Miss District of Columbia - Wikipedia

Miss District of Columbia
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Miss America
Official language
Key people
Tricia Morrin Lloyd (Executive Director)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss District of Columbia competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the District of Columbia in the Miss America Pageant.

The District of Columbia pageant, which was suspended for some years during the 1960s and 1990s, is unusual in that many winners come from outside the district. Women are eligible to compete for the title if they attend school, work, or are ordinarily a resident in the District, and many students who have won the title come from out-of-state.[citation needed]

Alivia Roberts of Shannon, MS was crowned Miss District of Columbia 2022 on June 19, 2022 at Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. She competed for the title of Miss America 2023 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Gallery of past titleholders[edit]

Results summary[edit]

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss District of Columbia 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.


  • Miss Americas: Margaret Gorman (1921), Venus Ramey (1944)
  • 1st runners-up: Marjorie Joesting (1926), Margo Lucey (1957), Rosanne Tueller (1964)
  • 2nd runners-up: Jean Cavanaugh (1941)
  • 3rd runners-up: Ruth Rea (1961), Marshawn Evans (2002), Briana Kinsey (2018)
  • 4th runners-up: Dixie Rafter (1943), Shannon Schambeau (2006)
  • Top 4: Margaret Gorman (1922)
  • Top 10: Linda Weisbrod (1955), Nicole Messina (1999), Kate Grinold (2009), Jennifer Corey (2010), Allison Farris (2019), Andolyn Medina (2022)
  • Top 12: Helen Clum (1935)
  • Top 13: Dorothy Powell (1945)
  • Top 15: Dorothy Parker (1938), Catherine Howe (1940)
  • Top 16: Sandra Stahl (1951)
  • Top 18: Rita Burns (1933)


Preliminary awards[edit]

  • Preliminary Interview: Marshawn Evans (2002)
  • Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness: Dixie Rafter (1943), Venus Ramey (1944), Ruth Rea (1961), Rosanne Tueller (1964), Shannon Schambeau (2006), Cierra Jackson (2017)
  • Preliminary Talent: Catherine Howe (1940), Venus Ramey (1944), Sandra Stahl (1951), Iris Fitch (1953), Linda Weisbrod (1955), Virginia Pailes (1960) (tie), Rosanne Tueller (1964), Nicole Messina (1999), Marshawn Evans (2002)

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Interview: Ashley Boalch (2012)
  • Non-finalist Talent: Scarlett Shinault (1962), Toyia Taylor (2000), Shayna Rudd (2008)

Other awards[edit]


  •   Declared as winner
  •   Ended as a runner-up
  •   Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2022 Alivia Roberts Shannon, MS 26 Miss Embassy Row Ballet en Pointe
2021 Andolyn Medina[1] Chesapeake, VA 25 Vocal Top 10 Jean Bartel Military Awareness Scholarship[citation needed]

Top Fundraiser 5th Place[citation needed]
Previously Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2012[2]
Top 10 and Preliminary Evening Gown/OSQ at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013

Previously District of Columbia Sweetheart 2019[citation needed]
3rd runner up at National Sweetheart 2019 pageant[citation needed]

Currently an officer in the United States Navy[citation needed]
2019–20[a] Katelynne Cox[4][5] Washington, D.C.[5] 24 Vocal Women in Business Scholarship Finalist[6] Previously Miss Missouri 2016 within Miss Earth United States organization[7]
Top 10 finalist at Miss Earth United States 2016 pageant[8]
2018 Allison Farris[9] Jasper, AL 24 Classical Piano, "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6" by Franz Liszt Top 10[10] Quality of Life Award Finalist[11]
2017 Briana Kinsey[12] Hoover, AL 24 Pop Vocal, "Born For This" 3rd runner-up[13][14] Quality of Life Award Finalist[15]

STEM Scholarship Award[16]
Eligible as a graduate student at American University[citation needed]
2016 Cierra Jackson[17] Columbus, GA 24 Gospel Vocal, "Alabaster Box" by CeCe Winans Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award[18] Later Miss District of Columbia USA 2020
Top 16 at Miss USA 2020 pageant[citation needed]
2015 Haely Jardas[19] Fort Myers, FL 24 Vocal, "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift
2014 Teresa Davis[20] Hoschton, GA 23 Piano, "Malagueña"
2013 Bindhu Pamarthi Washington, D.C. 23 Bollywood Dance, "Stereo Love"
2012 Allyn Rose Newburg, MD 24 Artistic Roller Skating, "Beat It" Previously Miss Maryland USA 2011[citation needed]
Top 8 at Miss USA 2011 pageant[citation needed]

Later Miss U.S. Supranational 2014
3rd runner-up at Miss Supranational 2014 pageant[citation needed]
2011 Ashley Boalch[21][22] Sandy Spring, MD 23 Vocal, "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" Non-finalist Interview Award Appears on The Real Housewives of Potomac[23]
2010 Stephanie Williams Atlantic City, NJ 23 Vocal, "This Is My Now" Four Points Award
2009 Jennifer Corey West Islip, NY 22 Operatic Vocal, "O mio babbino caro" Top 10 Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008 pageant[citation needed]
2008 Kate Grinold Washington, D.C. 23 Contemporary Ballet Tango, "Tanguera" Top 10
2007 Shayna Rudd Philadelphia, PA 22 Jazz Dance, "Feeling Good" Non-finalist Talent Award
2006 Kate Michael Lilburn, GA 24 Jazz Dance, "Fever"
2005 Shannon Schambeau San Antonio, FL 25 Tap Dance, "My Strongest Suit" from Aida 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award 2nd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2004 pageant as Miss Florida[citation needed]

Later Mrs. Texas America 2010
Top 6 at Mrs. America 2011 under married name, Shannon Patterson[24][25]
2004 Therese Lizardo Watchung, NJ 24 Hawaiian/Tahitian Dance, "Tahitian Drums" Quality of Life Award Finalist
2003 Lisa Ferris Portland, OR 21 Vocal, "Gimme, Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie
2002 Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Atlanta, GA 23 Gymnastics, "Around the World" Later Miss District of Columbia USA 2005[citation needed]
2001 Marshawn Evans Arlington, VA 22 Rhythmic Dance Twirl, "I Will Survive" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Interview Award

Preliminary Talent Award
Contestant on The Apprentice 4[citation needed]
2000 Rashida Jolley Washington, D.C. 20 Harp, "I Got Rhythm" & "Fascinating Rhythm"
1999 Toyia Taylor 24 Public Address, "Wake Up" Non-finalist Talent Award
1998 Nicole Messina Waterford, NJ 23 Tap Dance, "Sing, Sing, Sing" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
1997 Sonya Gavankar Joliet, IL 21 Vocal, "The Power of the Dream"
19901996 No District of Columbia representative at Miss America pageant[26][27][28][29][30][31][32]
1989 Donya Rose Washington, D.C. 22 Lyrical Jazz Ballet, "Over the Rainbow"
1988 Patricia Morrin 23 Jazz Dance Crowned after the original pageant results, in which Edwina Richard was crowned, were overturned due a judge being a faculty member where two of the contestants were students[33]
1987 Cheryl Chapman Arlington, VA 21 Vocal, "Come Rain or Come Shine"
1986 Karen Watson 25 Classical Ballet en Pointe
1985 Cherie Ward Adelphi, MD 22 Original Drama
1984 Desiree Keating Silver Spring, MD 22 Interpretive Dance Later Miss District of Columbia USA 1986[citation needed]
19641983 No District of Columbia representative at Miss America pageant
1963 Rosanne Tueller McLean, VA Vocal & Jazz Dance, "I Love Paris" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1962 Ann Verner Arlington, VA 19 Vocal & Guitar, "Country Boy"
1961 Scarlett Shinault Silver Spring, MD 20 Vocal, "I Cain't Say No" Non-finalist Talent Award
1960 Ruth Rea Chevy Chase, MD 18 Vocal, "A Little Brains, A Little Talent" from Damn Yankees 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1959 Virginia Pailes Hyattsville, MD 21 Vocal, "It All Depends on You" Preliminary Talent Award (tie)
1958 Lee Berkow Washington, D.C. 21 Vocal, "Come Rain or Come Shine"
1957 June Cook Arlington, VA 20 Piano, Rhapsody in Blue
1956 Margo Lucey Colesville, MD 20 Dramatic Monologue & Vocal, "Autumn Leaves" 1st runner-up Later Mrs. Maryland 1980
4th runner-up at Mrs. America 1981 pageant[citation needed]
1955 Judith Dunkle 19 Vocal
1954 Linda Weisbrod 21 Classical Vocal, "O Mio Fernando" from La favorite Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1953 Helen Smith[34] 19 Dance
1952 Iris Fitch 19 Vocal, "With a Song in My Heart" Miss Congeniality (tie)

Preliminary Talent Award
1951 June Klein 21 Vocal
1950 Sandra Stahl 21 Classical Vocal, "The Bell Song" from Lakmé Top 16 Preliminary Talent Award
1949 Mary Hayes 19 Classical Piano
1948 Joann Miller 23 Vocal, "An Old, Old Castle in Scotland"
1947 Margaret Wilson 19 Dance, "Mexican Hat Dance"
1946 Jeanne Carlson 19 Vocal, "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly"
1945 Dorothy Powell 21 Dramatic Reading from Saint Joan Top 13
1944 Venus Ramey 19 Vocal in English and Spanish & Dance, "Take It Easy" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1943 Dixie Rafter 18 Vocal / Dance, "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" from Thank Your Lucky Stars 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1942 Marilyn Makin 18 Vocal
1941 Jean Cavanaugh[35] 18 Soft Shoe Dance, "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" 2nd runner-up
1940 Catherine Howe 22 Dance, "The Yam" Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award
1939 Evelyn Foster 19 Ballet en Pointe
1938 Dorothy Parker Vocal & Tap Dance, "How'd You Like to Love Me" Top 15
1937 Helen Greene 24 Blues Vocal & Piano
1936 Shirley Schwartz First Jewish titleholder
1935 Helen Clum 18 Vocal & Dance, "Every Day I'll Fall In Love With You" Top 12
1934 No national pageant was held[36]
1933 Rita Burns 19 N/A[37] Top 18
1932 No national pageants were held[36]
1927 Gladys Cookman N/A[37]
1926 Marjorie Joesting 1st runner-up
1925 Abbie Eagan
1924 Helen Sweeney
1923 Margaret Gorman[38] Washington, D.C. 18 Competed as Miss America 1921[38]
Lorraine Bunch[39] Competed as Miss Washington, D.C. at national pageant
1922 Margaret Gorman[38] Washington, D.C. 17 Top 4[40][41] Returned to defend her title and competed as Miss America 1921[38]
Evelyn C. Lewis[42] Washington, D.C. Competed as Miss Washington, D.C. at national pageant
1921 Margaret Gorman[43] Washington, D.C. 16 Winner[43] Bathers' Revue Award

Golden Mermaid Trophy[43]
Competed as Miss Washington, D.C. at national pageant
  1. ^ Titleholder extended to a second full year in 2020 after state and national pageants postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic[3]


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