Sunday, January 25, 2009

22-year-old Miss Indiana Crowned Miss America

Miss Indiana Katie Stam has been crowned Miss America 2009 in Las Vegas.
The 22-year-old University of Indianapolis student battled a throat infection and laryngitis throughout the week but still drew loud applause for her rendition of "Via Dolorosa" during the talent competition.

She also strutted onstage in a black bikini and an off-the-shoulder, white lace gown.

Stam, a communications major, plans to work in television news. She began competing in pageants at age 15.

The first runner-up was Miss Georgia Chasity Hardman.

Top 5

  • Miss Indiana - Katie Stam
  • Miss Georgia - Chasity Hardman
  • Miss Iowa - Olivia Myers
  • Miss New York - Leigh Taylor Smith
  • Miss Florida - Sierra Minott