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; certified yoga instructor; author/speaker;
SimpleSpaces; lives in Utah with husband; 10 children and nine grandchildren
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 and 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 and 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 HR/Payroll Manager for the Birmingham Barons, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox; resides in Birmingham, AL, with her husband and two children
19981998
Susan Davidson
Pennsylvania

Harvard and Georgetown School of Medicine grad; completed residency in anesthesia, followed by fellowship training in cardiothoracic anesthesia at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; currently an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Maryland Medical School
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 five 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; Communications Manager for agricultural input supplier GreenPoint AG; resides in Mississippi with husband and three children
20052005
Kelli Schutz Croyle
Mississippi

Belhaven University honors grad; motivational and guest speaker; spiritual development director at Westbrook Christian School; fitness coordinator at Big Oak Ranch; resides in Gadsden, AL, at Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for children needing a chance; married with 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; anchor at business and technology news network, Cheddar; living in New York City
20082008
Lindsey Brinton
Utah

Harvard grad with BA in economics; graduated #1 in law school class from UC Hastings College of Law, 2017; lives in Denver with husband, Dallin Harris, and two sons; expecting a third child in October
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

Graduated Pepperdine with a Masters of Music degree in Voice and Opera; currently singing opera professionally and will be moving to Switzerland in the fall to sing in Europe with her husband
20112011
Katye Brock
Tennessee

Graduated first in class with B.S in public relations from University of Tennessee; graduated in December 2017 with a master's in Speech-Language Pathology; currently working as a speech-language pathologist for Knox County Schools; lives in Knoxville, TN, with husband, Jason, and puppy, Nala
20122012
Christina Maxwell
North Carolina

Summa cum laude grad of University of Michigan; BFA in musical theatre, minor in writing; lives in New York City pursuing a career in Musical Theatre and working as a creative arts therapist for pediatric oncology patients in underserved parts of the city; most recently portrayed MGM star Deanna Durbin in industry reading of Broadway-aimed show, "Chasing Rainbows"
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

Florida State University 2018 graduate; will be moving to New York Center; a member of Charles Anderson's COA Dance Project company; was awarded the Sharon Maxwell Ferguson and Howell Ferguson Scholarship
20152015
Maire Nakada
Alaska

Student at University of South Alabama; nursing major; part-time nursing student at Providence Hospital; South Alabama Student Ambassador, president of Friends of Internationals, National Society of Collegiate Scholars member, Student Nurses Association member, Catholic Student Association member
20162016
Tara Moore
South Carolina

Student at Clemson University; health sciences major with plans to become a physical therapist; member of the Rally Cats dance team
2017
Skye Bork
District of Columbia

Pursuing an Economics-Mathematics major at Columbia University; Vice President of her class for Columbia's student council; member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee; continues to take dance every day, on and off campus

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