1986 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1986: Susan Diane Akin, Miss Mississippi
1st runner-up: Sherry Thrift, Miss South Carolina
2nd runner-up: Jonna Fitzgerald, Miss Texas
3rd runner-up: Honey Castro, Miss Washington
4th runner-up: Angela Tower, Miss Alabama
Susan Akin, Miss Mississippi, was named Miss America 1986 in Atlantic City by her predecessor, Miss America 1985, Sharlene Wells, of Utah. A student at University of Mississippi majoring in public relations, she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi fraternity.
She was crowned by her predecessor, Miss America 1985, Sharlene Wells, of Utah.
Having grown up with a younger sister who was born with Down’s syndrome and died as a child, Akin later served as a spokesperson for the National Down’s Syndrome Association.
At the conclusion of her reign, she crowned her successor, Miss America 1987, Kellye Cash, Miss Tennessee.