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Miss North Dakota
Miss North Dakota
TypeScholarship organization
HeadquartersWilliston, North Dakota
Miss America
Debbie Richter

The Miss North Dakota competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of North Dakota in the Miss America pageant. The first Miss North Dakota to compete at Miss America was Kitty Page in 1949.[1] In 2017 Cara Mund became the first North Dakotan to win the Miss America title, when she won the Miss America 2018 pageant.[2]

Haley Wolfe of Carrington was crowned Miss North Dakota on June 15, 2019 at Williston High School in Williston, North Dakota.[3] She competed for the title of Miss America 2020 in December 2019.

Gallery of past titleholders

Results summary

The following is a visual summary of the past results of Miss North Dakota titleholders at the national Miss America pageants/competitions. The year in parentheses indicates the year of the national competition during which a placement and/or award was garnered, not the year attached to the contestant's state title.


  • Miss America: Cara Mund (2018)
  • Top 10: Donna Grotberg (1977), Tina Curran (1989), Roxana Saberi (1998)
  • Top 16: Jacky Arness (2015)


Preliminary awards

Non-finalist awards

  • Non-finalist Talent: Joan Teets (1950), Margaret Aandahl (1953), Claudia Gullickson (1960), Denise Fledderman (1967), Georgia Ann Becker (1973), Daureen Podenski (1980), Rosie Sauvageau (2013)

Other awards


  •   Declared as winner
  •   Ended as a runner-up
  •   Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2020 State and national pageants postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic[4][5]
2019-20 Haley Wolfe[6] Carrington 21 Miss West Fargo Dance Previously Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota 2016[7]
2018 Katie Olson[8] Williston 20 Miss Fargo Lyrical Dance, "I Will Wait"
2017 Lizzie Jensen[9] Fargo 23 Miss West Fargo Vocal, "Hallelujah"
1st runner-up to at Miss North Dakota 2017 pageant[10]

Assumed the title after Mund was named Miss America 2018[9]
Cara Mund[3] Bismarck 23 Miss Northern Lights Jazz Dance, "The Way You Make Me Feel" Winner[2] Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up[11] Previously Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2010[3]

4th runner-up at Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2012 pageant[12]
2016 Macy Christianson[13] Minot 19 Miss Grand Forks Contemporary Ballet Later Miss North Dakota USA 2020[14]
2015 Delanie Wiedrich[15] Hazen 19 Vocal, "A New Life" from Jekyll & Hyde
2014 Jacky Arness Fargo 21 Miss Peace Garden Vocal, "Feeling Good" Top 16 Judges' Choice

Miss Congeniality
1st runner-up at Miss North Dakota USA 2018 pageant[16]
2013 Laura Harmon Grand Forks 23 Miss Grand Forks Vocal, "'O sole mio"
2012 Rosie Sauvageau[17] Fargo 24 Miss Fort Abercrombie Piano / Vocal, "To Make You Feel My Love" Preliminary Talent Award[18]

Non-finalist Talent Award
2011 Ariana Walker[19] Bismarck 20 Miss State Capitol Contemporary Lyrical Dance, "Defying Gravity" from Wicked Previously Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2008[20]

Previously Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2010[21]
2010 Beth Dennison Hutchinson, MN 21 Miss Grand Forks Modern Dance, "All'improvviso Amore" Eligible as a student at the University of North Dakota
2009 Katie Ralston Carrington 22 Miss Red River Valley Vocal, "One Hundred Easy Ways" from Wonderful Town
2008 Tessie Jones West Fargo 21 Miss Dickinson Piano Contestant at National Sweetheart 2007 pageant
2007 Ashley Young[22] Grand Forks 20 Miss Grand Forks Classical Vocal, "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus Miss Congeniality
2006 Annette Olson Baldwin 23 Miss Peace Garden Vocal, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2005 pageant
2005 Jacqueline Johnson[23] Fargo 20 Miss Red River Valley Cello, "Julio"
2004 Ashley Ford[24] Cavalier 21 Miss Potato Queen Vocal, "There You Are"
2003 Sara Schelkoph Grand Forks 23 Miss Fort Abercrombie Lyrical Ballet, "Somewhere"
2002 Stacey Thomas[25] Bismarck 19 Jazz en Pointe, "Sparkling Diamonds" from Moulin Rouge! Previously Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 1999[26]

Previously Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2001[12]
2001 Jillayne Mertens Motley, MN 19 Miss North Dakota State College of Science Violin / Vocal, "Look to the Rainbow" from Finian's Rainbow
2000 Carrie Haberstroh Lisbon 21 Miss Red River Valley Classical Piano, Prelude in C sharp minor by Rachmaninoff
1999 Kay Picconatto Minot 21 Miss Dakota Territory Vocal, "Journey to the Past"
1998 Sonja Gedde Fargo 18 Miss Fargo Piano, "Malagueña"
1997 Roxana Saberi Fargo 20 Miss Fargo Classical Piano, Prelude in G minor by Rachmaninoff Top 10 Miss America Scholar In 2009 gained worldwide attention after being imprisoned for 100 days for alleged espionage in Iran[27]
1996 Stephanie Hamilton Williston 18 Miss Williston Lyrical Dance, "On My Knees"
1995 Kim Cooley Grand Forks 24 Miss Potato Bowl Tap Dance, "Luck Be a Lady"
1994 Nicci Elkins 21 Miss Red River Valley Tap Dance Previously Miss North Dakota Teen USA 1991
Top 6 at Miss Teen USA 1991 pageant
1993 Suzanne Spilde Casselton 24 Miss Pride of the Prairie Vocal, "On a Wonderful Day like Today" from The Sweetheart Tree
1992 Stephanie Fisher Larimore 24 Miss Watford City Vocal, "Until Now"
1991 VanNessa Straub Fargo 24 Miss US Durum Piano, Warsaw Concerto
1990 Lezlie Lund Tolna 23 Miss US Durum Vocal, "Time Heals Everything" from Mack & Mabel
1989 Susan Jacobson Grand Forks 23 Miss Potato Bowl Vocal / Dance, "One Night Only"
1988 Tina Curran Grand Forks 21 Miss Oil Country Ballet en Pointe, "Capriccio Espagnol" Top 10
1987 Susan Campbell Grand Forks 20 Miss Grand Forks Lyrical Dance
1986 Barbara Kerzman Minot 23 Miss Ward County Semi-classical Vocal, "Love Is Where You Find It"
1985 Elizabeth Anne Jaeger Fargo 25 Miss Fargo Jazz Dance Previously Miss North Dakota USA 1983
4th runner-up at Miss USA 1983 pageant
1984 Callie Northagen Grand Forks 21 Miss Red River Valley Piano
1983 Phyllis Hankey Park River 22 Miss Mayville State College Vocal, "If You Believe" from The Wiz
1982 Jeana Wolf Rugby 21 Miss Red River Valley Tap Dance, "You're a Grand Old Flag" & "Give My Regards to Broadway"
1981 Stacie Anfinson Hettinger 21 Miss Dickinson Vocal, "I Only Want to Say"
1980 Karen Moe Minot 20 Miss Minot Popular Vocal
1979 Daureen Podenski Edgeley 22 Miss LaMoure County Classical Vocal, "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca Non-finalist Talent Award
1978 Shelia Lindeman Linton 20 Miss Valley City Popular Vocal, "Woman in the Moon" from A Star Is Born
1977 Kathryn Power Beulah 22 Miss North Dakota State Potato Queen Classical Vocal, "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
1976 Donna Grotberg Valley City 18 Miss Valley City Piano, "The Cat and the Mouse" Top 10
1975 Cathy Woell Minot 19 Miss Minot Vocal, "Yes"
1974 Susan Kay Myhr Bottineau 18 Miss Bottineau Vocal, "You're Gonna Hear From Me" & Don't Rain on My Parade
1973 Linda Joyce Cole Lisbon 19 Miss Valley City Classical Vocal, "Winds in the South"
1972 Georgia Ann Becker Napoleon 18 Miss Kidder County Country Western Vocal, "Rose Garden" Non-finalist Talent Award
1971 Lana Herreid Williston 20 Miss Williston Original Vocal Composition, "From Life"
1970 Nancy Tangen Northwood 19 Miss Grand Forks Classical Vocal, "Pace pace mio Dio" from La forza del destino
1969 Charlene Seifert Gascoyne 21 Miss Bowman Comedy Monologue, "Sleeping Beauty"
1968 Virginia Hanson Bismarck 21 Miss Grand Forks Semi-classical Vocal, "This Is My Country"
1967 Wanda Lou Lowry 18 Miss Parshall Classical Vocal, "Je veux vivre" from Roméo et Juliette
1966 Denise Fledderman Inkster 20 Miss Langdon Popular Vocal Non-finalist Talent Award
1965 Onalee Olson Fargo 19 Miss Fargo Original Interpretive Dance "Charleston"
1964 Karen Kopseng Bismarck 19 Miss Grand Forks Classical Vocal, "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly Preliminary Talent Award
1963 JoAnn Syvrud Mandan Miss Dickinson Vocal Ballad & Guitar
1962 Claudia Revland Fargo 19 Miss Fargo Vocal & Guitar
1961 Diane Ulvedal Grand Forks 18 Miss Grand Forks Piano, "Gavotte in B Major" by Bach
1960 Carol Olson Fargo 21 Miss Fargo Dramatic Monologue from Mary Stuart
1959 Claudia Gullickson Grand Forks 18 Classical Vocal, "Carissima" Non-finalist Talent Award
1958 Helen Korfhage Classical Vocal, "If Thou Lov'st Me"
1957 Helen Winje Minot Vocal
1956 Janet Smith Steele Drama
1955 MaryAnn Gibbs Williston Vocal
1954 Delores Paulson Bismarck Violin, "Méditation" from Thaïs
1953 Marilyn Wentz Napoleon Vocal
1952 Margaret Aandahl Litchville Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
1951 Marilyn Walker Minot Painting Display
1950 Joan Teets Comedy Monologue, "Touch of Norway" Non-finalist Talent Award
1949 Kitty Page Bismarck Tap Dance & Baton Twirling
No North Dakota representative at Miss America pageant
No national pageant was held[28]
No North Dakota representative at Miss America pageant[29]
No national pageants were held[28]
No North Dakota representative at Miss America pageant[30][31][32][33][34][35][36]


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