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.
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 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
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