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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Wisconsin's Laura Kaeppeler crowned Miss America

Wisconsin's Laura Kaeppeler crowned Miss America

Laura Kaeppeler of Wisconsin won the 2012 Miss America crown on Saturday at a Las Vegas pageant that was updated with a reality TV format including a surprise "save" for one contestant and on camera eliminations for others.

Kaeppeler won in a two-hour, on-air competition in which she showed her talent singing opera, strutted on stage in a bikini and dazzled the audience in a flowing black gown she compared to the wedding dress worn by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
But the pivotal moment came with the key, final question in which she was asked to discuss the current state of divisive partisan politics in Washington. She deftly said Miss America represents all people and in these difficult economic times, politicians should look to what all of America needs.
Tears flowed when the crown was placed on her head, and Kaeppeler mouthed the words "thank you, thank you so much" to the audience as the other contestants circled around her.
Miss Oklahoma, Betty Thompson, was the first runner-up, followed by Miss New York Kaitlin Monte, Miss Arizona Jennifer Sedler and Miss California Noelle Freeman, in that order.
The pageant, which aired on the ABC television network, is put on by the Miss America Organization which helps young women with personal and career growth. In 2011, the group and affiliates offered more than $45 million in cash and scholarship aid.
Contestants compete in local and state pageants before going on to the national competition. In all, 53 women were vying for this year's title, Miss America.

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