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Allison Grisso, Miss South Carolina USA 1983
Miss South Carolina USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state South Carolinamarker in the Miss USA pageant. The pageant has been produced by RPM Productions since 1980.

Miriam Stevenson, South Carolina's first Miss USA, and the United States' first Miss Universe was also the first Miss USA winner to have competed at Miss America. She was the first woman to have competed at Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe. RPM's first winner was Shawn Weatherly, who also won Miss USA and went on to win Miss Universe.

Four Miss South Carolina USAs have also held the Miss South Carolina Teen USA title and competed at Miss Teen USA. One has also competed at Miss America.

Miss South Carolina USA titleholders have also competed at two other major international pagenats. Gina Tolleson, first runner-up at Miss USA 1990, went on to win the Miss World crown that year, and Miss South Carolina USA 2004, Amanda Pennekamp has also competed at the Miss Earth 2006 pageant where she made the top 16.

Results summary

  • Winners: Miriam Stevenson (1954), Shawn Weatherly (1980), Lu Parker (1994)
  • 1st runners-up: Betty Cherry (1956), Vickie Chesser (1970), Gina Tolleson (1990), Amanda Pennekamp (2004)
  • 2nd runners-up: Eva Engle (1969), Allison Grisso (1983), Audra Wallace (1992)
  • 3rd runner-up: Virginia Murray (1976), Lauren Poppell (1999)
  • Top 10: Maribeth Curry (1986), April Abel (1988), Lisa Rabon (2000), Anna Hanks (2003), Lacie Lybrand (2006), Stephanie Smith (2009)
  • Top 11/12: Kelli Gosnell (1993), Ashley Williams (2002)
  • Top 15: Susan Anthony Day (1953), Sara Stone (1955), Jean Spotts (1957), Patricia Ann Moss (1958), Cecelia Yoder (1963), Vicki Harrison (1965), Susan Gordon (1972), Ashley Zais (2007), Jamie Hill (2008)


Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2010 Rachel Law Clemsonmarker 21
2009 Stephanie Smith Goose Creekmarker 21 Top 10
2008 Jamie Hill Columbiamarker 24 Top 15 Contestant on The Amazing Race 10
2007 Ashley Zais Newberrymarker 20 Top 15
2006 Lacie Lybrand Lexingtonmarker 23 Top 10 Miss United States 2002
2005 Sarah Medley North Charlestonmarker 18 Previously Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2001
2004 Amanda Pennekamp Columbia 22 1st runner-up Later Miss Earth USA 2006 and top 16 semifinalist at Miss Earth 2006
2003 Anna Hanks Beltonmarker 21 Top 10 Miss United States 2005
2002 Ashley Williams Little Mountainmarker Top 10
2001 Candace Richards Fountain Innmarker
2000 Lisa Rabon Myrtle Beachmarker Top 10
1999 Lauren Poppell Rock Hillmarker 3rd Runner-up Best in Swimsuit Previously Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1993, Top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1993
1998 Sonja Glenn Chesneemarker Miss Photogenic
1997 Casey Mizell Irmomarker
1996 Lysa Jackson Charlestonmarker
1995 Danielle Corley Lexington
1994 Lu Parker Charleston Winner Top 6 finalist at Miss Universe 1994
1993 Kelli Gosnell Pacoletmarker Semi-finalist
1992 Audra Wallace Charleston 2nd Runner-up 2nd runner up at Miss World USA 1993
1991 Traci Rufty Columbia
1990 Gina Tolleson Spartanburgmarker 1st Runner-up Later Miss World USA 1990 and Miss World 1990
1989 Angela Shuler Rock Hill Previously Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1986
1988 April Abel Johnstonmarker Semi-finalist
1987 Elizabeth Woodard Aikenmarker Previously Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1983
1986 Maribeth Curry Greenvillemarker 20 Semi-finalist
1985 Ann Margarete Hughes Charleston
1984 Ginger Greer Lugoffmarker
1983 Allison Grisso Columbia 2nd Runner-up
1982 Margo Wood Columbia
1981 Zade Turner Myrtle Beach
1980 Shawn Weatherly Sumtermarker Winner Miss Universe 1980
1979 Janice McDonald Myrtle Beach Co-founder of RPM Productions with her sister Paula Miles
1978 Kathryn Threatt Pickens
1977 Pam Hoover Florence
1976 Virginia Murray

Chester 3rd Runner-up Best Costume
1975 Robin Morris Columbia
1974 Carol Lynn Hollis
1973 Kiki Kirkland Columbia Miss Amity
1972 Susan Gordon Semi-finalist Represented South Carolina at Miss World USA 1970, unplacing though.
1971 Eunice Campbell
1970 Vickie Chesser 1st Runner-up Best Costume
1969 Eva Engle Columbia 2nd Runner-up
1968 Kathryn Knoy
1967 Hope Patterson
1966 Joselyn Alarie
1965 Vicki Harrison Semi-finalist
1964 Judy Kennedy
1963 Cecelia Yoder semifinalist Represented South Carolina in Miss World USA 1963, unplacing though.
1962 Judy Clyburn
1961 Yvonne Quick
1960 Margaret Thompson
1959 Mary Powell
1958 Patricia Ann Moss Semi-finalist
1957 Jean Spotts Semi-finalist
1956 Betty Cherry 1st Runner-up Later Miss World United States 1956, 1st runner up at Miss World 1956.
1955 Sara Stone Semi-finalist
1954 Miriam Stevenson Winnsboro Winner Miss Universe 1954
Previously Miss South Carolina 1953
1953 Susan Anthony Day Semi-finalist
1952 Margie Allen
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

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