Miss America 2007

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Miss America 2007
Lauren Nelson.jpg
Date January 29, 2007
Presenters Mario Lopez
Venue Aladdin Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Broadcaster CMT
Winner Lauren Nelson
Oklahoma Oklahoma
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Miss America 2007, the 80th Miss America pageant, was held on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada on January 29, 2007, which was a Monday, making it the first time that the pageant was held on a weekday, rather than the traditional Saturday.

The pageant was broadcast live on CMT from the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Aladdin Resort and Casino, only the second time that the pageant has been held outside Atlantic City.

At the conclusion of the final night of competition, outgoing titleholder Jennifer Berry crowned Lauren Nelson as her successor. Both titleholders are from Oklahoma, only the second occurrence of two consecutive winners from one state. The last time that two titleholders from the same state won in consecutive years was 1959-1960, when Mississippi did the honor.

Selection of contestants[edit]

One delegate from each state was chosen in state pageants held in mid-2006. 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 2006, for example Melinda Toole is "Miss Alabama 2006" rather than "Miss Alabama 2007".

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 compete 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 participate in three nights of preliminary competition, where preliminary award winners are chosen in each category.

During the final telecast, following the announcement of the semi-finalists, the top ten compete in swimsuit and evening gown. The top five go on to compete in the talent competition, and the top three face a final interview round.



Final results Contestant
Miss America 2007
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10


Preliminary awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit

Quality of Life award[edit]

Results Contestant
  • Rhode Island - Allison Rogers (Go Green! Global Warming Awareness)
1st runner-up
  • Arizona - Hilary Griffiths (Strength Over Silence: Rape Awareness And Recovery)
2nd runner-up
  • Alabama - Melinda Toole (Character Education)

Other awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Non-finalist Talent


The six judges for the competition were:[1]


State Name Hometown Age1 Talent Placement Awards Notes2
Alabama Melinda Toole Birmingham 23 Vocal 4th runner-up Quality of Life 2nd runner-up, Miss Congeniality NF 04, T10 05
Alaska Stephanie Wonchala Eagle River 21 Piano 1RU 03, 05
Arizona Hilary Griffith Glendale 21 Vocal Quality of Life 1st runner-up NF 03, T10 04, 1RU 05 and T10 Nat Sweetheart 05
Arkansas Amber Bennett Carlisle 23 Vocal T10 2005
California Jacquelynne Fontaine Moorpark 24 Operatic Vocal Top 10 Preliminary Talent T10 04
Colorado Janie Allen Arvada 23 Piano
Connecticut Heidi Alice Voight New Haven 24 Vocal 4RU 03, T10 04, 2RU 05
Delaware Jamie Ginn Wilmington 25 Dance NJ: T10 01, NF 02, 3RU 03, 1RU 05 and 4RU Nat Sweetheart 05
District of Columbia Kate Michael Washington, D.C. 24 Dance 2RU Miss District of Columbia USA 2008
Florida Allison Kreiger Miami 23 Dance / Twirl T10 02, T10 03, T15 04, NF Miss Florida USA 06
Georgia Amanda Kozak Warner Robins 22 Tap Dance 2nd runner-up Quality of Life Finalist T11 04, 1RU 05 and 1RU Nat Sweetheart 05, Miss Georgia USA 2008
Hawaii Pilialoha Gaison Kaneohe 23 Tahitian Dance Top 10 Preliminary Talent NF 05
Idaho Katherine Crouch Rexburg 19 Piano
Illinois Heidi Ekstrom Mundelein 22 Ballet 4RU 03, NF 04, T10 05
Indiana Betsy Uschkrat Bloomington 24 Classical Opera Quality of Life Finalist TX: NF 02, T10 03, T10 05
Iowa Emily Nicholas Clear Lake 21 Vocal
Kansas Michelle Walthers Towanda 21 Vocal 3RU 05
Kentucky Rachelle Phillips Princeton 24 Vocal TN: NF 01, 02, 04
Louisiana Jamie Wilson Minden 23 Vocal NF 02 & 03, T10 04, 1RU 05
Maine Karissa Staples Biddeford 19 Vocal
Maryland Brittany Lietz Edgewater 21 Dance
Massachusetts Michaela Gagne Fall River 24 Vocal NF 03 & 04, 2RU 05
Michigan Angela Corsi Farmington Hills 24 Contemporary Ballet En Pointe Quality of Life Finalist NF 02, 3RU 03, 1RU 04 & 05 and 3RU Nat Sweetheart 05, 4RU NS 04
Minnesota Nicole Swanson Lakeville 24 Classical Viola Non-finalist Talent
Mississippi Taryn Foshee Clinton 21 Piano 3rd runner-up
Missouri Sarah French Columbia 21 Vocal Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004
Montana Christie Hageman Billings 23 Vocal
Nebraska Molly McGrath Omaha 23 Dance Preliminary Swimsuit Finalist T10 03, Nebraska Junior Miss 2001
Nevada Caydi Cole Las Vegas 22 Vocal Nevada Junior Miss 2003
New Hampshire Emily Hughes Gilmanton 23 Tap Dance 3RU 02, 2RU 03, 4RU 04, 1RU 05
New Jersey Georgine DiMaria Lodi 22 Violin NF 02, 3RU 03, 1RU 04, T10 05
New Mexico Christina Hall Albuquerque 23 Vocal 2RU 04, 1RU 05
New York Bethlene Pancoast Brooklyn 24 Dance Non-finalist Talent PA: T10 02, 3RU 03, T10 04, T10 05
North Carolina Elizabeth Horton High Point 23 Vocal T10 03
North Dakota Annette Olson Baldwin 23 Vocal 1RU 04
Ohio Melanie Murphy Brook Park 20 Dance T10 05
Oklahoma Lauren Nelson Lawton 20 Vocal Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Oklahoma Teen 2004
Oregon Donilee McGinnis Scappoose 24 Tap Dance T10 04, NF 05
Pennsylvania Emily Wills Beaver 24 Vocal Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit 2RU 02, T10 04, 1RU 05 and 2RU Nat Sweetheart 05, PA Jr. Miss 2001
Rhode Island Allison Rogers Providence 25 Piano Quality of Life 3RU 05
South Carolina Shelley Benthall Florence 21 Vocal Non-finalist Talent Miss SC Teen 2003
South Dakota Callee Bauman Huron 21 Vocal NF 04 & 05
Tennessee Blaire Pancake Chattanooga 24 Vocal
Texas Shilah Phillips Plano 25 Vocal 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent
Utah Katie Millar Highland 20 Violin Top 10
Vermont Sarah Watson Enosburgh 20 Piano Non-finalist Talent
Virginia Adrianna Sgarlata Fairfax Station 24 Vocal Quality of Life Finalist NF 04, 2RU 05
Virgin Islands Stacy Smith 24 Steel Pan / Vocal
Washington Kristen Eddings Silverdale 20 Vocal Top 10 NF 02
West Virginia Tiffany Lawrence Shepherdstown 24 Vocal NF 01, T8 02, T10 03, T10 05, T10 Miss West Virginia USA 2006
Wisconsin Meghan Coffey New Berlin 22 Dance 4RU 05
Wyoming Jenileigh Sawatzke Cheyenne 24 Aerial Artist CA: NF 04 & 05
  • 1 Age as at January 2007
  • 2 Abbrevs: NF = Non-finalist, RU = Runner-up, T = Top, Nat Sweetheart = National Sweetheart (competition for Miss America runners-up)


Unusually, no former Miss USA delegates competed in this pageant, although Sarah French, formerly Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004 (and Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA) competed as Miss Missouri. Later on Amanda Kozak, Miss Georgia won the Miss Georgia USA 2008 title and competed at Miss USA 2008.


  1. ^ "Miss America: Press Releases: MAO Announces Judges for the 2007 Miss America Pageant". Miss America Organization. October 19, 2006. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 

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