1997 Miss America Pageant
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1997 Miss America Pageant Results
Miss America 1997: Tara Dawn Holland, Miss Kansas
1st runner-up: Erika Schwarz, Miss Louisiana
2nd runner-up: Patricia Leines, Miss Oregon
3rd runner-up: Alison McCreary, Miss Alabama
4th runner-up: Kimberly Anne Massaro, Miss Missouri
Rest of Top 10
Miss Hawaii – Melissa Short
Miss Indiana – Shani Lynn Nielsen
Miss Kentucky – Veronica Marie Duka
Miss Mississippi – Kari Litton
Miss Texas – Michelle Martinez
Tara Dawn Holland, Miss Kansas , was crowned Miss America 1997.
She won the swimsuit competition wearing a white one-piece swimsuit and sang “Où va la jeune“ from the opera Lakmé in the talent competition. In the evening gown competition, she wore a fitted white crepe gown with sheer chiffon sleeves and a mermaid style hemline. Her hair was worn in a soft shoulder-length hairstyle.
Tara was crowned by outgoing Miss America 1996, Shawntell Smith, of Oklahoma.
Tara had competed previously in the Miss Florida pageant, where she had placed as 4th runner-up and 1st runner-up before moving to Kansas to enter her graduate studies.
At the conclusion of her year, she crowned her successor, Miss America 1998, Kate Shindle, Miss Illinois.