On Saturday, January 24th, the 84th annual Miss America pageant will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. It will be broadcast on TLC for those interested.
The pageant is a long-standing competition which awards scholarships to young women from the fifty states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All the women complete an interview, plus battle in swimsuit, evening gown, and talent competitions. The overall winner is crowned “Miss America” until the next year. The 2008 Miss America, Kirsten Haglund, is pictured to the right. Who will she cede her crown to?
To give you all a preview of what to expect, here are all 52 candidates, complete with a head shot and a swimsuit photo. You can pick out your favorites, and see if you can predict who will take home the crown:
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Ashley Christina Glenn
Miss District of Columbia
Kate Marie Grinold
Washington, District of Columbia
Fort Myers, Florida
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Katie R. Stam
Emily Ann Cox
Adrienne Leigh Watkinson
Silver Spring, Maryland
West Springfield, Massachusetts