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VA, NC out at Miss America pageant in Vegas, leaving 13 queens in running for title
LAS VEGAS (AP) ' Beauty queens from Virginia and North Carolina have been eliminated from the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas, leaving 13 contestants in the running for the title with three competitions to come.
Judges picked 12 semifinalists to move on to the evening gown competition, including:
Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce, Miss Florida Kristina Janolo, Miss New York Kaitlin Monte, Miss Iowa Jessica Pray, Miss Texas Kendall Morris, Miss Illinois Hannah Smith, Miss Arizona Jennifer Sedler, Miss Tennessee Erin Hatley, Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, Miss California Noelle Freeman and Miss Louisiana Hope Anderson.
Miss Alabama Courtney Porter was then picked by fellow state titleholders to move on in the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson was announced as a semifinalist selected by an online fan vote at the start of the show.