The University of Indianapolis undergrad wins the pageant in Las Vegas

By People Staff
January 25, 2009 02:00 AM
Isaac Brekken/AP

Denim-clad beauties stood in marked contrast to the traditional, more formal mood at this year’s Miss America pageant, as young women from around the country vied for the crown at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

And the winner was? Miss Indiana Katie Stam, 22, a communications major at the University of Indianapolis.

Another innovation at the 88-year-old competition, which aired on TLC, was the selection of four top finalists by votes cast by viewers. The pageant’s host was Mario Lopez.

Reigning Miss America Kirsten Haglund of Michigan crowned Stam, who takes home the new title and a $50,000 scholarship.