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Indiana's Miss America

January 26, 2009
For the first time in the 88 years of the Miss America pageant, the winner is from Indiana. Katie Stam, a University of Indianapolis communications major, hails from Seymour.

Stam, 22, plans to emphasize community service as a goodwill ambassador for pageant partner Childrenâ??s Miracle Network.

What are your thoughts about the pageant or, for that matter, the broader pageant culture? Is it the wholesome slice of Americana as organizers like to portray it? A beauty contest with token side shows?

And what about University of Indianapolis hopes for a windfall of good PR? Will having a Miss America from campus help the institution?
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