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25 Jan 2009
Miss Indiana Katie Stam Wins 2009 Miss America Pageant

25 Jan 2009 05:42 Africa/Lagos

Miss Indiana Katie Stam Wins 2009 Miss America Pageant

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Miss Indiana Katie Stam from Seymour, Indiana was crowned Miss America 2009 tonight at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The final night of the Miss America Pageant was broadcast from Las Vegas on TLC.

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Katie's triumphant walk across the stage was just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the country during her year of service as Miss America 2009. She will travel approximately 20,000 miles each month speaking to audiences about her platform of Passion for Service: Promoting Community Service and Involvement and acting as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network. Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.

Katie is a student at the University of Indianapolis. Her scholastic ambition is to earn her bachelor's degree in Communication with an emphasis on electronic media and she ultimately hopes to become a television news reporter and anchor. Along with the title of Miss America 2009, Katie won a $50,000 scholarship to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Katie sang "Via Dolorosa."

The first runner-up was Miss Georgia Chasity Hardman, who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent performance was the song, "Home" for the musical, The Wiz and her personal platform is Boys and Girls Club of America: DREAMing Through Music.

Second runner-up honors and a $20,000 scholarship were awarded to Miss Iowa Olivia Myers. Her talent was a tap dance to "Fever", and her personal platform is Teaching Tolerance: Fostering a Just and Caring Culture from the Classroom Out."

Miss Indiana Katie Stam, Miss South Dakota Alexandra Hoffman, Miss Georgia Chasity Hardman, and Miss Alabama Amanda Tapley were the winners of TLC's America's Choice, an online competition where viewers got the opportunity to vote four Miss America contestants into the Top 15. The contestants were announced at the beginning of the 2009 Miss America Pageant broadcast.

As the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.

Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at

For up-to-the-minute competition news and information, as well as downloadable high-resolution images of Miss America 2009 Katie Stam and the 2009 contestants, visit the 24-hour online pressroom at

To download photos of tonight's crowning moment, go to

PRN Photo Desk,
Source: The Miss America Organization

CONTACT: Sharon Pearce of the Miss America Organization, +1-609-653-8700
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