January 13, 2012


Preliminary Night One Winners from Left:
Miss New York Kaitlin Monte and Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape
Las Vegas, Nevada - January 12, 2012 - Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape was named Thursday night's preliminary Talent winner for her jump rope routine performance to "Hawaii Five-O," during the third night of competition of the 2012 Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Lauren will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also in the spotlight was Miss New York Kaitlin Monte, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a Monte Carlo Kompliqué swimsuit. Kaitlin will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
In addition to the Talent and Lifestyle and Fitness Award winners, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012 Elizabeth Fechtel and 14 of our 2012 Miss America Contestants won Duke of Edinburgh Awards, presented by MAO Board Chairman, Sam Haskell, III and National Executive Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Young Americans’ Challenge, Josh Randle.

To see videos from the awards ceremony and behind-the-scenes interviews from tonight's preliminary winners, visit www.facebook.com/missamericaorganization tomorrow morning!
As the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.
Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at www.MissAmerica.org

To download photos of tonight's preliminary winners, go to www.missamerica.org.  Photos will be available for download, starting at 9:00am ET the morning following the preliminary competition.
For tickets to attend the Miss America Competition, call Ticketmaster at 1-877-307-8667 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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