1954 Miss Nevada

  1. Janice Babcock, Miss Reno (Grecian Dance)
  2. Louise Harrison (1st Runner-up), Miss Hawthorne (Sewing Display)
  3. Georgia Christierson (2nd Runner-up), Miss Las Vegas (Vocal)
  4. Jean Price, Miss Boulder City (Ventriloquist Whistling Act)
  5. JoAnne Ortiz, of Reno (Ballet) 
  6. Sharon Nelson, Miss Tonopah (Specialty Dance)
  7. Eileen Rasmussen, of Reno (Piano)
  8. Shari Reynolds, Miss Lake Tahoe (Pantomime)
  9. Marilyn Petersen, Miss White Pine County (Vocal)
  10. Barbara Lohrman was unable to compete due to illness
Miss Nevada 1954 Contestants

Janice Elaine Babcock

Hometown: Reno

Age (at crowning): 17

School: Unknown

College Major: Unknown 

Scholarship Winnings: Unknown

Platform: Unknown

Talent: Grecian Interpretive Dance

Fun Facts:

  • 2-year state champion baton twirler
  • Appeared on 7 television shows in LA before leaving for Miss America including, “Pinky Lee Show” & Jack Rourke’s “Ladie’s Matinee” promoting Reno and Nevada
  • Originator of the “Twirleens”  a baton twirling marching group of the 1960’s
  • 1st year that the state pageant had visiting royalty including Miss Idaho, Miss California, Miss Utah, and Miss Arizona
  • Quotes:
    • “I think that pageants offer valuable training in poise and communication skills”


  • Married name is Biancone and had 2 sons.