1985 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1985: Sharlene Wells, Miss Utah
1st runner-up: Melissa Bradley, Miss Ohio
2nd runner-up: Kathy Manning, Miss Mississippi
3rd runner-up: Lauren Green, Miss Minnesota
4th runner-up: Tamara Hext, Miss Texas
Miss America 1985 was Sharlene Wells, Miss Utah. A Mormon Sunday school teacher, Wells was also a track athlete.
She sang in Spanish and played “Mis Noches Sin T” on a Paraguayan harp in the talent competition and won the swimsuit competition wearing a white one-piece swimsuit. She was crowned by outgoing Miss America 1984, Suzette Charles.
During her reign, People magazine decided to run an article on her intention to remain a virgin until marriage, “Miss America Explains Why She Says No to Sex”.
At the conclusion of her reign, she crowned her successor, Miss America 1986, Susan Akin, Miss Mississippi.
Wells went on to become an award-winning ESPN sportscaster and an executive with StoryRock, a digital historical archiving company.