1951 Miss Nevada

  1. Donna Sollars, 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)
  5. Sylvia Russell, Miss Las Vegas – 1st Runner Up (Vocal)
  6. Joan Patricia Hanifan, Miss Churchill County, (Humorous Monologue)
  7. Christine Constantine, Miss White Pine (Violin)

Donna Joann Sollars

Hometown: Stockton

Age (at crowning): 21

School: University of Nevada, Reno (Graduate)

College Major: Education

Occupation: School Teacher

Scholarship Winnings: $500

Platform: Unknown

Talent: Played Ukulele and sang “Has anybody seen my gal” and “Can’t help loving that man.”

Fun Facts:

  • 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


  • Married and mother of 2 daughters and 1 son.
  • Donna is deceased (8/5/1978)