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Miss Maryland USA

Miss Maryland USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Baltimore
Miss USA
Official language
Website Official website
Nana Meriwether, Miss USA 2012
Casandra Tressler, Miss Maryland USA 2010
Michaé Holloman, Miss Maryland USA 2007

The Miss Maryland USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Maryland in the Miss USA pageant. The pageant is directed by D&D Investments.

The first Miss USA winner from Maryland, Mary Leona Gage, won Miss USA 1957. However, she was later discovered to be a mother of two sons and was therefore dethroned. In 2012, Nana Meriwether placed 1st runner-up, but became Miss USA 2012 when Olivia Culpo won Miss Universe 2012.

Four Maryland titleholders are former Miss Maryland Teen USAs. These four all reigned in the early 1990s, and in fact four out of six titleholders from 1990 to 1995 were former teens. Only one Miss Maryland USA has competed at Miss America.

From 2006 to 2008, each woman who won Miss Maryland USA was the previous year's first runner-up.


  • Miss USA placements 1
    • Awards 1.1
  • Winners 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Miss USA placements

  • Winners: Mary Leona Gage (1957) ‡
  • 1st runners-up: Paulette Reck (1968), Nana Meriwether (2012)
  • 4th runners-up: Betty Jo Grove (1973), Mamé Adjei (2015)
  • Top 8: Allyn Rose (2011)
  • Top 10: Rowann Brewer (1988), Marina Harrison (2005), Taylor Burton (2014)
  • Top 11/12: Carol Theis (1971), Tonja Walker (1980), Linda Lambert (1981), Angie Boyer (1982), Jennifer Wilhoit (1995)
  • Top 15: Barbara Eschenburg (1954), Charlene Holt (1956), Diane White (1959), Royette Tarry (1964), Roselaine Zetter (1966), Sandy Clevering (1967) Rhonda Koch (1978), Kasey Staniszewski (2013)

‡ Gage was later dethroned



Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2016 Christina Denny Owings Mills 25 TBA Previously Miss Maryland 2013 & Top 10 at Miss America 2014
2015 Mamé Akua Adjei Silver Spring 23 4th runner-up Contestant on America's Next Top Model Cycle 22
2014 Taylor Burton La Plata 25 Top 10
2013 Kasey Staniszewski[1] Annapolis 21 Top 15 (11th) Previously Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen 2007, Miss Maryland Teen USA 2009 and 3rd runner up to Miss Teen USA 2009
2012 Nana Meriwether Potomac 27 1st runner-up Became Miss USA 2012 after Olivia Culpo became Miss Universe 2012; Born in South Africa
2011 Allyn Elizabeth Rose Newburg 22 Top 8 (7th) Later Miss District of Columbia 2012 & Miss U.S. Supranational 2014 (3rd Runner-up at Miss Supranational 2014)
2010 Simone Feldman North Potomac 23
2009 Gabrielle Carlson Marion Station 24
2008 Casandra Tressler Damascus 22 Miss U.S. International 2010
2007 Michaé Holloman Fort Washington, Maryland 25 Cheerleader for Washington Redskins
2006 Melissa DiGiulian Bowie, Maryland 20
2005 Marina Harrison[2] Severn 24 Top 10 (6th) Previously Miss Maryland 2003, 3rd runner-up at Miss America 2004
2004 Tia Shorts Gaithersburg 24
2003 Jamie Kramer Pasadena
2002 Mistie Renee Adams Silver Spring
2001 Megan Gunning Fallston Style award
2000 Christie S. Davis Silver Spring Sister of Wendy Davis, Miss Maryland USA 1994[3]
1999 Kelly Donohue Union Bridge
1998 Maria Lynn Sheriff Bowie
1997 Ann Coale Baltimore
1996 Michele Michael Annapolis
1995 Jennifer Danielle Wilhoit Annapolis 22 Top 12 (9th) Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 1991
1994 Wendy Davis Silver Spring Sister of Christy Davis, Miss Maryland USA 2000[3]
1993 Mary Ann Cimino Baltimore Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 1990
1992 Renee Rebstock Pasadena Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 1987
1991 Lisa Marie Lawson Crofton
1990 Julie Stanford Edgewater Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 1986
1989 Jackie Carroll Gaithersburg
1988 Rowann Brewer Silver Spring 23 Semi-finalist (9th) Miss Photogenic Married rock musician Jani Lane.
1987 Michelle Snow Germantown
1986 Kelly Koehler Churchton
1985 Christine Marie Baldwin
1984 Betsy Cook* Bethesda
1983 Shawn Keller Ashton
1982 Angie Boyer Dunkirk 18 Semi-finalist
1981 Linda Susan Lambert Baltimore 22 Semi-finalist
1980 Tonja Annette Walker Kingsville 19 Semi-finalist (7th) Miss Teen All American 1979
1979 Jean Bourne Silver Spring
1978 Rhonda Koch Brookeville
1977 Twyla Littleton Oxon Hill
1976 Linda Lee Potter Adelphi
1975 Ellen Bowie Templeville
1974 Mary Jo Ruppert College Park
1973 Betty Jo Grove College Park 19 4th runner-up
1972 Patty Townsend Silver Spring
1971 Carol Jeanne Theis Silver Spring 20 Semi-finalist
1970 Beckie Price Camp Springs Top 10 in Swim Suit
1969 Ardis Fowler Ellicott City
1968 Paulette Reck Perry Hall 20 1st runner-up 2nd runner up at Miss World USA 1969
1967 Sandra "Sandy" Clevering Silver Spring 19 Semi-finalist
1966 Roselaine Zetter Bowie 22 Semi-finalist
1965 Barbara Kiefer Baltimore
1964 Royette Michele Tarry Baltimore 19 Semi-finalist Represented Delaware in Miss World USA 1970, did not).
1963 Marsha Barbara Metrinko Laurel Represented New York City in the Miss America 1964 pageant.[4] Sister Michele Metrinko also competed at Miss USA 1963 as Miss District of Columbia and later represented the United States at Miss World.[4]
1962 Shelda Farley Catonsville
1961 Gail Baxter High Point
1960 Jerri Fiorilli Baltimore
1959 Diane Dolores White Baltimore 24 Semi-finalist 3rd runner up at Miss World USA 1961, mother of Miss Georgia USA 1989
1958 Patricia Vogts Silver Spring
1957 Mary Leona Gage* Severna Park 18 Miss USA 1957 Dethroned after it was discovered she was married and had two children.[5]
1956 Charlene Holt* Annapolis 28 Semi-finalist
1955 Gloria Ruth King Baltimore
1954 Barbara Eschenburg Berlin Semi-finalist/Disqualified (under age)
1953 Diane Gale Durham Silver Spring
1952 Did Not Compete

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


  1. ^ "Kasey Staniszewski Crowned Miss Maryland USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. November 5, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Meade, UMd. Grad Crowned Miss Maryland USA". WBALTV. 7 December 2004. 
  3. ^ a b "University Senior Wins Miss Maryland USA Pageant". Howard University. 1999-12-13. 
  4. ^ a b >"Miss USA roots sister on in Miss America bid". Hartford Courant. 1963-09-02. p. 20A. 
  5. ^ Woestendiek, John (10 April 2005). "The long, unhappy pageant of Mary Leona Gage". Baltimore Sun. 

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