Oklahoma beauty JENNIFER BERRY was crowned Miss America in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night (21JAN06).

MISS GEORGIA MONICA PAYNE and MISS ALABAMA ALEXA JONES were named runners-up in the pageant, which was hosted by DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star James Denton.

Berry, a wannabe teacher, will spend the next year touring the world as Miss America. She'll also receive a $30,000 (GBP16,600) college scholarship.