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Miss Illinois USA and Teen USA Titleholder History

Your ultimate Miss USA state pageant resource

Take a trip back into the history of the Miss Illinois USA and Teen USA pageants, from the first winner to the most recent. Get to know every single Miss and Teen titleholder with a full listing, hometown map and extensive photo archive, with state pageant photos, Miss USA and Teen USA competition photos and more.

Former titleholders at Miss IL USA 2012
Former titleholders at Miss IL USA 2012

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A guide to the state titleholder listings...

Miss USA and Miss Teen USA titleholders from Illinois

MISS USA 1953

Myrna
Hansen

18 • Chicago

1st runner-up
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 1963

Marite
Ozers

19 • Chicago

Semi-finalist
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 1973

Illinois USA winner icon new 3
Amanda
Jones

22 • Evanston

1st runner-up
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 1974

Illinois USA winner icon new 4
Karen Morrison

19 • St. Charles

Semi-finalist
at Miss Universe

MISS TEEN USA 1984

Cherise Haugen

17 • Sleepy Hollow

 

Miss Illinois USA titleholders 1952-2022

Recent titleholders

2019
Illinois USA icon 2019
Alex Plotz

23 • Geneva

 
 

2020
Illinois USA icon 2020
Olivia Pura

22 • Chicago

Top 10
at Miss USA

2021
Illinois USA icon 2021
Sydni Dion Bennett

20 • Chicago

3rd runner-up
at Miss USA

2022
Illinois USA icon 2022
Angel Reyes

26 • Hermosa

4th runner-up & Miss Photogenic at Miss USA

2023
Illinois USA icon 2023
Samantha Elliott

22 • Freeport

Semi-finalist
at Miss USA

Placements and Awards Summary

Placements

Winner

Myrna Hansen (1953), Marite Ozers (1963), Amanda Jones (1973), Karen Morrison (1974)

2nd runner-up

Laura Bach (1985), Nichole Holmes (1995) Stacie Juris (2013)

3rd runner-up

June Pickney (1958), Debra Niego (1979) Jill Gulseth (2005), Sydni Dion Bennett (2021)

4th runner-up

Cecilia Dennis (1954), Angel Reyes (2022)

Top 5/6

Semi-finalist

Diane Daniggelis (1955), Marianne Gaba (1957) Jean Donnelly (1962), Beverly Lacek (1967), Kathy Schmalen (1976), LaVonne Misselle (1984), Tricia Bach (1986), Joan Berge (1987), Gina Zordani (1988), Kelly Holub (1989), Karla Myers (1990), Kathleen Farrell (1994), Bernadette Przybycien (1996), Samantha Elliott (2023)

Top 8/10/11/12*

Olivia Pura (2020)

Top 15/16/20*

Catherine Warren (2006), Renee Wronecki (2015)

* Where the semi-finalists are cut in multiple stages before the top 5 or 6

Awards

Congeniality

Cheryl Setser (1966)

Photogenic

Elizabeth Curran (1977), Nichole Holmes (1995), Angel Reyes (2022)

State Costume

Tricia Bach (1986), Kelly Holub (1989)

1986 • State Costume winners Miss Illinois, Miss New Hampshire and Miss Arizona.

Full Titleholder Listing

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Samantha ElliottFreeport22Semi-finalist
2022Angel ReyesHermosa264th runner-upPhotogenic
2021Sydni Dion Bennett*Chicago203rd runner-upPreviously Miss IL Teen USA 2018 (3RU Miss Teen USA)
2020Olivia Pura*Chicago22Top 10Previously Miss IL Teen USA 2016 (SF Miss Teen USA)
2019Alex Plotz*Geneva23Previously Miss IL Teen USA 2012 (SF Miss Teen USA)
2018Karolina JaskoFranklin Park20
2017Whitney WandlandChicago25Top 5
2016Zena MalakCarol Stream24
2015Renee WroneckiBurbank22Top 15
2014Lexi Atkins*Champaign21Previously Miss IL Teen USA 2010 (1RU Miss Teen USA)
2013Stacie Juris*Tinley Park222nd runner-upPreviously Miss IL Teen USA 2009
2012Ashley HooksFlossmoor25
2011Angela SparrowChicago26
2010Ashley BradarichHomer Glen23Sister of Miss IA USA 2014 Carlyn Bradarich
2009Ashley BondOswego24
2008Shanon LerschChicago25
2007Mia HeastonChicago25
2006Catherine WarrenLake Forest23Top 15
2005Jill GulsethGeneva213rd Runner-up
2004Molly GrahamMontgomery24
2003Agnieszka ZakretaRolling Meadows24
2002Amanda ReynoldsMarion23
2001Rebecca AmbrosiChicago24
2000Constance StoetzerAbingdon26
1999Christina LamMakanda19
1998Mandy LaneElizabethtown21Mother of Miss IL Teen USA 2023 Vivica Lewandowski
1997Jennifer SalinasSouth Holland21
1996Bernadette PrzybycienChicago24Semi-finalist
1995Nichole HolmesMarion202nd runner-upPhotogenic
1994Kathleen Farrell^Chicago24Semi-finalistPreviously Miss Illinois 1992; sister of Miss FL USA 1988 Monica Farrell
1993Susie ParkChicago25
1992Leilani MagnussenGlendale Heights21
1991Lisa MorganInverness21Finalist
1990Karla MyersChicago22Semi-finalist
1989Kelly HolubBuffalo Grove22Semi-finalist
1988Gina ZordaniPalos Heights23Semi-finalist
1987Joan BergeArlington Heights21Semi-finalist
1986Tricia BachElmhurst22Semi-finalistSister of Miss IL USA 1985 Laura Bach
1985Laura BachElmhurst232nd Runner-upSister of Miss IL USA 1986 Tricia Bach
1984LaVonne MisselleToluca19Semi-finalist
1983Vanessa RomineRockford24
1982Carla DanielsonChicago21
1981Leslie RenfrowChicago21
1980Karen GroatPrinceton182021
1979Debra NiegoOak Lawn203rd Runner-up
1978Suzanne PicheLombard22
1977Elizabeth CurranPark Ridge21Photogenic
1976Kathy SchmalenOak Lawn18Semi-finalist
1975Connie ReifWheeling18
1974Melinda StaigerAurora19Succeeded Karen Morrison
1974KAREN MORRISONSt. Charles19Miss USA
1973Deanna HansonAurora19Succeeded Amanda Jones
1973AMANDA JONESEvanston22Miss USA
1972Jani HallBig Rock21
1971Paulette BreenChicago212015
1970Carol PepoonSkokie18
1969Christine JallowayChicago23
1968Sandra WolsfeldWheaton21SF Miss World 1970
1967Beverly LacekChicago23Semi-finalist
1966Cheryl SetserWoodstock19Congeniality
1965Diane GortzSchiller Park18
1964Karen WiesbrookWheaton18
1963MARITE OZERSChicago19Miss USA
1962Jean DonnellyDekalb20Semi-finalist
1961Diane DuffeyElmhurst19
1960Patricia ThompsonChicago21
1959Arlene KayeWestern Springs19† 2013
1958June PickneyChicago223rd runner-up† 2019
1957Marianne GabaChicago18Semi-finalist2016
1956Muriel "Mickey" BlairChicago23† 2013
1955Diane DaniggelisChicago18Semi-finalist
1954Celeste RavelChicago214th runner-up† 2013
1953MYRNA HANSENChicago18Miss USA
1952Sherry MatulisPeoria20† 2014
YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Samantha ElliottFreeport22Semi-finalist
2022Angel ReyesHermosa264th runner-upPhotogenic
2021Sydni Dion Bennett*Chicago203rd runner-upPreviously Miss IL Teen USA 2018 (3RU Miss Teen USA)
2020Olivia Pura*Chicago22Top 10Previously Miss IL Teen USA 2016 (SF Miss Teen USA)
2019Alex Plotz*Geneva23Previously Miss IL Teen USA 2012 (SF Miss Teen USA)
2018Karolina JaskoFranklin Park20
2017Whitney WandlandChicago25Top 5
2016Zena MalakCarol Stream24
2015Renee WroneckiBurbank22Top 15
2014Lexi Atkins*Champaign21Previously Miss IL Teen USA 2010 (1RU Miss Teen USA)
2013Stacie Juris*Tinley Park222nd runner-upPreviously Miss IL Teen USA 2009
2012Ashley HooksFlossmoor25
2011Angela SparrowChicago26
2010Ashley BradarichHomer Glen23Sister of Miss IA USA 2014 Carlyn Bradarich
2009Ashley BondOswego24
2008Shanon LerschChicago25
2007Mia HeastonChicago25
2006Catherine WarrenLake Forest23Top 15
2005Jill GulsethGeneva213rd Runner-up
2004Molly GrahamMontgomery24
2003Agnieszka ZakretaRolling Meadows24
2002Amanda ReynoldsMarion23
2001Rebecca AmbrosiChicago24
2000Constance StoetzerAbingdon26
1999Christina LamMakanda19
1998Mandy LaneElizabethtown21Mother of Miss IL Teen USA 2023 Vivica Lewandowski
1997Jennifer SalinasSouth Holland21
1996Bernadette PrzybycienChicago24Semi-finalist
1995Nichole HolmesMarion202nd runner-upPhotogenic
1994Kathleen Farrell^Chicago24Semi-finalistPreviously Miss Illinois 1992; sister of Miss FL USA 1988 Monica Farrell
1993Susie ParkChicago25
1992Leilani MagnussenGlendale Heights21
1991Lisa MorganInverness21Finalist
1990Karla MyersChicago22Semi-finalist
1989Kelly HolubBuffalo Grove22Semi-finalist
1988Gina ZordaniPalos Heights23Semi-finalist
1987Joan BergeArlington Heights21Semi-finalist
1986Tricia BachElmhurst22Semi-finalistSister of Miss IL USA 1985 Laura Bach
1985Laura BachElmhurst232nd Runner-upSister of Miss IL USA 1986 Tricia Bach
1984LaVonne MisselleToluca19Semi-finalist
1983Vanessa RomineRockford24
1982Carla DanielsonChicago21
1981Leslie RenfrowChicago21
1980Karen Groat†Princeton18
1979Debra NiegoOak Lawn203rd Runner-up
1978Suzanne PicheLombard22
1977Elizabeth CurranPark Ridge21Photogenic
1976Kathy SchmalenOak Lawn18Semi-finalist
1975Connie ReifWheeling18
1974Melinda StaigerAurora19Succeeded Karen Morrison
1974KAREN MORRISONSt. Charles19Miss USA
1973Deanna HansonAurora19Succeeded Amanda Jones
1973AMANDA JONESEvanston22Miss USA
1972Jani HallBig Rock21
1971Paulette BreenChicago21
1970Carol PepoonSkokie18
1969Christine JallowayChicago23
1968Sandra WolsfeldWheaton21SF Miss World 1970
1967Beverly LacekChicago23Semi-finalist
1966Cheryl SetserWoodstock19Congeniality
1965Diane GortzSchiller Park18
1964Karen WiesbrookWheaton18
1963MARITE OZERSChicago19Miss USA
1962Jean DonnellyDekalb20Semi-finalist
1961Diane DuffeyElmhurst19
1960Patricia ThompsonChicago21
1959Arlene KayeWestern Springs19† 2013
1958June PickneyChicago223rd runner-up† 2019
1957Marianne GabaChicago18Semi-finalist2016
1956Muriel "Mickey" BlairChicago23† 2013
1955Diane DaniggelisChicago18Semi-finalist
1954Celeste RavelChicago214th runner-up† 2013
1953MYRNA HANSENChicago18Miss USA
1952Sherry MatulisPeoria20† 2014

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