Katie Stam of Indiana Crowned Miss America
And the winner was? Miss Indiana Katie Stam, 22, a communications major at the University of Indianapolis.
Another innovation at the 88-year-old competition, which aired on TLC, was the selection of four top finalists by votes cast by viewers. The pageant's host was Mario Lopez.
Reigning Miss America Kirsten Haglund of Michigan crowned Stam, who takes home the new title and a $50,000 scholarship.