Miss America Organization
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 | 7:01 p.m.
Miss Indiana Katie Stam was crowned 2009 Miss America at the live pageant hosted by Mario Lopez in Planet Hollywood's Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Las Vegas Strip. Katie is Indiana's first Miss America winner.
The previous three Miss Americas -- 2008 Miss America Kirsten Haglund, 2007 Miss America Lauren Nelson and 2006 Miss America Jennifer Berry Gooden -- predicted that 22-year-old Katie would win before the competition!
Miss Georgia Chasity Hardman was first runner-up. Also winning scholarships for their runner-up placements were second runner-up Miss Iowa, third runner-up Miss New York and fourth runner-up Miss Florida.
For 2009 Miss America Pageant musings by Mr. Johnny Kats, click HERE.