Miss America 2012 airs Saturday, January 14 with a cast of 53 women competing for the coveted crown. Premilinary competition in the pageant began Tuesday and on Saturday a finalist will be announced as the winner.
Who are the Miss America contestants?
Miss America 2012 official cast
Miss Alabama, Courtney Porter; Miss Alaska, Katy Lovegreen; Miss Arizona, Jennifer Sedler; Miss Arkansas, Kristen Glover; Miss California, Noelle Freeman; Miss Colorado, Diana Dreman; Miss Connecticut Morgan Amarone; Miss Delaware, Maria Cahill; Miss District of Columbia, Ashley Boalch; Miss Florida, Kristina Janolo; Miss Georgia, Michaela Lackey; Miss Hawaii, Lauren Kealohilani Cheape; Miss Idaho, Genevieve Nutting; Miss Illinois, Hannah Smith; Miss Indiana, Jackie Jerlecki; Miss Iowa, Jessica Pray; Miss Kansas, Carissa Kelley; Miss Kentucky, Ann-Blair Thornton; Miss Louisiana,Hope Anderson; Miss Maine, Julia Furtado; Miss Maryland, Carlie Colella; Miss Massachusetts, Molly Whalen; Miss Michigan, Elizabeth Wertenberger; Miss Minnesota, Natalie Davis; Miss Mississippi, Mary Margaret Roark; Miss Missouri, Sydney Friar; Miss Montana,Veronika Ohlinger; Miss Nebraska, Kayla Batt; Miss Nevada, Alana Lee; Miss New Hampshire, Regan Hartley; Miss New Jersey, Katharyn Nicolle; Miss New Mexico, Sarina Turnbull; Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte; Miss Ohio, Ellen Bryan; Miss Oklahoma, Betty Thompson; Miss Oregon, Caroline McGowan; Miss Pennsylvania, Juliann Sheldon; Miss Puerto Rico, Laura Ramirez; Miss Rhode Island, Robin Bonner; Miss South Carolina, Bree Boyce; Miss South Dakota, Anna Simpson; Miss Tennessee, Erin Hatle; Miss Texas, Kendall Morris; Miss Utah, Danica Olsen; Miss Vermont, Kate Levasseur; Miss Virgin Islands, Camila Daniels; Miss Virginia, Elizabeth Crot; Miss Washington, Brittney Henry; Miss West Virginia, Spenser Wempe; Miss Wisconsin, Laura Kaeppeler; Miss Wyoming, Catherine Brown
Watch the contestants compete for the Miss America 2012 title when the pageant airs Saturday, January 14 on ABC. Viewers in Portland, Ore. can tune into KATU channel 2 at 9:00 p.m., PT.