Miss America 2009
|Miss America 2009|
|Date||January 24, 2009|
|Venue||Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts|Performing Arts Center, Paradise, Nevada|
Miss America 2009, the 82nd Miss America pageant, was held on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada on Saturday, January 24, 2009. The winner was Katie Stam from Indiana, the first woman representing that state to take the crown.
The pageant was broadcast live on TLC from the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, only the fourth time that the pageant has been held outside Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Selection of contestants
One delegate from each state was chosen in state pageants held in mid-2008. 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 2008, for example Amanda Tapley is "Miss Alabama 2008" rather than "Miss Alabama 2009".
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 competed 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 participated in three nights of preliminary competition, where preliminary award winners were chosen in each category.
During the final telecast, following the announcement of the semi-finalists, the top fifteen competed in swimsuit competition. The top twelve competed in evening gown competition. The top ten went on to compete in the talent competition, and the top seven each faced a random question from an American viewer.
|Miss America 2009|
|Lifestyle and Fitness|
Quality of Life award
||Uniquely Me: Promoting Self-Esteem in Adolescent Girls|
The seven judges for the competition were:
- former model Paige Adams-Geller
- actress and singer Laura Bell Bundy
- Miss America 1999, Nicole Johnson
- Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones
- casting director Beth Klein
- hairstylist Ken Pavés
|Alabama||Amanda Tapley||Birmingham||20||Piano||Top 15||Quality of Life 2nd runner-up|
|Arizona||Erin Brittany Nurss||Sierra Vista||23||Dance||Non-finalist Talent|
|Arkansas||Ashlen Batson||Newark||21||Flute||Top 12|
|California||Jackie Geist||Vacaville||22||Ballet||Top 7||Miss Teen Paradise Valley 2000 |
Miss Teen Vacaville 2002
1st runner-up at Miss California Teen USA 2002
Miss Teen of the Nation 2004
3rd runner-up at Miss Teenage California 2004
Miss Vaca Valley 2006
|Colorado||Jamie Dukehart-Conti||Arvada||23||Jazz Dance||Denver Broncos Cheerleader|
|Connecticut||Ashley Glenn||Hamden||23||Lyrical Dance|
|Delaware||Galen Giaccone||Wyoming||20||Piano||Top 15||Preliminary Talent||Delaware's Junior Miss 2006|
|District of Columbia||Kate Marie Grinold||Washington, D.C.||22||Ballet||Top 10|
|Florida||Sierra Minott||Fort Myers||20||Jazz Dance||4th runner-up||Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2005|
|Georgia||Chastity Hardman||Columbus||24||Vocal||1st runner-up||Preliminary Talent||Second African-American to represent Georgia in the Miss America pageant |
Sherri Hill Model
|Hawaii||Nicole Fox||Honolulu||Traditional Hawaiian Dance||Top 10||Quality of Life Finalist|
|Idaho||Elise Davis||Idaho Falls||20||Vocal|
|Illinois||Katie Lorenz||Plymouth, MI||24||Lyrical Dance|
|Indiana||Katie Stam||Seymour||21||Vocal||Miss America 2009||Preliminary Swimsuit
Quality of Life Finalist
|Miss Kentuckiana Teen 2002 |
Indiana's Junior Miss 2005
2nd runner-up at America's Junior Miss 2005
|Iowa||Olivia Myers||Sperry||22||Tap Dance||2nd runner-up||Can speak backwards|
|Kansas||Emily Deaver||Augusta||19||Vocal / Piano|
|Kentucky||Emily Cox||Campbellsville||22||Piano||Top 12||Quality of Life Award Winner||Niece of Miss Kentucky 1990 Nancy Jane Cox|
|Louisiana||Blair Abene||Hammond||22||Vocal||Miss Teen Louisiana 2002|
|Maryland||Louise Schlegel||Silver Spring||20||Vocal||Attends the University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
|Massachusetts||Alicia Zitka||West Springfield||22||Lyrical Dance||Graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst|
|Michigan||Ashlee Baracy||Westland||23||Jazz Dance||Top 10||Quality of Life 1st runner-up||Michigan's Junior Miss 2003|
1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2007
|Minnesota||Angela McDermott||Austin||24||Vocal||Performed the National Anthem at the Opening of the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota|
|Mississippi||Christine Kozlowski||D'Iberville||19||Jazz Dance||Preliminary Swimsuit|
|Missouri||Lacey Fitzgerald||Kansas City||24||Vocal|
|Montana||Jennifer Hepner||Great Falls||23||Belly Dancing|
|Nevada||Julianna Erdesz||Reno||24||Vocal||Miss Nevada USA 2010|
|New Hampshire||Natalie C. Shaw||Hooksett||23||Vocal|
|New Jersey||Ashley Fairfield||Egg Harbor Township||22||Jazz Dance|
|New Mexico||Christina Olmi||Albuquerque||23||Vocal|
|New York||Leigh-Taylor Smith||New York City||22||Vocal||3rd runner-up||Preliminary Swimsuit|
|North Carolina||Amanda Watson||Raleigh||21||Vocal||Quality of Life Finalist|
|North Dakota||Tessie Jones||West Fargo||21||Piano|
|Ohio||Karissa Renee Martin||Woodsfield||21||Vocal|
|Oklahoma||Kelsey Cartwright||Collinsville||20||Lyrical Dance|
|Oregon||Danijela Krstić||Beaverton||24||Belly Dancing|
|Pennsylvania||Kendria Perry||Nazareth||23||Piano||Non-finalist Talent|
|Rhode Island||Francesca Simone||North Smithfield||23||Vocal||Quality of Life Finalist|
|South Carolina||Anna Perry||Florence||23||Piano||Non-finalist Talent|
|South Dakota||Alexandra Hoffman||Eureka||20||Vocal||Top 15||Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2006|
|Tennessee||Ellen Carrington||Jackson||21||Classical Vocal||Top 7|
|Texas||Rebecca Robinson||Buffalo||24||Tap Dance||Miss Congeniality|
|Utah||Kayla Barclay||Manti||18||Piano||Non-finalist Talent|
|Vermont||Ashley Ruth Wheeler||Lyndonville||21||Vocal||Preliminary Talent
|Virgin Islands||Shamika K. Thomas||Saint Thomas||23||Vocal|
|Virginia||Tara Wheeler||Woodbridge||24||Vocal||Quality of Life Finalist|
|West Virginia||Kayla Lynam||Short Gap||21||Piano|
|Wyoming||Courtney Gifford||Sheridan||19||Comedic Vocal||Miss Wyoming's Outstanding Teen 2005|
Miss Wyoming USA 2013
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