Miss Alaska 2000, as well as Miss Alaskas 2001 and 2003, who performed on Broadway.


Results summary

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


  • Semi-Finalists: Joslyn Tinker (1999)


Preliminary Awards

Non-Finalist Awards

  • Non-Finalist Talent: Karol Hommon (1965), Kathy Tebow (1977), Maryline Blackburn (1985), Rebecca Nyboer (1994), Audrey Solomon (2001)
  • Bert Parks Non-Finalist Scholarship: Audrey Solomon (2001)


  • Special Judge's: Linda Smith (1972)
  • Natural White's Smile of Confidence Scholarship: Beth Gustafson (1992)
  • Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship: Joslyn Tinker (1999), Eugenia Primis (2002), Stephany Jeffers (2008)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2011 Katy Lovegreen[1] Anchorage 21 Miss Forget-Me-Not Irish Dance Was Miss Alaska Sweetheart 2010
2010 Abby Hancock Anchorage 23 Miss Anchorage Piano "Bohemian Rhapsody"
2009 Sydnee Waggoner Anchorage 23 Classical Vocal "Ah! Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette
2008 Stephany Jeffers Chugiak 23 Miss Birchwood Musical Theatre Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship award
2007 Cari Leyva Anchorage 23 Vocal "Habanera" Previously Miss Alaska USA 2004
2006 Stephanie Wonchala Eagle River 21 Miss Chugiak/Eagle River Piano "Ballade pour Adeline"
2005 Rebecca Hayes Anchorage 24 Miss Anchorage Ballet en Pointe "Take Five" 2nd runner-up to Miss Alaska USA 2007
2004 Christina Reasner Sterling 22 Vocal "This Is the Moment"
2003 Blair Chenoweth Anchorage 21 Ballet en Pointe "All That Jazz" Future Miss Alaska USA 2007
2002 Peggy Willman Anchorage 23 Miss North Star Alaskan Native Dance
2001 Eugenia Primis Eagle River 20 Miss South Central Classical Cello "Allegro Appasionata" Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship
2000 Audrey Solomon Anchorage 21 Miss University Center Classical Violin "Csárdás" Bert Parks Non-finalist Scholarship award; Non-finalist Talent
1999 Shannon Kelly Palmer 21 Miss South Central Flute "Carnival of Venice"
1998 Joslyn Tinker Soldotna 22 Miss Alyeska Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship award Former Alaska's Junior Miss 1994
1997 Michelle Titus Fairbanks 19 Vocal "There Is a Savior"
1996 Christine Buschur Eagle River 21 Miss Cook Inlet Show Vocal Medley "Another Op'nin, Another Show" & "I've Got Rhythm"
1995 Stacey Storey Eagle River 17 Miss Chugiak/Eagle River Lyrical Dance "The Letting Go" Future Miss Alaska USA 2003
1994 Patricia Marlow Eagle River 24 Miss Anchorage Vocal "If We Were In Love"
1993 Rebecca Nyboer Anchorage 22 Miss Alyeska Classical Piano "Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum" Nonfinalist Talent Award
1992 Keri Baumgardner Eagle River 25 Miss Anchorage Vocal "Come Rain or Come Shine"
1991 Beth Gustafson Palmer 20 Miss Denali Piano Natural White's Smile of Confidence Scholarship Winner
1990 Holly Salo Kenai 24 Miss Mat-Su Valley Vocal "More" from Dick Tracy
1989 Christine McCubbins Kenai 25 Miss Denali Vocal
1988 Launa Middaugh Wasilla 19 Miss South Central Piano Solo
1987 Teresa Murton Anchorage 25 Miss Anchorage Vocal "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
1986 Jerri Morrison Anchorage 22 Miss Northern Lights Tap Dance
1985 Kristina Christopher-Taylor Palmer 20 Miss Talkeetna Comedy Monologue
1984 Maryline Blackburn Anchorage 23 Miss South Central Vocal "I Am What I Am" Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Jennifer Smith Soldotna 19 Miss Soldotna Vocal "Le Jazz Hot!" from Victor Victoria
1982 Kristan Sapp Wasilla 20 Miss South Central Sac-Jazz Dance
1981 Laura Trollan Juneau 19 Miss Juneau Ballet/Jazz Dance "Most Wanted"
1980 Sandra Lashbrook Eagle River 21 Miss Chugiak-Eagle River Guitar & Vocal "Snowbird"
1979 Lila Oberg Palmer 19 Miss Willow Area Vocal "For Once In My Life"
1978 Patty-Jo Gentry Valdez 22 Miss Fairbanks Dramatic Monologue "Marie Antoinette"
1977 Lisa Granath Kenai 18 Miss Greater Kenai Modern Ballet "A Spoonful of Sugar" & "Every Day's a Holiday"
1976 Kathy Tebow Anchorage 19 Miss Anchorage Violin Solo "Méditation" Non-finalist Talent Award
1975 Cindy Suryan Kodiak 20 Miss Kodiak Popular Vocal & Guitar "For Baby"
1974 Darby Moore Kenai 20 Miss Kenai Ventriloquism "Super califragilistic expialidocious"
1973 Virginia Adams Anchorage 21 Miss Anchorage Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song"
1972 Deborah Wood Anchorage Miss Anchorage She was 1st runner up in the Miss Alaska pageant and replaced Linda Hogue.
Linda Hogue Kodiak 18 Miss Kodiak Modern Dance "Charlie Chaplin Pantomime" Neat As A Pin Award
1971 Linda Smith Anchorage 19 Dramatic Interpretation "The Seagull" Judges Special Award
1970 Virginia Walker Kotzebue 19 Miss Kotzebue/Arctic Circle Original Poem "My Wonderland" Judges Special Award and Neat As A Pin Award First Miss America contestant from the Arctic Circle
1969 Gwenn Gregg Anchorage 18 Miss Northern Lights Art & Poetry Interpretation "The Wonder of Color"
1968 Jane Haycraft Fairbanks 18 Miss Greater Fairbanks Area Popular Vocal "Walking Happy"
1967 Penny Thomasson Spenard 19 Miss Big Lake Recitation & Song "Let's Go to Alaska"
1966 Nancy Lorell Wellman Fairbanks 21 Miss Greater Fairbanks Area Popular Vocal
1965 Mary Ruth Nidiffer Anchorage 21 Miss Alaska Methodist University Popular Vocal "Typically English"
1964 Karol Hommon Anchorage 20 Acrobatic & Modern Jazz Dance Non-finalist Talent Award Died in October 1965, after falling off Mount Sugarloaf (Massachusetts)[2]
1963 Colleen Kendall Anchorage Miss Alaska State Fair Popular Vocal
1962 Mary Dee Fox Anchorage 18 Miss Greater Anchorage Original Modern Skit
1961 Jean Ann Holm Fairbanks 19 Miss Fairbanks Monologue combined with modeling
1960 June Bowdish Anchorage 22 Dramatic Monoglogue "St. Joan"
1959 Alansa Carr Ketchikan 20 Dramatic Reading
1958 Stuart Johnson Douglas City Piano "Alaska's Flag"
1950 Maxine Cothern Fairbanks Speech "Alaska"
1938 Grace Bailey Anchorage Ice Carnival Queen
1937 Marguerite Lee Nome Married Chuck West, a tourism entrepreneur known as "Mr. Alaska."
1922 Helmar Liederman Disqualified, because she was married, and lived in New York City.

External links


  1. ^ "2011 Miss Alaska and Teen are chosen". Anchorage Daily News. July 2, 2011. http://www.adn.com/2011/07/01/1947505/2011-miss-alaska-and-teen-are.html. 
  2. ^ Rome News-Tribune - October 12, 1965

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