Miss West Virginia
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Miss West Virginia
Miss West Virginia
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss America
LeaderShelley Nichols-Franklin
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss West Virginia competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of West Virginia in the Miss America pageant.

In the fall of 2018, the Miss America Organization terminated the Miss West Virginia organization's license as well as licenses from Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.[1][2]

The Miss America Organization reinstated the license to Shelley Nichols-Franklin of Martinsburg who was the former Executive Director of Miss Berkeley County (WV) between 2000-2019.[]

Toriane Graal of Morgantown was crowned Miss West Virginia 2019 on June 29, 2019 at the The Airborne Event Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She competed for the title of Miss America 2020 in December 2019.

Results summary

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss West Virginia 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.


  • 2nd runners-up: Ella Dee Kessel (1965)
  • Top 10: Deborah Davis (1980), Danae DeMasi (2002)
  • Top 15: Lillian Ward (1927), Juanita Park Wright (1940), Joan Elizabeth Estep (1947), Phyllis Walker (1952), Chelsea Malone (2016)
  • Top 16: Norma Lee Salisbury (1946)
  • Top 18: Mildred Fetty (1933)


Preliminary awards

Non-finalist awards

  • Non-finalist Interview: Leah Lasker (1992)
  • Non-finalist Talent: Karen Childers (1964), Lois Gay Ratcliff (1966), Judith Shoup (1970), Mary Derry (1975), Patricia Paugh (1978), Kari Safford (1997), Paige Madden (2015)

Other awards

  • Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award: Morgan Breeden (2016)
  • Fruit of the Loom Award: Melissa Costello (1991)


  •      Declared as winner
  •      Ended as a runner-up
  •      Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2019 Toriane Graal[3] Morgantown Miss Tygart Valley Baton Twirling, music from Man of La Mancha Former featured twirler for West Virginia University's Pride of the Mountaineer Marching Band[4]
2018 Madeline Collins[5] Charleston 23 Miss Elkins Area Jazz Dance, "Shake Your Groove Thing"
2017 Tamia Hardy[6] Martinsburg 22 Miss Berkeley County Hip Hop Dance, "BURNITUP!" by Janet Jackson First African American woman crowned Miss West Virginia[7]
2016 Morgan Breeden[8] Charles Town 21 Miss Jefferson County Piano Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Previously Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2012[9]

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2015 pageant
2015 Chelsea Malone[10][11] Morgantown 23 Miss Wheeling Vocal, "Over You" Top 15
2014 Paige Madden[12][13] Moundsville 21 Miss Southern West Virginia Vocal, "Gravity" Non-finalist Talent Award
2013 Miranda Harrison[14] Charleston 19 Vocal, "Feeling Good"
2012 Kaitlin Gates[15] Bridgeport 20 Miss Harrison County Vocal, "Since I Fell for You" Previously Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2006[16]
2011 Spenser Wempe Shepherdstown 18 Miss North Eastern Dance, "Hallelujah" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010 pageant
2010 Cali Young[17] Glen Dale 24 Miss Northern West Virginia Jazz Dance, "I've Got 'Cha"
2009 Talia Markham Ripley 22 Miss Capital City Vocal, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
2008 Kayla Lynam Short Gap 21 Miss Eastern Panhandle Piano Previously West Virginia's Junior Miss 2005[]
2007 Summer Wyatt Athens 21 Miss Capital City Vocal, "Why Haven't I Heard from You"
2006 Tiffany Lawrence Shepherdstown 24 Miss Jefferson County Vocal, "Black Velvet"
2005 Kimberly Goodwin Morgantown 21 Miss Morgantown Tap Dance
2004 Julia Burton Petersburg 22 Miss Southern West Virginia Vocal
2003 Allison Williams Charles Town 22 Miss Mountain State Vocal, "Where the Boys Are"
2002 Janna Kerns Terra Alta 23 Miss Morgantown Vocal, "There You'll Be"
2001 Danae DeMasi Morgantown 20 Miss Appalachia Ballet en Pointe, "Ravendhi" Top 10 Preliminary Evening Gown Award
2000 Jodi Clark Moundsville 22 Miss Point Pleasant Ballet en Pointe, "Who Will Love Me As I Am?" from Side Show Contestant at National Sweetheart 1999 pageant
1999 Lucy Ours Petersburg 22 Miss Mason County Vocal, "He Grew the Tree"
1998 Amy Townsend Morgantown 23 Miss Marion County Area Vocal, "Hopelessly Devoted to You" from Grease
1997 Eisa Krushansky Westover 24 Miss North Central Tap Dance, "Dancin' Fool" from Copacabana
1996 Kari Safford Point Pleasant 23 Miss Ohio Valley Vocal, "God Help the Outcasts" Non-finalist Talent Award
1995 Elizabeth McIntyre Dunbar 24 Miss Appalachia Clogging, "Dance"
1994 Jennifer Bopp Elkins 22 Miss South Central Vocal, "It's Only a Paper Moon"
1993 Cynthia Sims Vienna 22 Miss Ohio Valley Vocal, "There! I've Said It Again" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1992 Kimberly Parrish Parkersburg 22 Miss Marion County Area Contemporary Ballet en Pointe, "Part of Your World"
1991 Leah Lasker Morgantown 23 Miss Mercer County Tap Dance, "I'm a Brass Band" from Sweet Charity Non-finalist Interview Award
1990 Melissa Costello Shenandoah Junction 20 Miss Jefferson County Vocal, "Hurt" Fruit of the Loom Award[]
1989 Lisa Bittinger Fairmont 21 Miss North Central Vocal, "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera
1988 Lisa Seagroves Morgantown 24 Tap Dance, "They're Playing Our Song" Contestant at National Sweetheart 1985 pageant as Miss Georgia
1987 Saundra Patton Morgantown 22 Variety Act
1986 Shannon Barill Charleston 23 Miss Charleston Area Jazz en Pointe
1985 Rebecca Porterfield Martinsburg 21 Miss Berkeley County Jazz Dance
1984 Melanne Pennington Cross Lanes 24 Miss Kanawha County Semi-classical Vocal, "One Kiss" from The New Moon Died of leukemia in 1988[]
1983 Andrea Lynn Patrick Morgantown 23 Miss West Virginia University Tap Dance, "Malagueña" & "España cañí" Previously Miss Pennsylvania USA 1980
1982 Kelly Lea Anderson Clarksburg 21 Miss Harrison County Stylized Can-Can Later Miss West Virginia USA 1984
1st runner-up at Miss USA 1984 pageant[]

Later Miss World USA 1984[]
Top 5 finalist at Miss World 1984 pageant[]
1981 Candy Cohen Huntington 24 Miss Marshall University Tap Dance, "How High the Moon"
1980 Pamela Ellen Paugh Charleston 21 Miss South Charleston Vocal, "Anytime" Sister of Miss West Virginia 1977, Patricia Paugh[18]
1979 Deborah Davis Huntington 22 Miss Southern West Virginia Vocal Medley, "He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat! & "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret Top 10 Previously Miss West Virginia USA 1978

Later Mrs. America 1984[]
1st runner-up at Mrs. World pageant
1978 Ivy Meadows St. Albans 22 Miss South Charleston Interpretive Dance, "Brian's Song"
1977 Patricia Paugh Parkersburg 20 Miss Parkersburg Area Original Dramatic Monologue, "Deadline" Non-finalist Talent Award Sister of Miss West Virginia 1980, Pamela Paugh[18]

Mother of JonBenét Ramsey[19]
1976 Teresa Lucas Elkins 22 Miss Fayette County Gymnastics Routine
1975 Kristi Wick South Charleston 20 Miss South Charleston Vocal, "Am I Blue?"
1974 Mary Derry Morgantown 21 Miss West Virginia University Semi-classical Vocal, "Cycles" Non-finalist Talent Award
1973 Myra Elizabeth "Beth" McVey Huntington 20 Miss Huntington Classical Vocal, "Quando me'n vo'"
1972 Lynette Koper Weirton 21 Presentation of Original Art Works
1971 Deborah Lambert Morgantown 19 Miss West Virginia University Piano, "What the World Needs Now Is Love"
1970 Linda Dianne Barnett Parkersburg 19 Miss Wood County Modern Jazz Dance, "The Electric Indian"
1969 Judith Shoup Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 22 Miss West Virginia University Vocal Medley & French Horn, "Days of Wine and Roses," "A Taste of Honey," & "I've Gotta Be Me" Non-finalist Talent Award
1968 Charlotte Warwick Charleston 22 Miss Morris-Harvey College Semi-classical Vocal, "The Impossible Dream"
1967 Helen Morgan Lewisburg 19 Miss Beckley Toe & Acrobatic Dance, "Teakwood Nocturne" by Roger Williams
1966 Judith Skunda Weirton 18 Miss Weirton Dramatic Monologue
1965 Lois Gay Ratcliff Bluefield 19 Miss Greater Bluefield Dramatic Reading, "Lonesome Train" Non-finalist Talent Award
1964 Ella Dee Kessel Ripley 21 Miss Morgantown Piano, "Three Preludes" by Gershwin 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1963 Karen Childers South Charleston Miss Marshall University Dramatic Reading from "The Yellow Wallpaper" Non-finalist Talent Award
1962 Diane Hunter Arlington, Virginia 20 Miss Morgantown Dance & Dramatic Sketch
1961 Carole Johnson Rivesville 21 Vocal & Dance, "Hey, Look Me Over" from Wildcat & "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" from Annie Get Your Gun Later Miss West Virginia World 1962[]
1960 Mary Hoback Bluefield 18 Miss Bluefield Original Dramatic Reading
1959 Janet Hill Nitro 21 Dramatic Reading
1958 Sandra Boyd Fairmont Vocal, "Money Honey"
1957 Janice Sickle Vocal & Dance
1956 Carolyn Miller Martinsburg Drama
1955 Mary Fryman Madison Vocal
1954 Miriam Reep Clarksburg Dance
1953 Patricia Stewart Pineville Vocal & Impersonations
1952 Nancy Rohrbough Grafton Dance
1951 Phyllis Walker Charleston Drama Top 15
No West Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[20]
1949 Georganne Steiss Barrackville Piano
1948 Jane Queen Huntington Vocal & Piano
1947 Joan Elizabeth Estep Wheeling Piano, Rhapsody in Blue Top 15
1946 Norma Lee Salisbury Parkersburg Top 16
No West Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[21]
1944 Sharon Allyson Scott
No West Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[22][23]
1941 Juanita Park Wright Huntington
1940 Juanita Park Wright Huntington Miss Huntington Top 15 Multiple West Virginia representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mary Schlarmann Bowles Montgomery Miss West Virginia
No West Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[24][25][26][27][28]
No national pageant was held[29]
1933 Mildred Fetty 20 Miss West Virginia University Top 18
No national pageants were held[29]
1927 Lillian Ward Huntington Miss Huntington Top 15 Multiple West Virginia representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mildred Dorothy Bright Wheeling Miss Wheeling
1926 Olive Davis Huntington Miss Huntington Multiple West Virginia representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mary Cecilia Cresap Wheeling Miss Wheeling
1925 Eleanor McCracken Huntington Miss Huntington Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
No West Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[30]
1923 Neva Toby Jackson
1922 Mary Dange Wheeling Miss Wheeling Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
No West Virginia representative at Miss America pageant[31]


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