Miss America 2012

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.[2] All 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico competed for the title.

Miss America 2012
Laura Kaeppeler at Nellis Air Force Base.jpg
DateJanuary 14, 2012[1]
VenueTheatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada
WinnerLaura Kaeppeler
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Chris Harrison[3] and Brooke Burke, for the second year in a row, hosted the pageant.



Final results Contestant
Miss America 2012
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 13
Top 15

* - America's Choice

** - Saved by eliminated delegates after Swimsuit Competition to compete in Evening Gown as a "wild card"[6]

Order of announcementsEdit


Preliminary awardsEdit

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Quality of Life awardEdit

Results Contestant Platform
Winner Alzheimer's Awareness Research
1st runner-up -
2nd runner-up -
Finalists[8] Various

Duke of Edinburgh awardsEdit

Medal Contestants
Silver N/A

Other awardsEdit

Awards Contestant
Miss Congeniality
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:[9]


State Name Hometown Age Talent Platform Placement Awards Notes
  Alabama Courtney Porter[10] Clay 25 Tap Dance Mentoring At-Risk Youth Through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Top 13 Duke of Edinburgh
  Alaska Katy Lovegreen[11] Anchorage 21 Dance Speak Out: Promoting Public Speaking and Debate Programs for Youth Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
  Arizona Jennifer Sedler[12] 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[13] 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[14] Boulder 23 Dance The American Cancer Society - The Official Sponsor of Birthdays Daughter of Miss America 1974 Rebecca Ann King
  Connecticut Morgan Amarone[15] Hamden 23 Jazz Dance The Power of Pink: Cancer Education Awareness Duke of Edinburgh
  Delaware Maria Cahill[16] 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[17] Marietta 21 Classical Ballet En Pointe PASSION: Performing Artists Serving Society In Our Neighborhoods Previously Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2007
  Hawaii Lauren Cheape[18] 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[19] 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[20] Huntley 20 Ballet en Pointe Distracted Driving... FOCUS! Top 10
  Indiana Jackie Jerlecki[21] Goshen 23 Vocal Support the Arts - A Vital Part of a Vibrant Community
  Iowa Jessica Pray[22] Johnston 19 Classical Vocal Saving Lives Through the Gift of Blood Donation Top 10
  Kansas Carissa Kelley[23] 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[24] Monroe 23 Dance Pilots for Patients Top 10 Miracle Maker, Duke of Edinburgh Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
  Maine Julia Furtado[25] Dayton 19 Vocal Leadership Among Our Youth Duke of Edinburgh
  Maryland Carlie Colella[26] 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[27] 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[28] 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[29] Cleveland 20 Piano, "Nostradamus" by Tonci Huljic J.E.W.E.L.S. for Alzheimer's
  Missouri Sydney Friar[30] El Dorado Springs 22 Vocal Reconnecting the Family Unit
  Montana Veronika Ohlinger[31] Cooke City 23 Vocal Inspiring America: Dare to Dream Previously Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2005[32]
  Nebraska Kayla Batt[33] 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[34] Dover 20 Vocal Stand Up: Bullying Awareness in Our Community Quality of Life 1st runner-up
  New Jersey Katharyn Nicolle[35] Wenonah 20 Dance Reading for the Right Reasons Previously Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen 2008
  New Mexico Sarina Turnbull[36] 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[37] 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[38] Goldsboro 20 Operatic Vocal The Live On Foundation Top 15 Duke of Edinburgh
  North Dakota Ariana Walker[39] 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[40] 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[41] 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[42] 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


  • Montana - Veronika Ohlinger was originally the 1st runner-up but later was crowned Miss Montana 2011 to replace the original winner Taryn Chuter, who resigned due to a knee injury that required surgery.[43][44]


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