Miss America 2015

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Miss America 2015
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Date September 14, 2014 (2014-09-14)
Presenters Chris Harrison, Lara Spencer
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Broadcaster ABC
Entrants 53
Winner Kira Kazantsev
New York New York

Miss America 2015, the 88th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday, September 14, 2014.[1][2] Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri crowned the winner, Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, making it the third consecutive year that a Miss New York won the Miss America crown; New York thus became the first state to have a Miss America winner three years in a row.[3] It was broadcast on ABC, UniMás, and streamed to mobile devices via the WatchABC app as well as Xbox One consoles via its live TV functionality. Tickets for the 2015 Miss America competition went on sale in spring 2014.[1]

Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer returned as co-hosts.[4] The panel of judges included: Gary Vaynerchuk, Marc Cherry, Kathy Ireland, Lee Ann Meriwether, Donald Driver, Shawn Johnson, and retired Army Brig. Gen. Anne MacDonald.[4]

Results

Placements

Final results Contestant
Miss America 2015
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 12
Top 16

* - America's Choice

** - Judge's Choice

Awards

Preliminary Awards

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle & Fitness
Talent

Quality of Life award

Results Contestant
Winner
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Finalists

Other awards

Awards Contestant
STEM Scholarship Awards
Non-finalist Talent
Non-finalist Interview
Miss Congeniality

Contestants

State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Caitlin Brunell[6] Tuscaloosa 22 Dance "Let It Go" from Frozen Top 10 Quality of Life Award Winner ($6,000 Scholarship) Daughter of former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell, Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2007, and Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008
Alaska Alaska Malie Delgado[7] Anchorage 19 Vocal Contestant on The Price is Right and The X Factor
Arizona Arizona Alexa Rogers[8] Scottsdale 23 Dance
Arkansas Arkansas Ashton Campbell[9] Hindsville 20 Vocal "Note to God" 2nd Runner-up Miss Arkansas's Outstanding Teen 2011
California California Marina Inserra[10] San Diego 24 Vocal "Bring Him Home"
Colorado Colorado Stacey Cook[11] Littleton 23 Tahitian Dance "Runaway Baby" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
Connecticut Connecticut Acacia Courtney[12] Hamden 21 Ballet en Pointe "Kitri's Variations (Don Quixote)" Top 16 Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen 2009
Delaware Delaware Brittany Lewis[13] Wilmington, Brigantine, NJ 24 Jazz Dance Quality of Life Award 1st Runner-up 1st runner-up at Miss Delaware 2014; Assumed title when Amanda Longacre was dethroned
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Teresa Davis[14] Hoschton, GA 23 Piano "Malaguena" Born in South Korea
Florida Florida Victoria Cowen[15] Panama City 21 Dance "Note to God" 3rd Runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Winner Thought to be 1st runner-up at Miss Florida 2014; Assumed title one week later due to miscount on tabulation
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Maggie Bridges[16] Brinson 21 Vocal "Bridge Under Troubled Water" STEM Scholarship Winner
Hawaii Hawaii Stephanie Steuri[17] Kalaheo 20 Hula "The Prayer" Mother competed as Miss Maui at Miss Hawaii 1977.
Idaho Idaho Sierra Sandison[18] Twin Falls 20 Vocal Top 16 (America's Choice) Is a Type 1 diabetic[19]
Illinois Illinois Marisa Buchheit[20] Chicago 24 Operatic Vocal “Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette
Indiana Indiana Audra Casterline[21] Fishers 23 Vocal "Over the Rainbow" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
Iowa Iowa Alyson Lou Olson[22] Des Moines 21 Vocal "If I Loved You" from Carousel / Vocal "How Will I Ever Know" (at Miss America Preliminaries) Top 12 Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen 2010
Kansas Kansas Amanda Sasek[23] Moberly, MO 23 Vocal "I Don't Know My Own Strength"[24] / Vocal "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" (at Preliminaries) Quality of Life Award Finalist
Kentucky Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter Hartford 23 Fiddle "Sally Goodin'" and "Orange Blossom Special" Top 12 Preliminary Talent Winner Diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in 2012
Louisiana Louisiana Lacey Sanchez[25] Baton Rouge 24 Vocal
Maine Maine Audrey Thames[26] Topsham 18 Comedic Monologue "Yma Dream"
Maryland Maryland Jade Kenny[27] Madison 23 Contemporary Ballet en Pointe "Everybody Dance Now" Quality of Life Award 2nd Runner-up

Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Winner

Washington Redskins cheerleader
Massachusetts Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn[28] Boston / Aberdeen, WA 23 Piano "Valse Dramatico" by Melody Bober 4th Runner-up STEM Scholarship Winner
Michigan Michigan Kaitlyn Maviglia[29] Dundee 21 Dance "Be Italian" from Nine Diagnosed with Sensorineural hearing loss at age 9
Minnesota Minnesota Savannah Cole[30] Brainerd 18 Vocal "Somebody to Love" by Queen / Vocal "House of the Rising Sun" (at Preliminaries)
Mississippi Mississippi Jasmine Murray[31] Columbus 22 Vocal "Something's Got a Hold on Me" Top 10 Quality of Life Award Finalist Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2007 and Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008, American Idol season 8 finalist
Missouri Missouri Jessica Hartman[32] Pueblo, CO 23 Dance "Steppin' Out with My Baby" Miss Colorado USA 2010 and 3rd runner-up at Miss USA 2010, Miss Intercontinental 2011 representing United States
Montana Montana Victoria Valentine[33] Missoula 22 Vocal "Danny Boy" and accompanied herself on the harp / Vocal & Harp "I Won't Give Up" (at Preliminaries) Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen 2008
Nebraska Nebraska Megan Swanson[34] Omaha 20 Vocal "You Raise Me Up" Quality of Life Award Finalist
Nevada Nevada Ellie Smith[35] Henderson 17 Vocal "Somebody to Love" Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2012, Sister of Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2014 Amy Smith
New Hampshire New Hampshire Megan Cooley[36] Auburn 19 Vocal "On My Way" written by Ali Tamposi and Fernando Garibay
New Jersey New Jersey Cierra Kaler-Jones[37] Galloway 21 Dance "Listen" by Beyoncé Quality of Life Award Finalist Born with Hip dysplasia
New Mexico New Mexico Jessica Burson[38] Roswell 20 Jazz Dance "Steam Heat" from 1954 Broadway musical The Pajama Game, written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross STEM Scholarship Winner
New York New York Kira Kazantsev[39] Manhattan 23 Vocal with Cup Percussion "Happy" by Pharrell Williams Miss America 2015 Miss California Jr., Miss California Preteen
North Carolina North Carolina Beth Stovall[40] Goldsboro 20 Classical Vocal "Chi Bel Sogno di Doretta"
North Dakota North Dakota Jacky Arness[41] Fargo 21 Vocal "Feeling Good" written by English songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Top 16 (Judges' Choice) Miss Congeniality Previously North Dakota's Junior Miss 2011 and top 10 at Miss America's Junior Miss 2011
Ohio Ohio Mackenzie Victoria Bart[42] Columbus 22 Ventriloquism "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins Top 10 STEM Scholarship Winner

Preliminary Talent Winner

Contestant on Funny or Die Presents: America's Next Weatherman
Oklahoma Oklahoma Alexandra Eppler[43] Edmond 24 Dance “Wonderland" / Dance "Titanium" (at Preliminaries) Top 10 Quality of Life Award Finalist

Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Winner

Oregon Oregon Rebecca Anderson[44] Oregon City 23 Vocal
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Amanda Fallon Smith[45] Dade City, FL 21 Vocal "Wishing You Were Somewhere Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera Preliminary Talent Winner
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Yarelis Salgado[46] Toa Alta 20 Flamenco Fusion
Rhode Island Rhode Island Ivy DePew[47] Providence 23 Flute "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013
South Carolina South Carolina Lanie Hudson[48] Spartanburg 23 Clogging "Think" by Aretha Franklin Competed on America's Got Talent with her dance troupe
South Dakota South Dakota Meridith Gould[49] Sioux Falls 19 Dance en Pointe "Hedwig's Theme" Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2012
Tennessee Tennessee Hayley Lewis[50] Nashville/ Independence, MO 21 Vocal "I (Who Have Nothing)" Top 10
Texas Texas Monique Evans[51][52] Austin 22 Ballet en Pointe "Requiem for a Tower" Top 16
Utah Utah Karlie Major[53] Logan 20 Dance "Forget About the Boy" from Thoroughly Modern Millie
Vermont Vermont Lucy Edwards[54] Burlington 19 Vocal "I Am Changing" from the Dreamgirls cast album / Vocal "You'll Never Walk Alone" (at Preliminaries) STEM Scholarship Winner
United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Ashley Gabriel[55] Orlando, FL 19 Vocal "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Virginia Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett[56] Pamplin 21 Opera (Classical Vocal) "Parla Piu Piano" from The Godfather 1st Runner-up Quality of Life Award Finalist Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2009 and Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2010
Washington (state) Washington Kailee Dunn[57] Kennewick 22 Vocal "Someone Like You"
West Virginia West Virginia Paige Madden[58] Moundsville 21 Vocal "Gravity"
Wisconsin Wisconsin Raeanna Mary Johnson[59] Holmen 24 Dance "Hallelujah" by Alexandra Burke First woman to hold the Miss Wisconsin title two times; she had previously held the 2011 title after Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America 2012, 3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2011
Wyoming Wyoming Jessie Allen[60] Lander 24 Dance Younger sister of Miss Wyoming USA 2012 Holly Allen

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