Hoosier Miss America? Miss Indiana. Katie R. Stam, has just been announced as the 82nd Miss America at the Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts. Miss Georgia Chasity Hardman, was first runner-up.
Memories of Bert Parks warbling, “There She Is, Miss America” might have faded, and the newly crowned Miss America now takes her first steps in her new sash and tiara on the Strip, but the tradition of Miss America remains powerful in the culture of beauty pageants. Tonight, a new Miss America — the 82nd — will be crowned at the Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Racing down the track at a roaring 25 mph, 52 contestants in the Miss America pageant took a break from rehearsals Sunday to release some competitive energy at the Pole Position Raceway, 4175 S. Arville St., in Las Vegas.
On this Saturday night, Miss America exudes an air of desperation. In an age of show-all and tell-all TV reality shows and runway competitions, the 87-year-old pageant is in a life-or-death struggle for eyeballs and relevance.