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Katie R. Stam/Seymour, Indiana

Education / Seymour High School, University of Indianapolis: Communication, Emphasis in Electronic Media

Platform Issue / Passion for Service: Promoting Community Service and Involvement

Talent / Vocal

Scholastic Ambition / To obtain a Bachelor's degree in Communication

Career Ambition / To become a television news reporter and anchor

Bio / Katie is a family-oriented young woman who wishes to travel the world and experience different cultures and learn different languages. "I'm just a small town, country girl who is passionate, dedicated, and full of life," she says.

Katie started showing off her talent at a young age. Her family used to perform and was known as the Stam-Family Singers! In her down time, she loves to watch movies with her roommates, and work out on the Power Plate.

Favorite Movie / National Treasure

Favorite Food / Anything breakfast

Favorite Singer / Michael Buble

Favorite Place to Visit / Chicago and Las Vegas

Something interesting about my family / Both of my sisters were expecting at the same time. It was great to experience the birth of their children with them!

Katie Stam , Miss Indiana 2008

Local Title: Miss Duneland, Michigan City, IN

Education: University of Indianapolis – Senior – B.S. Communication

Seymour High School

Platform Issue: Passion for Service: Promoting Community Service and Involvement

Scholastic/Career Ambition: Obtain a B.S. in Communication, Emphasis in Electronic Media

Become a Television News Reporter and Anchor

Talent: Vocal / “Via Dolorosa”

Scholastic Honors: 1st Place Indiana Association of Broadcasters (IASB) News Anchor; 1st Place IASB News Reporter; Elisa Bowen Outstanding Student in Television Award; 2nd Place National Broadcast Education Association Hard News Story; Recipient of Senator Richard Lugar Scholarship; University of Indianapolis Dean’s List and Academic Honor Roll; 1st Place IASB Corporate Video; University of Indianapolis Outstanding Television Performance Award 2007 and 2008.

Leadership Roles: United Way Campaign/Event Coordinator (Super Saturday of Service/UIndy United Way Walk/Run); “Piggybank Project” Fundraiser Coordinator; Student Government Service/Philanthropy Committee Chair; Student Representative for United Way; Operations Manager, UIndy TV; News Director, UIndy TV; Mentor, UIndy TV; Crux Children’s Ministries Supervisor/Volunteer; Project Leader, Saalfeld Redistribution Podcasting; Project Leader, School for Adult Learning 10th Anniversary Video.

Accomplishments: Community Spirit Award (United Way); Indianapolis Student Government 2008 “Best Chair” Award; America’s Junior Miss 2nd runner-up 2005; Miss Central Indiana 2008 People’s Choice Award; Indiana’s Junior Miss 2005; Jackson County Junior Miss 2005;

Interesting Facts: I show Dairy Cattle at our County Fair. Our cow this year is named Miss Indiana; At age 3, I started performing with my family. We are known as the Stam-Family-Singers.

Employment: Operations Manager, UIndy TV; News Director, UIndy TV; Hostess/Take Out, Buca di Beppo, Greenwood; Intern, WTHR-TV Channel 13 (NBC); Intern, WISH-TV Channel 8 (CBS).

What impact can the Miss America Organization and its contestants have on society through the partnership with Children’s Miracle Network? The partnership between the Miss America Organization and the Children’s Miracle Network will create a positive change in the way people live and work in their community. The partnership offers opportunities for communities to come together and get more involved; building unity, respect and trust, and creating a better quality of life.

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KATIE STAM

KENTUCKIANA TEEN 2002

Katie won the TEEN JACKSON COUNTY 2001 Pageant on September 09, 2001. She won the interview, style and evening gown competitions. Katie is pictured on the night she won her first pageant title. Katie advanced to the 2002 KENTUCKIANA TEEN PAGEANT.

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Front Row: Lauren Auleman, Festival Queen, Katie Stam, Teen Jackson County. Back Row: L to R: Kristen Brockman, Miss 2001 Kentucky Teen United States; Tashina Kastigar, Miss Model of the USA; and Kristen Johnson, Miss Model of Kentucky. Katie advanced to the KENTUCKIANA TEEN PAGEANT.

In June 2002, Katie then won the KENTUCKIANA TEEN 2002 title. At the pageant she won the swimsuit and runway competitions. She was voted Miss Congeniality and named the 2002 KENTUCKIANA TEEN of the YEAR. She advanced to the America's Southern Teen Pageant.

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Katie is pictured at the Celebration Reception, with the host of the 2002 KENTUCKIANA TEEN Pageant, Kelly Lloyd, then the reigning MISS INDIANA USA 2002.

In July 2002, Katie won the title of America's Southern Teen 2002. At the pageant, she won the overall swimsuit, runway and evening gown competitions. She placed 2nd in the overall interview competition. As America's Southern Teen, Katie taveled to 7 different states and averaged more than 1,000 miles each month in appearances. Her reign as America's Southern Teen came to end when she crowned Rachel Eggers, of Arkansas, in July 2003, as America's Southern Teen 2003.

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Katie is pictured with the Mayor of the City of Seymour, Hon John Burkhart. Mayor Burkhart honored Katie for accomplishements by awarding her with the offical Key To The City.

Katie is Indiana's first Triple Crown winner, in the same pageant system, at the local, state and national levels. She won the titles Teen Jackson County, KENTUCKIANA TEEN and America's Southern Teen. At Seymour High School, Katie was involved with the Volleyball, Track and Cheerleading Teams, she was a member of the of the advanced show choir, held the lead in many musicals and appointed to the school improvement committee. She graduated as Honor Student in May 2005. As KENTUCKIANA TEEN and America's Southern Teen, she traveled on an average of 1,500 miles per month visiting many of the southern states.

July 2005 Dateline NBC is following two delegates at the America's Jr Miss Program, NC and Indiana's Katie Stam

June 2005 Katie won awards in Talent, Fitness and Gown plus an award winning recipe, including the $10,000 for being named 2nd Runner-Up, her scholarship totals nearly $30,000! Congratulations Katie!

February 2005 Katie won awards in Interview, Talent, Fitness and Gown, plus the title Indiana's Jr Miss 2005!

August 2004 Katie won the title Jackson County Jr Miss and $4,500 in cash college scholarships

July 2002 Katie won the runway, swimsuit and evening gown competitions plus the title America's Southern Teen 2002.

June 2002 Katie won the swimsuit and runway competitions, was named Kentuckiana Teen of the Year, plus the title KETUCKIANA TEEN 2002.

Titles Won:

2005 America's Jr Miss, 2nd Runner-Up

2005 Indiana's Jr Miss

2005 Jackson County Jr Miss

2004 Seymour High School Prom Queen

2003 Seymour High School Homecoming Queen

2002 America's Southern Teen

2002 KENTUCKIANA TEEN

2001 Teen Jackson County

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Miss America Visits FOX's "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet"

Miss America 2009 Katie Stam visits FOX's 'The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet' at FOX studios on January 27, 2009 in New York City.

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2009 Miss America Contestants "Flip" In Los Angeles

Miss Indiana Katie R. Stam attends the 2009 Miss America Contestants 'Flip' on September 26, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

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2009 Miss America Pageant

Katie R. Stam, Miss Indiana, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2009 Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino January 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stam went on to be crowned the new Miss America.

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Miss Indiana Katie Stam: Not just a pretty face

UIndy communication major will use pageant attention to promote community service

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Katie Stam has heard her share of cynical comments about “beauty pageants,” even from close relatives, but she’s quick to correct any misconceptions.

“The Miss America pageant is a scholarship pageant,” says Stam, a University of Indianapolis senior who will be vying for that storied crown in January after winning the Miss Indiana title on June 21. “It’s so much more than standing onstage and being poised.”

Stam, who turns 22 in July, has the resume to back up that statement, being listed on the honor roll and active in student government at UIndy. But as it turns out, she is especially good at being poised onstage, as well as on camera.

In her college career, she’s been one of the top broadcasting students in the Department of Communication, acting first as news director and more recently as operations manager for startup campus cable station UIndy TV. This spring, she helped lead her classmates to an underdog win in the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters annual college competition, seizing the TV School of the Year title from much larger competitors. Stam herself took home first-place honors in both the TV News Anchor and TV News Package categories. She also was among six UIndy students to win national recognition this year in the Broadcast Education Association’s annual competition, sharing second place in the TV Hard News Reporting category.

Communication instructor Scott Uecker, general manager of UIndy TV and university-owned radio station WICR-FM, says Stam has shown rare talents as an anchor, reporter, interviewer and writer.

“Occasionally we see a student who makes us say, ‘I’m going to be working for her someday,’” says Uecker, himself a broadcast news veteran. “She is definitely one of those students.”

Perhaps Stam’s greatest skill, Uecker says, is leadership. He recalls her asking him to leave the room one day this spring so she could give her classmates a private pep talk while preparing for the state competition.

“Her peers have so much respect for her,” he says. “She just makes everyone around her better, including me.”

Stam is interning this summer at WISH-TV, as she did last summer at WTHR-TV, shadowing reporters, helping with interviews and recording her own take on the day’s events. When she graduates in December – a semester early – with hopes of working in TV news, she will have resume tapes from the two top-rated operations in Indianapolis.

“That will really give me an edge,” she says. “And getting out into the industry six months before everybody else does is quite an advantage.”

Her other campus activities have included chairing the student government’s Service and Philanthropy Committee. As such, she has organized fund-raisers to aid the homeless and the Ronald McDonald House at Riley Hospital for Children. In October, she will direct UIndy’s annual Super Saturday of Service, when hundreds of students perform volunteer work around the city at sites recommended by the United Way.

“My whole theory about community service is making it easy for people,” says Stam, a Seymour High School graduate and daughter of Keith and Tracy Stam. “A lot of people don’t get involved because they think it’s too hard.”

It’s no surprise, then, that community service is Stam’s platform issue as a pageant delegate, and she looks forward to the increased visibility she has earned.

“The Miss America Organization gives you an opportunity to reach a larger audience,” she says.

It’s more surprising that she has found the time to participate in pageants at all, much less be successful at it. Nonetheless, Stam has seen a string of wins and near-wins at the local, regional and national levels, including the 2005 Indiana Junior Miss title.

This past year, she decided to go for the gold. First she targeted the Miss Duneland pageant, which has an open entry policy and is based in Michigan City, where she has close friends. That win took her to the Miss Indiana pageant in Zionsville, during which she sang a comic aria for the talent portion of the competition. Now she is living out a childhood dream, one she shared with a close cousin.

“Every little girl wants to be a princess,” she admits. “We always saw Miss America as the perfect American icon. We held pageants in my cousin’s basement, making crowns out of cereal boxes.”

Another UIndy student also placed in the Top 10 of this year’s Miss Indiana pageant: Megan Meadors, who is pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Stam described Meadors as a pageant veteran and “an amazing person” who was generous with advice and support for other contestants.

UIndy has provided at least one other Miss Indiana who proceeded to the Miss America pageant. Music major Karen Louise Rogers claimed the title right after graduating in 1973.

The reality Stam now faces is exciting but challenging. She already has a dozen parades and other public appearances scheduled as Miss Indiana, and that list will surely grow before she heads to Las Vegas for the Miss America competition, with finals to be televised January 24. She also will spend a few weeks later this year living with the other 51 contestants for the taping of “Miss America: Reality Check,” a reality miniseries that debuted on the TLC channel this year in advance of the 2008 pageant.

Meanwhile, she’ll have to juggle another few months as a student, and that’s where the scholarship part comes in. Stam’s pageant winnings, including a Miss Indiana total of more than $10,000, have funded much of her college education.

“I’ve already got my last semester paid for,” she says. “I’m graduating debt-free, because of the assistance I’ve received from this organization and other scholarships.”

Source: http://www.uindy.edu/news/?p=663

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