Meet the 2014 Miss America Contestants

Meet the 53 women competing in the 2014 Miss America Pageant.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 15: Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New York Nina Davuluri wins the 2014 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 15, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Miss New York Nina Davuluri, center, reacts after being named Miss America 2014 pageant as Miss California Crystal Lee, left, and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan celebrate with her. Click through to see more photos from the competition.
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Miss New York Nina Davuluri, front, is crowned as Miss America 2014 by Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan.
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Miss New York Nina Davuluri performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, left, reacts after advancing beyond the lifestyle competition as Miss Kentucky Jenna Day, right, holds her hand during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Miss California Crystal Lee performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones wears a swimsuit during the lifestyle competition during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss California Crystal Lee displays her swimsuit during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones gestures after performing during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Contestants walk on the runway during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Kentucky Jenna Day displays her swimsuit during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts after advancing beyond the lifestyle competition during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Texas Ivana Hall gestures the longhorns with her fingers during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick displays her swimsuit during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey waves during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Kansas Theresa Vail shows her bathing suit during the lifestyle competition during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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The 53 contestants in the Miss America pageant brought back one of the competition's signature traditions: a shoe parade down Atlantic City's boardwalk. Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones shows off her shoes during the parade on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.
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Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey displays her swimsuit during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Maryland Christina Denny displays her swimsuit during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Maryland Christina Denny waves to the crowd during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Contestants walk on the runway during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey waves during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss North Carolina Johna Edmonds walks on the runway with contestants during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold, center, reacts after finding out she's advancing beyond the lifestyle competition as Miss New York Nina Davuluri, from left, Miss Texas Ivana Hall, and Miss Wisconsin Paula Mae Kuiper look on during the Miss America 2014 pageant.
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Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey smiles for the crowd during the Miss America Shoe Parade.
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Miss Kansas Theresa Vail displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade.
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Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum.
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Miss Illinois Brittany Smith.
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Miss Alabama Chandler Champion.
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Miss New York Nina Davuluri smiles for the crowd during the Miss America Shoe Parade.
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Miss Alabama: Chandler Champion. She hopes to one day become a broadcast journalist.
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Miss Alaska: Michelle Taylor. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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Miss Arizona: Jennifer Smestad. Her platform issue is Tourette Syndrome Awareness and Advocacy.
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Miss Arkansas: Amy Crain. Her talent is contemporary clogging.
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Miss California: Cystal Lee. Her platform focuses on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and she one day hopes to own her own technology company.
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Miss Colorado: Meg Kardos. She plans to pursue both a Law Degree and a Masters in Journalism.
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Miss Connecticut: Kaitlyn Tarpey. Her talent is Irish Step Dance.
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Miss Delaware: Rebecca Lee Jackson. She hopes to one day star in an opera in the University of Delaware Opera Theater.
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Miss District of Columbia: Bindhu Parmathi. Her talent is Bollywood Dance.
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Miss Florida: Myrrhanda Jones. She hopes to one day work in a hospital as a pediatric nurse.
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Miss Georgia: Carly Mathis. Her career ambition is to become a legal or political correspondent for a national news network.
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Miss Hawaii: Crystal Lee. Her platform focuses on informing the public of how important it is to donate blood.
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Miss Idaho: Sarah Downs. Her scholastic ambition is to obtain a Ph.D in Dietetics.
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Miss Illinios: Brittany Smith. Her professional goal is to become a Physician's Assistant.
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Miss Indiana: Terrin Thomas. She will be doing a vocal performance for her talent.
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Miss Iowa: Nicole Kelly. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in only three years.
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Miss Kansas: Theresa Vail. Her career ambition is to become a prosthodontist for the Army.
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Miss Kentucky: Jenna Day. Her platform focuses on improving the lives of special needs children.
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Miss Louisiana: Jaden Leach. She hopes to one day practice family law.
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Miss Maine: Kristin Korda. She has ambitions to one day perform on Broadway.
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Miss Maryland: Christina Denny. Her career goal is to open a preschool for children with developmental delays.
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Miss Massachussetts: Amanda Narciso. She will be tap dancing for her talent.
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Miss Michigan: Haley Williams. Her talent is baton twirling.
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Miss Minnesota: Rebecca Yeh. She hopes to one day be both a violin instructor and a clinical pharmacist.
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Miss Mississippi: Chelsea Rick. Her career ambition is to become a Neurologist specializing in pain management.
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Miss Missouri: Shelby Ringdahl. She currently attends Texas Christian University.
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Miss Montana: Sheridan Pope. After she graduates from Minnesota State University, she plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy.
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Miss Nebraska: JaCee Pilkington. She hopes to one day open her own non-profit focused on helping military personnel.
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Miss Nevada: Diana Sweeney. She hopes to one day become a college math professor.
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Miss New Hampshire: Samantha Russo. Her platform is focused on tobacco education and prevention.
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Miss New Jersey: Cara McCollum. She currently attends Princeton University where she is studying English.
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Miss New Mexico: Alexis Victoria Duprey. Her platform is focused on single parent families.
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Miss New York: Nina Davuluri. She hopes to attend medical school and become a physician.
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Miss North Carolina: Johna Edmonds. Her career ambition is to become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
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Miss North Dakota: Laura Harmon. Her platform is focused on teaching children about responsible energy consumption.
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Miss Ohio: Heather Wells. Her talent is lyrical dancing.
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Miss Oklahoma: Kelsey Griswold. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Acting at Oklahoma City University.
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Miss Oregon: Allison Cook. For her talent she will be playing the electro-acoustic violin.
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Miss Pennsylvania: Annie Rosellini. Her platform is focused on Heart Disease prevention and awareness.
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Miss Puerto Rico: Shenti Lauren. Her talent is African Folkloric Dance.
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Miss Rhode Island: Jessica Marfeo. Her goal is to eventually become the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.
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Miss South Carolina: Brooke Mosteller. Her ambition is to become a Chief Prosecutor of the Attorney General's office.
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Miss South Dakota: Tessa Dee. Her talent is gymnastics dance.
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Miss Tennessee: Shelby Thompson. She is currently pursuing her MBA in nonprofit management at Lipscomb University.
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Miss Texas: Ivana Hall. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Government at Texas Woman's University.
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Miss Utah: Ciera Pekarcik. Her goal is to become a news anchor.
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Miss Utah: Ciera Pekarcik. She hopes to one day open a clinic to help survivors of domestic violence.
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Miss Virgin Islands: Ashley Massiah. Her goal is to become a criminal attorney.
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Miss Virginia: Desiree Williams. Her platform is focused on the fight against childhood obesity.
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Miss Washington: Reina Almon. She hopes to practice as an environmental attorney.
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Miss West Virginia: Miranda Harrison. She hopes to either work as a television sports reporter or as a lawyer.
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Miss Wisconsin: Paula Mae Kuiper. Her talent will be playing the piano.
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Miss Wyoming: Rebecca Podio. She hopes to own her own engineering consulting firm.
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Miss New York Nina Davuluri, front, is crowned as Miss America 2014 by Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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