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Miss America 2016
Date September 13, 2015 (2015-09-13)
Presenters Chris Harrison, Brooke Burke
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Broadcaster ABC
Entrants 52
Placements 15
Withdrawals Virgin Islands
Winner Betty Cantrell
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia
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Miss America 2016, the 89th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday, September 13, 2015. It was broadcast on ABC and streamed to mobile devices and Xbox 360 consoles via the WatchABC app. Tickets for the 2016 Miss America competition went on sale June 5, 2015.[1]

Kira Kazantsev (Miss New York 2014) crowned her successor, Miss Georgia 2015, Betty Cantrell at the end of the two-hour nationally televised event. According to Miss America's website, the pageant got around 7.9 million views

Overview

Vanessa Williams at the conclusion of her performance of Oh How the Years Go By at Miss America 2016.

There were 52 women[2] competing for the title, down from 53 contestants in the 2014 pageant, as the Miss Virgin Islands pageant organization did not renew their license and is no longer sending representatives for the Miss America pageant.

The panel of preliminary competition judges included publicist and talent producer Brian Edwards, Miss America 1979 Kylene Barker, producer Jenni Pulos, fashion and style expert Rachel Zalis, fashion designer Noah Alexander, D.C. lobbyist Lanny Griffith, and actor/model James Brown III.[3][4]

Vanessa Williams (who was crowned Miss America 1984 but was forced to resign a few weeks before her reign ended) served as head judge and performed Oh How the Years Go By.[5][6] The pageant began with Miss America CEO Sam Haskell issuing an apology to Williams, telling her that although "none of us currently in the organization were involved then, on behalf of today's organization, I want to apologize to you and to your mother, Miss Helen Williams. I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be."[7][8][9] Suzette Charles (Williams' replacement)[10] said in an interview with Inside Edition that she was perplexed over the apology and suggested that it was given for the purpose of ratings.[11] Williams also commented on the events surrounding her return, stating in an interview with Robin Roberts that "there's a lot of people who feel I should return, so the people who harbor the resentment I understand it but realize that all of those people that were part of the old guard are no longer there."[5]

Results

Placements

Final results Contestant
Miss America 2016
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 7
Top 10
Top 12
Top 15

* - America's Choice

Awards

Preliminary awards

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness
Talent

Quality of Life award

Results Contestant Platform
Winner Dangers of Distracted Driving
1st runner-up Campaign Against Pain: Arthritis Awareness
2nd runner-up Healthy is the New Skinny
Finalists
Various

Other awards

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

Contestants

State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Special awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Meg McGuffin[14] Ozark 22 Jazz Ballet en Pointe "Enigma Variation" from The Matrix 4th runner-up Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up Previously Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2007
Alaska Alaska Zoey Grenier[15] Anchorage 19 Vocal "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
Arizona Arizona Madison Esteves Chandler 20 Contemporary Dance Previously Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2012
Arkansas Arkansas Loren McDaniel[16] Van Buren 22 Vocal "Piece of Sky" Top 15
California California Bree Morse[17] Garden Grove 23 Tap Dance
Colorado Colorado Kelley Johnson[18] Windsor 22 Monologue 2nd runner-up STEM Scholarship Award Appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her nursing monologue and received $10,000 from Shutterfly for nurse anesthetist school[19]

Later Miss California USA 2018[20]
Connecticut Connecticut Colleen Ward Wolcott 22 Irish Step Dance
Delaware Delaware Brooke Mitchell[21] Selbyville 19 Baton twirling "Rhythm of the Night" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Haely Jardas[22] Fort Myers 24 Vocal "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift
Florida Florida Mary Katherine Fechtel[23] Leesburg 19 Lyrical Dance "Listen" Top 10 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award Sister of Elizabeth Fechtel, Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012[24]

Previously Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2010[25]
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Betty Cantrell[26] Warner Robins 21 Classical Vocal "Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio" Miss America 2016[12] Preliminary Talent Award
Hawaii Hawaii Jeanné Kapela[27] Kailua-Kona 20 Lyrical Dance "My Heart Will Go On" by Tioni Tam Sing Miss Congeniality Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014, but pulled out of the competition due to a family emergency
Idaho Idaho Kalie Wright[28] Kimberly 23 Vocal Previously National Sweetheart 2014[29]

Later Miss Minnesota USA 2018[30]
Illinois Illinois Crystal Davis[31] Anna 22 Vocal "That's Life"
Indiana Indiana Morgan Jackson[32] Charlestown 21 Lyrical Ballet, "You Raise Me Up" Daughter of Trina Collins, Miss New Mexico 1984

Previously Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen 2007[33]
Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
Iowa Iowa Taylor Wiebers[34] Clinton 21 Vocal. "Don't Forget Me" from Smash Top 12 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award

Preliminary Talent Award
Kansas Kansas Hannah Wagner[35] Wichita 19 Ballet en Pointe "Swan Lake"
Kentucky Kentucky Clark Janell Davis Lexington 18 Vocal "Summertime" Grew up with dyslexia
Louisiana Louisiana April Nelson[36] Mandeville 23 Vocal "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from The Sound of Music 3rd runner-up[13] Preliminary Talent Award Previously Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2008[37]
Maine Maine Kelsey Earley[38] Lebanon 24 Clogging "Black Betty" Quality of Life Award Finalist Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
Maryland Maryland Destiny Clark[39] Gaithersburg 23 Guitar/Vocal Quality of Life Award Finalist 4th runner-up at Miss Maryland USA 2015
Massachusetts Massachusetts Meagan Fuller Attleboro 22 Jazz Dance Previously Massachusetts' Junior Miss 2010
Top 10 at Miss America's Junior Miss 2010

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013
1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2013 pageant
Michigan Michigan Emily Kieliszewski[40] Alpena 23 Tap Dance "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
Minnesota Minnesota Rachel Latuff[41] Minneapolis 24 Contemporary Ribbon Dance "Out of the Woods" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
Mississippi Mississippi Hannah Roberts[42] Mount Olive 21 Classical violin "Zapateado, No. 2, Opus 23" 1st runner-up STEM Scholarship Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 2011
2nd runner-up to America's Junior Miss 2011
Missouri Missouri McKensie Garber[43] Hale 22 Jazz Ballet en Pointe "P.Y.T." Previously Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2011
Montana Montana Danielle Wineman[44] Cut Bank 23 Piano "Pirates of the Caribbean" Sister of Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana 2012

Previously Montana's Junior Miss 2010
Nebraska Nebraska Alyssa Howell[45] Omaha 20 Piano "Northern Lights" Top 12 Previously Miss Virginia National Teen 2009
Nevada Nevada Katherine Kelley Madisonville, KY 23 Piano
New Hampshire New Hampshire Holly Blanchard[46] Derry 23 Baton Twirling "Show Me How You Burlesque" by Christina Aguilera Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
New Jersey New Jersey Lindsey Giannini[47] Hammonton 21 Latin Rhythm Dance "Fireball" by Pitbull Quality of Life Award Winner
New Mexico New Mexico Marissa Livingston[48] Albuquerque 20 Jazz Dance "I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
New York (state) New York Jamie Lynn Macchia[49] Eltingville 23 Lyrical Dance "I Was Here" by Beyoncé 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2014
North Carolina North Carolina Kate Peacock[50] Dunn 19 Tap Dance "Swing the Mood" 2nd runner-up at Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2012
North Dakota North Dakota Delanie Wiedrich[51] Hazen 19 Vocal "Someone Like You" by Adele
Ohio Ohio Sarah Hider[52] Wooster 24 Jazz Vocal "Almost Like Being in Love" Previously Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2008
Oklahoma Oklahoma Georgia Frazier[53] Tulsa 23 Vocal Happy Days Are Here Again" Top 10 Previously Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen 2009

Top 16 at National Sweetheart 2014
Oregon Oregon Ali Wallace Portland 21 Lyrical Dance "Latch" by Sam Smith Daughter of Tamara Fazzolari, Miss Oregon 1987
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Ashley Schmider[54] South Fayette 23 Tap Dance "Pon de Replay" by Rihanna Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012

Previously Miss United States Continental 2014
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Destiny Vélez Trujillo Alto 19 Acoustic Drums
Rhode Island Rhode Island Alexandra Curtis[55] West Warwick 23 Musical Theater "Poor Unfortunate Souls" Quality of Life Award Finalist Previously National All-American Miss Teen 2010-2011

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
South Carolina South Carolina Daja Dial Spartanburg 22 Vocal "I Believe" Top 7 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
South Dakota South Dakota Autumn Simunek[56] Hot Springs 22 Vocal, "Hallelujah" Previously Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2007

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
Tennessee Tennessee Hannah Robison[57] Paris 21 Piano "El Cumbanchero" Top 7 America's Choice

STEM Scholarship Award

Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up
2nd runner-up at Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2012
Texas Texas Shannon Sanderford Coppell 23 Pop Vocal Top 10
Utah Utah Krissia Beatty[58] St. George 22 Piano "All of Me"
Vermont Vermont Alayna Westcom[59] Bakersfield 23 Scientific Experiment STEM Scholarship Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
Virginia Virginia Savannah Lane Midlothian 19 Vocal "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl Top 15
Washington (state) Washington Lizzi Jackson Bellingham 21 Vocal STEM Scholarship Award
West Virginia West Virginia Chelsea Malone[60] Wheeling 23 Vocal Top 15
Wisconsin Wisconsin Rosalie Smith[61] Waukesha 19 Lyrical Dance "Heaven" by Beyoncé
Wyoming Wyoming Mikaela Shaw[62] Laramie 21 Violin Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013

Pageant notes

Withdraws

Notes

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  7. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (2015-09-14). "Vanessa Williams Finally Got Her Miss America Apology". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
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  11. ^ Inside Edition (2015-09-14). "Beauty Queen Who Won Vanessa Williams' Crown: Miss America Apology Was About Ratings". Inside Edition. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
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  13. ^ a b c "Miss Louisiana named third runner-up in Miss America pageant". The Advocate. September 14, 2015. 
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  20. ^ Harding, Todd (December 4, 2017). "Former Miss Colorado Wins Miss California USA Pageant". K99 News. 
  21. ^ Howard, Arshon (June 13, 2015). "Brooke Mitchell crowned Miss Delaware 2015". Delaware State News. Dover, DE: Independent Newsmedia. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
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  28. ^ "Kimberly Native Crowned 'Miss Idaho'". magicvalley.com. June 23, 2015. 
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  30. ^ Divine, Mary (November 27, 2017). "Standing ovations for first woman with Down syndrome to compete in Miss Minnesota USA". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. 
  31. ^ "Anna native wins Miss Illinois pageant". The Southern Illinoisan. Carbondale, IL: Lee Enterprises. June 13, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Charlestown woman crowned Miss Indiana 2015". Indianapolis, IN: WTHR. June 20, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  33. ^ Kim, Gina (June 24, 2015). "U of L student crowned Miss Indiana". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY: Gannett. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  34. ^ Geyer, Thomas (June 13, 2015). "Miss Clinton County, Taylor Wiebers, crowned Miss Iowa 2015". Quad-City Times. Davenport, IA: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Miss Augusta crowned Miss Kansas". www.kwch.com. June 7, 2015. Archived from the original on June 19, 2015. 
  36. ^ Bolden, Bonnie (June 27, 2015). "Nelson wins Miss Louisiana". The News-Star. Monroe, LA: Gannett. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
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  38. ^ "Miss Maine 2015 crowned in Portland". Bangor, ME: WLBZ-TV. April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
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  41. ^ "Hastings native wins Miss Minnesota pageant". www.hastingsstargazette.com. June 17, 2015. 
  42. ^ Threadgill, Jacob (June 28, 2015). "Miss USM crowned Miss Mississippi". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, MS: Gannett. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  43. ^ "ORU grad McKensie Garber named Miss Missouri 2015". Tulsa World. Tulsa, OK: BH Media. June 13, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  44. ^ "Danielle Wineman of Cut Bank crowned Miss Montana 2015". Great Falls, MT: KRTV. June 14, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  45. ^ "Alyssa Howell Crowned Miss Nebraska 2015". www.knopnews2.com. June 6, 2015. 
  46. ^ Woods, Stephanie (May 3, 2015). "The Granite State crowns a new Miss New Hampshire Saturday". Manchester, NH: WMUR-TV. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  47. ^ Hetrick, Christian (June 13, 2015). "Hammonton's Giannini wins Miss New Jersey". The Press of Atlantic City. Pleasantville, NJ: BH Media. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  48. ^ "Albuquerque's Livington crowned Miss New Mexico". www.pntonline.com. June 21, 2015. 
  49. ^ "Miss New York 2015: Staten Island's Jamie Lynn Macchia wins". www.silive.com. June 6, 2015. 
  50. ^ Wooten, Alan (June 21, 2015). "Miss Dunn Kate Peacock crowned Miss North Carolina". The Fayetteville Observer. Fayetteville, NC. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
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  53. ^ "Tulsa woman crowned Miss Oklahoma". www.edmondsun.com. June 15, 2015. 
  54. ^ "Ashley Schmider was crowned Miss Pennsylvania 2015". pageantsnews.com. June 14, 2015. 
  55. ^ "Miss Rhode Island 2015 crowned in Providence". wpri.com. May 31, 2015. 
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  61. ^ Dickmann, Noell (June 21, 2015). "There she is: Meet Miss Wisconsin 2015 Rosalie Smith". Oshkosh Northwestern. Oshkosh, WI: Gannett. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  62. ^ "New Miss Wyoming Crowned in Sheridan". www.sheridanmedia.com. May 31, 2015. 

External links

  • Vanessa Williams and Her Mother Receive an Apology From Miss America Organization - ABC News, September 14, 2015.
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