- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The woman who lost the Miss Delaware crown because she is older than the Miss America organization allows will be able to keep the scholarship she won in the contest.

Elizabeth Souchek, legal counsel for the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization, tells WDEL-AM (http://bit.ly/TqjvlJ ) that Amanda Longacre will be able to keep the $9,000 scholarship.

The 24-year-old Longacre was crowned June 14, but lost the crown on Wednesday. According to its website, Miss America pageant rules require contestants to be between the ages of 17 and 24, and Longacre will turn 25 on Oct. 22, before year’s end.

Pageant officials said Thursday that Longacre did nothing wrong and had accurately reported her birthdate on applications.

Runner-up Brittany Lewis was crowned Miss Delaware Thursday and will also get $9,000 in scholarship money.

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Information from: WDEL-AM, http://www.wdel.com/