The Miss America competition is opened annually to women from the United States between the ages of 17 and 25. Starting in 1921 as a beauty pageant, the competition now judges competitors' talent performances and interviews in addition to their physical appearance.
In January 2018, the new board of directors increased the maximum age of titleholders to 25 years old, from 24. Therefore, contestants cannot be older than 25 years old on December 31 in the calendar year of her state competition. On July 10, 2018, Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin was crowned the winner of this year's Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Here are the winners of the Miss America competition for the last 10 years. Which of these beauty queens represent the true American beauty?
2009 Katie Stam Seymour, Indiana
Katie R. Stam is an American beauty queen from Seymour, Indiana, who was crowned Miss America 2009.
Katie Stam was born to Keith and Tracy Stam on July 9, 1986. She was a 4-H member and showed dairy cattle at the Jackson County Fair. She graduated from Seymour High School in Seymour and is an alumna of the University of Indianapolis with a degree in communications. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour, and her mother teaches fifth grade at a Lutheran elementary school. Stam interned at the Indianapolis news station WTHR in 2007.
Stam began competing in pageants at the age of 15, winning a local title before being named Kentuckina Teen and advacing and winning her first national pageant. She later won Indiana's Junior Miss in 2005, and was named second runner-up at the 2005 America's Junior Miss competition.
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