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Ashley Bickford, Miss Rhode Island 2007
Allison Rogers, Miss Rhode Island 2006, speaking at the US International Visitors' Program in August 2008

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

Alexandra Coppa of Cranston, Rhode Island was crowned Miss Rhode Island 2018 on May 6, 2018 at the Casino Theater in Newport, Rhode Island. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Results summary[edit]

The year in brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Miss Americas: N/A
  • 1st runners-up: N/A
  • 2nd runners-up: N/A
  • 3rd runners-up: Marilyn Cocozza (1968)
  • 4th runners-up: N/A
  • Top 10: Laurie Gray (2004)
  • Top 15: Deborah Saint-Vil (2011)
  • Top 23: Loretta LaFlamme (1923)


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Cheryl Hirst (1962), Cheryl Girr (1967), Teresa Bradley (1971), Karen Salvatore (1975), Kelly Jo Roarke (1998), Julianna Strout (2010)
  • Non-finalist Interview: Lisa Snow (1993)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Ann Willis (1959)
  • Miss Photogenic: Ashley Bickford (2008)
  • Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship: Laurie Gray (2004)
  • Quality of Life Award Winners: Allison Rogers (2007)
  • Quality of Life Award 2nd runners-up: Jessica Marfeo (2014)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Ashley Bickford (2008), Francesca Simone (2009), Alexandra Curtis (2016)
  • Women in Business Scholarship Award: Shruti Nagarajan (2017)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Alexandra Coppa[1] Cranston 22 Jazz Dance TBD TBD Previously Miss Rhode Island's Outstanding Teen 2012[2]
2017 Nicolette Peloquin[3][4] Newport 21 Miss Newport Acrobatics, "All That Jazz" NFL cheerleader for the New England Patriots for the 2018-2019 season[5]
2016 Shruti Nagarajan[6] Providence 24 Miss Providence County Bollywood-fusion dance Women in Business Scholarship Winner
2015 Alexandra Curtis[7] East Greenwich 23 Miss West Warwick Musical Theater Vocal, "Poor Unfortunate Souls" Quality of Life Award Finalist Previously National All-American Miss Teen 2010-2011[8]

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
2014 Ivy DePew[9] Providence 23 Miss Providence Flute "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013
2013 Jessica Marfeo[10] Exeter 20 Miss University of Rhode Island Vocal "Ain't Misbehavin'" Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up Contestant at Miss America Coed (Miss RI Sweetheart 2002)[11]
2012 Kelsey Fournier Pawtucket 23 Miss Pawtucket Jazz Dance "All That Jazz" Former NFL cheerleader and line captain for the New England Patriots during 2009-2011 seasons[12]
2011 Robin Bonner[13] Westhampton, New York 20 Miss University of Rhode Island Jazz Dance "Americano" by Lady Gaga
2010 Deborah Saint-Vil Providence 22 Miss Spirit of Hope Vocal "Smile" Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award
2009 Julianna Strout Watch Hill 24 Vocal "Come Rain or Come Shine" Non-finalist Talent Award
2008 Francesca Simone North Smithfield 22 Classical Vocal "Nessun dorma" Quality of Life Award Finalist
2007 Ashley Bickford Newport 22 Ballet en Pointe Miss Photogenic

Quality of Life Award Finalist

Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Triple Crown winner:
2006 Allison Rogers Providence 25 Classical Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu" Quality of Life Award
2005 Jessica Samson Newport 23 Vocal "It's No Secret Anymore"
2004 Aimee Belisle North Smithfield 24 Ballet en Pointe "You're a Grand Old Flag"
2003 Laurie Gray[14] Warwick 22 Classical Violin "Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64" Top 10 Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship

Preliminary Talent Award
Previously Rhode Island's Junior Miss 1999
2002 Gianine Marie Teti Providence 22 Classical Vocal "Steal Me Sweet Thief" from The Old Maid and the Thief
2001 Jennifer Leigh D'Ambrosio Providence 21 Vocal "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard Featured on MTV's True Life-I'm a Beauty Queen
2000 Jennifer St. Laurent Bristol 24 Vocal "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show"
1999 Karen Lindsay Warwick 24 Vocal "I'm a Woman" Preliminary Swimsuit Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 1998

Contestant on The Bachelor
1998 Heather Picard Cumberland 23 Ballet en Pointe "Carmen"
1997 Kelly Jo Roarke Cranston 24 Comic Reading "Non-Bridaled Passion" Non-finalist Talent Award
1996 Elana Chomiszak Providence 21 Dance "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
1995 Elizabeth Reilly North Providence 24 Miss North Providence Dance "Everybody Says Don't" from Anyone Can Whistle
1994 Tori-Lynn Heaton Cranston 24 Miss Cranston Character Jazz Dance First police officer to compete at Miss America
1993 Wendy Mello Narragansett 22 Miss South County Lyrical Ballet "A Piece of Sky" from Yentl
1992 Lisa Snow Cranston 23 Miss Western Cranston Dramatic Monologue Non-finalist Interview Award
1991 Debi Cutler North Providence 26 Miss Providence County Vocal "Shine On, Harvest Moon"
1990 Susan Savastano East Providence 22 Miss Greater Providence County Tap Dance "All Right"
1989 Gloria Berlanga Davisville 23 Miss Kent County Flute Solo
1988 Jenna Wims Pawtucket 24 Vocal Medley
1987 Cherilynn Cusick Providence 21 Miss Providence County Contemporary Ballet
1986 Barbara Longo Barrington
Toni Langello Warwick 20 Vocal "My Man" Competed as Miss Rhode Island in Miss America 1987 pageant

Later resigned after being arrested for cocaine possession in January 1987[15]
1985 Lori Boucher Pawtucket 20 Vocal "Losing My Mind"
1984 Joanna Minisce North Smithfield 19 Miss Northern Rhode Island Modern Jazz Dance
1983 Pamela Hoff Providence 21 Miss Providence-Pawtucket Vocal "For Once in My Life"
1982 Cynthia Crook Warwick 22 Miss Central Rhode Island Vocal/Dance "Theme from New York, New York"
1981 Kathleen Cryan Providence 23 Miss Eastern Rhode Island Jazz Dance "Electro-Phantasma" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1980 Dawn Potter Pascoag 20 Miss Northern Rhode Island Vocal / Dance "All That Jazz"
1979 Elaine Rushlow Westerly 20 Miss Southern Rhode Island Piano Solo "Bridge over Troubled Water"
1978 Lori Leyden Providence 21 Vocal "Everything"
1977 Tanya Kapla Middletown 21 Ballet en Pointe "The Dying Swan" Played Gloria Brown on The Young and the Restless
1976 Debra Cerroni Esmond 20 Miss University of Rhode Island Vocal "Much More" from The Fantasticks Previously Miss Rhode Island USA 1974
1975 Debra Cusick Providence 20 Dance "Promises, Promises" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1974 Karen Salvatore Warwick 22 Miss Rhode Island Coed Original Skit "Don't Smoke" Non-finalist Talent Award
1973 Patricia Garrahy North Providence 19 Ballet "Scarborough Fair"
1972 Michele Passarelli Pawtucket 18 Miss Pawtucket Vocal "Cabaret" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe

Featured performer at Miss America 1976 pageant
1971 Annette Charpentier Cumberland 21 Miss Cumberland Semi-classical Vocal "Eli's Coming"
1970 Teresa Bradley East Greenwich 19 Miss North Kingston Folk Singing & Guitar "Chelsea Morning" Non-finalist Talent Award
1969 Jeanne Bursley Barrington 20 Miss North Kingston Vocal / Dance "Standing on a Corner"
1968 Arlene Pinto Warwick 21 Miss Warwick Vocal / Dance "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
1967 Marilyn Cocozza North Providence 19 Miss Pawtucket Piano / Vocal "I Have Confidence" from The Sound of Music 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Previously Rhode Island's Junior Miss 1966
Semi-finalist at America's Junior Miss

Featured performer for the Miss America 1969 telecast
1966 Cheryl Girr Newport 18 Miss Newport Interpretive Ballet Non-finalist Talent Award
1965 Maureen Manton Warwick 21 Miss Warwick Dramatic Reading "The Diary of Anne Frank"
1964 Judy Anderson Warwick 20 Miss Warwick Vocal / Dance
1963 Sheila Guarniere Bristol Miss Bristol Piano Solo
1962 Deborah Babbitt Bristol 18 Miss Bristol Acrobatic Musical Comedy Dance
1961 Cheryl Hirst Greenville 18 Miss North Providence Ventriloquism & Organ "This Can't Be Love" Non-finalist Talent Award
1960 Sally Saabye Warwick 18 Miss Warwick Piano/Pantomime
1959 Michalene Chomicz Pawtucket 23 Vocal
1958 Ann Willis Cranston Miss Congeniality
1957 Beatrice Turek Providence Art Display
1956 Gail Gilmore Barrington Drama / Piano
1955 Claire Mae Emerson Pawtucket Dramatic Monologue
1954 Virginia Gregory Pawtucket Speech
1953 Joyce Sandberg Providence Drama Later Miss Rhode Island USA 1954
1952 Jayne Bradshaw Westerly Classical Vocal
No Rhode Island representative at Miss America pageant
1947 Ellen DiCenzo Providence Vocal
1946 Marilyn Tripp Westerly
1945 Mary Stevens Cranston Vocal "How Deep Is the Ocean?"
No Rhode Island representative at Miss America pageant
1937 Dorothy Mae Eden East Providence
1936 Mary Margaret Rogers Johnston
1935 Beatrice McKenzie Providence Miss Providence Multiple Rhode Island Representatives
Leona Mucha West Warwick Miss West Warwick
Marianne Ranallo Grasso
No pageant was held
No Rhode Island representative at Miss America pageant
No pageants were held
1927 June Frances Costello Providence
No Rhode Island representative at Miss America pageant
1925 Loretta Berchman
1924 Freida Leamon Miss Providence No Miss Rhode Island
1923 Loretta LaFlamme Miss Providence Top 23 No Miss Rhode Island
No Rhode Island representative at Miss America pageant


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