Kate Gorman (aka Kathryn Bess Gorman), Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest, was crowned Miss Wisconsin 2012 at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium on June 16, 2012. She will represent Wisconsin in Miss America 2013Pageant to be held in Las Vegas next January. With the tittle, Kate Gorman also won a $10,000 scholarship.
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Miss Wisconsin 2012 Kate Gorman. Photo by Randy Erickson
Kate Gorman - Miss Wisconsin 2012
Before the Miss Wisconsin Pageant last June, Gorman suffered a hip injury that made it very painful for her to do her tap dance for the talent portion of the competition. She won despite not being able to perform her best at Miss Wisconsin, and she has decided to switch from dancing to singing for Miss America.
“I had to literally face the music and realize I wasn’t going to be able to dance with my full potential on the stage,” Gorman said. “That was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make.”
Gorman had voice lessons growing up and performed with the OHS show choirs and concert choir. She is an excellent singer, but it’s not in her comfort zone like dancing is. “I don’t love it like I love dancing,” she said.
On the plus side, she has had many chances to hone her singing during her travels as Miss Wisconsin, and she’s a lot more comfortable singing for a crowd now than she was six months ago. “I’ve moved mountains since then,” she said. “In the end it could just be a blessing in disguise.” Choosing a song for Miss America was almost as hard a decision as switching from dancing to singing. In the end, Gorman chose to sing “20th Century Fox Mambo,” which was sung by Katherine McPhee on the TV show, “Smash.”
The first runner up: Katie Williams, Miss Heart of Wisconsin, won a $2,000 scholarship.
The second runner up: Elizabeth Kramer, Miss Seven Rivers, won a $1,000 scholarship.
The third runner up: Raquel Bruening, Miss New Berlin, won an $800 scholarship.
The fourth runner up: Desiree Geffers, Miss Heart of the Valley, won $600 scholarship.
Courtesy of Miss America Organization.