Hawaii, New York win pageant prelim

Published 11:22 am Friday, January 13, 2012

Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape and Miss New York Kaitlin Monte were the winners in the final round of preliminary competition at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas.

Cheape won Thursday night’s talent portion with a jumprope routine to “Hawaii Five-O,” and Monte won lifestyle and fitness.

Miss America 2012 will be crowned Saturday in a competition aired on ABC’s WAPT in Jackson.

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Miss Mississippi Mary Margaret Roark, who was crowned at the end of the state pageant in Vicksburg in July, performed her talent Thursday night.