Miss America 1997

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Miss America 1997
DateSeptember 14, 1996
PresentersRegis Philbin
VenueBoardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
WinnerTara Dawn Holland
Kansas Kansas
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Miss America 1997, the 70th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, September 14, 1996 and televised by the NBC Network. Until the 2019 Pageant, this was the last time that NBC aired the Miss America pageant.



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


Preliminary awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Quality of Life awards[edit]

Results Contestant Platform
Winner Hospice: A Special Kind of Caring
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up

Other awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Albert Marks, Jr. Memorial Fund Interview
Bernie Wayne Performing Arts Scholarship
Non-finalist Interview Award
Non-finalist Talent Award
Waterford Crystal Scholarship


The Miss America 1997 delegates are:[3]

State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Alison McCreary Florence 22 Vocal, "How Great Thou Art" 3rd runner-up Quality of Life Winner
Alaska Alaska Christine Buschur Eagle River 21 Vocal, "Another Op'nin, Another Show" & "I Got Rhythm"
Arizona Arizona Erin Gingrich Yuma 21 Classical Piano, "Rhapsody in Blue"
Arkansas Arkansas Melonie McGarrah Rogers 22 Vocal, "I Will Always Love You"
California California Lyndsay Kahler Orange 22 Vocal, "Where Is It Written?" from Yentl
Colorado Colorado Michelle Stanley Littleton 20 Dramatic Monologue from Quilters Non-finalist Talent Award Miss Colorado USA 1998
Connecticut Connecticut Stacy Perrone Wolcott 22 Vocal, "This Time Around"
Delaware Delaware Aimée Michelle Voshell Felton 18 Ballet en Pointe, "Return to Innocence"
Florida Florida Jamie Lynn Bolding Lakeland 22 Lyrical Ballet, "Can You Read My Mind" Non-finalist Talent Award
Non-finalist Interview Award
Albert Marks, Jr. Memorial Fund Interview
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Shea Olliff Augusta 24 Popular Vocal, "Can You Read My Mind"
Hawaii Hawaii Melissa Short Kaaawa 23 Operatic Vocal, "Ah! Je Veux Vivre" from Romeo et Juliette Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Preliminary Talent Award
Idaho Idaho Misty Marriah Esplin Preston 19 Classical Clarinet, "Concertino" by Carl Maria von Weber
Illinois Illinois Tania Joy Gibson Lake Barrington 19 Vocal, "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard
Indiana Indiana Shani Lynn Nielsen New Albany 24 Vocal, "In His Eyes" from Jekyll & Hyde Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
Bernie Wayne Performing Arts Scholarship
Iowa Iowa Natasha Ann Courter Davenport 23 Tap Dance, "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
Kansas Kansas Tara Dawn Holland Overland Park 23 Operatic Vocal, "Où Va la Jeune Hindoue" from Lakmé Miss America 1997 Quality of Life 1st runner-up
Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Kentucky Kentucky Veronica Marie Duka Campbellsville 19 Vocal, "Somewhere" from West Side Story Top 10
Louisiana Louisiana Erika Rachael Schwarz Folsom 24 Original Piano Composition, "New Orleans Rhapsody" 1st runner-up Quality of Life 2nd runner-up Entertainment lawyer

Judge for Miss America 2006 pageant

Was "Pageant Coach" on the Miss America 2007 "Pageant School" TV movie

Maine Maine Sarah Nadeau Portland 20 Classical Vocal, "Addio" from La bohème
Maryland Maryland Susan Alexander Silver Spring 24 Popular Vocal, "Sing Me"
Massachusetts Massachusetts Lori Flick Boston 24 Interpretive Gymnastics Dance, Prologue from Beauty and the Beast Non-finalist Talent Award
Michigan Michigan Jennifer Lynn Drayton Saginaw 22 Classical Piano, with original accompaniment, "Sonata Appassionata"
Minnesota Minnesota Sherry Johnson Owatonna 22 Vocal, "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"
Mississippi Mississippi Kari Litton Pontotoc 23 Vocal, "Cry Top 10
Missouri Missouri Kimberly Anne Massaro St. Louis 24 Tap Dance, "Favorite Son" from The Will Rogers Follies 4th runner-up
Montana Montana Aubrey Jo Hiller Missoula 22 Vocal, "All the Things You Are" Miss Montana Teen USA 1992
Nebraska Nebraska Rachel White Columbus 20 Vocal, "Via Dolorosa"
Nevada Nevada Annette Albertson Reno 24 Vocal, "Luck Be a Lady"
New Hampshire New Hampshire Michelle Tolson Manchester 22 Jazz Dance, "Hit Me with a Hot Note" from Sophisticated Ladies
New Jersey New Jersey Melanie Joyce Bell Vernon 20 Jazz Dance, "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
New Mexico New Mexico Trisha Williams Hobbs 19 Contemporary Gospel Vocal, "He's Always There"
New York (state) New York Tammy Harris Williamstown 24 Dance, "O Fortuna"
North Carolina North Carolina Jennifer Michelle Roberts Greensboro 21 Tap Dance, "Devil with a Blue Dress On" Non-finalist Talent Award
North Dakota North Dakota Stephanie Lee Hamilton Williston 18 Lyrical Dance, "On My Knees"
Ohio Ohio Robyn Hancock Grand Rapids 21 Classical Ballet, "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker Non-finalist Talent Award
Oklahoma Oklahoma Amy Linn Duncan Oklahoma City 23 Dramatic Vocal, "A Piece of Sky" from Yentl Non-finalist Talent Award
Oregon Oregon Patricia Regan Leines Medford 24 Operatic Aria, "Chacun le Sait" from La fille du régiment 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Preliminary Talent Award
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania GiGi Gordon Butler 23 Lyrical Dance, "When a Man Loves a Woman"
Rhode Island Rhode Island Elana Eve Chomiszak Providence 21 Modern Dance, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
South Carolina South Carolina Angela Michelle Hughes Anderson 21 Tap Dance, "Sing, Sing, Sing"
South Dakota South Dakota Stephanie Camp Rapid City 20 Vocal, "I Am Changing" from Dreamgirls
Tennessee Tennessee Jeni Stephens Memphis 23 Popular Vocal, "Operator"
Texas Texas Michelle Martinez Dallas 23 Classical Piano, "Chopin's Ballade in G Minor" Top 10
Utah Utah Nanette Pearson Pleasant Grove 23 Classical Ballet, La Boutique fantasque
Vermont Vermont Nicole Juvan Essex Junction 22 Vocal, "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Virginia Virginia Michelle Kang Fredericksburg 22 Classical Piano, "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" Non-finalist Talent Award
Washington (state) Washington Janet Reasons Port Orchard 22 Semi-Classical Vocal, "Half a Moment" from Jeeves
West Virginia West Virginia Kari Anne Safford Point Pleasant 23 Vocal, "God Help the Outcasts" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame Non-finalist Talent Award
Wisconsin Wisconsin Jennifer Streblow Oshkosh 18 Vocal, "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde
Wyoming Wyoming Rebecca Darrington Gillette 19 Comedy Vocal, "100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man" from Wonderful Town Waterford Crystal Scholarship



  1. ^ a b c d e Curran, John (September 15, 1996). "Miss Kansas Tara Dawn Holland Wins Miss America Pageant". The Associated Press.
  2. ^ "THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT 1996 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS". Miss America Organization. Archived from the original on July 6, 1997. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Meet Our 1996 Contestants!". Miss America Organization. Archived from the original on July 6, 1997. Retrieved July 26, 2010.

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