Miss America 2014

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Miss America 2014
Date September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15)
Presenters Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey [1]
Broadcaster ABC
Entrants 53
Winner Nina Davuluri
Miss New York

Miss America 2014 (the 87th Miss America pageant) was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday, September 15, 2013.[2]

Overview[edit]

Miss New York, Nina Davuluri: Miss America 2014
Miss California: Crystal Lee, First Runner Up: Miss America 2014
Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail America's Choice: Miss America 2014

Previously held in the month of January in the Las Vegas Strip's Theatre for the Performing Arts (Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino), the Miss America Pageant returned to both its original location and September broadcast after nine years.[3][2] Prior to the pageant, the partially restored Boardwalk Hall Auditorium Organ was played for the first time in more than 40 years.[4] The program was hosted by Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer and was broadcast live on ABC. The panel of celebrity judges for the top 15 finalists were: Deidre Downs Gunn, Carla Hall, Barbara Corcoran, Amar'e Stoudemire, Lance Bass, Joshua Bell, and Mario Cantone.[5]

In the moments before she was named Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri (Miss New York 2013) and Miss California Crystal Lee were asked by host Lara Spencer how they were feeling. Davuluri stated that she and Lee were "both so proud. We’re making history right here, standing here as Asian-Americans.”[6][7][8] In a later interview with NPR's Michel Martin, Davulri described the moment as a, "very surreal, out-of-body experience, being there in the final two. I was holding hands with Miss California, Crystal Lee, and we were both standing there at such a historic moment - two Asian-Americans who were going to take the title and to be a new symbol of hope and encouragement." [9]

Shortly after Davaluri was crowned Miss America 2014, xenophobic and racist comments[10][11] relating the proximity of the event date to the nine-eleven anniversary and to anti-Indian sentiment appeared in American social media.[10][12][13][14] News agencies cited tweets that misidentified her as Muslim or Arab, associated her with groups such as Al-Qaeda, and questioned why she was chosen over Miss Kansas Theresa Vail.[10][12][15][16] Davuluri said that she was prepared for the social media response because "as Miss New York, I was called a terrorist and very similar remarks."[17][18] In a speech for her alma mater, St. Joseph High School, Davaluri added: "I had people flat out call me a terrorist ... I've always viewed myself as first and foremost American and to me it was just absolutely intolerable ... I have to say I'm also so proud of the younger generations, yourselves included, for really stepping up to those comments because for every one negative comment tweet or post I received hundreds if not thousands of words of positive remarks and support and encouragement." [19] A St. Joseph Senior, Triston Corneman, was impressed by Davuluri's choice not to retaliate against those who attacked her, stating that she "showed that two hatreds don't make a kindness."[20] Davuluri is the second Miss Syracuse after Miss New York 1983, Vanessa Lynn Williams who was the first African American winner and Miss America 1984.[21][22] Both Davaluri and Williams won when the pageant was held in Atlantic City and both faced a backlash over their respective wins.[21][22] In addition, Congresswoman Grace Meng compared Davuluri to the first Miss New York to win the crown as well as the first Jewish American winner Bess Myerson (Miss America 1945).[22][23] Myerson also faced a backlash as a result of her win.[22][24]

Miss Kansas Theresa Vail denounced this response in a September 19 post on her blog (Miss Outdoor Girl)[25] and later referred to these comments as "disgusting," saying that they were made out of "ignorance.”[26][27] In addition, Vail was the first contestant to display tattoos in the swimsuit competition (the United States Army Dental Command insignia on her left shoulder and the Serenity Prayer along her right side). [28][29] Nicole Kelly, Miss Iowa, became the first contestant born without part of one arm (her left forearm) [30] and Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, won the preliminary talent competition for her baton twirling routine in the week prior to the Miss America 2014 pageant, despite suffering a torn ACL and MCL in rehearsal just a few hours prior to her scheduled performance. During Miss America 2014, she performed with a decorated leg brace.[31][32][33][34][35]

Results[edit]

Placements[edit]

Final Results Contestant
Miss America 2014
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 12
Top 15

Awards[edit]

Preliminary Awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness
Preliminary Talent

Quality of Life Awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Winner
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up

Other awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
America's Choice
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Fourpoints Award
Miracle Maker Award
Miss Congeniality
Non-Finalist Interview
Non-Finalist Talent
STEM Scholarship Awards

Contestants[edit]

  • The Miss America 2014 contestants were:
State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Special awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Chandler Champion[36] Leeds 20 Ballet en pointe Non-Finalist Talent
Alaska Alaska Michelle Taylor[37] Anchorage 20 Piano
Arizona Arizona Jennifer Smestad[38] Gilbert 20 Vocal
Arkansas Arkansas Amy Crain[39] Hot Springs 23 Contemporary Clogging Top 15 4th runner up at National Sweetheart 2010
California California Crystal Lee[40] San Francisco 22 Ballet en pointe 1st runner-up Previously Miss California's Outstanding Teen 2008 and Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen
Colorado Colorado Meg Kardos[41] Denver 23 Vocal
Connecticut Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey[42] Stamford 21 Irish Step Dancing Top 10 Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012, Previously Miss Teen America 2008-2009 representing New York
Delaware Delaware Rebecca Jackson[43] Kennett Square 21 Broadway Vocal Non-Finalist Talent
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Bindhu Pamarthi[44] Washington, D.C. 23 Bollywood Dance "Stereo Love"
Florida Florida Myrrhanda Jones[45] Gainesville 19 Baton 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Previously Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2009, and 2nd runner up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Carly Mathis[46] Leesburg 22 Vocal Top 10 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
Hawaii Hawaii Crystal Lee[47] Waipahu 22 Contemporary Dance
Idaho Idaho Sarah Downs[48] Emmett 23 Violin
Illinois Illinois Brittany Smith[49] Elmhurst 23 Irish Step Dancing
Indiana Indiana Terrin Thomas[50] Auburn 20 Vocal
Iowa Iowa Nicole Kelly[51] Keokuk 23 Vocal Born with one arm
Kansas Kansas Theresa Vail[52] Manhattan 22 Vocal Top 10 America's Choice; section leader in the Kansas Army National Guard Medical Detachment; first Miss America contestant to display tattoos during the swimsuit portion of the competition
Kentucky Kentucky Jenna Day[53] Louisville 21 Vocal Top 15 Top 10 semifinalist at National Sweetheart 2011
Louisiana Louisiana Jaden Leach[54] West Monroe 20 Vocal Non-Finalist Talent
Maine Maine Kristin Korda[55] Saco 21 Vocal Non-Finalist Talent Previously Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen 2009
Maryland Maryland Christina Denny[56] Owings Mills 22 Vocal Top 10
Massachusetts Massachusetts Amanda Narciso[57] Taunton 22 Dance 2nd runner up at National Sweetheart 2011
Michigan Michigan Haley Williams[58] Saline 20 Baton twirling Previously Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen 2009
Minnesota Minnesota Rebecca Yeh[59] Nisswa 20 Violin 4th Runner-Up Preliminary Talent
Mississippi Mississippi Chelsea Rick[60] Fulton 23 Vocal Top 15 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness
Missouri Missouri Shelby Ringdahl[61] Columbia 21 Vocal Top 12
Montana Montana Sheridan Pope[62] Sidney 21 Tap dance
Nebraska Nebraska Jacee Pilkington[63] Minatare 21 Vocal Previously Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2009
Nevada Nevada Diana Sweeney[64] Mound House 19 Lyrical dance Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
New Hampshire New Hampshire Samantha Russo[65] Nashua 22 Vocal "Don't Rain on My Parade" Preliminary Talent Non-Finalist Talent
New Jersey New Jersey Cara McCollum[66] Forrest City 21 Piano
New Mexico New Mexico Alexis Duprey[67] Alamogordo 22 Vocal Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2009 and 1st Runner Up Miss New Mexico Outstanding Teen 2008
New York New York Nina Davuluri[68] Fayetteville 24 Bollywood Fusion Dance Miss America 2014 First Indian American to win the title. Previously Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen 2006, and 1st runner up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen
North Carolina North Carolina Johna Edmonds[69] Lumberton 24 Vocal
North Dakota North Dakota Laura Harmon[70] Grand Forks 23 Vocal Contestant at National Sweetheart 2011
Ohio Ohio Heather Wells[71] Warren 23 Dance
Oklahoma Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold[72] Tulsa 20 Vocal 2nd runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness
Oregon Oregon Allison Cook[73] Klamath Falls 19 Violin
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Annie Rosellini[74] Butler 21 Lyrical dance Previously Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen 2005
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Shenti Lauren[75] Barranquitas 24 African Folkloric Dance
Rhode Island Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo[76] Exeter 19 Vocal
South Carolina South Carolina Brooke Mosteller[77] Mount Pleasant 24 Vocal
South Dakota South Dakota Tessa Dee[78] Mitchell 22 Gymnastics Dancing
Tennessee Tennessee Shelby Thompson[79] Franklin 23 Vocal
Texas Texas Ivana Hall[80] Cedar Hill 23 Vocal Top 10
Utah Utah Ciera Pekarcik[81] Farmington 23 Vocal
Vermont Vermont Jeanelle Achee[82] Rochester 22 Vocal
United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Ashley Massiah[83] Fredricksted 21 Majorette Dance
Virginia Virginia Desiree Williams[84] Newport News 24 Piano Previously National Sweetheart 2012
Washington (state) Washington Reina Almon[85] Yakima 21 Vocal Previously Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2009, Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
West Virginia West Virginia Miranda Harrison[86] Charleston 19 Vocal
Wisconsin Wisconsin Paula Mae Kuiper[87] Mount Pleasant 19 Piano Top 12
Wyoming Wyoming Rebecca Podio[88] Newcastle 23 Piano Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012

Video clips[edit]

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