Competition was fierce in Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the ‘Miss America’ pageant. As usual the ‘Miss America’ hopefuls were beautiful, talented, intelligent, and driven. Though so many contestants seemed worthy of the title, only one could take it home.
Hagan, 23, who wore a simple, yet elegant off-the-shoulder white evening gown, edged out first runner-up Miss South Carolina, Ali Rogers. Rounding out the top five was Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden and Miss Iowa Mariah Cary (not to be confused with the singer).
The remaining semi-finalists were Texas, Montana, Utah, Tennessee, Alabama, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Kentucky, and Washington.
Hagan’s introductory line was “Sandy may have swept away our shores, but never our spirit. I’m ‘Miss New York,’ Mallory Hagan.”
Her talent was tap dancing, and the question that was presented to her was about armed guards in schools.
Hagan’s chosen platform is child sexual abuse. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. One of her future goals is to earn a degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
In addition to her crown and sash, the new ‘Miss America’ was awarded a $50,000 scholarship.