Miss America 2015

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Miss America 2015
Miss America 2015 contestants.jpg
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[1]
New York (state) New York
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Miss America 2015, the 88th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday, September 14, 2014.[2][3] 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.[4] 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.[2]

Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer returned as co-hosts.[5] 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.[5]

Results

Placements

Final results Contestant
Miss America 2014
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 and Fitness
Talent

Quality of Life Award

Results Contestant Platform
Winner "Caitlin's Closet: One Stop Shopping for Life"
1st runner-up “Domestic Violence Awareness”
2nd runner-up ”The Rainbow Organization”
Finalists Various platforms

Other awards

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

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 Daughter of former NFL quarterback, Mark Brunell

Previously Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2007
Crowned 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 "Via Dolorosa" 2nd runner-up Previously 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 Previously 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 Award 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 Award
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" Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
Iowa Iowa Alysa Lou Olson[22] Des Moines 21 Vocal "If I Loved You" from Carousel / Vocal "How Will I Ever Know" Top 12 Previously 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" Quality of Life Award Finalist
Kentucky Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter Hartford 23 Fiddle "Sally Goodin'" and "Orange Blossom Special" Top 12 Preliminary Talent Award Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012
Louisiana Louisiana Lacey Sanchez[25] Baton Rouge 24 Vocal Non-finalist Interview Award
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" Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award

Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
Washington Redskins cheerleader
Massachusetts Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn[28] Boston / Aberdeen, WA 23 Piano "Valse Dramatico" by Melody Bober 4th runner-up STEM Scholarship Award
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"
Mississippi Mississippi Jasmine Murray[31] Columbus 22 Vocal "Something's Got a Hold on Me" Top 10 Quality of Life Award Finalist Previously Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2007
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" Previously Miss Colorado USA 2010
3rd runner-up at Miss USA 2010 pageant

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) Previously 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" Non-finalist Talent Award Sister of Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2014, Amy Smith

Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2012
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 Award
New York (state) New York Kira Kazantsev[39] Manhattan 23 Vocal with Cup Percussion "Happy" by Pharrell Williams Miss America 2015[1] Previously Miss California Jr. and Miss California Preteen
North Carolina North Carolina Beth Stovall[40] Goldsboro 20 Classical Vocal "Chi Bel Sogno di Doretta" Non-finalist Talent Award
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
Top 10 at Miss America's Junior Miss 2011
Ohio Ohio Mackenzie Victoria Bart[42] Columbus 22 Ventriloquism "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award

STEM Scholarship Award
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 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
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 Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award
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 dance troupe
South Dakota South Dakota Meridith Gould[49] Sioux Falls 19 Dance en Pointe "Hedwig's Theme" Previously 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" STEM Scholarship Award
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 Previously Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2009
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" Non-finalist Talent Award
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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External links

  • Miss America official website
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