Miss America 2009 Contestants - Page 1

On January 24, 2009, the Miss America 2009 Beauty Contest will takes place at Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The reigning Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund of Farmington Hills, Michigan will crown her successor. The Pageant will be broadcasted live on TLC from the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and hosted by Mario Lopez.

All 51 delegates will compete 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 televised competition, the delegates will participate in three nights of preliminary competition, where the preliminary awards will be given to the winners in each category.

During the final telecast, following the announcement of the semi-finalists, the top ten compete in swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Then, the top five go on to compete in the talent competition, and the top three face a final interview round.

Meet the 51 Official Candidates:

Miss Alabama
Hometown: Birmingham
Amanda Tapley, 20
Talent: Piano

Miss Alaska
Hometown: Anchorage
Stephany Jeffers, 23
Talent: Vocal

Miss Arizona
Hometown: Sierra Vista
Erin Nurss, 23
Talent: Dance

Miss Arkansas
Hometown: Newark
Ashlen Batson,21
Talent: Flute

Miss California
Jackie Giest,22
Talent: Ballet
(1st runner up Miss California Teen USA 2002, 3rd runner up Miss Teenage California 2004, Miss Teen of the Nation 2004, Miss Teen Paradise Valley 2000, Miss Teen Vacaville 2002, Miss Vaca Valley 2006)

Miss Colorado
Hometown: Arvada
Jamie Dukehart-Conti, 23
Talent: Jazz Dance
(Broncos Cheerleader)

Miss Connecticut
Hometown: Hamden
Ashley Glenn, 23
Talent: Lyrical Dance

Miss Delaware
Hometown: Wyoming
Galen Giaccone, 20
Talent: Piano
(Miss Delaware Junior 2006)

Miss District of Columbia
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Kate Grinold, 22
Talent: Ballet

Miss Florida
Hometown: Fort Myers
Sierra Minott, 20
Talent: Jazz Dance
(Miss Florida Outstanding Teen 2005)

Miss Georgia
Hometown: Columbus
Chastity Hardman, 24
Talent: Vocal
(Second African-American to represent the state in the Miss America Pageant after Sherri Hill Model)

Miss Hawaii
Hometown: Honolulu
Nicole Fox, 23
Talent: Tahitian Otea

Miss Idaho
Hometown: Idaho Falls
Elise Davis, 20
Talent: Vocal

Miss Illinios
Hometown: Chicago
Katie Lorenz, 24
Talent: Lyrical Dance

Miss Indiana
Hometown: Seymour
Katie R. Stam, 22
Talent: Vocal

Miss Iowa
Hometown: Sperry
Olivia Myers, 22
Talent: Tap Dance

Miss Kansas
Hometown: Augusta
Emily Deaver, 19
Talent: Vocal or Piano

Official Candidates:   Page 2   Page 3
Preliminary Awards:   January 20   January 21   January 22
Winners:   Top 15   Top 12   Top 10   Top 7   Crowning


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