Miss America 2006

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Miss America 2006
Jennifer Berry 2008.png
Jennifer Berry pictured in 2008. was crowned Miss America 2006 by Miss America 2005 Deidre Downs.
Date January 21, 2006
Presenters James Denton
Venue Aladdin Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Broadcaster CMT
Winner Jennifer Berry
Oklahoma Oklahoma
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Miss America 2006, the 79th Miss America pageant, was held on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada on Saturday, January 21, 2006.

The pageant was broadcast live on CMT from the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Aladdin Resort and Casino, the first time that the pageant was held outside Atlantic City. The pageant was held four months later than usual.

At the conclusion of the final night of competition, Downs crowned Jennifer Berry of Oklahoma as her successor. This was the first time since 2001 that the pageant winner was not a vocalist; Berry was also the first titleholder since to also win a preliminary talent award.

Selection of contestants

One delegate from each state was chosen in state pageants held in mid-2005. Prior to competing in state pageants, the majority of delegates first were required to win a local title. Each delegates title is pre-dated to 2005, for example Alexa Jones was Miss Alabama 2005 rather than Miss Alabama 2006. Many contestants competed in state pageants in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems numerous times before winning titles, and some had previously in states other than those where they won a state title.

All contestants were required to be between the ages of 17–24, unmarried and a citizen of the United States. They were also required to meet residency and education requirements.


All delegates 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 nationally televised competition, the delegates participate in three nights of preliminary competition, where preliminary award winners are chosen in each category.

During the final telecast, following the announcement of the semi-finalists, the top ten compete in swimsuit and evening gown. The top five go on to compete in the talent competition, and the top three face a final interview round.



Final results Contestant
Miss America 2006
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10


Preliminary awards

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Quality of Life awards

Results Contestant Platform
Winner Breast Cancer Awareness: Education, Support and Research
1st runner-up Strength Over Silence: Rape Awareness And Recovery
2nd runner-up Character Education

Other awards

Awards Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Bernie Wayne Scholarship Award for the Performing Arts
Non-finalist Talent Awards


State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes1
Alabama Alexa Jones Andalusia 24 Ballet en Pointe 2nd runner-up Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
Alaska Rebecca Hayes Anchorage 24 Ballet en Pointe
Arizona Audrey Sibley Sierra Vista 20 Vocal
Arkansas Eudora Moseby Hazen 23 Vocal Top 10
California Dustin-Leigh Konzelman Carlsbad 23 Fiddle Preliminary Talent, Non-finalist Talent Contestant on The Amazing Race 10 and The Amazing Race 11
Colorado Jessica Urban Colorado Springs 24 Vocal & Harp
Connecticut Dianna Baitinger Norwich 23 Vocal
Delaware Rebecca Bledsoe Newark 23 Vocal Non-finalist Talent
District of Columbia Shannon Schambeau Washington, D.C. 25 Tap Dance 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit 1st RU at Miss DC USA 2007
Florida Mari Wilensky Jacksonville 21 Vocal Top 10
Georgia Monica Pang Atlanta 25 Piano 1st runner-up
Hawaii Malika Dudley Papaikou 23 Vocal Miss Congeniality
Idaho Tracey Brown Post Falls 19 Ballet en Pointe Miss Idaho USA 2008
Illinois Lauren Allen Batavia 21 Freestyle Gymnastics
Indiana Susan Guilkey Noblesville 22 Vocal
Iowa Kay Pauszek Bettendorf 23 Irish Step Dance
Kansas Adrienne Rosel Liberal 23 Vocal
Kentucky Kerri Mitchell Barbourville 21 Vocal
Louisiana Molly Causey Ruston 22 Piano
Maine Megan Beals Ludlow 22 Vocal
Maryland Rachel Ellsworth Fort Ashby, WV 21 Tap Dance
Massachusetts Kristin Gauvin Worcester 23 Tap Dance
Michigan Octavia Reese Detroit 23 Cello
Minnesota Karyn Stordahl Owatonna 22 Classical Piano Non-finalist Talent
Mississippi Kristian Dambrino Grenada 20 Piano / Vocal
Missouri Stacie Cooley Liberty 22 Jazz Dance
Montana Sophia Steinbeisser Sidney 21 Tap Dance
Nebraska Kelly Keiser Gothenburg 21 Piano
Nevada Crystal Wosik Las Vegas 23 Lyrical Dance
New Hampshire Audra Paquette Merrimack 24 Lyrical Ballet Miss New Hampshire USA 2002
New Jersey Julie Robenhymer Moorestown 24 Dance
New Mexico Ane Cristal Romero Las Vegas 25 Vocal
New York Kandice Pelletier New York City 24 Musical Theatre Dance National Sweetheart 2003, Contestant on The Amazing Race 10 and The Amazing Race 11
North Carolina Brooke McLaurin Fayetteville 24 Vocal
North Dakota Jacqueline Johnson Fargo 20 Cello
Ohio Marlia Fontaine Massillon 23 Vocal T10 05
Oklahoma Jennifer Berry Tulsa 22 Ballet en Pointe Winner Preliminary Talent
Oregon Lucy Fleck Portland 20 Tap Dance T10 04, NF 05
Pennsylvania Nicole Brewer Philadelphia 22 Vocal Top 10
Rhode Island Jessica Samson Newport 23 Vocal
South Carolina Erika Powell Easley 20 Vocal Top 10 Preliminary Talent Miss South Carolina USA 2012
South Dakota Nikki Grandpre Pierre 23 Vocal
Tennessee Tara Burns Nashville 22 Classical Vocal Non-finalist Talent
Texas Morgan Matlock Lamesa 24 Vocal Top 10
Utah Julia Bachison North Ogden 22 Vocal Preliminary Swimsuit Miss Utah USA 2008
Vermont Megan Plebani Weybridge 24 Jazz Dance / Gymnastics
Virginia Kristi Lauren Glakas Centreville 24 Vocal 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Miss Virginia USA 2004
Virgin Islands Allison Bourne-Vanneck Saint Thomas 22 Steel Pan
Washington Tina Marie Mares Lynnwood 25 Piano
West Virginia Kimberly Goodwin Morgantown 21 Tap Dance
Wisconsin Tracy Gest Menomonee Falls 20 Piano
Wyoming Heather Jackelen Jackson 24 Acrobatic Dance Miss Wyoming USA 2001

1 Abbrevs: NF = Non-finalist, RU = Runner-up, T = Top, Nat Sweetheart = National Sweetheart (competition for Miss America runners-up)


External links

  • Miss America official website
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