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_ Miss New York Mallory Hagan

_ Miss Florida Laura McKeeman

_ Miss Kentucky Jessica Casebolt

_ Miss Washington state Mandy Schendel

The competition winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship and is expected to embark on a yearlong speaking tour to advocate for her chosen cause and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, the pageant’s official charity.

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Beauty pageant contestants danced in multicolored knee-length dresses onstage at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip as the 92nd Miss America competition got under way Saturday night.

The show is the culmination of a week of preliminary competitions and months of preparations for the titleholders from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The contestants have been staying at hotel-casino, but the humming slot machines have been little more than a blurry backdrop for a tight schedule of rehearsals, media events and one-on-one interviews with the judges.

Among the preliminary winners were Miss Maryland and Miss Oklahoma. Miss Puerto Rico sprained her ankle while showing the judges her flamenco talent, and returned for the swimsuit preliminary on crutches after fainting from the pain backstage.

Hosts Brooke Burke-Charvet, of “Dancing with the Stars,” and Chris Harrison, of “The Bachelor,” are preparing to announce the field of 15 finalists. The women who survive the initial cut will face off in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions, with cuts after each round.

Organizers have added an “American Idol”-inspired twist in which fans can bring back a favorite contestant through online and mobile phone voting.

Preliminary scores and the talent competition each count for 30 percent of a contestant’s score, while swimsuit and evening gown competitions each count for 20 percent.

The top five finalists will answer a question posed by the panel of judges.

At the end of the night, the reigning Miss America, 24-year-old Wisconsin brunette Laura Kaeppeler, will hand over her crown.

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