1951 Miss Nevada


1951 Donna Joann SollarsHOMETOWN: Stockton    BIRTHDAY: June 27, 1930
AGE: 21    HAIR: Brown    EYES: Blue    HEIGHT: 5’5”
EDUCATION: Graduate of University of Nevada, education major
OCCUPATION: School Teacher
TALENT: Played Ukulele & Sang “Has anybody seen my gal” and “Can’t help loving that man”
  • Second school teacher in a row to win the title
  • Official greeter along with Miss Nevada 1950 to Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour and stars of World Premier “Here comes the groom” in Elko
  • Attended the Fred Waring Choral Workshop in Stockton, CA prior to Miss America
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  • Changed talent presentation songs to “Can’t help loving dat man of mine” and “Make believe” from Showboat
  • Spent 5 days in NYC w/mother before going to Atlantic City
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT (Sponsored by Reno Jr Chamber of Commerce):
  1. Donna Sollars (Miss Nevada), Miss Reno, Vocalist
  2. Alice Cochran, Miss Genoa, Ballet dance
  3. Mary Jane Aufdermaur, Miss Pershing County, Music monologue & Can can dance
  4. Florence Maestrejuan, Miss Winnemucca, Vocal “Too young”
  5. Sylvia Russell, Miss Las Vegas, Vocal “Too young” & “The loveliest night in the year”
  6. Joan Patricia Hanifan, Miss Churchill County, Humorous monologue
  7. Christine Constantine, Miss White Pine, Violin
  • $500 scholarship awarded
  • Married name: Donna Leader (Husband – ?)
  • Mother of 3: Daughters – Katherine & Karen and Son – Patrick
  • Graduated from University of Nevada in Reno
  • Lived in San Anselmo
  • Donna is deceased (8/5/1978) 
  • At time of death she was a substitute teacher at Marin elementary school