Teresa Scanlan, a Nebraskan who won Miss America last year is getting ready to transfer her crown again to one of 53 pageant queens looking to prove they’ve got a winning combination of looks, talent and smarts to justify a yearlong run with the title.
To win, each will have to impress the panel in preliminary competitions that include an extensive interview to become one of the top 15 finalists.
More contestants will be eliminated Saturday night during swimsuit, evening gown and talent competitions.
The top five finalists will answer a question posed by one of the judges, who will score each of the contestants in each competition throughout the night.
Pageant officials announced the winners of preliminary competitions, including Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson and Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler for talent, and Miss New York Kaitlin Monte, Miss Texas Kendall Morris and Miss Utah Danica Olsen for swimsuit.
Officials also said Miss Idaho Genevieve Nutting won the $2,000 Fourpoints Award, while Miss Kentucky Ann-Blair Thornton won the $6,000 Quality of Life scholarship.
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