A sick Ms. Indiana wins the 2009 Miss America Pageant

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I have to admit since it was always a very publicized television show when I was younger & I was a TV junkie growing up, I did see a lot of Ms. U.S.A. or Ms. America pageants.  I haven’t watched many since, but as usual, the pageants and their winners are some of the top stories in the news.  Perusing through Yahoo news as I usually do, I just noticed 2009’s winner was recently crowned in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (wasn’t this the Alladin?).  It’s interesting that I can keep up with this info with no problems despite being in Korea.  I’ve also watched most popular flicks that premiere in the states within days of their release.  I watched Valkyrie & even the History channel documentary about it (not bad, by the way).  Anyway, this year’s winner of the pageant is Katie R. Stam & wants to be what most contestants want in life: “to be a TV reporter/anchor.”  She’s 22 and comes from Seymour, Indiana.  The article about her winning follows with a picture gallery of Ms. USA 2009 Katie Stam from the pageant. 

LAS VEGAS – Katie Stam of Indiana was crowned Miss America on Saturday night, fighting off a throat infection, laryngitis and 51 other contestants to win the 88-year-old pageant.

The 22-year-old University of Indianapolis student became the first Miss America winner from the Hoosier State. She drew loud applause for her rendition of “Via Dolorosa” during the talent portion of the beauty pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Stam said she had trouble sleeping one night this week while she took prescription medicine to fight the infection, but got her voice back by Thursday.

“I was feeling like myself again — I will never take my health for granted,” she said.

The Seymour native also strutted onstage in a black bikini and an off-the-shoulder, white lace. During the interview portion of the competition she decried the use of performance-enhancing drugs among professional athletes and discussed the definition of glamour.

“That beauty that you feel on the inside, it’s that confidence, that radiance inside of you, that’s what glamour is,” Stam said.

Stam won a $50,000 scholarship and hopes to obtain a bachelor’s degree in communications and become a television news anchor . She began competing in pageants at age 15.

Stam was crowned by reigning Miss America Kirsten Haglund of Michigan and will soon embark on a year of travel and public appearances.

She said she had one semester left in school — but didn’t know when she would finish — and already was graduating debt-free without the $50,000 prize. Stam said she might use the money for graduate school.

Chasity Hardman

Chasity Hardman

The first runner-up was Miss Georgia Chasity Hardman, who took home a $25,000 scholarship.

Miss Hawaii Nicole Fox drew cheers as she performed a traditional Tahitian dance, wearing a huge white feathered headdress and skirt to match. After she exited, part of her skirt remained on the stage.

In a new twist, viewers of a lead-in reality show, “Miss America: Countdown to the Crown” voted in four of the 15 finalists, while the judges announced the other 11 during a live TLC television broadcast.

The four finalists chosen by viewers were Stam, the eventual winner, and Hardman, the first runner-up, as well as Miss South Dakota Alexandra Hoffman and Miss Alabama Amanda Tapley.

The other 11 women remaining after the opening number were: Batson, Fox, Miss Michigan Ashlee Baracy, Miss Delaware Galen Giaccone, Miss District of Columbia Kate Marie Grinold, Miss Iowa Olivia Myers, Miss New York Leigh-Taylor Smith, Miss California Jackie Geist, Miss Florida Sierra Minott, Miss Kentucky Emily Cox and Miss Tennessee Ellen Carrington.

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Here’s Stam’s profile on the Miss America website:

Katie R. Stam
Seymour, Indiana
Age: 22

Seymour High School
University of Indianapolis

Platform Issue: Passion for Service: Promoting Community Service and Involvement

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Communication

Talent: Vocal

Scholastic Honors: 1st Place IASB News Anchor; 1st Place IASB News Reporter; Elisa Bowen Outstanding Student in Television Award

Career Ambition: To become a television news reporter and anchor

Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant

*I’m not going to a lie, but a small part of me was wondering if this would bump up the views.  Let’s see…


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3 responses to “A sick Ms. Indiana wins the 2009 Miss America Pageant

  1. hello hi how are you i think you are really pretty. i am 11 and i ama girl. dont take this the wrong way but i loved you when you started screaming when you became miss india plz plz send an email back see you
    p.s. you are my role model and my hero



    Bridget Cleary, 28, from Boston, Massachusetts was crowned Ms. America® 2009-10 at the national pageant held Sunday, September 6, 2009 in Ontario, California. This is Bridget’s FIRST TIME to ever compete in a pageant and she is the sixth woman to be crowned Ms. America ®.

    Over 50 contestants applied for the competition where it was narrowed down to 19 finalists. Throughout the three-hour competition, the finalists competed in four categories including: interview, evening gown, sportswear and final on-stage question. Her walk across the stage to accept the crown marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing the American woman 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced or married.

    The reigning Ms. America® is a senior manager at Arnold Worldwide advertising, which is owned by the 6th largest global advertising company, Havas. A successful career advisor and motivational trainer, Cleary conducts and coordinates inspirational seminars across the east coast for employees at the junior, mid and executive levels. Known as the ‘Talent Developer,’ Cleary helps employees reach their greatest potential through strategic goal setting and specializes in elevating employees’ talents for branding, advertising and digital technology to the next level. Her passion for providing successful, inspirational business training ensures that the agency produces winning brand strategies and promotions for clients such as: McDonalds, Volvo, Ocean Spray, Carnival cruises, Hershey’s and Fidelity.
    A 2003 graduate from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and Chi Omega alumna, Cleary holds a BA in Communication, with a Women’s Studies concentration and Philosophy minor. Ranked third in her class, Cleary achieved Magna cum Laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Lamda Pi Eta honors societies, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was a Rhodes and Marshall Scholar nominee based on her scholastic achievements and strength of character. A life-long advocate for education, motivation and serving others through philanthropy, she has worked with the Make-A-Wish foundation, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Babson College Leadership Development Program and is a Project Leader for the Boston Cares organization, the largest volunteer organization in New England and a part of the internationally recognized HandsOn Network with 370 volunteer affiliates serving 83% of the American population and 12 international communities.

    As Ms. America ® 2009-10, Cleary is honored to represent an organization that enriches the lives of women across the country and is passionate about continuing to give back to others through philanthropic endeavors and being the inspiration that helps others achieve their dreams.

    First runner-up was Christy Van Der Westhuizen from Lakewood, California, second runner-up was Catherine Blades from Manhattan Beach, California, third runner-up was Daphne Rice from Ypsilanti, Michigan and fourth runner-up was Dr. Heidi Ritz from Woodland Hills, California.

  3. Nelson Garcia

    Hello trying to get in contac with Miss MA.


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