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Miss Indiana Wins Miss America 2009 in Las Vegas

January 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Miss Indiana Wins Miss America 2009 in Las Vegas

Katie Stam of Indiana is crowned Miss America 2009

The newly crowned Miss America 2009, Indiana’s Katie Stam, was crowned on Saturday night at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 22-year-old University of Indianapolis student is a communications major pursuing a career in television news production. She has been competing in pageants since the age of 15 her rendition of “Via Dolorosa” during the talent portion of the beauty pageant was received with great applause, even though earlier in the week Katie had been battling a throat infection with laryngitis.

The Miss America pageant was dropped from network television after the 2004 pageant drew a record low viewer ship. It later found a home in Las Vegas after moving from its longtime location in Atlantic City, N.J., but it has struggled to get its footing on cable. Las Vegas is also the new home of the Miss USA Pageant, co-owned by the notorious Donald Trump and NBC.

In its second year on TLC, Mario Lopez, of “Extra,” hosted the event with help form Clinton Kelly of TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” Judges included actress Laura Bell Bundy, Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson, hairstylist Ken Paves and Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones.

In following tradition, the women competed in swimsuit, evening gown and talent competitions, as well as a short “interview,” in which they were asked their thoughts on a current event or hot topic. Questions came from everyday people and were intended to put the contestants on the spot.

Your Top 5 Miss America Finalists

  1. Miss Indiana – Katie Stam
  2. Miss Georgia – Chasity Hardman
  3. Miss Iowa – Olivia Myers
  4. Miss New York – Leigh Taylor Smith
  5. Miss Florida – Sierra Minott

Vegas eNews congratulates Miss America 2009 Winner Katie Slam. We wish her a successful and prosperous year filled with life changing events and memories to last her a lifetime.


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