Miss America 2002

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Miss America 2002
Date September 22, 2001
Presenters Tony Danza
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Broadcaster ABC
Winner Katie Harman
Oregon Oregon

Miss America 2002, the 75th Miss America pageant, was televised live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 22, 2001 on the ABC Network. The pageant was won by Katie Harman of Oregon, the first woman representing that state to take the crown.[1]

Prior to the competition, the delegates spent a weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where they participated in a parade and attended a reception and did some sightseeing.[2] During their first week in Atlantic City, the September 11 attacks occurred, but despite the cancelling of the traditional pageant-eve parade, it was decided to hold the pageant as intended.[3] The contestants themselves voted 2-1 to continue with the competition.[4]



Final results Contestant
Miss America 2002
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 20


Awards Contestant
Preliminary Talent
Preliminary Swimsuit
Preliminary Gown
Preliminary Interview
Quality of Life


State Name Hometown Age1 Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Kelly Jones Birmingham 24 Classical Piano
Alaska Eugenia Primis Eagle River 20 Classical Cello
Arizona Kapri Rose Gilbert 19 Violin / Fiddle
Arkansas Jessie Ward Prescott 21 Tap Dance Top 10
California Stephanie Baldwin Fullerton 23 Vocal Top 20
Colorado Kelly Lynn McKee Parker 22 Lyrical Dance
Connecticut Marissa Perez Meriden 23 Vocal
Delaware Erin Cooper Wyoming 22 Lyrical Ballet
District of Columbia Marshawn Evans Arlington, VA 22 Rhythmic Dance Twirl 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent, Preliminary Interview
Florida Kelly Gaudet Miami 22 Lyrical Dance Top 10 Preliminary Gown Miss Florida Teen USA 1996
Georgia Emily Foster Cornelia 23 Piano Preliminary Swimsuit
Hawaii Denby Dung Honolulu 23 Soprano Saxophone
Idaho Christi Weible Eagle 22 Dramatic Monologue Sister of Miss Idaho USA 2004 Kimberly Weible
Illinois Kristin Castillo Macomb 18 Classical Violin
Indiana Allison Hatcher Evansville 24 Classical Piano Top 20
Iowa Erin Smith Bettendorf 20 Piano
Kansas Kimberlee Grice Ulysees 23 Vocal
Kentucky Monica Hardin Louisville 20 Vocal
Louisiana Kati Guyton Bossier City 23 Classical Vocal
Maine Meranda Hafford Washburn 20 Vocal
Maryland Kelly Glorioso Hydes 21 Vocal Top 20 Quality of Life 1st runner-up
Massachusetts Abbey Rabine Wenham 22 Vocal 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Interview
Michigan Stacy Essebagers Whitehall 21 Clogging Top 10
Minnesota Kari Knuttila Detroit Lakes 21 Classical Piano
Mississippi Becky Pruett Hattiesburg 22 Vocal Top 20 Preliminary Talent, Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
Missouri Jennifer Ann Hover Springfield 22 Vocal Top 20
Montana Kara Svennungsen Shelby 22 Vocal
Nebraska Christina Foehlinger Ralston 21 Baton & Dance Top 20
Nevada Ashley Huff Las Vegas 21 Polynesian Dance Miss Nevada USA 2003
New Hampshire Katherine Pike Hooksett 24 Vocal
New Jersey Julie Barber Vineland 24 Contemporary Ballet en Pointe
New Mexico Marta Strzyzewski Roswell 23 Classical Piano
New York Andrea Plummer New York City 23 Lyrical Ballet en Pointe 4th runner-up
North Carolina Ashley House Dallas 21 Celtic Irish Dance
North Dakota Jillayne Mertens Motley, MN 19 Vocal / Violin
Ohio Natalie Witwer Dublin 19 Piano
Oklahoma Kaci Hundley Enid 21 Vocal Top 20
Oregon Katie Marie Harman Gresham 20 Classical Vocal Winner Preliminary Talent
Pennsylvania Rosalyn Menon Hazleton 22 Classical Piano Top 20 Preliminary Interview
Rhode Island Jennifer D'Ambrosio Providence 21 Vocal
South Carolina Jeanna Raney Inman 20 Tap Dance Top 20
South Dakota Sitania Syravotka Sioux Falls 22 Being Awesome
Tennessee Stephanie Culberson Knoxville 21 Classical Piano 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Gown Miss Tennessee USA 2004
Texas Stacy James Texarkana 22 Character Vocal Top 20
Utah Jacklyn Hunt Lehi 22 Classical Piano Top 10 Quality of Life
Vermont Amy Marie Johnson Essex Junction 21 Classical Piano
Virginia Meghan Shanley Virginia Beach 21 Vocal
Washington Breann Parriot Puyallup 23 Contemporary Ballet en Pointe Miss Washington USA 2003
West Virginia Danae DeMasi Morgantown 21 Ballet en Pointe Top 10 Preliminary Gown
Wisconsin Laura Margaret Herriot Princeton 23 Vocal
Wyoming Erin Empey Casper 20 Ballet

1 Age as of September 2001


  1. ^ John Curran (2001-09-22). "Oregon Wins Miss America Crown". Associated Press. 
  2. ^ Ron Todt (2001-09-07). "Miss America contestants arrive for weekend in Philly". Associated Press. 
  3. ^ John Curran (2001-09-14). "Miss America cancels traditional pre-pageant parade, citing security". Associated Press. 
  4. ^ John Curran (2001-09-18). "Miss America Pageant will go on as scheduled Saturday; contestants voted 2-1 against canceling". Associated Press. 

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