Miss America 1997

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Miss America 1997
Date September 14, 1996
Presenters Regis Philbin
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Broadcaster NBC
Winner Tara Dawn Holland
Kansas Kansas

Miss America 1997, the 70th Miss America, pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 14, 1996 and televised by the NBC Network. This was the last time that NBC aired the Miss America pageant.

Results[edit]

Placements[edit]

Final Results Contestant
Miss America 1997
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10

Special awards[edit]

Preliminary awards[edit]

Contestant
Preliminary Swimsuit
Preliminary Talent

Quality of Life awards[edit]

Contestant
Winner
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up

Non-Finalist awards[edit]

Contestant
Non-Finalist Talent
Non-Finalist Interview

Other awards[edit]

Contestant
Waterford Crystal Scholarship Award
The Bernie Wayne Performing Arts Scholarship Award
The Albert Marks, Jr. Memorial Fund Interview Award

Delegates[edit]

The Miss America 1997 delegates are:[2]

State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Alison McCreary Florence, Alabama 22 Vocal 3rd runner-up Quality of Life Award Winner
Alaska Alaska Christine Buschur Eagle River, Alaska 21 Vocal
Arizona Arizona Erin Gingrich Yuma, Arizona 21 Classical Piano
Arkansas Arkansas Melonie McGarrah Rogers, Arkansas 22 Vocal
California California Lyndsay Kahler Orange, California 22 Vocal
Colorado Colorado Michelle Stanley Littleton, Colorado 20 Dramatic Monologue Non-Finalist Talent Later Miss Colorado USA 1998
Connecticut Connecticut Stacy Perrone Wolcott, Connecticut 22 Vocal
Delaware Delaware Aimée Michelle Voshell Felton, Delaware 18 Ballet En Pointe
Florida Florida Jamie Lynn Bolding Lakeland, Florida 22 Lyrical Ballet Non-Finalist Talent, Non-Finalist Interview, The Albert Marks, Jr. Memorial Fund Interview Award
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Shea Olliff Augusta, Georgia 24 Vocal
Hawaii Hawaii Melissa Short Kaaawa, Hawaii 23 Opera Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent
Idaho Idaho Misty Marriah Esplin Preston, Idaho 19 Classical Clarinet
Illinois Illinois Tania Joy Gibson Lake Barrington, Illinois 19 Vocal
Indiana Indiana Shani Lynn Nielsen New Albany, Indiana 24 Vocal Top 10 Preliminary Talent, The Bernie Wayne Performing Arts Scholarship Award
Iowa Iowa Natasha Ann Courter Davenport, Iowa 23 Tap Dance
Kansas Kansas Tara Dawn Holland Overland Park, Kansas 23 Operatic Vocal Miss America 1997 Quality of Life 1st runner-up, Preliminary Swimsuit
Kentucky Kentucky Veronica Marie Duka Campbellsville, Kentucky 19 Musical Theatre/Vocal Top 10
Louisiana Louisiana Erika Rachael Schwarz Folsom, Louisiana 24 Composing/Piano 1st runner-up Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
Maine Maine Sarah Nadeau Portland, Maine 20 Classical Vocal
Maryland Maryland Susan Alexander Silver Spring, Maryland 24 Popular Vocal
Massachusetts Massachusetts Lori Flick Boston, Massachusetts 24 Interpretive Gymnastics Dance Non-Finalist Talent
Michigan Michigan Jennifer Lynn Drayton Saginaw, Michigan 22 Classical Piano, with original accompaniment
Minnesota Minnesota Sherry Johnson Owatonna, Minnesota 22 Vocal
Mississippi Mississippi Kari Litton Pontotoc, Mississippi 23 Vocal Top 10
Missouri Missouri Kimberly Anne Massaro St. Louis, Missouri 24 Tap Dance 4th runner-up
Montana Montana Aubrey Jo Hiller Missoula, Montana 22 Vocal Previously Miss Montana Teen USA 1992
Nebraska Nebraska Rachel White Columbus, Nebraska 20 Vocal
Nevada Nevada Annette Albertson Reno, Nevada 24 Vocal
New Hampshire New Hampshire Michelle Tolson Manchester, New Hampshire 22 Jazz Dance
New Jersey New Jersey Melanie Joyce Bell Vernon, New Jersey 20 Jazz Dance
New Mexico New Mexico Trisha Williams Hobbs, New Mexico 19 Contemporary Gospel
New York New York Tammy Harris Williamstown, New York 24 Dance
North Carolina North Carolina Jennifer Michelle Roberts Greensboro, North Carolina 21 Tap Dance Non-Finalist Talent
North Dakota North Dakota Stephanie Lee Hamilton Williston, North Dakota 18 Lyrical Dance
Ohio Ohio Robyn Hancock Grand Rapids, Ohio 21 Classical Ballet Non-Finalist Talent
Oklahoma Oklahoma Amy Linn Duncan Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 23 Dramatic Vocal Non-Finalist Talent
Oregon Oregon Patricia Regan Leines Medford, Oregon 24 Operatic Aria 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania GiGi Gordon Butler, Pennsylvania 23 Lyrical Dance
Rhode Island Rhode Island Elana Eve Chomiszak Providence, Rhode Island 21 Modern Dance
South Carolina South Carolina Angela Michelle Hughes Anderson, South Carolina 21 Tap Dance
South Dakota South Dakota Stephanie Camp Rapid City, South Dakota 20 Vocal
Tennessee Tennessee Jeni Stephens Memphis, Tennessee 23 Popular Vocal
Texas Texas Michelle Martinez Dallas, Texas 23 Classical Piano Top 10
Utah Utah Nanette Pearson Pleasant Grove, Utah 23 Classical Ballet
Vermont Vermont Nicole Juvan Essex Junction, Vermont 22 Vocal
Virginia Virginia Michelle Kang Fredericksburg, Virginia 22 Classical Piano Non-Finalist Talent
Washington (state) Washington Janet Reasons Port Orchard, Washington 22 Vocal
West Virginia West Virginia Kari Anne Safford Point Pleasant, West Virginia 23 Vocal Non-Finalist Talent
Wisconsin Wisconsin Jennifer Streblow Oshkosh, Wisconsin 18 Vocal
Wyoming Wyoming Rebecca Darrington Gillette, Wyoming 19 Comedy Vocal Waterford Crystal Scholarship Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT 1996 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS". Miss America Organization. Archived from the original on July 6, 1997. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Meet Our 1996 Contestants!". Miss America Organization. Archived from the original on July 6, 1997. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 

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