Miss Rhode Island Explained

For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Rhode Island USA

The Miss Rhode Island competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Rhode Island in the Miss America pageant.


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2011Robin Bonner[1] Westhampton, NY20Miss University of Rhode IslandJazz Dance "Americano" by Lady Gaga
2010Deborah Saint-VilProvidence22Miss Spirit of HopeVocal "Smile"Top 15 semi-finalistPreliminary Talent Award winner
2009Julianna StroutWatch Hill24Vocal "Come Rain or Come Shine"Non-Finalist Talent Award
2008Francesca SimoneNorth Smithfield22Classical Vocal "Nessun dorma"Quality of Life Award Finalist
2007Ashley BickfordNewport22Ballet en PointePreliminary Swimsuit; Miss PhotogenicTriple Crown winner: Previously Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2002 and Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2002.Later Miss Connecticut USA 2010
2006Allison RogersProvidence25Classical Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu"Quality of Life Award
2005Jessica SamsonNewport23Vocal "It's No Secret Anymore"
2004Aimee BelisleNorth Smithfield24Ballet en Pointe "You're a Grand Old Flag"
2003Laurie GrayWarwick22Classical Violin "Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64"Top 10 Semi-FinalistPreliminary Talent, Dr. David B. Allman Medical ScholarshipPreviously Rhode Island's Junior Miss 1999
2002Gianine Marie TetiProvidence22Classical Vocal "Steal Me Sweet Thief" from The Old Maid and the Thief
2001Jennifer Leigh D'AmbrosioProvidence21Vocal "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset BoulevardFeatured on MTV's True Life - I'm a Beauty Queen
2000Jennifer St. LaurentBristol24Vocal "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show"
1999Karen LindsayWarwick24Vocal "I'm a Woman"Preliminary SwimsuitContestant at National Sweetheart 1998; Participated in The Bachelor
1998Heather PicardCumberland23Ballet en Pointe "Carmen"
1997Kelly Jo RoarkeCranston24Comic Reading "Non-Bridaled Passion"Non Finalist Talent
1996Elana ChomiszakProvidence21Dance "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
1995Elizabeth ReillyNorth Providence24Miss North ProvidenceDance "Everybody Says Don't" from Anyone Can Whistle
1994Tori-Lynn HeatonCranston24Miss CranstonCharacter Jazz DanceFirst Sworn Police Officer to Compete at Miss America
1993Wendy MelloNarragansett22Miss South CountyLyrical Ballet "A Piece of Sky" from Yentl
1992Lisa SnowCranston23Miss Western CranstonDramatic MonologueNon Finalist Interview
1991Debi CutlerNorth Providence26Miss Providence CountyVocal "Shine On, Harvest Moon"
1990Susan SavastanoEast Providence22Miss Greater Providence CountyTap Dance "All Right"
1989Gloria BerlangaDavisville23Miss Kent CountyFlute Solo
1988Jenna WimsPawtucket24Vocal Medley
1987Cherilynn CusickProvidence21Miss Providence CountyContemporary Ballet
rowspan=21986Barbara LongoBarringtonListed as Miss Rhode Island on Miss Rhode Island website
Toni LangelloWarwick20Vocal "My Man"competed as Miss Rhode Island in 1986 Miss America Pageant
1985Lori BoucherPawtucket20Vocal "Losing My Mind"
1984Joanna MinisceNorth Smithfield19Miss Northern Rhode IslandModern Jazz Dance
1983Pamela HoffProvidence21Miss Providence-PawtucketVocal "For Once in My Life"
1982Cynthia CrookWarwick22Miss Central Rhode IslandVocal / Dance "New York, New York"
1981Kathleen CryanProvidence23Miss Eastern Rhode IslandJazz Dance "Electro-Phantasma"Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1980Dawn PotterPascoag20Miss Northern Rhode IslandVocal / Dance "All That Jazz"
1979Elaine RushlowWesterly20Miss Southern Rhode IslandPiano Solo "Bridge over Troubled Water"
1978Lori LeydenProvidence21Vocal "Everything"
1977Tanya KaplaMiddletown21Ballet en Pointe "The Dying Swan"Actress, played Gloria Brown on The Young and the Restless
1976Debra CerroniEsmond20Miss University of Rhode IslandVocal "Much More" from The FantasticksPreviously Miss Rhode Island USA 1974
1975Debra CusickProvidence20Dance "Promises, Promises"Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1974Karen SalvatoreWarwick22Miss Rhode Island CoedOriginal Skit "Don't Smoke"Non-finalist Talent
1973Patricia GarrahyNorth Providence19Ballet "Scarborough Fair"
1972Michele PassarelliPawtucket18Miss PawtucketVocal "Cabaret"Toured with Miss America USO Troupe and feature performer at the 1976 Miss America Pageant
1971Annette CharpentierCumberland21Miss CumberlandSemi-Classical Vocal "Eli's Coming"
1970Teresa BradleyEast Greenwich19Miss North KingstonFolk Singing & Guitar "Chelsea Morning"Non-finalist Talent
1969Jeanne BursleyBarrington20Miss North KingstonVocal / Dance "Standing on a Corner"
1968Arlene PintoWarwick21Miss WarwickVocal / Dance "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
1967Marilyn CocozzaNorth Providence19Miss PawtucketPiano / Vocal "I Have Confidence" from The Sound of Music3rd Runner UpPreliminary TalentPreviously Rhode Island's Junior Miss 1966 & Semi-Finalist at America's Junior Miss; Featured performer for the 1968 Miss America pageant telecast
1966Cheryl GirrNewport18Miss NewportInterpretive BalletNon-finalist Talent
1965Maureen MantonWarwick21Miss WarwickDramatic Reading "The Diary of Anne Frank"
1964Judy AndersonWarwick20Miss WarwickVocal / Dance
1963Sheila GuarniereBristolMiss BristolPiano Solo
1962Deborah BabbittBristol18Miss BristolAcrobatic Musical Comedy Dance
1961Cheryl HirstGreenville18Miss North ProvidenceVentriloquism & Organ "This Can't Be Love"Non-finalist Talent
1960Sally SaabyeWarwick18Miss WarwickPiano / Pantomime
1959Michalene ChomiczPawtucket23Vocal
1958Ann WillisCranstonMiss Congeniality
1957Beatrice TurekProvidenceArt Display
1956Gail GilmoreBarringtonDrama / Piano
1955Claire Mae EmersonPawtucket
1954Virginia GregoryPawtucketSpeech
1953Joyce SandbergProvidenceDramaFuture Miss Rhode Island USA 1954
1952Jayne BradshawWesterlyClassical Vocal
1947Ellen Di CenzoProvidenceVocal
1946Marilyn TrippWesterly
1945Mary StevensCranstonVocal "How Deep Is the Ocean?"
1937Dorothy Mae EdenEast Providence
1936Mary RogersJohnston
rowspan=21935Beatrice McKenzieProvidencecompeted as Miss Providence in the Miss America Pageant
Leona MuchaWest Warwickcompeted as Miss West Warwick in the Miss America Pageant
1927June Frances CostelloProvidence
1925Loretta Berchman
1924No Miss Rhode IslandThere was a Miss Providence who competed but whose name is not known.
1923No Miss Rhode IslandLoretta LaFlamme competed as Miss Providence and finished as a semi-finalist in the pageant.

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Notes and References

  1. News: Rhode Island Welcomes 2011 State Titleholder. Four Points. May 23, 2011.