The Top 15 at the Miss America 2009 pageants were:
California - Jackie Geist
Tennessee - Ellen Carrington
District of Columbia - Kate Grinold
Hawaii - Nicole Fox
Michigan - Ashlee Baracy
Arkansas - Ashlen Batson
Kentucky - Emily Cox
Alabama - Amanda Tapley (America's Choice)
Delaware - Galen Giaccone
South Dakota - Alexandra Hoffman (America's Choice)
82nd Miss America Pageant, Aired by TLC.
The pageant was Held on January 24th, 2009 at the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
The fourth time the pageant was held outside of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Four contestants were awarded the "Golden Sash" on the TLC Series. "Countdown to the Crown". They were Katie Stam, Miss America 2009, Miss Georgia Chastity Hardman, 1st runner-up as well as Miss Alabama, Amanda Tapley and Miss South Dakota, Alexandra Hoffman, who both placed in the Top 15.
Miss Colorado, Jamie Dukehart-Conti, was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos.
Miss Georgia, Chastity Hardman, Second African-American to represent Georgia at Miss America. She was 1st runner-up and won a Preliminary Talent Award.
Miss Minnesota, Angela McDermott, Performed the National Anthem at the Opening of the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota.
Miss Nevada, Julianna Erdesz went on to win Miss Nevada USA 2010.
Miss South Dakota, Alexandra Hoffman, was Miss South Dakota USA 2006.
Miss Wyoming, Courtney Gifford, was Miss Wyoming's Outstanding Teen 2005 and Miss Wyoming USA 2013.