The pageant was won by Jenna Edwards, who had previously been 1999 Miss Teen All-American and would later hold the Miss Florida 2004 and Miss Florida USA 2007 titles.
In the competition to be Miss America, she played the piano.
Less than a year after giving up her Miss Missouri title, as Miss Metro St.
On 18 November 2000, Finnessey won the Miss Jackson title in the Miss Missouri system and finished 2nd runner-up to Jennifer Hover in the 3 – 9 June 2001 Miss Missouri pageant held in Mexico, Missouri. Louis Metro local title in the Miss Missouri system and went on to win the 2002 Miss Missouri title, succeeding Hover.
She won the contest despite having slammed her hand in a car door that weekend.
During the contest, she performed an arrangement of "Flight of the Bumblebee" on the piano for her talent.
During her on-stage interview as one of the five finalists, she was asked what she learned having three brothers and she answered to be quick in the bathroom.
Her final question was whether experience or education serves a person better in life to which she answered "Definitely experience because you get your knowledge through experience." She competed on the platform of integrating people with mental challenges into society.
In the nationally televised pageant, she became the first woman from Missouri to win the Miss USA title.
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