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‘Hoosier heart’ keeps Miss America close to home


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Miss America 2009 Katie Stam leads the singing of the national anthem on Monday.
PHOTO BY ANDREW LAKER
Miss America 2009 Katie Stam leads the singing of the national anthem on Monday. PHOTO BY ANDREW LAKER


Miss America 2009 Katie Stam has performed the national anthem so many times over the years it would seem an easy gig.

That’s not the case, the Seymour native said Monday, an hour after performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a crowd of 1,500 people attending Gov. Mike Pence’s inauguration ceremony outside the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis.

“I can tell you, it never gets easier,” she said.

The difference, she added, was the atmosphere.

“This wasn’t like singing at a basketball game. It’s completely different when you have a color guard there,” she said. “It felt so patriotic.”

“It was a little nerve-racking,” she said. “I’m thankful it went well, and I feel confident with the performance.”

Stam received the invitation to sing at the ceremony a little more than a week ago.

“So it was a relatively quick turnaround,” she said. “A committee member of Gov. Pence’s campaign reached out to us and said they would love for me to be a part of the festivities. As a fellow Hoosier, I thought it was a good fit, so we decided we would move whatever was in my schedule for this amazing opportunity.”

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