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 (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

Social Impact Initiative: 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)