Miss America 2012

Miss America 2012
Date January 14, 2012[1]
Presenters Chris Harrison,[2] Brooke Burke Charvet
Venue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada
Broadcaster ABC[3]
Winner Laura Kaeppeler
Wisconsin Wisconsin

Miss America 2012, the 91st Miss America pageant, was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts of Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on 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.[3] All 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico competed for the prestigious title.

Chris Harrison[2] 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"[4]


Preliminary awards

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle & Fitness

Quality of Life award

Results Contestant
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up

Other awards

Awards Contestant
Fourpoints Award
  • Idaho Idaho - Genevieve Nutting
Miracle Maker Award
Non-finalist Talent
Ric Ferentz Non-finalist Interview
Miss Congeniality
Duke of Edinburgh Awards


The seven judges for the competition were:[6]


State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Courtney Porter[7] Clay 25 Tap Dance Top 13 Duke of Edinburgh
Alaska Alaska Katy Lovegreen[8] Anchorage 21 Dance Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
Arizona Arizona Jennifer Sedler[9] Chandler 20 Jazz Dance 3rd runner-up
Arkansas Arkansas Kristen Glover Stuttgart 21 Tap Dance Quality of Life Finalist
California California Noelle Freeman[10] Culver City 21 Ballet en Pointe 4th runner-up Miss Teenage California 2007, Miss Teen World U.S. 2007 & 2008
Colorado Colorado Diana Dreman[11] Boulder 23 Dance Daughter of Miss America 1974 Rebecca Ann King
Connecticut Connecticut Morgan Amarone[12] Hamden 23 Jazz Dance Duke of Edinburgh
Delaware Delaware Maria Cahill[13] Newark 20 Irish Dance Non-finalist Talent
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Ashley Boalch Sandy Spring, MD 23 Vocal Non-finalist Interview
Florida Florida Kristina Janolo Winter Park 24 Vocal Top 13 Duke of Edinburgh Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Michaela Lackey[14] Marietta 21 Classical Ballet En Pointe Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2007
Hawaii Hawaii Lauren Cheape[15] Mililani 23 Jump Rope Routine Quality of Life Finalist, Preliminary Talent, Non-finalist Talent Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
Idaho Idaho Genevieve Nutting[16] Boise 21 Piano Fourpoints Miss Idaho's Outstanding Teen 2006, Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
Illinois Illinois Hannah Smith[17] Huntley 20 Ballet en Pointe Top 10
Indiana Indiana Jackie Jerlecki[18] Goshen 23 Vocal
Iowa Iowa Jessica Pray[19] Johnston 19 Classical Vocal Top 10
Kansas Kansas Carissa Kelley[20] Winfield 24 Dance Miss Kansas Teen USA 2004
Kentucky Kentucky Ann-Blair Thornton Bowling Green 22 Piano Quality of Life Miss Kentucky's Outstanding Teen 2007 and 4th runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008, 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2010
Louisiana Louisiana Hope Anderson[21] Monroe 23 Dance Top 10 Miracle Maker, Duke of Edinburgh Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
Maine Maine Julia Furtado[22] Dayton 19 Vocal Duke of Edinburgh
Maryland Maryland Carlie Colella[23] Hagerstown 21 Contemporary Dance
Massachusetts Massachusetts Molly Whalen Middleborough 20 Vocal
Michigan Michigan Elizabeth Wertenberger[24] Dundee 22 Dance Quality of Life 2nd runner-up, Duke of Edinburgh
Minnesota Minnesota Natalie Davis[25] Dassel 21 Vocal Quality of Life Finalist Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2006, Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
Mississippi Mississippi Mary Margaret Roark[26] Cleveland 20 Piano
Missouri Missouri Sydney Friar[27] El Dorado Springs 22 Vocal
Montana Montana Veronika Ohlinger Cooke City 23 Vocal Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2005 and Outstanding Academic Achievement Award at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2006
Nebraska Nebraska Kayla Batt[28] Alliance 21 Vocal Non-finalist Talent, Miss Congeniality Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2007, Top 10 and Miss Congeniality at National Sweetheart 2010
Nevada Nevada Alana Lee Las Vegas 22 Vocal
New Hampshire New Hampshire Regan Hartley[29] Dover 20 Vocal Quality of Life 1st runner-up
New Jersey New Jersey Katharyn Nicolle[30] Wenonah 20 Dance Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen 2008
New Mexico New Mexico Sarina Turnbull[31] Alamogordo 24 Ballet en Pointe Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
New York (state) New York Kaitlin Monte[32] Rochester 22 Vocal 2nd runner-up Quality of Life Finalist, Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2008 as Miss Florida
North Carolina North Carolina Hailey Best[33] Goldsboro 20 Operatic Vocal Top 15 Duke of Edinburgh
North Dakota North Dakota Ariana Walker[34] Bismarck 20 Contemporary Lyrical Dance Duke of Edinburgh Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2008 and Preliminary Evening Wear Award and Non-finalist Evening Wear Award and Non-finalist Interview Award at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2009, Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2010
Ohio Ohio Ellen Bryan Celina 23 Vocal Quality of Life Finalist, Duke of Edinburgh
Oklahoma Oklahoma Betty Thompson[35] Davenport 22 Irish Dance 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent, America's Choice
Oregon Oregon Caroline McGowan[36] Waukee, IA 20 Vocal
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Juliann Sheldon Plum 21 Jazz Dance
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Laura Ramirez Arecibo 21 Ballet en Pointe Duke of Edinburgh
Rhode Island Rhode Island Robin Bonner[37] Westhampton, NY 20 Lyrical Dance
South Carolina South Carolina Bree Boyce Florence 22 Classical Vocal Top 13 Duke of Edinburgh
South Dakota South Dakota Anna Simpson Brookings 21 Piano
Tennessee Tennessee Erin Hatley Collierville 20 Vocal Top 10
Texas Texas Kendall Morris Ennis 20 Piano Top 10 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Winner Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2006 and Preliminary Sportswear Award and Preliminary Eevening Gown Award and Non-finalist Sportswear Award at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2007
Utah Utah Danica Olsen Tooele 21 Dance Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness
Vermont Vermont Katie Levasseur Burlington 21 Scottish Highland Dance Duke of Edinburgh
United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Camila Daniels Saint Thomas 18 Flute
Virginia Virginia Elizabeth Crot Chesapeake 24 Vocal Top 15
Washington (state) Washington Brittney Henry Edgewood 24 Fiddle Non-finalist Talent Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
West Virginia West Virginia Spenser Wempe Martinsburg 19 Lyrical Dance Duke of Edinburgh Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
Wisconsin Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler Kenosha 23 Operatic Vocal Miss America 2012 Preliminary Talent Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
Wyoming Wyoming Catherine Brown Richardson, TX 24 Pop Vocal & Sign Language Interpretation Duke of Edinburgh



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