1987 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1987: Kellye Cash, Miss Tennessee
1st runner-up: Julianne Smith, Miss Virginia
2nd runner-up: Dawn Elizabeth Smith, Miss South Carolina
3rd runner-up: Kelly Garver, Miss Michigan
4th runner-up: Tamara Tungate, Miss Missouri
Miss America 1987 was Kellye Cash, Miss Tennessee, the grand-neice of singer Johnny Cash. Cash was crowned by outgoing Miss America 1986, Susan Akin, of Mississippi.
A double preliminary winner, Kellye won the swimsuit competition wearing one of the famous “Super Suit” swimsuits and performed a combination vocal and piano performance of “I’ll Be Home” in the talent competition.
After her year, Kellye crowned her successor, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, Miss America 1988, of Michigan.
Cash married a high school coach and became a gospel singer.