Miss America 2006 – Jennifer Berry
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2006 Miss America Pageant Results
Miss America 2006: Jennifer Berry, Miss Oklahoma
Georgia, Monica Pang
Alabama, Alexa Jones
Virginia, Kristi Lauren Glakas
District of Columbia, Shannon Schambeau
Rest of Top 10
Miss Arkansas, Eudora Moseby
Miss Florida, Mari Wilensky
Miss Pennsylvania, Nicole Brewer
Miss South Carolina, Erika Powell
Miss Texas, Morgan Matlock
Jennifer Berry, Miss Oklahoma was Miss America 2006 who was crowned by Miss America 2005, Deidre Downs, during the telecast which aired live from Las Vegas on CMT.
The 22-year-old, brown-eyed brunette from Tulsa is a student at the University of Oklahoma where her major is Elementary Education. Her Platform is Building Intolerance to Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking. She hopes to obtain a Master’s Degree in Education with her scholarship money.
In the swimsuit competition, re-titled “Lifestyle & Fitness,” she wore a bright aqua bikini with clear acrylic high-heeled sandals. Many onlookers were surprised that she did not win the preliminary swimsuit competition award.
She was the first runner-up in the Quality of Life Awards earlier that week.
With the title, Berry won a $30,000 scholarship to continue her education. She is expected to travel approximately 20,000 miles each month during her upcoming year of service. Her career ambition is to an elementary school teacher.
For the first time since 1974, the Miss Congeniality Award was handed out, going to Miss Hawaii Malika Dudley. The Miss Congeniality Award is the only award voted on solely by contestants, and is given to the contestant who is most liked and respected by her peers.
After her reign concluded she crowned her fellow Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson as Miss America 2007, giving that state its first back-to-back Miss America winners.