More Miss America Preliminary Winners Named

Additional winners of Miss America preliminary competitions were announced over the weekend. Miss California Jacquelynne Fontaine was named Saturday night’s (Jan. 27) talent winner for her operatic vocal performance to “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca. Miss Hawaii Pilialoha Gaison was named Friday night’s (Jan. 26) winner for her Tahitian dance to “Te Vaka.” Both women received a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, Miss Pennsylvania Emily Wills won Saturday night’s lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit competition in a black-and-white striped Venus swimsuit with red piping. Miss Nebraska Molly McGrath won Friday night’s competition in a magenta Venus swimsuit. Both women received a $1,000 scholarship. To recognize community service, Miss Rhode Island Allison Rogers, Miss Arizona Hilary Griffith and Miss Alabama Melinda Toole were recognized with the Quality of Life Award from the Miss America organization. The 2007 Miss America Pageant airs Monday night (Jan. 29) on CMT.