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Mon., Jan. 26, 2009, 10:50 p.m.

Crowning Miss America

Katie Stam waves to the audience after she was crowned Miss America 2009.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Katie Stam waves to the audience after she was crowned Miss America 2009. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Katie Stam, Miss Indiana, shakily took her fist steps as the inspirational Miss America 2009 this past week.

As soon as Miss America 2008 placed the crown upon her head, Miss America 2009 swiftly graced the stage before uniting with her parents to thank them.

The event was hosted by Mario Lopez, who asked Katie Stam, the newly crowned young lady, what her first steps would be as Miss America 2009.  Still stunned and surprised, the woman replied that she would first like to thank the girls, her parents, and those who have supported her thus far in her journey to become Miss America.

Miss Indiana's talent was a song, which Katie both sang and emoted beautifully.

Miss America 2009 will represent the United States for an entire year while pursuing her dreams, benefiting charities, and speaking out in America's own backyard on boiling issues of debate.

Do you feel that pageants such as Miss America rightly display the talents and brains of women today in America?  What would your response be to the political questions that were asked?  Which scored portions do not contribute to the idea of female empowerment?  Is the swimsuit competition truly necessary?  Where do obligation and modesty collide in such pageants, contests, and scholarship programs?  Justify your thoughts!  Let your voice be heard! 

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