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Also not to be confused with Miss South Carolina Teen USA
Shelley Benthall, Miss South Carolina 2006
Crystal Garrett, Miss South Carolina 2007

The Miss South Carolina competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of South Carolina in the Miss America pageant. The pageant was first held in Myrtle Beach and moved to Greenville starting in 1958 and remained in that city until the 90s. Spartanburg has hosted the pageant for the past several years. The pageant was televised since the 1960s until the 1998 pageant. Televising was resumed with the 2000 pageant. Joe Sanders is the executive officer of the pageant.

With victories in both 1957 and 1994, South Carolina has twice won the Miss America crown.


Year Name Hometown Local Title Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes:
2008 Anna Perry Florence Miss Lexington Non-Finalist Talent Award Mother was Miss South Carolina 1982
2007 Crystal Garrett Columbia Miss Charleston Top 16 at Miss America 2008
2006 Shelley Benthall Florence Miss Florence Top 3 Miss Congeniality contest Non-finalist Talent Award Miss South Carolina Teen 2003
2005 Erika Powell Easley Miss Golden Corner Top 10 at Miss America 2006 Preliminary Talent; Bernie Wayne Performing Arts Scholarship
2004 Ann Ashley Wood Spartanburg Miss Charleston
2003 Jessica Eddins Irmo Miss North Charleston Non-finalist Talent
2002 Kelly McCorkle Greenville Miss Golden Corner Top 15 Semi-finalist Contestant on The Amazing Race 7 with partner Ron Young (3rd place)
2001 Jeanna Raney Inman Miss Greater Greer Top 20 Quarter-finalist Active International Scholarship for Business and Marketing
2000 Heather Hudson Lexington Miss Tigertown Non-finalist talent Previously South Carolina's Junior Miss 1996
1999 Danielle Davis Greer Miss Williamston
1998 Wendy Willis Fountain Inn Miss Camden
1997 Janet Powers Hartsville Miss Southern 500 Non-finalist Talent
1996 Angela Hughes Greer Miss Anderson County
1995 Amanda Spivey Boiling Springs Miss Southern 500 Non-finalist Talent Currently a dentist in Charleston
1994 Kristie Greene Greenville Miss Berea
1993 Tonya Helms* Miss Greater Greer
Kimberly Clarice Aiken Columbia Miss Columbia Winner
1992 Carrie Lee Davis Greenville Miss Greenville Semi-finalist Preliminary Swimsuit
1991 Ronnetta Hatcher Columbia Miss Columbia
1990 Mary Gainey Hartsville Miss Liberty 1st runner-up
1989 Kimilee Bryant Berea Miss Berea Preliminary Talent Broadway actress and opera singer
1988 Anna Reynolds Greenwood Miss Greenwood
1987 Nancy Humphries (later O'Dell) Myrtle Beach Miss Myrtle Beach Preliminary Swimsuit Co-host of Access Hollywood
1986 Dawn Smith Columbia Miss Liberty 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Competed in (and won) "Pageant Rewind" on What Not to Wear, against two other 1986 top-10 finalists.
1985 Sherry Thrift Westminster Miss Liberty 1st runner-up Previously South Carolina's Junior Miss 1980
1984 Vicki Harrell Columbia Miss University of South Carolina
1983 Dalia Garcia Columbia Miss South Congaree
1982 Julia Hill Florence Miss Duncan-Lyman-Wellford Non-finalist Talent Award
1981 Jill Rankin Columbia Miss Columbia Northeast
1980 Donna Jewell Columbia Miss Cayce-West Columbia Pageant Coach
1979 Jane Jenkins Johns Island Miss Charleston Has written a book Bare Feet to High Heels on her life.
1978 Mary Diane Toole Aiken Miss Aiken Non-finalist Talent Award
1977 Catherine Hinson Rock Hill Miss Rock Hill 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1976 Lavinia Cox Latta Miss Rock Hill 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit
1975 Cynthia Anthony West Columbia Miss Lexington Semi-finalist
1974 Cheryl Von Lehe Charleston Miss Charleston
1973 Fran Riggins Easley Miss Easley
1972 Bonnie Corder Columbia Miss Columbia
1971 Pamela Inabinet Swansea Miss Columbia Toured with Miss America USO Troupe, featured dancer on the 1972 Miss America Pageant telecast
1970 Claudia Turner Spartanburg Miss Spartanburg 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit
1969 Brantlee Price Newberry Miss Newberry
1968 Rebecca Smith Clover Miss Clover
1967 Peggy White Fountain Inn Miss Laurens
1966 Barbara (Harris) Sorkin Simpsonville Miss Columbia Preliminary Swimsuit Former Mayor of Morris Township, New Jersey, Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1965 Nancy Moore (later Thurmond) Aiken Miss Aiken Semi-finalist Preliminary Talent Later married US Senator from South Carolina, Strom Thurmond
1964 Diana Sue Smith Florence Miss Florence
1963 Carolyn Gaines North Augusta Miss North Augusta
1962 Evelyn Ellis Greenville Miss Columbia 3rd runner-up Previously South Carolina's Junior Miss 1961, featured performer on the 1963 Miss America Pageant telecast
1961 Janet McGee Greenville Miss Greenville
1960 Edith Sandra Browning Greenwood Miss Greenwood Top 10 Semi-finalist Preliminary Swimsuit
1959 Nettie Dennis Moncks Corner Miss Moncks Corner
1958 Gene Wilson Charleston Miss Charleston Non-finalist Talent award
1957 Cecilia Colvert Greenwood Miss Greenwood
1956 Marian McKnight Manning Miss Manning Winner
1955 Martha Chestnut Conway Miss Conway Crowned Miss Dixie in 1956
1954 Polly Suber Greenville Miss Whitmire 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit
1953 Miriam Stevenson Winnsboro Miss Greenwood Semi-finalist Later Miss South Carolina USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe 1954
1952 Mary Griffin Florence Miss Florence Semi-finalist Placed 1st runner-up in the 1953 Miss USA Pageant representing Myrtle Beach, represented the United States at the 1953 Miss World Pageant where she placed sixth.
1951 Joyce Perry Conway Miss Conway Semi-finalist
1950 Carolyn Fowler Lyman Miss Lyman
1949 Barrie Wingard Columbia Miss Clinton
1948 Esther Greene Greenville Miss Greenville
1947 Margaret Griffin Spartanburg Miss Spartanburg
1946 Ann Morse Columbia Miss Columbia
1945 Margaret Seible Columbia Miss Columbia Non-finalist talent Received the first ever Non-finalist Talent Award at the Miss America Pageant. Performed a drama entitled "Life with a Southern Mammy on an Old Plantation."
1944 Virginia Owens Columbia Miss Columbia
1943 Janelle Strange Columbia Miss Columbia
1942 Nelle Owens Columbia Miss Columbia
1941 Gloria Missel Charleston Miss Charleston
1940 Vonadora Baker Dillon Miss Lakeview
1939 Margaret Shealy Clinton Miss Clinton
1938 Margaret Land Chester Miss Camden
1937 Wayring Smathers Columbia Miss Columbia

* Succeeded to the crown after Miss South Carolina won Miss America

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