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The Miss Maryland USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Maryland in the Miss USA pageant. The pageant is directed by D&D Investments.
The first Miss USA winner from Maryland, Mary Leona Gage, won Miss USA 1957. However, she was later discovered to be a mother of two sons and was therefore dethroned. In 2012, Nana Meriwether placed 1st runner-up, but became Miss USA 2012 when Olivia Culpo won Miss Universe 2012.
Four Maryland titleholders are former Miss Maryland Teen USAs. These four all reigned in the early 1990s, and in fact four out of six titleholders from 1990 to 1995 were former teens. Only one Miss Maryland USA has competed at Miss America.
From 2006 to 2008, each woman who won Miss Maryland USA was the previous year's first runner-up.
Winners: Mary Leona Gage (1957) ‡
1st runners-up: Paulette Reck (1968), Nana Meriwether (2012)
4th runners-up: Betty Jo Grove (1973), Mame Adjei (2015)
Top 8: Allyn Rose (2011)
Top 10: Rowann Brewer (1988), Marina Harrison (2005), Taylor Burton (2014)
Top 11/12: Carol Theis (1971), Tonja Walker (1980), Linda Lambert (1981), Angie Boyer (1982), Jennifer Wilhoit (1995)
Top 15: Barbara Eschenburg (1954), Charlene Holt (1956), Diane White (1959), Royette Tarry (1964), Roselaine Zetter (1966), Sandy Clevering (1967) Rhonda Koch (1978), Kasey Staniszewski (2013)
Miss Maryland USA Wikipedia
‡ Gage was later dethronedMiss Photogenic: Rowann Brewer (1988)
Style Award: Megan Gunning (2001)
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant