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The Miss America 2019 pageant was the 92nd Miss America pageant, though the Miss America Organization celebrated its 98th anniversary in 2018.[2] 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.[3] The 2019 pageant was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[4] On May 23, 2018, it was announced that the pageant would air live on ABC on Sunday, September 9, 2018.[5] This was the last Miss America to be aired on ABC before would be moving to NBC beginning from 2020 pageant.

Miss America 2019
2018 Military Bowl - Nia Franklin.jpg
Franklin at the 2018 Military Bowl
DateSeptember 9, 2018 (2018-09-09)
PresentersCarrie Ann Inaba[1]
Ross Matthews[1]
VenueBoardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
WinnerNia Franklin
 New York
← 2018
2020 →

At the end of the event, Miss America 2018, Cara Mund of North Dakota, officially crowned her successor, Nia Franklin of New York, as Miss America 2019.[6][7]



Miss America 2.0 / Changes to competition and judging criteriaEdit

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.[8][9][10][11][12] When the program aired on September 9, 2018, the swimsuit competition was 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."[9][10][11] The red carpet, formerly evening gown, competition allowed 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."[8][13] 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.[8][14] These changes was announced by Carlson and the Miss America Organization after numerous titleholders were crowned after competing in state pageants with swimsuit competitions.[15] At the time the Miss America 2019 competition began, 46 of 51 state organizations (as well as 23 former Miss America winners) had signed a petition calling for the resignation of Carlson and CEO, Regina Hopper, from the Miss America Organization.[16] The states who had not signed were Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, and Vermont.[16]

Organization of competitionEdit

The preliminary competition will consist of private interviews, "red carpet" evening wear, on stage interview, and talent competitions. At the end of each of the three preliminary nights, winners of the talent and on stage interview competitions will be announced.[17] The private interview is a ten-minute session during which the candidate answers questions from the panel of preliminary judges which took place on September 4 and 5. The interview accounts for 20% of each titleholder's preliminary score.[18] The "red carpet" evening wear competition (making up 15% of preliminary scores) consists of candidates walking down a literal red carpet and then being given 8 seconds to answer rapid fire questions relevant to their "social impact initiative," formerly referred to as a platform.[18][19] The on stage interview preliminary award is replacing the lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit) preliminary award which was awarded at every Miss America pageant from 1940 to 2018.[17] This interview portion of the competition makes up 15% of the preliminary score and consists of each candidate being asked a question by the judges and then having 20 seconds to answer.[20] The results from each woman's talent will make up 50% of her preliminary score.[21] Scores from the preliminary competition will determine the top 15 finalists who will go on to compete on the televised final night of competition.[15]

For the final night of competition, the top 15 candidates were selected based on their scores from the preliminary competition, which accounted for 25% of their final night score.[15][22] The top 15 were first scored by the final night judges in an onstage interview with questions written by fellow finalists (termed "peer-to-peer questions"), accounting for 25% of their final night score and with ten contestants advancing.[22] The top ten competed in the "red carpet" evening wear portion of the competition, contributing 20% of their scores. No candidates were eliminated after evening wear, and all top 10 performed their talent, serving as 30% of their total score.[22] The total scores after these phases of competition determined the top 5 contestants.[23] Each remaining candidate then drew a number to select a judge and had 20 seconds to answer that judge's assigned question; the scores from these questions then determined the winner of the competition and the placement of the other finalists.[23]


Preliminary judgesEdit

On September 4–7, 2018, judges for the preliminary competition will select winners of the preliminary competitions as well as the top 15 finalists for the final night of competition on September 9, 2018. The panel will include president and founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Bonnie Carroll; arts and education executive, Courtney Blackwell Burton; Emmy Award-winning hair designer and stylist, Bobby H. Grayson; musician, J'Anna Jacoby; managing editor of The Root, Lyne Pitts; TV host and New York Times bestselling author, Nancy Redd; and entrepreneur, Bill Townsend.[24]

Final night judgesEdit

The panel of judges on the final night of competition on September 9, 2018 included professional boxer, Laila Ali; radio host, Bobby Bones; Grammy-winning producer and musician, Randy Jackson; country singer and TV personality, Jessie James Decker; TV journalist, Soledad O'Brien; entrepreneur and podcast host, Alli Webb; and singer/songwriter, Carnie Wilson.[25]



Final results Contestant(s)
Miss America 2019[26]
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10[35]
Top 15[35]


Preliminary awardsEdit

Awards Contestants
On Stage Interview

Quality of Life awardsEdit

Results Contestant Platform
Winner   Arkansas – Claudia Raffo[39] New Life Saves Lives: Umbilical Cord Donation
1st runner-up   Maryland – Adrianna David The Kidney Project
2nd runner-up   Mississippi – Asya Branch Finding Your Way: Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents
  District of Columbia – Allison Farris Women in Technology
  Georgia – Annie Jorgenson Patch of Confidence #IGotThis
  New Jersey – Jaime Gialloreto Don't Get Nutty: Food Allergy Awareness
  Tennessee – Christine Williamson Alzheimer's Awareness: Fundraising, Advocating, and Providing Hope

Children's Miracle Network (CMN) National Miracle Maker awardsEdit

Results Contestant
Winner   South Carolina – Davia Bunch
1st runner-up   Kansas – Hannah Klaassen
2nd runner-up   Alabama – Callie Walker

STEM Scholarship awardsEdit

Results Contestant

Women in Business Scholarship awardsEdit

Results Contestant

Other awardsEdit

Awards Contestant(s)
Miss Congeniality
Non-finalist Talent Awards
People's Choice Award


The Miss America 2019 candidates are:

State Name Hometown Age[a] Talent SII[b] Placement Special awards Notes
  Alabama Callie Walker[42] Birmingham 21 Ballet en Pointe, "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo "Let's Talk Trash!" - Green Kids for a Green Planet Top 10 CMN Miracle Maker Award 2nd runner-up Daughter of Miss Alabama 1985, Angela Tower Walker[43]

Previously Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2012[42][44]
  Alaska Courtney Schuman[45] Anchorage 24 Original Speech Empowering Youth for a Brighter Tomorrow Contestant at National Sweetheart 2016 pageant
  Arizona Isabel Ticlo[46] Chandler 24 Bollywood Dance, "JBJ" by Mahalakshmi Iyer "Be my Eyes" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2019
  Arkansas Claudia Raffo[47] Jonesboro 22 Jazz Dance, "That's Life" New Life Saves Lives: Umbilical Cord Donation Quality of Life Award Winner[39]
  California MacKenzie Freed[48] Lodi 23 Vocal, "Hit Me With a Hot Note" From Classroom to Boardroom: Overcoming Workplace Bias
  Colorado Ellery Jones[49] Greenwood Village 21 Monologue We Need to Talk - Growing Healthy Interpersonal Relationships on College Campuses Top 10
  Connecticut Bridget Oei[50] Hebron 22 Irish Step Dance, "Reel of Arrivals" Women in STEM: Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators 1st runner-up
  Delaware Joanna Wicks[51] Wilmington 24 Speed Painting, "Confident" The Color of Violence: Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness
  District of Columbia Allison Farris[52] Jasper, AL 24 Classical Piano, "Hungarian Rhapsody" by Franz Liszt Women in Technology Top 10 Quality of Life Award Finalist
  Florida Taylor Tyson[53] Jupiter 23 Classical Piano, "Mephisto's Waltz" by Franz Liszt Rise Up: Empowering Young Women to Lead and Succeed 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award[20][38] Accepted to Stetson University College of Law[20]
  Georgia Annie Jorgensen[54] Athens 22 Jazz Dance, "Feeling Good" by Michael Bublé Patch of Confidence #IGotThis Quality of Life Award Finalist Previously Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen 2011[55]

Previously Miss High School America 2013[56]
  Hawaii Penelope Ng Pack[57] Honolulu 23 Vocal, "They Just Keep Moving the Line" from Smash Page by Page: Helping Kids Read to Succeed Non-finalist Talent Award

Women in Business Scholarship[41]
  Idaho Nina Forest[58] Pocatello 21 Piano, "Rhapsody Brillante" Leave Childhood Hunger Behind Top 10
  Illinois Grace Khachaturian[59] Champaign 21 Lyrical Dance, "You Raise Me Up" YOU Matter: Mental Health Education for Our Youth Previously Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen 2012[60]
  Indiana Lydia Tremaine[61] Kendallville 20 Vocal, "That's Life" Act Now: Keeping the Arts Alive Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award[36]
  Iowa Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw[62] Rock Island, IL 21 Violin, “Chrystalize” by Lindsey Stirling How About H.O.P.E. - Suicide Awareness and Prevention Eligible as a student and recent graduate of University of Iowa[62]
  Kansas Hannah Klaassen[63] Arkansas City 19 Tap Dance, "The Greatest Show" from The Greatest Showman The Mind Matters CMN Miracle Maker Award 1st runner-up
  Kentucky Katie Bouchard[64] Owensboro 23 Clogging, "Soul Man" Being the Voice for America's Children
  Louisiana Holli' Conway[65] Monroe 24 Vocal, "I Believe" InspHIGHER 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award[37]
  Maine Olivia Mayo[66] Minot 20 Vocal, "Send in the Clowns" Love Doesn't Hurt
  Maryland Adrianna David[67] Rockville 24 Vocal, "You've Got Possibilities" The Kidney Project Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up Previously Miss Maryland USA 2017[68]
  Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras[69] Lawrence 23 Vocal, "Rise Up" F.E.A.R. - Face Everything and Rise 4th runner-up People's Choice Award

Preliminary On Stage Interview Award[36]

STEM Scholarship[41]
  Michigan Emily Sioma[70] Grass Lake 24 Tap Dance, "Gotta Push On" "I Believe You" - Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence Made national news when she used her introduction during the Miss America telecast to highlight the ongoing Flint water crisis rather than state her academic credentials, by stating, "From the state with 84 percent of the U.S. fresh water, but none for its residents to drink..."[71]
  Minnesota Michaelene Karlen[72] Kasson 23 Contemporary Ballet, "Symphony No. 3" by Philip Glass Raise the Barre Top 15
  Mississippi Asya Branch[73] Booneville 20 Vocal, "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha Finding Your Way: Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
  Missouri Katelyn Lewis[74] Lake St. Louis 22 Vocal, "Memory" from Cats Your Digital Compass
  Montana Laura Haller[75] Helena 24 Ballet en Pointe, "Spanish Dance" Own Your Movement Non-finalist Talent Award

STEM Scholarship[41]
  Nebraska Jessica Shultis[76] Dannebrog 24 Monologue Hoops for H.O.P.E.: Supporting Children's Miracle Network Top 10 Women in Business Scholarship Finalist
  Nevada Alexis Hilts[77] Las Vegas 23 Piano, "Transcendental Étude No. 4" by Franz Liszt Innovation through Inclusion: Diversity in STEM STEM Scholarship[41] Previously Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2008[78]
  New Hampshire Marisa Moorhouse[79] Manchester 18 Jazz Dance, "Respect" Art in Motion - Moving the World One Dance at a Time STEM Scholarship Finalist
  New Jersey Jaime Gialloreto[80] Woolwich Township 18 Contemporary Jazz Dance, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Don't Get Nutty: Food Allergy Awareness Quality of Life Award Finalist
  New Mexico Ashley Fresquez[81] Rio Rancho 23 Jazz Dance, "Man of La Mancha" "Life is Why": Preventing Cardiovascular Disease Previously Miss New Mexico's Outstanding Teen 2009[82]
  New York Nia Franklin[83] Brooklyn 25 Operatic Vocal, "Quando m'en vò" from La bohème Advocating for the Arts Winner
  North Carolina Laura Matrazzo[84] Chapel Hill[84] 23 Rhythm Tap Dance, "Are You Ready for a Miracle?" Money Talks: Student-Focused Principles of Financial Management
  North Dakota Katie Olson[85] Williston 20 Lyrical Dance, "I Will Wait" The Motivation Mindset: Positivity at Every Turn
  Ohio Matti-Lynn Chrisman[86] Cambridge 22 Vocal, "Life of the Party" Pain Isn't Always Obvious: Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention
  Oklahoma Ashley Thompson[87] Oklahoma City 23 Tap Dance, "Like That" Human Trafficking: The Exploitation Epidemic Top 15
  Oregon Taylor Ballard[88] Portland[88] 25 Jazz Dance, "Salute" Confidence Under Construction
  Pennsylvania Kayla Repasky[89] Gettysburg 22 Contemporary Dance, "Every Breath" Think First America
  Rhode Island Alexandra Coppa[90] Cranston 22 Jazz Dance HEALing Souls: Eating Disorder Treatment and Awareness Previously Miss Rhode Island's Outstanding Teen 2012[91]
  South Carolina Davia Bunch[92] Spartanburg 21 Ballet en Pointe, "Portugal of the Man" Be the Match - Become the Cure CMN Miracle Maker Award
  South Dakota Carrie Wintle[93] Iroquois 23 Piano, "The Final Countdown" Money $heep Women in Business Scholarship[41] Previously Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2008[94]
  Tennessee Christine Williamson[95] Chattanooga 22 Vocal, "Never Enough" from The Greatest Showman Alzheimer's Awareness: Fundraising, Advocating, and Providing Hope Quality of Life Award Finalist

Women in Business Scholarship Finalist
Resigned on May 10, 2019 citing adverse circumstances, "blatant disregard" for her role as a titleholder, and an "ill-conceived" leadership transition after the state organization was terminated in September 2018[96]
  Texas Madison Fuller[97] Fairfield 23 Ventriloquism, "I've Been Everywhere" Sock it to Cancer: Pediatric Cancer Awareness Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2010[98]
  Utah Jesse Craig[99] Orem 22 Violin, "Flight of the Bumble Bee" Get Up and Serve: Increasing Young Adult Involvement Non-finalist Talent Award Daughter of Miss Utah 1991, Elizabeth Johnson Craig[100]
  Vermont Julia Crane[101] Colchester 22 Tap Dance, "Hit the Road Jack" Be a Hero: Be an Organ Donor Miss Congeniality

STEM Scholarship Finalist
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2016 pageant
  Virginia Emili McPhail[102] Roseboro, NC 22 Piano, "The Phantom of the Opera" Ending Hunger in the U.S. Preliminary On Stage Interview Award[37] Previously Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2013[103]
Top 8 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014[104]

Eligible as student at Hollins University[102]
  Washington Danamarie McNicholl[105] Spokane 23 Piano, "Curse of the Black Pearl" from Pirates of the Caribbean Roll with It: Empowerment through Adaptive Sports Top 15
  West Virginia Madeline Collins[106] Charleston 23 Jazz Dance, "Shake Your Groove Thing" Think About It: Awareness and Advocacy for Mental Health
  Wisconsin Tianna Vanderhei[107] Wisconsin Rapids 25 Contemporary Dance, "Lean on Me" BOSS: Building Our Soft Skills Top 15 Preliminary On Stage Interview Award[20][38]
  Wyoming Beck Bridger[108] Sheridan 22 Vocal, "At Last" The Miracle of the American Woman


  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant
  2. ^ Stands for 'Social Impact Initiative'


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