Name: Katie Ruth Ann Stam-Irk
Date of Birth: July 9, 1986
Lives: Indianapolis, Indiana
Katie was born to Keith and Tracy Stam on July 9th, 1986. She is the youngest of four children, and grew up in Seymour, Indiana. She spent most of her days at her Grandparent's farm feeding the calves. Realizing the importance of community involvement at a very young age, Katie participated in many activities. She was a 10-year 4-H member and a volunteer at her church. She was active in many clubs and service organizations.
Katie competed in her first pageant at the age of 15. She walked away with her first title, Miss Jackson County Teen. She won the interview, style and evening gown competitions. 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 and advanced to the America's Southern Teen Pageant. 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. Katie is Indiana's first Triple Crown winner, in the same pageant system, at the local, state and national levels. 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.
Katie soon took home the title of Miss Duneland. As Miss Duneland she was emcee at many events, and took part at the 2008 Miss Indiana Pageant, where she took home the title. She and the other 52 contestants participated in TLC's reality competition show Miss America: Countdown to the Crown which aired in the weeks prior to the pageant show. The series was filmed aboard the berthed RMS Queen Mary and the surrounding Long Beach, California, area. Stam won the first round competition, receiving the first gold sash award. . At the conclusion of the series the American viewers voted for four of the eventual 15 gold sash winners. Those four, which included Stam, automatically advanced to be placed in the top 15 finalists in the actual pageant; the other 11 being voted by the pageant judges. On the Tuesday night prior to the pageant Stam won a preliminary swimsuit award becoming her state's first preliminary swimsuit winner since 1994. The pageant was broadcast live on TLC from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 24, 2009. For her talent she sang "Via Dolorosa" despite suffering from a throat infection. At the age of 22, Katie became the very first Miss America from Indiana in the pageants' 88-year history. She traveled over 250,000 miles during her year of service in 2009. As Miss America, Katie served as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network, visiting dozens of children's hospitals and raising millions of dollars for the 17 million children who are hospitalized every year. Katie also served as a spokesperson for her personal platform of Promoting Community Service and Involvement, embarking on a national tour working with non-profit organizations and spreading her message of volunteerism to hundreds of thousands. She was also the first Miss America in over 30 years to travel to Germany to visit our Armed Forces and dedicated much of her year of service to honoring our servicemen and women in uniform.
A soon-to-be graduate of the University of Indianapolis with a degree in Communication, Katie has continued to take her passion for service around the world. Katie plans to utilize her broadcast education to help build awareness and raise funds for various organizations and causes, including the American Dairy Association, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Breast and Ovarian Cancer and the performing arts. She is anxiously awaiting the release of her first children's book and recently married her college sweetheart, Brian Irk.