Past National Winners

19581958
Phyllis A. Whitenack
West Virginia

University of Central Florida grad; registered nurse; two daughters and two grandchildren; died in 2011
19591959
Judi Humphrey Peckonis
Pennsylvania

Studied for a career in nursing; one son; died in 1968
19601960
Maureen Sullivan Collins
Connecticut

Southern Connecticut State University grad; BS degree in Special Education; lives on Fisher Island, FL and CT with husband George; three sons and ten grandchildren
19611961
Mary Frann Luecke
Missouri

Northwestern University grad; founded the America’s Junior Miss Council in 1995; had an extensive career in acting; died in 1998
19621962
Jean Leslie Allen
Rhode Island

George Washington University and Georgetown Law School grad; lives in Providence, RI; one son
19631963
Diane Sawyer
Kentucky

Wellesley College grad; lives in NYC; former anchor of ABC's World News and principal anchor for breaking news, election coverage, and special events; wife of the late Mike Nichols
19641964
Linda Felber
Washington
Master's degree from the University of Illinois; coordinator of student services for school district; one daughter; lives in Salem, OR
19651965
Patrice Gaunder Heeran
Michigan
Marygrove College grad; lives in Washoe Valley, NV with husband; two sons and one daughter
19661966
Diane Wilkins
Wisconsin
Studied at Marymont and the University of Massachusetts; worked in import business; died in 2005
19671967
Rosemary Dunaway Trible
Arkansas
University of Texas grad; works with students at Christopher Newport Univ., where husband is President; author of book Fear to Freedom; created nonprofit Fear 2 Freedom to bring hope & healing to those sexually assaulted; two children & two grandchildren
19681968
Debi Faubion Attorri
Oklahoma
Stephens College grad; former news anchor at WSOC-TV; broadcast and promotion spokesperson at her company Debi Presents LLC; lives with husband in Charlotte, NC
19691969
Jackie Bennington Weiss
California
Master's degree in Education/Physical Education from Stanford; High School dance instructor & Dir. of International Baccalaureate Dance Certificate Program; lives in California with husband; two daughters
19701970
Karen Stenwall Wiseman
Arizona
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 four grandchildren
19711971
Arlene Stens Thompson
New Jersey
Master’s degree from Trenton State College; lives in Moorestown, NJ; five children
19721972
Lydia Hodson Copeland
Kentucky

George Washington University grad; worked in television; one son; died in 1991
19731973
Linda Rutledge Delbridge
Kansas
Ph.D. in computer science from George Washington University; Global Sales Executive for IBM; resides in Lake Tahoe, NV with husband
19741974
Karen Morris Gowdy
Wyoming
Attended the University of Wyoming, NYU, and Stella Adler's; played role of Faith Coleridge on Ryan's Hope; resides in CT with husband and three daughters
19751975
Julie Forshee Thurber
Arkansas

Spring Hill College grad; lives in Magnolia Springs, AL; two sons
19761976
Lenne Jo Hallgren Best
Washington

Whitworth College grad; public speaker, author, and active in public affairs; contributor to Full Bloom; resides in Eagle, ID with husband; three children and three grandchildren
19771977
Christy Moller Wojohn
Arkansas

University of Georgia grad; teaches 1st grade; lives in Zachary, LA; five children
19781978
Kim Crosby Westenberg
Missouri

Performs as feature soloist with symphonies around the U.S.; starred in Guys and Dolls and Into the Woods on Broadway; lives in Springfield, MO with husband; two daughters and one son
19791979
Susan Horvath McCready
Pennsylvania

Studied at Troy State University; worked in radio; currently living in VA with her husband, a retired Air Force Colonel
19801980
Julie Bryan Moran
Georgia

Magna cum laude grad at UGA; first female anchor of ABC's Wide World of Sports; one of the hosts of Entertainment Tonight for 10 years; host of LIFETIME's The Balancing Act; she, her husband, and two daughters reside in Atlanta where her husband produces movies
19811981
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; ten children and two grandchild
19821982
Susan Hammett Wilmore
Mississippi

Master's degree from Louisiana State University; speech pathologist for 15 years; senior sales representative with Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA; lives in Alexandria, LA with husband and two sons
19831983
Stephanie Ashmore Pitts
Alabama

University of Mississippi Nursing School grad; Pediatric Oncology, Pre-Op and Recovery Room Nursing; married & lives in Fairhope, AL with four children; daughter Mallory (DYW MS 2012) won Spirit Award at local, state, and national programs
19841984
Amber Kvanli Ward
Minnesota

M.B.A. from Kellogg at Northwestern University; lives in New York City with husband and two children
19851985
Valerie Lowrance Tyler
Texas

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 with her husband and four children
19861986
Lori Jo Smith Carbonneau
Virginia

Princeton grad; Harvard MBA; lives in Virginia following years in China; Director of Membership for the McClean Project for the Arts; married with two sons and one daughter
19871987
Chuti Tiu
Wisconsin

Northwestern University grad; actor, writer & producer for film, TV, commercials, theater & Internet; just released feature film Pretty Rosebud on iTunes & Amazon, which she wrote, produced & starred in; serves on Tallgrass Film Festival Filmmaker Advisory Board; married to actor Oscar Torre
19881988
Kristen Logan Sepesi
Mississippi

Baylor University grad; former marketing consultant and DYW Colorado state chairman; lives in Athens, GA with husband, daughter and son
19891989
Kristin Huxhold Provisero
Missouri

University of Illinois grad; Master's degree from Webster University; Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar; Broadway singer and actress living in NYC with husband and two daughters
19901990
Sara Martin Rosheger
Illinois

Northwestern University grad; master's degree from the University of Warick; 1995 British Marshall Scholar; kindergarten teacher; married with two children
19911991
Amy Elizabeth Goodman
California

UCLA grad; master's from Columbia; nationally recognized journalist & style expert; frequent contributor NBC's TODAY Show, The Rachel Ray Show, The View, The Talk; author of Wear This, Toss That; Senior Lifestyle Editor at zulily.com; resides in DC with husband & two children
19921992
Tiffany Stoker Madsen
California

BYU magna cum laude graduate; J.D. from Hastings College of the Law; practiced labor and employment law; certified teacher of Let's Play Music; President of Church Young Women Organization; resides in California with her husband; two sons and two daughters
19931993
Rebecca Jones Kujawa
Georgia

Cum laude Duke University grad; earned Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) designation; currently VP of Business Management for an energy company; resides in Florida with her husband, son and two daughters
19941994
Amy Osmond Cook
Utah

Ph.D. in Communication from University of Utah; Director of Provider Relations for North American Health Care; CEO of Osmond Marketing; Healthcare columnist for Daily Herald, Family Share, Cupid's Pulse; married and has five children
19951995
Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny
New Jersey

Duke and Tulane School of Medicine grad; board-certified dermatologist; Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital; lived in NYC with husband and three children; died in 2015
19961996
Andrea Plummer Guardenier
Tennessee

University of Virginia grad; MD from Albany Medical College; served seven years in the Air Force as a pediatrician; now working as a Fellow in Pediatric Intensive Care in San Diego where she lives with her husband and daughter
19971997
Tyrenda Williams
Alabama

Birmingham-Southern College grad and M.A. in Journalism and Latin American & Caribbean Studies from NYU; serves as Head of Human Resources for American Thrift Stores Inc.; resides in Birmingham, AL with her husband & two children
19981998
Susan Davidson
Pennsylvania

Harvard and Georgetown School of Medicine grad; alumna of Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric residency; board certified pediatrician; completing anesthesia training at Johns Hopkins Hospital; lives in Maryland with husband
19991999
Sarah Jane Everman Shanks
Georgia

University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music grad; recently performed in the Broadway musical Bright Star; lives with her husband in New York City
20002000
Jesika Henderson Harmon
Utah

Brigham Young University honors grad; BA in English and minor in dance; currently resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband and four children
20012001
Carrie Colvin Alling
Alabama

Magna cum laude grad of Vanderbilt University; digital media and video production consultant; lives in Los Angeles with husband and two daughters
20022002
Amy Kerr McVey
Oregon

Cum laude grad of Willamette University; owns and operates fine art wedding and portrait photography studio with husband; lives in Salem, OR
20032003
Andrea Finch Williams
California

Brigham Young University grad; teaches voice and piano lessons; resides in Gainesville, FL with her husband, one daughter and two sons
20042004
Shannon Essenpreis Fortenberry
Texas

Magna cum laude grad of University of Mississippi; Marketing & Provider Relations Director for the orthopaedic providers to Ole Miss Athletics; resides in MS with husband and two children
20052005
Kelli Schutz Croyle
Mississippi

Bel haven University honors grad; motivational and guest speaker; choreographer for DYW MS Program; owner of barrePilates Studio; resides in Gadsden, AL at Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for children needing a chance; married and has two sons
20062006
Taylor Phillips
Kentucky

Stanford undergrad & Ph.D.; currently Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations at New York University (Stern School of Business)
20072007
Nora Ali
Minnesota

Harvard University grad with a BA in statistics and quantitative finance; working at e-commerce startup jet.com; living in New York City
20082008
Lindsey Brinton
Utah

Harvard grad with BA in economics; currently pursuing a J.D. degree at UC Hastings College of the Law; lives in San Francisco with husband and one son
20092009
Michelle Rodgers
Kentucky

Northwestern University grad with a degree in social policy & minors in business & theater; Community Program Coordinator for the City of Eugene, OR; middle school teacher & group facilitator; Producer of Barn Flakes web series; Director of The Eugene Story Project
20102010
Madison Leonard
Idaho

Northwestern grad with a masters of music degree in voice and opera; currently performing as an apprentice artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera
20112011
Katye Brock
Tennessee

Graduated first in class with B.S in public relations from University of Tennessee; pursing masters in speech-language pathology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; lives in Knoxville with her husband
20122012
Christina Maxwell
North Carolina

Summa cum laude grad of University of Michigan; BFA in musical theatre; recipient of Alan Eisenberg/Actors' Equity Association Award; starred as Clara Johnson in university's The Light in the Plaza; spending summer in NYC to pursue a career in musical theatre, film and television
20132013
Nicole Renard
Washington

Student at Chapman University in Orange County, CA; majoring in TV broadcast journalism with minor in advertising; Chapman Ambassador, Resident Advisor & pastry chef in school's cafeteria; recently interned for Ryan Seacrest Studios & iHeartMedia; studied abroad in New Zealand last semester
20142014
Brooke Rucker
Georgia

Student at Florida State University; majoring in dance, plans to become a choreographer; awarded the Sharon Maxwell Ferguson and Howell Ferguson Scholarship; spent last summer studying in Paris; spent six weeks at the Alvin Ailey Summer intensive where she performed in After 8
20152015
M<á>aire Nakada
Alaska

Student at University of South Alabama; nursing major with a minor in biomedical science; selected as 1 of 5 new Southerners, a 20-member group which serve as the official ambassadors of USA; will study nutrition, culture and Spanish in Ecuador during summer 2017

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