1985 Miss Nevada


1985 Sonja Nall, Las VegasHOMETOWN:  Las Vegas (Mississippi)    BIRTHDAY:  January 17, 1962
AGE: 23    HAIR: Blonde    EYES:  Hazel    HEIGHT: 5’7”
EDUCATION:     Graduate of Indiana University School of Music w/Bachelor of Science in Classical Ballet
TALENT:  Classical Ballet to “Don Quixote”
  • Non-Finalist Talent Award Winner at Miss America
  • Working as professional dancer at Nevada Dance Theatre in Las Vegas
  • Residency rules questioned as 9 contestants at Miss America Pageant won different states than where they lived and competed originally.  Sonja was one of them in the article. After the pageant’s finals, Albert Marks had to clarify residency rules
  • Computer predicted Miss America top ten – Nevada not on the list but she was quoted as saying “I’m sure it’ll come out through the week that I’m an unpublicized dark horse.”
  • Previously, She was 3rd runner-up, preliminary talent and swimsuit winner at Miss Mississippi Pageant in 1984
  • Previously, triple preliminary winner and 1st runner-up at Mississippi’s Junior Miss Pageant
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  1. Sonja Nall (Miss Nevada/Talent Winner/Swimsuit Winner), Miss Las Vegas, Classical Ballet
  2. Shawna Schuh (1st Runner-up/Miss Congeniality), Miss Las Vegas Valley, Tap dance
  3. Dian Coates (2nd Runner-up), Miss Sparks, Operatic vocal
  4. Yvette Michelle Lopez (3rd Runner-up), Miss Reno, Vocal – “How lucky can you get”
  5. Cynthia Harry (4th Runner-up), Miss Elko County, Vocalist
  6. Stephanie Morgan, Miss Carson City
  7. September Welborn, Miss Clark County
  8. Deborah Schuler, Miss Cosmopolitan Counties
  9. Tracy Blackwell, Miss Douglas County
  10. Stacy Romero, Miss Fallon
  11. Yvette Compston, Miss Lyon County
  12. Janine Larrouy, Miss Sierra-Douglas
  13. Kimberly Backus, Miss Winnemucca
  • Married name: Sonja Knaack  (Husband – )
  • Choreographed Miss Nevada Pageants 1986-1987