Past National Winners 1958 - 2012

 See also all past State Representatives 1958 - 2012.

1958 Phyllis A. Whitenack
West Virginia

University of Central Florida Graduate; registered nurse; lived in Scottsdale, AZ; two daughters and two grandchildren; died in 2011 
1959 Judi Humphrey Peckonis

Studied for a career in nursing; one son, died in 1968
  1960 Maureen Sullivan Collins

Southern Connecticut State University graduate; BS degree in Special Education; Lives on Fisher Island, FL and CT with husband George; three sons and ten grandchildren

  1961 Mary Frann Luecke

Attended Northwestern University; founded the America’s Junior Miss Council in 1995; had an extensive career in acting; died in 1998

  1962 Jean Leslie Allen
Rhode Island

George Washington University graduate; attended Georgetown Law School; lives in Providence, RI; one son

  1963 Diane Sawyer

Wellesley College graduate; lives in NYC; former co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America; current anchor of ABC's World News and principal anchor for breaking news, election coverage, and special events; married to Mike Nichols

  1964 Linda Felber

Master’s degree from University of Illinois; lives in Salem, OR; coordinator of student services for school district; one daughter   

  1965 Patrice Gaunder Heeran

Marygrove College (Detroit) graduate; lives in Washoe Valley, NV with husband John; three grown children, Sean, Katie and Patrick

  1966 Diane Wilkins

Studied at Marymont and the University of Massachusetts; worked in import business in California; died in 2005

1967 Rosemary Dunaway Trible

University of Texas graduate; works with students at Christopher Newport Univ., where husband, Paul, is president; author of book and created nonprofit - Fear 2 Freedom; two children and two grandchildren

  1968 Debi Faubion Attorri

Stephens College graduate; lives with husband in Charlotte, NC where she has retired as an anchor for the evening news at WSOC-TV

  1969 Jackie Bennington Weiss

Master’s degree in education from Stanford University; high school dance and aerobics teacher; two daughters

  1970 Karen Stenwall Wiseman

Studied at Texas Christian University and Kansas State; Masters in psychology; Senior VP Marketing for global real estate company; lives in Dallas, TX; three daughters and three grandchildren    

  1971 Arlene Stens Thompson
New Jersey

Master’s degree from Trenton State College; lives in Moorestown, NJ; five children

  1972 Lydia Hodson Copeland

George Washington University graduate; worked in television; one son; died in 1991

  1973 Linda Rutledge Delbridge

Ph.D. in computer science from George Washington University; Global Sales Executive for IBM; resides in Lake Tahoe, NV with husband Dave

  1974 Karen Morris Gowdy

Attended the University of Wyoming, New York University, and Stella Adler's; played the role of Faith Coleridge on the Emmy-winning Ryan's Hope; resides in CT with her husband Curt Gowdy, Jr  and their three daughters

1975 Julie Forshee Thurber

Spring Hill College graduate; lives in Magnolia Springs, AL; two sons

  1976 Lenne Jo Hallgren Best

Whitworth College graduate; public speaker, author, and active in public affairs; contributor to Full Bloom; resides in Eagle, ID; three children

  1977 Christy Moller Wojohn

University of Georgia graduate; teaches 1st grade; lives in Zachary, LA; five children

  1978 Kim Crosby Westenberg

Performs as feature soloist with symphonies around the U.S.; starred in Guys and Dolls and Into the Woods on Broadway; currently appearing in national tour of Peter Pan; lives in Springfield, MO with husband; two daughters and one son

  1979 Susan Horvath McCready

Studied at Troy State University; worked in radio; currently living in VA with her husband, a retired Air Force Colonel

  1980 Julie Bryan Moran

Magna Cum Laude graduate of UGA; extensive career in television, including first female anchor of ABC's Wide World of Sports, Entertainment Tonight and Insider's List; resides in Santa Monica, CA with husband, Actor Rob Moran and two daughters 
  1981 Kim Smith Yandow
North Carolina
Extensive career as a dancer/choreographer and Director; taught dance at BYU for 11 years; directed her own women's performing company for seven years; author/speaker; SimpleSpaces; lives in Utah with husband Chris; ten children and one grandchild
  1982 Susan Hammett Wilmore

Master's degree from Louisiana State University in communication disorders; speech pathologist for 15 years; currently sales representative for Takeda pharmaceuticals; lives in Alexandria, LA, with husband, Randy, and two sons
  1983 Stephanie Ashmore Pitts

University of Mississippi Nursing School graduate; Pediatric Oncology, pre-op and recovery room nursing; lives in Starkville, MS with her husband, two daughters and two sons
  1984 Amber Kvanli Ward

M.B.A. from Kellogg at Northwestern University; lives in New York City with husband and two children 
  1985 Valerie Lowrance Tyler

University of Texas- Ph.D. in jurispendence; former prosecutor; working as a lecturer in trial advocacy at the U of TX Law School; resides in Austin, TX with her husband and four children
  1986 Lori Jo Smith Carbonneau

Graduate of Princeton; Harvard MBA; earning Masters of Theology degree; lives in Virginia following years in China; two sons and one daughter 
  1987 Chuti Tiu

Northwestern University grad; actor and writer for film, TV, commercials, theater, and Internet; in post-production for "Pretty Rosebud," a feature she wrote, produced, and starred in; business developer in anti-aging industry; married to actor Oscar Torre
  1988 Kristen Logan Sepesi

Baylor University graduate; former marketing consultant and Colorado state chairman; lives in Athens, GA with husband Josh; one daughter and one son
  1989 Kristin Huxhold Provisero

University of Illinois graduate; Master's degree from Webster University; Ro