Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Miss America to Be Crowned Sunday Night in Atlantic City

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Miss America to Be Crowned Sunday Night in Atlantic City

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. * Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields was crowned Miss America 2017 on Sunday.

The pageant from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall included contestants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The first openly gay contestant in the Miss America pageant was eliminated earlier Sunday night when the top 15 finalists were chosen.

Miss Missouri, Erin O'Flaherty, was not among the top 15 picked to advance in the pageant during its nationally televised finale.

She was the first openly gay contestant to win a state title.

Djuan Trent competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Kentucky in 2011, when she finished in the top 10. She came out as a lesbian in 2014.

The top 15 finalists this year were: Kentucky, Washington, Massachusetts, Arkansas, South Carolina, Idaho, Iowa, Texas, California, Oklahoma, Maryland, New York, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi. …

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