The Miss Nevada competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Nevada in the Miss America pageant, and the name of the title held by that winner. The first Nevadan to compete at Miss America was Carol Lampe in 1949.
The pageant was traditionally held in Reno and currently takes place in Las Vegas.Other venues have included Elko, Carson City and Mesquite. It has, at various times, been hosted by the Reno Lions Club and the Soroptimist club of Nevada.
Alexis Hilts of Las Vegas was crowned Miss Nevada 2018 on July 1, 2018 at the Westgate International Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. She competed for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey where she won the STEM Scholarship.
The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss Nevada 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.
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age||Local Title||Miss America Talent||Placement at Miss America||Special scholarships at Miss America||Notes|
|2020||State and national pageants postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
|2019–20||Nasya Mancini||Sparks||22||Miss Washoe County||Comedic Monologue||TBD||Social Impact Initiative Scholarship Finalist|
|2018||Alexis Hilts||Las Vegas||23||Miss UNLV||Piano, "Transcendental Étude No. 4" by Franz Liszt||STEM Scholarship Award||Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2008|
|2017||Andrea Martinez||23||Miss Clark County||Vocal, “His Eye in on the Sparrow"||STEM Scholarship Award Finalist|
|2016||Bailey Gumm||Minden||20||Miss Pleasant Valley||Tap Dance, "Sax" by Fleur East||Quality of Life Award Finalist||Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2011 |
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014 pageant
|2015||Katherine Kelley||Madisonville||23||Miss Summerlin||Piano, "Etude in D Minor"||STEM Scholarship Award Finalist|
|2014||Ellie Smith||Henderson||17||Miss North East Nevada||Vocal, Somebody to Love||Non-finalist Talent Award||Sister of Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2014, Amy Smith |
Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2012
|2013||Diana Sweeney||Mound House||19||Miss Carson City||Lyrical Dance, "Roads"||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012 pageant|
|2012||Randi Sundquist||Elko||22||Miss Southern Counties||Contemporary Jazz Dance, "I Won't Give Up"|
|2011||Alana Lee||Las Vegas||21||Miss Clark County||Vocal, "At This Moment"|
|2010||Cris Crotz||Mesquite||24||Miss Southern Counties||Popular Vocal, "Alone"|
|2009||Christina Keegan||Gardnerville||23||Miss Northern Counties||Ballet en Pointe, "Bohemian Rhapsody"||Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up|
|2008||Julianna Erdesz||Reno||24||Miss Carson City||Vocal||Later Miss Nevada USA 2010|
|2007||Caleche Manos||23||Vocal, "Love Is a Battlefield"||Quality of Life Award Winner||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006 pageant|
|2006||Caydi Cole||Las Vegas||22||Miss Clark County||Vocal, "Blues in the Night"|
|2005||Crystal Wosik||23||Miss Las Vegas||Lyrical Dance, "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl|
|2004||Elizabeth Muto||24||Dramatic Monologue, "Who Will Cry?"||Non-finalist Interview Award|
Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
|Received Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush|
|2003||Christina O'Neil||Carson City||24||Miss Gold Country||Vocal, "Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime||Contestant at National Sweetheart 1999 pageant|
|2002||Teresa Benitez||Reno||24||Miss Silver State||Dramatic Monologue from The Laramie Project||3rd runner-up||Overall Interview Award|
Preliminary Interview Award
Quality of Life Award Winner
|Majority Floor Leader of the Nevada Assembly|
|2001||Ashley Huff||Las Vegas||21||Miss Las Vegas||Polynesian Dance, "Welcome to Polynesia"||Later Miss Nevada USA 2003|
|2000||Tiffanie Story||Reno||19||Miss UNR/Truckee Meadows||Vocal, "Ain't Misbehavin'"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1999||Gina Giacinto||Las Vegas||24||Miss Las Vegas||Original Vocal Presentation, "Dreams Were Given Wings To Fly"||Preliminary Swimsuit Award||Later Miss Nevada USA 2001|
3rd runner-up at Miss USA 2001 pageant
|1998||Anna Carpenter||Mesquite||18||Miss Mesquite||Monologue|
|1997||Amanda Gunderson||Reno||19||Miss Northern Counties||Classical Vocal, "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen"|
|1996||Annette Albertson||24||Miss Truckee Meadows||Vocal, "Luck Be a Lady"|
|1995||Jennifer Joseph-Lier||Wendover||24||Miss Elko County/Northeast Nevada||Vocal, "I Am Changing"||Non-finalist Talent Award||Contestant on the E! reality show "The Entertainer"[ citation needed ]|
|1994||Laura Hubach||Reno||22||Miss Reno||Classical Piano|
|1993||Mitzie Cox||Sparks||20||Miss Sparks||Vocal / Dance, "I'm a Brass Band" from Sweet Charity|
|1992||Sandra Dornak||Las Vegas||25||Miss Las Vegas||Ventriloquism, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins|
|1991||Malia Winn||Minden||17||Miss Douglas County||Interpretive Ballet, music from Somewhere in Time|
|1990||Tia Marie Zorne||Las Vegas||21||Miss Las Vegas||Acro-Jazz Dance, "Julie's Theme" from American Anthem|
|1989||Brenda Linscott||Incline Village||23||Miss Cosmopolitan Counties||Vocal, "Memory" from Cats|
|1988||Deborah Schuler||22||Vocal, "The Woman in the Moon" from A Star Is Born|
|1987||Stacie James||Las Vegas||23||Miss Las Vegas||Vocal, "On My Own" from Les Misérables||2nd runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1986||Kelsey Kara||Las Vegas||23||Miss Las Vegas||Flamenco Dance|
|1985||Sonja Nall||23||Classical Ballet en Pointe, "Kitri's Variation" from Don Quixote||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1984||LeAnna Grant||22||Vocal, "I Love Paris"||Later Miss Nevada USA 1986|
|1983||Kim Pacini||Incline Village||24||Miss North Lake Tahoe||Vocal, "You're the Top"|
|1982||Kim King||Las Vegas||21||Miss Clark County||Banjo, "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee"|
|1981||Suzanne Bowman||Reno||20||Miss Reno||Modern Rhythmic Gymnastics, "Zero to Sixty in Five"|
|1980||Phyllis Hamlin||23||Piano, Warsaw Concerto|
|1979||Jeanne Cangemi||North Lake Tahoe||22||Miss North Lake Tahoe||Classical & Jazz Saxophone, "Harlem Nocturne" & "Csárdás"|
|1978||Megan Anderson||Reno||19||Miss Washoe County||Classical Vocal, "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1977||Lori Isom||Las Vegas||18||Miss Clark County||Jazz Dance, "Classical Blues"|
|1976||Sandra Kastel||21||Miss Las Vegas||Vocal, "My Man"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1975||Sherri Ann Lowe||21||Baton Twirling / Variety Act|
|1974||Jacqueline Barker||Sparks||19||Miss Sparks||Popular Vocal, "The Way We Were"|
|1973||Echo Rost||20||Modern Jazz Dance, "I Feel the Earth Move"||Neat As A Pin Award (tie)|
|1972||Helen Bennett||Reno||23||Miss Reno||Classical Ballet, "Dance of the Gypsy"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1971||Joan Burachio||Las Vegas||21||Miss Las Vegas||Accordion, "Csárdás"||Top 10|
|1970||Vicky Jo Todd||Sparks||20||Miss Sparks||Vocal / Guitar, "Time"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1969||Karen Wastun||Yerington||21||Miss Lyon County||Dramatic Presentation, "Lizzie" from The Rainmaker|
|1968||Sharon Davis||Reno||19||Miss University of Nevada||Classical Vocal, "Quando m'en vò" from La bohème|
|1967||Vicky Landeck||18||Miss Reno||Dramatic Reading, "Ruth, the Moabitess" by N.A. Truell|
|1966||Roberta Sharp||Carson City||18||Miss Carson City||Piano|
|1965||Kathryn Blaikie||18||Musical Comedy, "I'm Late"||Preliminary Swimsuit Award|
|1964||Ellen Roseman||Sparks||21||Miss South Lake Tahoe||Comedy Skit|
|1963||Cheryle Thompson||Las Vegas||Miss Las Vegas||Folk Singing, "My Lover Has Gone"||Top 10|
|1962||Audrey Chambers||Las Vegas||19||Baton Twirling, Fire Baton & Dance|
|1961||Sherry Wagner||Reno||19||Tap Dance, "Oh Them Golden Slippers"|
|1960||Nancy Bowen||McGill||19||Humorous Reading & Piano|
|1959||Dawn Wells||Reno||20||Dramatic Reading from Antigone||Played role of Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island|
|1958||Judy Wadsworth||Sparks||Dramatic Monologue from The Lark|
|1957||Loni Gravelle||Reno||Piano, "Piano Concerto in A Minor" by Edvard Grieg||Top 10|
|1956||Carmen Ruggeroli||Las Vegas||Vocal|
|1955||Vivienne Potter||Reno||Dramatic Monologue, "An Address to the Jury"|
|1954||Janice Babcock||Ballet, "Blues"|
|1953||Jeannine McColl||Las Vegas||Dance|
|1952||Bonnie Wilson||Reno||Ballet, "Something to Dance About"||Assumed the title after the original winner, Sylvia Russell, chose to marry|
|1951||Donna Sollars||Vocal & Ukulele, "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?" & "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"|
|1950||Tosca Masini||Sparks||Comedy Characterization||Top 16|
|1949||Carol Lampe||Reno||Speech, "4-H"|
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