A graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania will represent Delaware at the Miss America Pageant. Amanda Longacre was crowned Miss Delaware 2014 on Saturday following pageant competition at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover. She entered the pageant as Miss Pine Creek.
Longacre had won the prelimary competitions in the talent and swimsuit categories. For her talent, she sang “I Dreamed a Dream.”
She was graduated from the University of Delaware, where she studied history and women’s studies. This was her first attempt to become Miss Delaware.
If Longacre is crowned Miss America, she will become the first Delaware contestant to wear the national crown. The last Delaware woman to finish in the top 10 at the Miss America Pageant was Miss Delaware 2010 Kayla Martell.
Others finishing in the top five at Saturday’s pageant were 1st Runner-up Brittany Lewis, 2nd Runner-up Brooke Mitchell, 3rd Runner-up Amanda Debus, and 4th Runner-up Donnata Leckie.
Final night of pageantry in the Miss America competition is scheduled for Sept. 14. The ABC television network will broadcast it live from Atlantic City.
Women named Miss Delaware receive scholarships and cash prizes.
In addition to raising money for a variety of charities, Miss America serves as goodwill ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. The group raises millions of dollars for children’s hospitals located throughout the United States.
In July, the Miss America Organization sponsors the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida. Contestants are ages 13-17 years and are judged in the evening gown, sportswear and interview categories.
On Saturday, Grace Otley won the Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen title. She will represent her state in Orlando.
Like its big-sister competition, the teen pageant awards scholarships to girls from throughout the United States who compete locally, statewide and nationally.
For more information about Delaware pageants, visit the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization.