Miss America 2012, the 85th Miss America pageant, was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts of Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan from Nebraska, crowned her successor Laura Kaeppeler from Wisconsin at the end of this event. It was broadcast live on ABC. All 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico competed for the title.
|Miss America 2012|
|Date||January 14, 2012|
|Venue||Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada|
Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke, for the second year in a row, hosted the pageant.
|Miss America 2012|
* - America's Choice
** - Saved by eliminated delegates after Swimsuit Competition to compete in Evening Gown as a "wild card"
Order of announcementsEdit
|Lifestyle and Fitness|
Quality of Life awardEdit
|Winner||Alzheimer's Awareness Research|
Duke of Edinburgh awardsEdit
|Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Miracle Maker Award|
|Four Points Award|
|Non-finalist Talent Award||
|Ric Ferentz Non-finalist Interview Award||
The seven judges for the competition were:
- dancer and musician Mark Ballas
- television personality Raúl De Molina
- television producer Mike Fleiss
- television personality Kris Jenner
- actress Teri Polo
- personal trainer Chris Powell
- television personality Lara Spencer
|Alabama||Courtney Porter||Clay||25||Tap Dance||Mentoring At-Risk Youth Through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America||Top 13||Duke of Edinburgh|
|Alaska||Katy Lovegreen||Anchorage||21||Dance||Speak Out: Promoting Public Speaking and Debate Programs for Youth||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010|
|Arizona||Jennifer Sedler||Chandler||20||Jazz Dance||Supporting Children with Life Threatening Illnesses||3rd runner-up|
|Arkansas||Kristen Glover||Stuttgart||21||Tap Dance, "Piano Sonata #11 in A major, K 331' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Second Chances Through Mentoring||Quality of Life Finalist|
|California||Noelle Freeman||Culver City||21||Ballet en Pointe, "The Black Swan Variation" from Swan Lake||A Promising Future for Autism||4th runner-up||Miss Teenage California 2007, Miss Teen World U.S. 2007 & 2008|
|Colorado||Diana Dreman||Boulder||23||Dance||The American Cancer Society - The Official Sponsor of Birthdays||Daughter of Miss America 1974 Rebecca Ann King|
|Connecticut||Morgan Amarone||Hamden||23||Jazz Dance||The Power of Pink: Cancer Education Awareness||Duke of Edinburgh|
|Delaware||Maria Cahill||Newark||20||Irish Dance||Project 16 - 26: Drive Safe, Drive Smart||Non-finalist Talent|
|District of Columbia||Ashley Boalch||Sandy Spring, MD||23||Vocal||Making Cents: The Next Generation of Business Owners||Non-finalist Interview|
|Florida||Kristina Janolo||Winter Park||24||Vocal||America's Wake Up Call - Protect Our Environment||Top 13||Duke of Edinburgh||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009|
|Georgia||Michaela Lackey||Marietta||21||Classical Ballet En Pointe||PASSION: Performing Artists Serving Society In Our Neighborhoods||Previously Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2007|
|Hawaii||Lauren Cheape||Mililani||23||Jump Rope Routine||C.A.R.E. - Collegiate Athletes Reaching Everyone||Quality of Life Finalist, Preliminary Talent, Non-finalist Talent||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010|
|Idaho||Genevieve Nutting||Boise||21||Piano||Building the 3 C's Through Girl Scouts - Courage, Character, and Confidence||Fourpoints||Previously Miss Idaho's Outstanding Teen 2006|
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
|Illinois||Hannah Smith||Huntley||20||Ballet en Pointe||Distracted Driving... FOCUS!||Top 10|
|Indiana||Jackie Jerlecki||Goshen||23||Vocal||Support the Arts - A Vital Part of a Vibrant Community|
|Iowa||Jessica Pray||Johnston||19||Classical Vocal||Saving Lives Through the Gift of Blood Donation||Top 10|
|Kansas||Carissa Kelley||Winfield||24||Dance||No Kid Hungry||Previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 2004|
|Kentucky||Ann-Blair Thornton||Bowling Green||22||Piano||Alzheimer's Awareness Research||Quality of Life||Previously Miss Kentucky's Outstanding Teen 2007|
4th runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008
1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2010 pageant
|Louisiana||Hope Anderson||Monroe||23||Dance||Pilots for Patients||Top 10||Miracle Maker, Duke of Edinburgh||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009|
|Maine||Julia Furtado||Dayton||19||Vocal||Leadership Among Our Youth||Duke of Edinburgh|
|Maryland||Carlie Colella||Hagerstown||21||Contemporary Dance||Empowerment of Women: Creating an Equal Opportunity for Success|
|Massachusetts||Molly Whalen||Middleborough||20||Vocal||Smart Smiles: Promoting the Importance of Oral Health|
|Michigan||Elizabeth Wertenberger||Dundee||22||Dance||Continue to Dream: Giving Hope to Children with Chronic Illnesses||Quality of Life 2nd runner-up, Duke of Edinburgh|
|Minnesota||Natalie Davis||Dassel||21||Vocal||Autism Awareness: The Missing Piece||Quality of Life Finalist||Previously Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2006|
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
|Mississippi||Mary Margaret Roark||Cleveland||20||Piano, "Nostradamus" by Tonci Huljic||J.E.W.E.L.S. for Alzheimer's|
|Missouri||Sydney Friar||El Dorado Springs||22||Vocal||Reconnecting the Family Unit|
|Montana||Veronika Ohlinger||Cooke City||23||Vocal||Inspiring America: Dare to Dream||Previously Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2005|
|Nebraska||Kayla Batt||Alliance||21||Vocal||Make Music Rock: The Importance of Music Education||Non-finalist Talent, Miss Congeniality||Previously Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2007|
Top 10 and Miss Congeniality at National Sweetheart 2010 pageant
|Nevada||Alana Lee||Las Vegas||22||Vocal, "At This Moment" by Billy Vera and the Beaters||Patriotism: Rock the Vote|
|New Hampshire||Regan Hartley||Dover||20||Vocal||Stand Up: Bullying Awareness in Our Community||Quality of Life 1st runner-up|
|New Jersey||Katharyn Nicolle||Wenonah||20||Dance||Reading for the Right Reasons||Previously Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen 2008|
|New Mexico||Sarina Turnbull||Alamogordo||24||Ballet en Pointe, "The Prayer" by Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli||Turn the Page to a Lifetime of Reading||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009|
|New York||Kaitlin Monte||Rochester||22||Vocal||That's Enough! Coming Together to End Bullying||2nd runner-up||Quality of Life Finalist, Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness||1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2008 as Miss Florida|
|North Carolina||Hailey Best||Goldsboro||20||Operatic Vocal||The Live On Foundation||Top 15||Duke of Edinburgh|
|North Dakota||Ariana Walker||Bismarck||20||Contemporary Lyrical Dance||Ronald McDonald House of Charities: Raising Awareness, Funds, and Hope||Duke of Edinburgh||Previously Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2008|
Previously Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2010
|Ohio||Ellen Bryan||Celina||23||Vocal||When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors - Promoting Lightning Awareness||Quality of Life Finalist, Duke of Edinburgh|
|Oklahoma||Betty Thompson||Davenport||22||Irish Dance||Milk, It Really Does a Body Good!||1st runner-up||Preliminary Talent, America's Choice||Covered the 2013 Miss America Pageant as a TMG Pageant Newwork Reporter|
|Oregon||Caroline McGowan||Waukee, IA||20||Vocal||American Red Cross - Disaster Preparedness|
|Pennsylvania||Juliann Sheldon||Plum||21||Jazz Dance||Mental Health Awareness|
|Puerto Rico||Laura Ramirez||Arecibo||21||Ballet en Pointe||Transforming Lives: Promoting Values and Developing Dreams||Duke of Edinburgh|
|Rhode Island||Robin Bonner||Westhampton, NY||20||Lyrical Dance||Heart to Heart: Women's Cardiac Care Spread Awareness|
|South Carolina||Bree Boyce||Florence||22||Classical Vocal||Eating Healthy and Fighting Obesity||Top 13||Duke of Edinburgh|
|South Dakota||Anna Simpson||Brookings||21||Piano||Give Back Volunteer Network|
|Tennessee||Erin Hatley||Collierville||20||Vocal||Volunteerism: Connecting People with Opportunities||Top 10|
|Texas||Kendall Morris||Ennis||20||Piano||Leukemia: Living for a Cure||Top 10||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Winner||Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2006|
|Utah||Danica Olsen||Tooele||21||Dance||Prescription Drug Addiction Awareness||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness|
|Vermont||Katie Levasseur||Burlington||21||Scottish Highland Dance||Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow||Duke of Edinburgh|
|Virgin Islands||Camila Daniels||Saint Thomas||18||Flute||Keep Music Alive in Public Education|
|Virginia||Elizabeth Crot||Chesapeake||24||Vocal||Get Involved - Change Your World!||Top 15|
|Washington||Brittney Henry||Edgewood||24||Fiddle||Promoting Higher Education for Low-Income Families||Non-finalist Talent||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010|
|West Virginia||Spenser Wempe||Martinsburg||19||Lyrical Dance||The Wounded Warrior Project and Veteran's Welfare||Duke of Edinburgh||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010|
|Wisconsin||Laura Kaeppeler||Kenosha||23||Operatic Vocal||Children of Incarcerated Parents||Miss America 2012||Preliminary Talent||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010|
|Wyoming||Catherine Brown||Richardson, TX||24||Pop Vocal & Sign Language Interpretation||Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention and Awareness||Duke of Edinburgh|
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