Pumpkin Show set for September 23-26
Miss America 2009 coming to Versailles Pumpkin
English Burnett, Editor
Here she is - Miss America 2009 Katie Stam - right at the Versailles
Pumpkin Show, sponsored by the Versailles Lions Club.
The big news for the 2009 preparations for the upcoming Pumpkin
Show scheduled for September 23 through 26, is that Miss America
will be in attendance on Saturday, September 26.
Excitement is mounting as plans have been finalized to have the
beauty queen attend the 107th Versailles Pumpkin Show.
This is truly a special occasion for the town, the Lions
Club and the community, noted Jerry Gilpin, who was instrumental
in securing her presence for the event.
Stam hails from Seymour where she began the odyssey of the beauty
pageant world to first become Miss Indiana then on to take the
Miss America title in January of this year. She is the first Miss
America to be named from Indiana in the 88-year history of the
The 22-year-old has a passion for service and promoting community
service and involvement. As Miss America 2009, she is the National
Goodwill Ambassador for Childrens Miracle Network and is
the official spokesperson for Zerosmoke.
She attends the University of Indianapolis majoring in communication
with an emphasis in electronic media to obtain a bachelors
degree in communication.
Scholastic honors for Stam include first place IASB News Anchor;
1st place IASB News Reporter, and Elisa Bowen Outstanding Student
in Television Award. Her career ambition is to become a television
news reporter and anchor.
Although her journey has already taken her many miles from her
hometown of Seymour where she graduated from high school, Stam
holds fast to her roots proving even a girl from a small town
can achieve the dream of one day becoming such an American icon.
She has been quoted as saying, The best part of my job is
coming home and being a representative of this state. She
says dreams do come true through hard work and dedication.
Stam said from the time she was a little girl Miss America was
a role model for her. Now she has the opportunity to be a role
model for thousands of girls just like her.
Stam is the daughter of Keith and Tracy Stam, who are both school
teachers in Seymour. She practiced singing since she was a child,
performing with her family, known as the Stam Family Singers.
She was active in 4-H, made good grades in school, and won her
first pageant when she was 15-years-old - the Teen Jackson County
Pageant. Then she took the Kentuckiana Teen title. She also claimed
the Southern Teen crown. She went on to win the Jackson County
Junior Miss title in 2004, just to name a few of her crowning
achievements before claiming the ultimate title in 2009.
She believes her mission is to make a difference in peoples
lives. Thats her ultimate goal at the end of the day. She
wants to leave a legacy through her endeavors this year as Miss
America. She says shes a Hoosier at heart and looks forward
to coming back to her home state eventually to live.
The Miss America Organization is the largest provider of scholarship
assistance for young women and one of the nations leading
achievement programs. Last year alone the organization made available
more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. Stam
not only received the title of Miss America, a crown and sash,
but a $50,000 scholarship.
From the first live broadcast of the Miss America competition
in 1954, the telecast is the fourth longest running live event
in television history. With over 3.5 million television viewers
watching, Stam was crowned at the Planet Hollywood Resort &
Casino in Las Vegas on January 24. Since then, she has toured
the country, spoke at various events, and signed thousands of
She will be speaking at the Versailles Pumpkin Show this year,
an event you wont want to miss. Watch for additional information
on Miss America as she makes her way to Versailles in September.
Stam - Miss America 2009