1978 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1978: Susan Yvonne Perkins, Miss Ohio
1st runner-up: Barbara Mougin, Miss Indiana
2nd runner-up: Catherine Amelia Hinson, Miss South Carolina
3rd runner-up: Mary D’Arcy, Miss New Jersey (tie)
3rd runner-up: Cathy LaBelle, Miss Florida (tie)
Susan Yvonne Perkins, Miss Ohio, was named Miss America 1978 during the competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was crowned by outgoing Miss America 1977, Dorothy Benham, of Minnesota.
Perkins, who was a speech writer for the Ohio state senate, had won the talent competition earlier that week. In the evening gown competition, she wore a lovely purple chiffon gown with a beaded feather pattern across the hem.
At the conclusion of her reign, she crowned her successor, Miss America 1979, Kylene Barker, Miss Virginia, of Roanoke.