A Dade City, Florida native on Saturday was chosen to represent Pennsylvania at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Amanda Smith was crowned Miss Pennsylvania 2014 following a pageant in Pittsburgh.
Smith, 21, has attended Carnegie Mellon University. She entered the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant after being crowned Miss Southwestern Pennsylvania. She lives in Pittsburgh.
Her talent is as a vocallist. Her pageant song is “Music of the Night.”
Smith’s pageant platform is “Fitness and Nutrititon: The Key to Healthy Living.”
She won the evening gown competition during the week’s preliminary competition. As Miss Pennsylvania, she receives a $7,000 college scholarship. The preliminary win entitles her to additional scholarship money.
If Smith is crowned Miss America, she will become the sixth Pennsylvania titleholder to wear the national crown. Previous Miss America winners include Miss America 1924 Ruth Malcomson, Miss Pittsburgh 1936 Henrietta Leaver, Miss Philadelphia 1937 Rose Coyle, Miss Philadelphia 1941 Frances Marie Burke, and Miss Pennsylvania 1953 Evelyn Margaret Ay.
The last contestant from Pennsylvania to make the top 10 at the Miss America Pageant was Miss Pennsylvania 2006 Emily Willis.
The reigning Miss America raises money for a variety of charities, and serves as goodwill ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. The group raises money for children’s hospitals throughout the United States.
This year’s final day of competition is scheduled for Sept. 14. The final night of pageantry will be televised live on the ABC television network.
The national pageant has grown in popularity since returning to a major television network. In recent years, the audience has grown with each annual telecast.
The reigning Miss America is Nina Davuluri. Davuluri, 24, was Miss New York at the time of her crowning. She is the first Indian America to reign as Miss America.
Her platform during her year as Miss America is “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.”