Miss Grays Harbor History

 

The Miss Grays Harbor Scholarship Program is a preliminary to the Miss Washington/Miss America Programs. The Miss America Organization is one of the Nation’s leading achievement programs and is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women today. The Program provides young women with the opportunity to pursue their professional and educational goals through the awarding of monetary grants for education. Scholarship funds are contributed by corporate and individual sponsors who commit their support to the personal advancement of these young women. The scholarship program is based on scholastic tradition that has been the cornerstone of the Miss America program since 1945. Today, personal growth, educational advancement, and community service continue to be the primary objectives of the organization. The Miss Grays Harbor Scholarship Program offers awards to each participant.

The first Miss Grays Harbor was crowned in April of 1948. Miss Grays Harbor 1948, Lorraine Lowder won the state title and was crowned Miss Washington 1948. On April 25, 1949, Lorraine crowned Mary Hansmann, Miss Grays Harbor 1949. Mary went on to compete in the Miss Washington Pageant in June of that year, however Miss Cowlitz County, Libby Aldrich was crowned Miss Washington 1949. There was then a 10 year hiatus where no pageant was held, although financial problems with the State program in 1949 may have led this hiatus. The pageant returned again in 1959 and Lynne Ross was crowned Miss Grays Harbor. Miss Grays Harbor 1961, Gail Hannuk of Aberdeen went on to become  . There was no titleholder for 1963, but the program has continued virtually without interruption since 1964. Sometime in 1990 or 1991 there was a change of pageant dates so Miss Grays Harbor would serve the year following her crowning in the same style as Miss America. Therefore Miss Grays Harbor 1990, Melinda Reynvaan extended her reign into 1991. In 2004 a second title was added as Miss Pacific Coast. This title was held until 2007.

Miss Grays Harbor Titleholders

Year

Name

Hometown

Placement at Miss Washington

Notes

2012

 Melissa Hornback

2011

Lacey Goble

Montesano

Top 8 at Miss Washington 2011 “Rookie of the Year” award

2010

Taylor Sundstrom

Aberdeen

2009

Karyn Barr

Hoquiam

Non-Finalist Talent

2008

Katelynn Nauman

Elma

Sister of Miss Grays Harbor 2005 Kayla Nauman

2007

Liisa Koski

Elma

2007

Jasmine Dickoff *

Hoquiam

2006

Sydney Rees

Aberdeen

2006

Tamara Root *

Hoquiam

Non Finalist Interview

2005

Lisa Wheeler

Aberdeen

2005

Kayla Nauman

Elma

Sister of Miss Grays Harbor 2008 Katelynn Nauman

2004

Tamara Root

Hoquiam

Non Finalist Interview

2004

Elise Rooker *

Aberdeen

Miss Staten Island 2007 Preliminary Swimsuit

Top Ten at Miss New York

2003

Tara Kinney

Wishkah

2002

Elise Rooker

Aberdeen

Miss Staten Island 2007 Preliminary Swimsuit

Top Ten at Miss New York

2001

Kristina Bedford

Westport

2000

Amy Ellingson

Elma

1999

Abbi Reynvaan

Hoquiam

1998

Kristen Jacobson

1997

Anne Valentine

Elma

2nd runner up

Author of ‘Regarding Annie’ in the Vidette

1996

Karrina Jones

1995

Krystle Ochsner

Elma

3rd Runner Up, Preliminary Talent Winner

1994

Julie Yearout

Aberdeen

1993

Rebekah Keiser

Aberdeen

1992

Kristin Nelson

Aberdeen

1990

Melinda Sharp

Hoquiam

Extended reign into 1991

1989

Carmen Wirkkala

Hoquiam

1988

Megan Parker

Aberdeen

1987

Darci Ketola

Aberdeen

1986

Jill Cole

Montesano

Non Finalist Talent

Miss Whatcom County 1989

Top Ten at Miss
Washington 1989

1985

Monica Parker

Aberdeen

1984

Barbi Crass

Montesano

1983

Nancy Halverson

Aberdeen

1982

Debbie Chaiberg

Montesano

1981

Laury Gerhardt

Hoquiam

1980

Connie Murphy

Montesano

1979

Angela Bogdanovich

Montesano

1978

Kathy Springer

1977

Kristine Sudderth

1976

Kathleen Ronald

1975

Margo Kent

1974

Karen Furth

Aberdeen

1973

Cindy Moyer

1972

Gale Beegle

1971

Kathy Moorehead

1970

Jerri Wright

1969

Becky Morris

1st Runner Up

1968

Doreen Taylor

Aberdeen

1967

Cindy Hood

1966

Carolyn Ogden

1965

Nikki Medcalf

1964

Ingrid Moisanen

1962

Irene Enz

1961

Gail Hannuk**

Aberdeen

1960

Kathleen Craig

1959

Lynne Ross

1949

Mary Hansmann

1948

Lorraine Lowder **

Aberdeen

*Crowned as Miss Pacific Coast

** Crowned as Miss Washington
Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen

Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen was started in 2007 as the sister pageant to the Miss Grays Harbor Program and a preliminary to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and as such aims to “promote scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America’s teens.”

The first competition was held in 2007 with Connie Morgan winning the title.

Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen Titleholders

Year

Name

Hometown

Placement at State

Notes

2012

 Elizabeth Henderson  Aberdeen

2011

Chandra Munger

Hoquiam

 Former “Little Sister”

2010

Blythe Beebe

Ocean Shores

2009

Lauren Martin

Aberdeen

2008

Lauren Kuhn

Aberdeen

1st Runner-Up,

Overall Winner of Academic, Evening
Wear and Physical Fitness

 Winner of Modeling Competition

2009 recipient of the Marilynn Smith Scholarship

Miss Tahoma 2010

4th Runner up to Miss Washington

Miss Seattle 2011

Top 8 at Miss Washington 2011

2007

Connie Morgan

Hoquiam

2nd Runner Up

2007

Lauren Kuhn***

Aberdeen

4th Runner Up

***Crowned as Miss Pacific Coast’s Outstanding Teen

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