Miss America 2019

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Miss America 2019
Date September 9, 2018 (2018-09-09)
Presenters TBA
Venue Atlantic City, New Jersey
Broadcaster ABC
Winner TBD
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The Miss America 2019 pageant will be the 92nd Miss America pageant, though the Miss America Organization will celebrate its 98th anniversary in 2018. This discrepancy is due to national pageants not being held from 1928–1932 or in 1934 because of financial problems associated with the Great Depression.[1] The 2019 pageant will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[2] On May 23, 2018, it was announced that the pageant would air live on ABC on September 9, 2018.[3]

At the end of the event, Miss America 2018, Cara Mund of North Dakota, will officially crown her successor.[4]


Miss America 2.0 / Changes to competition and judging criteria

On June 5, 2018, it was announced that Miss America contestants would no longer be judged based on their physical appearance and that the national Miss America event would be considered a competition, rather than a pageant, and the titleholders now candidates, rather than contestants.[5][6][7][8][9] When the program airs on September 9, 2018, the swimsuit competition will be replaced with state titleholders participating in a live interactive session with the judges, "to highlight her achievements and goals in life and how she will use her talents, passion, and ambition to perform the job of Miss America."[6][7][8] While the evening gown competition will allow contestants to choose clothing, "that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style, and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America."[5][10] In interviews, Gretchen Carlson, the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, emphasized the organization's desire to be more welcoming, "open, transparent, [and] inclusive to women," and to prioritize displaying the talent and scholarship in the contestants.[5][11] During Miss America 2.0, the talent portion will make up 50% of the contestants' preliminary score.[12]


The Miss America 2019 candidates are:

State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Special awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Callie Walker[13] Birmingham 21 Classical Ballet en Pointe Daughter of Miss Alabama 1985, Angela Tower Walker[14]

Previously Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2012[13][15]
Alaska Alaska Courtney Schuman[16] Anchorage Speech Contestant at National Sweetheart 2016 pageant
Arizona Arizona Isabel Ticlo[17] Chandler 24 Bollywood Dance
Arkansas Arkansas Claudia Raffo[18] Jonesboro 22 Jazz Dance
California California Mackenzie Freed[19] Lodi 23 Vocal
Colorado Colorado Ellery Jones Greenwood Village 21 Spoken Word
Connecticut Connecticut Bridget Oei[20] Hebron 22 Irish Step Dance
Delaware Delaware Joanna Wicks[21] Wilmington 24 Speed Painting
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Allison Farris[22] Jasper, AL 24 Piano
Florida Florida Taylor Tyson[23] Jupiter 23 Classical Piano
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Annie Jorgensen[24] Athens 22 Jazz Dance Previously Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen 2011[25]

Previously Miss High School America 2013[26]
Hawaii Hawaii Penelope Ng Pack[27] Honolulu 23 Vocal
Idaho Idaho Nina Forest[28] Pocatello 21 Piano
Illinois Illinois Grace Khachaturian[29] Champaign 21 Lyrical Dance Previously Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen 2012[30]
Indiana Indiana Lydia Tremaine[31] Kendallville 20 Vocal
Iowa Iowa Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw[32] Rock Island, IL 21 Violin Eligible as a student and recent graduate of University of Iowa[32]
Kansas Kansas Hannah Klaassen[33] Arkansas City 19 Tap Dance
Kentucky Kentucky Katie Bouchard[34] Owensboro 22 Clogging
Louisiana Louisiana Holli' Conway[35] Monroe 23 Vocal
Maine Maine Olivia Mayo[36] Minot 20 Vocal
Maryland Maryland Adrianna David[37] Rockville 24 Vocal Previously Miss Maryland USA 2017[38]
Massachusetts Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras[39] Lawrence 23 Vocal
Michigan Michigan Emily Sioma[40] Grass Lake 24 Tap Dance
Minnesota Minnesota Michaelene Karlen[41] Minneapolis 23 Contemporary Dance
Mississippi Mississippi Asya Branch[42] Booneville 20 Vocal
Missouri Missouri Katelyn Lewis[43] Lake St. Louis 22 Vocal
Montana Montana Laura Haller[44] Helena 24 Dance
Nebraska Nebraska Jessica Shultis[45] Dannebrog 24 Original Monologue
Nevada Nevada Alexis Hilts[46] Las Vegas 23 Piano Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2008
New Hampshire New Hampshire Marisa Moorhouse[47] Manchester 18 Lyrical Dance
New Jersey New Jersey Jaime Gialloreto[48] Woolwich Township 18 Lyrical Dance
New Mexico New Mexico Ashley Fresquez[49] Rio Rancho 23 Dance Previously Miss New Mexico's Outstanding Teen 2009[50]
New York (state) New York Nia Franklin[51] Winston-Salem, NC 24 Classical Vocal
North Carolina North Carolina Laura Matrazzo[52] Chapel Hill[52] 23 Tap Dance
North Dakota North Dakota Katie Olson[53] Williston 20 Dance
Ohio Ohio Matti-Lynn Chrisman[54] Cambridge 22 Vocal
Oklahoma Oklahoma Ashley Thompson[55] Oklahoma City 23 Tap Dance
Oregon Oregon Taylor Ballard[56] Portland[56] 25 Dance
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Kayla Repasky[57] Gettysburg 22 Dance
Rhode Island Rhode Island Alexandra Coppa[58] Cranston 22 Jazz Dance Previously Miss Rhode Island's Outstanding Teen 2012[59]
South Carolina South Carolina Davia Bunch[60] Spartanburg 21 Ballet en Pointe
South Dakota South Dakota Carrie Wintle[61] Iroquois 23 Piano Previously Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2008
Tennessee Tennessee Christine Williamson[62] Chattanooga 22 Vocal
Texas Texas Madison Fuller[63] Fairfield 23 Ventriloquism Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2010[64]
Utah Utah Jesse Craig[65] Orem 22 Violin Daughter of Miss Utah 1991, Elizabeth Johnson Craig[66]
Vermont Vermont Julia Crane[67] Colchester 22 Tap Dance Contestant at National Sweetheart 2016 pageant
Virginia Virginia Emili McPhail[68] Roseboro, NC 22 Piano Previously Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2013[69]
Top 8 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014[70]

Eligible as student at Hollins University[68]
Washington (state) Washington Danamarie McNicholl[71] Spokane 23 Piano
West Virginia West Virginia Madeline Collins[72] Charleston 23 Dance
Wisconsin Wisconsin Tianna Vanderhei[73] Wisconsin Rapids 25 Contemporary Dance
Wyoming Wyoming Beck Bridger[74] Sheridan 22 Vocal


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