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Megan Bushell, Miss Kansas 2004

The Miss Kansas competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Kansas in the Miss America pageant. Kansas has won the Miss America crown on three occasions.


Year Name Hometown Local Title Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2009 Becki Ronen Buhler Miss Flint Hills
2008 Emily Deaver Augusta Miss Augusta Won all 3 preliminary competitions during Miss Kansas competition
2007 Alyssa George Minneapolis Miss Sedgwick County
2006 Michelle Walthers Towanda Miss Augusta
2005 Adrienne Rosel Liberal Miss Wichita
2004 Megan Bushell Wichita Miss Wheat Capital Top 10 Semi-finalist Top 10 Quality of Life Finalist. At Miss Kansas won Swimsuit & Talent Preliminary Awards, the Tara Dawn Holland Community Service Award, the Miss America Scholar & Service Awards, and the State Scholar Award.
2003 Angelea Busby Lenexa Miss Cheney Lake Non-finalist Talent Award
2002 Jeanne Anne Schroeder Hutchinson Miss Chisholm Trail
2001 Kimberlee Grice Ulysses Miss Kaw Valley
2000 Amy Lea Shaw Derby Miss Arkansas Valley
1999 Leah Darby Derby Miss Derby
1998 Jennifer Vannatta Leawood Miss Greater Kansas City Part of the Vanbros group that directs Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants, 3rd runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1999
1997 Lesley Moss Hoxie Miss Greater Kansas City
1996 Jennifer Parks assumed title when Tara Holland became Miss America
Tara Dawn Holland Overland Park Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award, 1st runner-up Quality of Life Award former National Sweetheart Pageant winner 1995 as Miss Florida
1995 Amy Keller Great Bend Miss Heartland Semi-finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1994 Tricia Schaffer Liberal Miss Southwest Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award Previously was Kansas' Junior Miss 1990
1993 Lori Minnix Lawrence Miss KU/Lawrence
1992 Pamela McKelvy Kansas City Miss Greater Kansas City 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1991 Robbin Lee Wasson Lenexa Miss Greater Kansas City Semi-finalist
1990 Kimberly Dugger Wichita Miss Wichita Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Jennifer Lyn Hedrick Derby Miss Fort Scott
1988 Candice Cae Pyle Dodge City Miss Dodge City
1987 Sherri Lee Mayer Brewster Miss Harvey County
1986 Heather Lynn Clark Benton Miss Wichita
1985 Carolyn Jo Kirgis Salina Miss Blue Stem
1984 Nancy Lee Cobb Wichita Miss Lawrence
1983 Laura Lynn Watters Colby Miss Emporia State University Non-finalist Talent Award
1982 Lisa Marie Berwick Valley Center Miss Wheatland
1981 Dawn Holmstrom Wichita Miss Wichita
1980 K. Leann Folsom Wichita Miss Center City
1979 Michelle Elaine Whitson Mission Miss Topeka 2nd runner-up
1978 Lori Ann Bergen Salina Miss Salina Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award
1977 Jill Dirks Wichita Miss Wichita Non-finalist Talent Award
1976 Linda Hall Hill City Miss Frontier *wife of former US Senator Tom Daschle
1975 Jana Lynn Salmans Hanston Miss Colby Community College
1974 Karen Dianne Smith Shawnee Miss Shawnee Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Non-finalist Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1973 Jane Schulte Hays Miss Fort Hays State College
1972 Cindy Lee Sikes Wichita Miss Wichita Semi-finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Award starred as Dr. Annie Canavero on St. Elsewhere; Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1971 Sandy Rings Topeka Miss Topeka Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Award
1970 Linda Susan Edds Manhattan Miss Manhattan
1969 Margo Sue Schroeder Hillsboro Miss Marion County Fair
1968 Jane Kathryn Bair Parsons Miss Kansas State College of Pittsburg
1967 Kandee Kae Kline assumed the title when Debra Barnes became Miss America
Debra Dene Barnes Moran Miss Kansas State College of Pittsburg Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1966 Betty Louise Fox Emporia Miss Emporia
1965 Mimi Frink assumed the title when Deborah Bryant became Miss America
Deborah Irene Bryant Overland Park Miss Overland Park Winner Preliminary Swimuit Award semifinalist in Miss World USA 1963
1964 Margene Savage Florence Miss Marion County Fair
1963 Karen Raye Schwartz Pratt Miss Wichita Non-finalist Talent Award Featured Performer for the 1964 Miss America Pageant telecast
1962 Beverly June Wood Prairie Village Miss Kansas City
1961 Carolyn Jane Parkinson Scott City Miss Lawrence
1960 Gayla Leigh Shoemake El Dorado Miss El Dorado Miss Kansas State University, 1959
1959 Sharon O'Neal Kansas City Non-finalist Talent Award
1958 Sharon Whitacre Mission
1957 Georgiana Rundel Axtell
1956 Mary Ann McGrew Wellington 3rd runner-up tied w/Miss Ariz
1955 Gail White Arkansas City
1954 Phyllis Danielson Wichita
1953 Joann Milnar Hutchinson
1952 Kay Ann Goforth McPherson
1950 Anabel Baker Wichita
1949 Shirley Hargiss Topeka Semi-finalist
1948 Vera J. Ralston Wichita 3rd Runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1947 Ruth Ellen Richmond Fort Scott Miss Pittsburg
1946 Joyce Blakemore Liberal
1944 Grace Louise Pittman Wichita
1939 Rosemary Winslow Salina
1938 Blanche Webb Humboldt
1937 Lucia Benton Norton Semi-finalist

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