Miss America 2009

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Miss America 2009
Date January 24, 2009[1]
Presenters Mario Lopez
Venue Planet Hollywood Performing Arts Center, Paradise, Nevada
Broadcaster TLC
Entrants 52
Placements 15
Winner Katie Stam
Indiana Indiana

Miss America 2009, the 82nd Miss America pageant, was held on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada on January 24, 2009. The winner was Katie Stam from Indiana, the first woman representing that state to take the crown.

The pageant was broadcast live on TLC from the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, only the fourth time that the pageant has been held outside Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Selection of contestants[edit]

One delegate from each state was chosen in state pageants held in mid-2008. Prior to competing in state pageants, the majority of delegates first were required to win a local title. Each delegates title is pre-dated to 2008, for example Amanda Tapley is "Miss Alabama 2008" rather than "Miss Alabama 2009".

Many contestants competed in state pageants in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems numerous times before winning titles, and some had previously in other states to those which they won their state title.

All contestants were required to be between the ages of 17-24, unmarried and a citizen of the United States. They were also required to meet residency and education requirements.


All delegates competed in an interview competition with the judges, based on their platform issue, and also in the swimsuit, evening gown and talent competitions.

Prior to the nationally televised competition, the delegates participated in three nights of preliminary competition, where preliminary award winners were chosen in each category.

During the final telecast, following the announcement of the semi-finalists, the top fifteen competed in swimsuit competition. The top twelve competed in evening gown competition. The top ten went on to compete in the talent competition, and the top seven each faced a random question from an American viewer.


Katie Stam signing autographs as Miss America 2009


Final results Contestant
Miss America 2009
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
  • Iowa Iowa - Olivia Myers
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 7
Top 10
Top 12
Top 15


Preliminary awards[edit]

Awards Contestant

Quality of Life award[edit]

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

Other awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Non-finalist Talent
Miss Congeniality


The seven judges for the competition were:[3]


State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Amanda Tapley Birmingham 20 Piano Top 15 Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
Alaska Stephany Jeffers Anchorage 23 Vocal
Arizona Erin Brittany Nurss Sierra Vista 23 Dance Non-finalist Talent
Arkansas Ashlen Batson Newark 21 Flute Top 12
California Jackie Geist Vacaville 22 Ballet Top 7 Miss Teen Paradise Valley 2000, 1st runner-up at Miss California Teen USA 2002, Miss Teen Vacaville 2002, 3rd runner-up at Miss Teenage California 2004, Miss Teen of the Nation 2004, Miss Vaca Valley 2006[4]
Colorado Jamie Dukehart-Conti Arvada 23 Jazz Dance Broncos Cheerleader
Connecticut Ashley Glenn Hamden 23 Lyrical Dance
Delaware Galen Giaccone Wyoming 20 Piano Top 15 Preliminary Talent Delaware's Junior Miss 2006
District of Columbia Kate Marie Grinold Washington, D.C. 22 Ballet Top 10
Florida Sierra Minott Fort Myers 20 Jazz Dance 4th runner-up Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2005
Georgia Chastity Hardman Columbus 24 Vocal 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Second African-American to represent the state in the Miss America pageant, Sherri Hill Model
Hawaii Nicole Fox[5] Honolulu Traditional Hawaiian Dance Top 10 Quality of Life Finalist
Idaho Elise Davis[6] Idaho Falls 20 Vocal
Illinois Katie Lorenz Plymouth, MI 24 Lyrical Dance
Indiana Katie Stam Seymour 21 Vocal Miss America 2009 Quality of Life Finalist, Preliminary Swimsuit Miss Kentuckiana Teen 2002, Indiana's Junior Miss 2005 and 2nd runner-up at America's Junior Miss 2005
Iowa Olivia Myers[7] Sperry 22 Tap Dance 2nd runner-up Can speak backwards
Kansas Emily Deaver Augusta 19 Vocal / Piano
Kentucky Emily Cox Campbellsville 22 Piano Top 12 Quality of Life Niece of Nancy Miss Kentucky 1990 Jane Cox; both won same local title (Miss Bowling Green) before winning state title
Louisiana Blair Abene Hammond 22 Vocal Miss Teen Louisiana 2002
Maine Adrienne Watkinson Topsham 23 Violin
Maryland Louise Schlegel Silver Spring 20 Vocal Attends the University of Maryland, Baltimore County[8]
Massachusetts Alicia Zitka West Springfield 22 Lyrical Dance Graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst, Won national online K-mart Style competition
Michigan Ashlee Baracy Westland 23 Jazz Dance Top 10 Quality of Life 1st runner-up Michigan's Junior Miss 2003, Danced with Mario Lopez from "Dancing with the Stars", 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2007
Minnesota Angela McDermott[9] Austin 24 Vocal Performed the National Anthem at the Opening of the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota
Mississippi Christine Kozlowski D'Iberville 19 Jazz Dance Preliminary Swimsuit
Missouri Lacey Fitzgerald Kansas City 24 Vocal
Montana Jennifer Hepner[10] Great Falls 23 Belly Dancing
Nebraska Gretchen Bergquist[11] Alliance 24 Vocal
Nevada Julianna Erdesz Reno 24 Vocal Miss Nevada USA 2010
New Hampshire Natalie C. Shaw Hooksett 23 Vocal
New Jersey Ashley Fairfield Egg Harbor Township 22 Jazz Dance
New Mexico Christina Olmi Albuquerque 23 Vocal
New York Leigh-Taylor Smith New York City 22 Vocal 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit
North Carolina Amanda Watson Raleigh 21 Vocal Quality of Life Finalist
North Dakota Tessie Jones West Fargo 21 Piano
Ohio Karissa Renee Martin Woodsfield 21 Vocal
Oklahoma Kelsey Cartwright Collinsville 20 Lyrical Dance
Oregon Danijela Krstić Beaverton 24 Belly Dancing
Pennsylvania Kendria Perry Nazareth 23 Piano Non-finalist Talent
Rhode Island Francesca Simone North Smithfield 23 Vocal Quality of Life Finalist
South Carolina Anna Perry Florence 23 Piano Non-finalist Talent
South Dakota Alexandra Hoffman Eureka 20 Vocal Top 15 Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2006
Tennessee Ellen Carrington Jackson 21 Classical Vocal Top 7
Texas Rebecca Robinson Buffalo 24 Tap Dance Miss Congeniality
Utah Kayla Barclay Manti 18 Piano Non-finalist Talent
Vermont Ashley Ruth Wheeler Lyndonville 21 Vocal Preliminary Talent, Non-finalist Talent
Virgin Islands Shamika K. Thomas Saint Thomas 23 Vocal
Virginia Tara Wheeler Woodbridge 24 Vocal Quality of Life Finalist
Washington Janet Harding Yelm 21 Piano
West Virginia Kayla Lynam Short Gap 21 Piano
Wisconsin Briana Lipor Racine 22 Vocal
Wyoming Courtney Gifford Sheridan 19 Comedic Vocal Miss Wyoming's Outstanding Teen 2005; first Miss America's Outstanding Teen contestant to win a Miss America state title, Miss Wyoming USA 2013


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  2. ^ "2009 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS". Miss America Organization. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Miss America: Press Releases: Miss America Puts the Spotlight on 2009 National Judges". Miss America Organization. December 1, 2008. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Making her way to the top". WQAD. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  5. ^ http://tv.yahoo.com/show/44013/photos/13#goto_13
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