Las Vegas, Nevada - January 10, 2012 -
Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler was named Tuesday night's preliminary Talent winner for her Operatic Vocal performance of "Il Bacio," during the first night of competition of the 2012 Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Laura will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also in the spotlight was Miss Utah Danica Olsen, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a Deaville Kompliqué swimsuit with 18K gold and Swarovski crystal accents. Danica will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To see videos from the awards ceremony and behind-the-scenes interviews from tonight's preliminary winners, visit www.facebook.com/missamericaorganization
As the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs. Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at www.MissAmerica.org
To download photos of tonight's preliminary winners, go to www.missamerica.org
. Photos will be available for download, starting at 9:00am ET the morning following the preliminary competition.
For tickets to attend the Miss America Competition, call Ticketmaster at 1-877-307-8667 or visit www.ticketmaster.com