Miss America 2009 Contestants - Page 3

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 North Dakota
Hometown: West Fargo
Tessie Jones, 21
Talent: Piano

Miss Ohio
Hometown: Woodsfield
Karissa Martin, 21
Talent: Vocal

Miss Oklahoma
Hometown: Collinsville
Kelsey Cartwright, 20
Talent: Lyrical Dance

Miss Oregon
Hometown: Beaverton
Danijela Krstic, 24
Talent: Belly Dance

Miss Pennsylvania
Hometown: Nazareth
Kendria Perry, 23
Talent: Piano

Miss Rhode Island
Hometown: North Smithfield
Francesca Simone, 23
Talent: Vocal

Miss South Carolina
Hometown: Florence
Anna Perry, 23
Talent: Piano

Miss South Dakota
Hometown: Eureka
Alexandra Hoffman, 20
Talent: Vocal
(Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2006)

Miss Tennessee
Hometown: Jackson
Ellen Carrington, 21
Talent: Classical Vocal

Miss Texas
Hometown: Buffalo
Rebecca Robinson, 24
Talent: Tap Dancing
(Graduate of Texas A&M University)

Miss Utah
Hometown: Manti
Kayla Barclay, 18
Talent: Piano

Miss Vermont
Hometown: Lyndonville
Ashley Wheeler, 21
Talent: Vocal

Miss Virgin Islands
Hometown: St. Thomas
Shamika K. Thomas, 23
Talent: Vocal

Miss Virginia
Hometown: Woodbridge
Tara Wheeler, 24
Talent: Vocal

Miss Washington
Hometown: Yelm
Janet Harding, 21
Talent: Piano

Miss West Virginia
Hometown: Short Gap
Kayla Lynam, 21
Talent: Piano

Miss Wisconsin
Hometown: Racine
Briana Lipor, 22
Talent: Vocal

Miss Wyoming
Hometown: Sheridan
Courtney Gifford, 19
Comedic Vocal

Official Candidates:   Page 1   Page 2
Preliminary Awards:   January 20   January 21   January 22
Winners:   Top 15   Top 12   Top 10   Top 7   Crowning


"To God be the Glory".