Miss Kentucky

For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Kentucky USA.
Jenna Day, Miss Kentucky 2013 (middle) and Ramsey Carpenter, Miss Kentucky 2014 (right)
Ann-Blair Thornton, Miss Kentucky 2011 and Mallory Ervin, Miss Kentucky 2009 at a house in Kentucky
Djuan Trent, Miss Kentucky 2010 at the D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C.
Mallory Ervin, Miss Kentucky 2009 at the Apple Festival in Bedford, Kentucky
Heather French, Miss Kentucky 1999 and Miss America 2000 at the Lighthouse Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Miss Kentucky competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Kentucky in the Miss America pageant. Kentucky has once won the Miss America crown.


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Laura Katherine Jones Fisherville 23 Miss Danville Violin Top 12 Previously Miss Kentucky's Outstanding Teen 2010 and top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2011
2015 Clark Janell Davis Lexington 17 Miss Horse Capital Cappella Vocal "Summertime" Grew up with Dyslexia, youngest winner crowned in over 50 years.
2014 Ramsey Carpenter Hartford 23 Miss My Old Kentucky Home Fiddle "Sally Goodin" & "Orange Blossom Special" Top 12 Preliminary Talent Award, Louanne Gamba Instrumental Award Diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in 2012
2013 Jenna Day Louisville 21 Miss Berea Area Vocal "And This Is My Beloved" Top 15 Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2011
2012 Jessica Casebolt Pikeville 19 Miss Goldenrod Vocal "Superstar" Top 15 2nd runner-up at Miss Kentucky Junior Teen 2008, 4th runner-up at Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2009
2011 Ann-Blair Thornton Bowling Green 21 Miss Bowling Green Piano "Prelude in G Minor" Quality of Life Award Miss Kentucky's Outstanding Teen 2007 and 4th runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen, 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2010
2010 Djuan Trent Columbus, GA 23 Miss Berea Area Vocal "A Change Is Gonna Come" Top 10 Eligible to compete at Miss Kentucky as a Berea College student, Voted into the Top 15 as a "Contestants' Choice" finalist by her fellow contestants
2009 Mallory Ervin Morganfield 23 Miss Bowling Green Vocal "On My Own" from Les Misérables 4th runner-up Quality of Life Finalist Was selected as one of three "America's Choice" contestants in the top 15 voted by TV viewers, The Amazing Race (17, 18, 24) contestant
2008 Emily Cox Campbellsville 22 Miss Bowling Green Classical Piano "Impromptu in C Sharp Minor" by Hugo Reinhold Top 12 Quality of Life Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2005, Niece of Miss Kentucky 1990 Nancy Cox, Daughter of Ricky Lee Cox
2007 Kaitlynne Postel Lexington 20 Miss Monticello Vocal "So Much Better" from Legally Blonde Daughter of Miss Maryland 1982 Lynne Carol Graham, Niece (by marriage) of Miss Kentucky 1978 Marcia Malone Bell
2006 Rachelle Phillips Princeton 24 Miss Heartland Vocal "Cry Me a River" Assumed her local title (when the original winner resigned) after having placed as the 4th runner-up at the local pageant since all the other runners-up had already won other local titles
2005 Kerri Mitchell Barbourville 21 Miss Jeffersontown Vocal "Born to Fly"
2004 Maria Maldonado Lexington 22 Miss Heart of the South Vocal "Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime Non-finalist Interview Award Miss Kentucky Teen (MAO) 1999
2003 MacKenzie Mayes Lexington 23 Miss Monticello Vocal "I Surrender" Quality of Life 1st runner-up, Non-finalist Talent Award Kentucky's Junior Miss 1998, National Sweetheart 2000
2002 Mary Catherine Correll Somerset 21 Miss Maysville Area Vocal "The Prayer" Quality of Life Finalist, Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship Daughter of Miss Kentucky USA 1975 and Miss Wyoming 1976 Carol June Wallace
2001 Monica Hardin Louisville 20 Miss Jeffersontown Vocal "If You Believe" from The Wiz First winner of the Miss Kentucky Teen title in 1998. This was the precursor to the Miss Kentucky's Outstanding Teen Pageant prior to the national pageant being established.
2000 Whitney Boyles Louisville 22 Miss Northern Kentucky Vocal "In His Eyes" from Jekyll & Hyde 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Quality of Life Finalist
1999 Shanna Kari Moore¹ Marion Miss Jeffersontown Classical Piano 4th runner-up (1998) & 3rd runner-up (1999) at National Sweetheart
Heather French Maysville 24 Miss Louisville Vocal "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard Winner Quality of Life 1st runner-up, Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1998 Chera-Lyn Cook London 21 Miss Lexington Vocal "When a Man Loves a Woman" 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award National Sweetheart 1997
1997 Lori Menshouse Ashland 24 Miss Ashland Area Piano "Revolutionary Etude" Miss Kentucky USA 1999
1996 Veronica Duka Campbellsville 19 Miss Campbellsville Vocal "Somewhere" Top 10
1995 Kristie Hicks Bardstown 23 Miss Jeffersontown Vocal "Stormy Weather" Konica Visual Arts Scholarship Miss Kentucky Teen USA 1989 and 1st runner-up at Miss Teen USA 1989
1994 Laura Sue Humphress Campbellsville 22 Miss Heart of the Bluegrass Classical Piano "Khachaturian's Toccata"
1993 Tonya Virgin Oldtown 24 Miss East Kentucky Country Vocal "If I Could Only Be Like You" Non-finalist Talent Award
1992 Tawnya Mullins Kimper 25 Miss Heart of Kentucky Contemporary Clogging "Banjo Fantasy" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1991 Sheri Plambeck Lexington 23 Miss Heart of the Bluegrass Tap Dance "The Joint Is Jumpin'"
1990 Nancy Cox Campbellsville 22 Miss Bowling Green Popular Vocal "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" Currently Nancy Cox-Kenny, WLEX TV Personality in Lexington, Kentucky. Sister of Ricky Lee Cox; Aunt of Miss Kentucky 2008 Emily Cox
1989 Melanie Glasscock Leitchfield 21 Miss Green River Valley Baton Twirling "If My Friends Could See Me Now" Kentucky's Junior Miss in 1986
1988 Mikka Darby Salyersville 19 Miss East Kentucky Middle Eastern Dance
1987 Elizabeth McDowell Prospect 21 Miss Jefferson County Semi-classical Vocal "Falling in Love with Love"
1986 Melinda Cumberledge Lexington 23 Miss Bluegrass Area Semi-classical Vocal "Till There Was You" Non-finalist Talent Award
1985 Laurie Janine Keller Nippa 21 Miss Floyd County Vocal / Ballet en Pointe "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" Top 10 Toured with 1986 Miss America Gillette Show Troupe
1984 Kelly Lin Brumagen Lexington 22 Miss Fayette County Vocal "Le Jazz Hot" from Victor/Victoria Top 10 Allman Medical Scholarship
1983 Lynn Thompson Lexington 24 Miss Bluegrass Area Popular Vocal "Yesterday When I Was Young" Top 10
1982 Gwendolyn Witten Vine Grove 23 Miss Louisville Semi-classical Vocal "And This Is My Beloved" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1981 Sheri Copeland Benton 20 Miss Bluegrass Area Popular Vocal "Out Here On My Own" from Fame
1980 Daphne Cochran Louisville 21 Miss Fairdale Popular Vocal "Bridges"
1979 Kathryn Parker Wilmore 21 Miss Lexington Flute Solo "The Swiss Shepherd's Song"
1978 Marcia Malone Bell Lexington 21 Miss Lake Cumberland Popular Vocal "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" Top 10 Aunt (by marriage) of Miss Kentucky 2007 Kaitlynne Postel
1977 Karen Gordon Benton 21 Miss Murray State University Chalk Drawing with Narration "Mark Twain"
1976 Victoria Harned Leitchfield 21 Miss Lake Cumberland Popular Vocal "Send In the Clowns" Non-finalist Talent Award Miss America USO Troupe
1975 Marsha Griffith Greenup 22 Miss Ashland Area Vocal / Trumpet "I Can See Clearly Now" Non-finalist Talent Award Miss America USO Troupe
1974 Darlene Compton Louisville 25 Miss Louisville Vocal "Mira" from Carnival! 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1973 Lyda Lewis Louisville 24 Miss Louisville Vocal "Sweet Inspiration" & "Where You Lead" Miss America USO Troupe
1972 Diana Moore Pikeville Miss Louisville Successor to crown
Carolyn Walters Louisville 19 Miss University of Louisville Vocal "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" Represented Kentucky at Miss America 1973 but later resigned her duties[1]
1971 Robbie Halcomb Scottsville 19 Miss Jeffersontown Semi-classical Vocal "Italian Street Song" Contestant at Miss Teenage America 1968
1970 Cynthia Bostick Owensboro 18 Miss Owensboro Vocal "Life Is a One Way Street" Actress appeared on As the World Turns
1969 Louisa Flook Richmond 20 Miss Richmond Dramatic Monologue from Little Moon of Alban by James Costigan
1968 Janet Hatfield Jeffersontown 18 Miss Jeffersontown Vocal "I'm Glad There Is You" Miss America USO Troupe
1967 Jo-Anne Clark Louisville 19 Miss Jeffersontown Vocal / Guitar "Unchained Melody"
1966 Janie Olmstead New Castle 22 Miss New Castle Modern Ballet Dance "Peter Gunn Theme"
1965 Rebecca Snyder Owensboro 20 Miss Lexington Dramatic Monologue "Portrayal of the Sphinx" 2nd runner-up at Miss Sun Fun USA 1964
1964 Linda Sawyer Louisville 21 Miss Louisville Vocal & Speech "Stephen Foster Medley" Top 10 Kentucky's Junior Miss 1961 and 1st runner-up at America's Junior Miss, Older sister of newscaster Diane Sawyer
1963 Nell Owen Bowling Green Miss Bowling Green Fashion Design Former mayor of Prospect, Kentucky
1962 Nanci Bowling Campbellsville 21 Miss Harlan Piano Solo
1961 Lee Grigsby Bardstown 18 Miss Louisville Vocal "Summertime" Contestant at Miss Dixie 1962
1960 Alice Chumbley Jamestown 21 Miss Bowling Green Dramatic Monologue from The Country Girl
1959 Carol Brown Whitesburg 19 Miss Eastern State Teacher's College Dramatic Reading 1st runner-up at Miss Dixie 1960
1958 Sandra Smith Harlan Pantomime / Dance "Tweedle Dee" Contestant at Miss Dixie 1959
1957 Jane Brock Liberty Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
1956 Janene Simpson Louisville Piano
1955 Ann Gillock Carrollton Organ
1954 Margaret Diane Hunt Lexington Dance
1953 Emily Rucker Berea Vocal
1952 Joy Williams Lexington Dance
1951 Dottye Nuckols Bowling Green Vocal
1950 Mary Osborne Wheelwright Drama
1949 Betty Haverstock Louisville
1948 Mildred Joanne Hollinger Louisville Competed as Miss Louisville
1947 Evelyn Murray Louisville Samba Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Margaret Allen Hill Louisville Vocal / Piano "It Had to Be You" Competed as Miss Louisville
1946 Mary Madonna Smith Jenkins Original winner, Emma Lee Blackford, was disqualified for being underage.
Patricia Alden Fenton Louisville Artistic Exhibition & Sketch Top 16 Competed as Miss Louisville
1941 Dorothy Slatten Lexington Top 15
1940 Dorothy Slatten Lexington 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1939 Louise Holman Pineville Dorothy Slatten was the original winner but was disqualified due to being underage at that time.[2]
Mattigene Palmore Lexington Competed as Miss Lexington
1938 Evelyn Cooper Somerset Vocal "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
1937 Audrey Flaig Bellevue
1936 Charlet Hiteman Newport Top 15 Model appeared in shows in New York
Jean Megerle Fort Thomas 19 Top 15 Competed as Miss Blue Grass
1935 Jean Megerle Fort Thomas 18 Vocal / Acrobatic Dance "I'll Never Say Never Again" 2nd runner-up
1933 Lucille Rader Berea 14 Top 18
1926 No Miss Kentucky Gladys Imogene King competed as Miss Louisville.
1925 No Miss Kentucky Madeline O'Laughlin competed as Miss Louisville and placed as a Finalist.
1924 No Miss Kentucky Kathleen McElroy competed as Miss Paducah and there was also a Miss Louisville whose name is not known.
1923 No Miss Kentucky A Miss Louisville competed in the Miss America Pageant but her name is not known.
1922 No Miss Kentucky Dorothy Heick competed as Miss Louisville.
¹ Shanna Moore assumed the duties of Miss Kentucky when Heather French was named Miss America.


  1. "Miss Kentucky". Kentucky New Era (Google News Archive Search). Apr 16, 1973.
  2. Palm Beach Post, "Local High School Girl Wins Title" September 3, 1940

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