Miss Pennsylvania USA

Miss Pennsylvania USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Philadelphia
Miss USA
Official language
Website Official website
For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Pennsylvania.
Lindsey Nelsen, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2009
Tanya Lehman, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2006
Kimmarie Johnson, Miss Pennsylvania USA 1993

The Miss Pennsylvania USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Pennsylvania in the Miss USA pageant.

Michele McDonald (1971) is Pennsylvania's only Miss USA so far. At only eighteen, she was one of the youngest competitors ever to win the crown. Apart from that victory, Pennsylvania has had only moderate success at Miss USA in terms of number of semi-finalists. Their most recent placement came in 2014 when Valerie Gatto advanced to the top 20.

Results summary



Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name City Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2017 Cassandra Angst Philadelphia 22 TBA
2016 Elena LaQuatra Pittsburgh 23 Previously Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 2010 and Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen 2007
2015 Elizabeth Cardillo Allison Park 24
2014 Valerie Gatto Pittsburgh 24 Top 20
2013 Jessica Billings Berwyn 26 Top 15
2012 Sheena Monnin Pittsburgh 26 Resigned the title after the Miss USA competition, alleging that the pageant was a fraud.[1]
2011 Amber-Joi Watkins Philadelphia 26 Former Sixers Dancer
2010 Gina Cerilli Greensburg 23 Top 15 (12th) Former Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader and Miss. Italia USA
2009 Lindsey Nelsen Stewartstown 21
2008 LauRen Merola Pittsburgh 23 4th runner-up Former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader
2007 Samantha Johnson Philadelphia 22
2006 Tanya Lehman York 22
2005 Brenda Brabham Philadelphia 24 Top 10 (7th)
2004 Nicole Georghalli East Stroudsburg 25
2003 Camille Young Philadelphia 23
2002 Nicole Bigham Belle Vernon 25 Previously Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 1994 top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1994
2001 Jennifer Ann Watkins Monongahela Represented Pennsylvania in Miss Oktoberfest 2001, did not place; Current director of administration for the Miss Indiana USA, Miss Indiana Teen USA, Miss Pennsylvania USA, Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA, Miss West Virginia USA, and Miss West Virginia Teen USA pageants under her married name, Jennifer Vinsick[2]
2000 Angela Patla Sweet Valley 26
1999 Melissa Godshall Philadelphia 25
1998 Kimberly Jaycox Pittsburgh
1997 Cara Bernosky Whitehall
1996 Susan Barnett Levittown Previously Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 1990, top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1990
1995 Stephanie Fallat Murrysville
1994 Linda Chiaraluna Philadelphia
1993 Kimmarie Johnson Pittsburgh Finalist Judges favorite to win the 1993 Miss USA pageant. Current Model/Actor - TV credits include Wanda At Large and Beverly Hills, 90210. Film credits include Diary of a Tired Black Man ( See Kimmarie Johnson for more info), and owner of SkinGlow by Kimmarie [3]
1992 Catherine Weber Philadelphia
1991 Adrienne Romano Philadelphia
1990 Elizabeth Cebak Ross 4th runner up at Miss World USA 1992
1989 Denise Epps[4] Lansdale Semi-finalist
1988 Susan Gray Lansdale
1987 Lisa Rynkiewicz Clarksville
1986 Sherri Fitzpatrick Quakertown 23 1983 & 1984 Professional Cheerleader for the USFL Philadelphia Stars Football Team 1985 Professional Cheerleader for the NFL Philadelphia Eagles
1985 Sandra Ferguson[5][6] Pittsburgh 18 Played Amanda Cory on Another World[7]
1984 Tina Albright Lansford
1983 Julie Page Belle Vernon Semi-finalist
1982 Theresa Rosa North Versailles Best State Costume
1981 Nena Stone Bethel Park
1980 Andrea Patrick Uniontown Later Miss West Virginia 1983. Married Fabian in 1998[8]
1979 Maureen Starinsky Monongahela Appeared on TV Show 'Match Game' in 1980
1978 Sandy Dell Latrobe Semi-finalist
1977 Lorraine Lincoski Daisytown
1976 Marcy Zambelli Newcastle
1975 Pat Hurley Wilkes-Barre
1974 Dorisann Gatalski Bethel Park
1973 Jill Unbewust Benton
1972 Jeanie Zadrozny Pittsburg
1971 Michele McDonald Butler Miss USA 1971 Semi-finalist at Miss Universe 1971
1970 Carol Cerully Altoona
1969 Marlene Vaughn Philadelphia 21 Cosmetologist
1968 Barbara Verlander White Oak Acted under the name Tara Verlander
1967 Barbara Ann Woronko Edwardsville 17 Semifinalist Swimsuit Winner Former Miss Polish America. Former Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Pageant consultant and actress on ABC series "Dark Shadows".
1966 Susan Joanne Fennell Philadelphia
1964 Maryann Reilly Philadelphia
1963 Deborah Cardonick Philadelphia
1962 Margaret Lineman Philadelphia Semi-finalist
1961 Gayle Nelson Philadelphia
1960 Betsy Reeves Philadelphia
1959 Rhoda Mae Kachilo Philadelphia
1958 Natalie Dee Philadelphia
1957 Rosalie Culp Philadelphia
1956 Serena Kifer Philadelphia
1955 Marianne Marcus Philadelphia
1954 Helen Vidovich Philadelphia
1953 Jeri Bauer Philadelphia Semi-finalist
1952 Jeanne Ferguson Philadelphia

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


  1. Krupnick, Ellie (2012-06-05). "Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 Resigns Over Alleged Pageant Fraud". Huffington Post.
  2. "Staff". Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  3. "SkinGlow by Kimmarie"..
  4. "Miss Pennsylvania-USA selected". The Harrisburg Patriot. 1988-03-07. p. B3.
  5. Stefanik, Regis M. (March 11, 1985). "Senior here wins beauty pageant". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 5. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  6. Novakovich, Lilana (1988-03-14). "Ex-teen queen looks like Ivory gal". The Toronto Star. p. C8.
  7. Bianco, Robert (June 19, 1987). "If children's TV turns you off, try 'Kids America' on radio". The Pittsburgh Press. p. D7. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  8. Bryant, Jean (1998-09-22). "Connellsville Beauty Queen weds Fabian". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. G1.
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