1971 Miss Nevada


1971 Joan Burachio, Las VegasHOMETOWN:  Las Vegas    BIRTHDAY:  November 13, 1949 
AGE: 21    HAIR: Blonde    EYES: Green    HEIGHT: 5’5” 
EDUCATION:     Psychology major at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas
                             Graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology
TALENT:  Accordion solo – Played the Hungarian folk song “Czardas”
  • Top Ten semi-finalist at Miss America
  • Swimsuit winner at the state pageant
  • Born in Atlantic City, NJ and was the first Atlantic City native to compete at Miss America
  • Competed in Miss New Jersey Pageant as Miss Atlantic County 1968 and was 3rd Runner-up
  • Competed in Miss New York Pageant as Miss Staten Island 1970 and was 1st Runner-up as well as Talent & Swimsuit winner
  • Received an overwhelming amount of publicity at Miss America from local press due to it being her hometown
  • “I love this state and am eager to “win for Nevada”. – 8/29/71
  • “The people of Nevada are so friendly and open.  The climate is fantastic.” – 8/29/71
  • “I’ve financed more than half of my college education through these scholarships.” – 3/26/72
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT (Miss Nevada Pageant, Inc.):
  1. Joan Angela Burachio (Miss Nevada/Swimsuit winner), Miss Las Vegas, Accordion solo
  2. Helen Bennett (1st Runner-up), Miss Reno, Classical ballet
  3. Debbie Parke (2nd Runner-up), Miss University of Nevada, Vocalist – pop song
  4. Bonnie Mueller (3rd Runner-up), Miss Washoe County, Jazz acrobatic dance 
  5. Janene Schultz (4th Runner-up), Miss Carson City, Vocalist – pop song
  6. Echo Rost (Miss Congeniality), Miss Sparks, Modern jazz dance
  7. Colleen Gagon, Miss Douglas County, Gymnastics routine 
  8. Sonja Miller, Miss Mineral County, Dramatic interpretation
  9. Robin Copley, Miss Pershing County, Dramatic reading
  10. Heidi Sorensen, Miss Fallon, Piano solo
  11. Susan Brunson, Miss White Pine County, Piano solo
  12. Donna McWhirter, Miss Lyon County
  • Miss Nevada awarded $1000 scholarship
  • 1st RU – $650, 2nd RU – $450, 3rd RU – $350, 4th RU – $250, Miss Congeniality – $250, Non-finalists – $150
  • Married name: Joan Cipriani (Husband – Barney) – Possibly divorced and remarried
  • Awarded “Outstanding Career Woman of 1977” by the Jackson, Wyoming BPW Club