Preliminary Award Winners Announced

Miss South Carolina, Miss Utah Win Talent, Swimwear Competitions

LAS VEGAS — Miss South Carolina, Erika Grace Powell, was named Tuesday night’s (Jan. 17) preliminary talent winner for her performance of “Time to Say Goodbye” during the first night of competition in the 2006 Miss America Pageant at the Aladdin Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Also in the spotlight was Miss Utah, Julia Marie Bachison, who was the preliminary lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit winner in a two-piece gray and white Speedo swimsuit with green piping.

The Miss America 2006 final night of competition will be broadcast live nationally on CMT on Saturday (Jan. 21) from 8-10 p.m. ET, marking the program’s 51st anniversary on television.

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 tuition 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 unique nationwide community-based programs.