Miss America names winners for talent, swimsuit

Ebony Scott
September 11, 2017

Bonacquisti, who won preliminary talent and swimsuit competitions this week, joined contestants from Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Texas, New Mexico, Alabama, Missouri, Alaska, Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, North Dakota and IL as a semifinalist.

Laryssa Bonacquisti, at left, and Sara Zeng, at right, won awards in the last night of preliminary competition at Miss America.

Drevlow said she picked the song because it is her mother's favorite, and that her mother is was always her biggest role model growing up.

"Preliminary wins are incredible, but that doesn't mean I'm ahead of the other girls", she said. "I picked it myself and I arranged it, which is a great use of my master's degree".

Zeng, 22, a graduate of Florida State University who studied music education and grew up in Maryland, spoke to us earlier in the day about the feeling of competing in the pageant while Florida braces for Hurricane Irma.

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Bonaquisti said the key to her winning the swimsuit competition was eating everything in portions and exercising 30 minutes a day.

In recognition of her work for Make-A-Wish, Mund was named a Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award finalist during the competition, the first North Dakotan to receive that honor.

The final night of competition will begin on Sunday at 9 p.m. live on ABC.

Zeng won Friday's swimsuit prelim, and promised she'll be part of the post-Irma cleanup and recovery effort, whether as Miss America or not.

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