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
  • Oregon Oregon - Patricia Regan Leines
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10

Awards[edit]

Preliminary awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Swimsuit
Talent

Quality of Life award[edit]

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

Non-finalist awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Talent
Interview

Other awards[edit]

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

Delegates[edit]

The Miss America 1997 delegates are:[2]

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

Judges[edit]

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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