Miss New York USA

For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss New York.
Miss New York USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters New York City
Miss USA
Official language
Website Official website
Thatiana Diaz, Miss New York USA 2015.
Miss New York USA 2004 Jaclyn Nesheiwat (left) visited U.S. troops in Iraq in March 2004. While in Baghdad, she met her sister, Army Capt. Julie Nesheiwat (right).
Shanna Moakler, Miss New York USA 1995 7 Miss USA 1995.
Jennifer Gareis, Miss New York USA 1994.

The Miss New York USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New York in the Miss USA pageant. New York is one of the most successful states at Miss USA, and is ranked third in terms of number and value of placement across all years of competition . New York's strongest run was an unbroken string of placements from 1957 to 1966. New York also had a streak of 3 consecutive 1st runner-up placements from 1972 to 1974. In 1954, Karin Huitman was 2nd runner-up. She later moved up to be 1st runner-up, as the original 1st runner-up, Miss Virginia USA was dethroned due to underage (she was 16). As there was no rule in 1954 that if Miss USA won Miss Universe, first runner-up became Miss USA, Karin was only 1st runner-up. Huitman went on to become Miss World USA 1954 and 1st runner-up at Miss World 1954.

If Shanna Moakler is counted, New York has the third (equal) highest number of Miss USA victories. They also have the third highest number of semi-finalist (or better) placings (33) .

Four Miss New York USAs have competed at Miss Teen USA, including two who went on to win the Miss USA crown (Kimberly Pressler and Shanna Moakler). Of these, only three held the title Miss New York Teen USA; one represented Rhode Island (Moakler) and one New Hampshire (Maureen Murray). Only one Miss New York USA has competed at Miss America.

Results summary

Placements in Miss USA



Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name Hometown Local Title Age1 placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2016 Serena Bucaj Suffern Miss Suffern USA 24
2015 Thatiana Diaz Bayside, Queens Miss Bayside USA 22 Top 15 Competed at Miss Dominican Republic 2014, placing in the top 10. Previously Miss New York Teen USA 2010 and top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2010
2014 Candace (Kuykendall) Kendall Rochester Miss Rochester USA 25 Competed in the pageant as Candace Kendall. Previously Miss New York Teen USA 2006
2013 Joanne Nosuchinsky Hell's Kitchen Miss Hell's Kitchen USA 24 Currently works as an actor based in New York; permanent panelist on Fox News Channel's Red Eye and panelist on The Greg Gutfeld Show.
2012 Johanna Sambucini Brooklyn Miss City of Dreams USA 24 Born in Dominican Republic. Previously Miss Comunidad Dominicana En EEUU World 2011
2011 Amber Marie Collins New York City 26 Top 16
2010 Davina Reeves New York City 26
2009 Tracey Chang New York City 25 Born in China
2008 Danielle Roundtree New York City 20 Also a contestant on season 8 of American Idol, cut in the Hollywood rounds
2007 Gloria Sophia Almonte Bronx 23 Previously Miss New York Teen USA 2001 (1st Runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2001) and Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009 (semifinalist)
2006 Adriana Diaz Bronx 21 Previously Miss New York Teen USA 2003
2005 Meaghan Jarensky Bronx 26 Top 10 (8th) Later Mrs. New York America 2010 under her married name, Meaghan Castaldi.[1] / Was contestant on Fear Factor in 2005 on the Miss USA episode #5.29 (3rd place)
2004 Jaclyn Nesheiwat New York City 23 Later Mrs. Florida America 2008 and 1st runner-up to Mrs. America 2008 under her married name, Jaclyn Stapp[2]
2003 Nadia Behette Bay Ridge 25
2002 Karla Cavalli Mineola 25 Top 12 (12th)
2001 Lisa Pavlakis Islip 22
2000 Carrie Tucker Nesconset 25 Top 10 (8th)
1999 Melissa Huggins Successor to crown
Kimberly Pressler Franklinville 21 Miss USA 1999 Non-semi-finalist at Miss Universe 1999, previously Miss New York Teen USA 1994
1998 Susan Wisdom Smithtown
1997 Ramona Rueter Rochester 26
1996 Keelin Curnuck Levittown 23
1995 Shanna Lynn Moakler New York City 19 1st runner-up Became Miss USA 1995 after Chelsi Smith won Miss Universe 1995; Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1992 (semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 1992, Miss Teen All American 1993 as Miss Rhode Island); Playboy Playmate and actress; Current director of Miss Nevada USA pageant.
1994 Jennifer Gareis New York City 23 Top 6 Finalist (6th) Actress best known for her roles on The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful
1993 Wendy Mock Levittown 21 Semi-finalist (12th)
1992 Christine Beachak Peekskill Represented New York in Miss Oktoberfest 1993, did not place
1991 Maureen Murray New York City 24 Semi-finalist (7th) Previously Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 1983
1990 Patricia Murphy Pearl River
1989 Jennifer Fisher Rochester
1988 Linnea Mancini Carmel 24 Went on to become the Pageant Director for the reality show "Crowned the Mother of all Pageants" seen on the CW, all episodes
1987 Constance McCullough New York City
1986 Beth Laufer West Islip
1985 Lovey King Yonkers
1984 Caroline Flury West Seneca Miss Oktoberfest 1983 as Miss Buffalo
1983 Jennifer Mikelinich Huntington Semi-finalist (12th)
1982 Annemarie Henderson Monroe
1981 Deborah Fountain Bronx Was not allowed to compete at Miss USA after she was caught padding her swimsuit during the preliminary competition.[3]
1980 Debra Sue Maurice New York City Semi-finalist (8th) 1st runner up in Miss World USA 1978 as Miss Massachusetts
1979 Mary Therese Friel Pittsford Miss USA 1979 Semifinalist at Miss Universe 1979
1978 Darlene Javits Plainview
1977 Debbie Martin New York City
1976 Carol Doerr New York City
1975 Sonja Anderson New York City Later Miss New York 1976
1974 Barbara Cooper Brooklyn 1st runner-up Miss Photogenic
1973 Susan Carlson Schenectady 1st runner-up Represented Tennessee in Miss World USA 1975 but did not place. Later Miss International USA 1976, 3rd runner up at Miss International 1976
1972 Alberta Phillips Westbury 1st runner-up
1971 Barbara Lopez Yorktown Heights
1970 Christina Tefft New York City Semi-finalist (11th)
1969 Rosemary Hradek West Hempstead Semi-finalist (10th)
1968 June West New York City Semi-finalist (9th)
1967 Wendy Cox Bronxville
1966 Nancy Self New York City Semi-Finalist (8th) Best State Costume.
1965 Gloria Jon New York City Semi-finalist (8th)
1964 Dorothy Langhans Wantagh Semi-finalist (9th) 4th runner up at Miss World USA 1965
1963 Jeanne Marie Quinn East Meadow Semi-finalist (9th) Later Miss World USA 1964, semifinalist at Miss World 1964, 1st runner up at Miss American Beauty 1964, title for usa rep at Miss International pageant
1962 Sherralyn Patecell Flushing Semi-finalist
1961 Alexa Currey New York City 3rd runner-up
1960 Mary Rodite New York City 1st runner-up
1959 Arlene Nesbitt 4th runner-up 2nd runner-up in the 1960 Miss Sun Fun USA Pageant
1958 Virginia Fox Semi-finalist (9th)
1957 Sanita Pelkey Semi-finalist (12th)
1956 Kay Douglas
1955 Janet Kadlecik Semi-finalist (8th)
1954 Karin Hultman 2nd runner-up Later 1st runner up after original 1st runner up was dethroned. Later Miss World United States 1954 and 1st runner up at Miss World 1954
1953 Reta Knapp Semi-finalist (16th)
1952 Jacqueline "Jackie" Loughery Brooklyn Miss USA 1952 Semi-finalist at Miss Universe 1952

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


  1. "2010 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  2. "2008 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  3. "Headliners; Truth in Packaging". New York times. 1981-05-24. Retrieved 2007-01-06.
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