- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

EASTON, Md. (AP) - This year’s Miss Maryland takes after her mother.

During preliminary competitions Thursday night in The Miss America pageant, Miss Maryland Jade Kenny of Madison won the swimsuit competition, wearing a two-piece pink swimsuit. The Star Democrat of Easton (https://bit.ly/ZjrTHs ) reports that when Kenny’s mother Missy Kenny was 17 she entered the Miss Maryland pageant won the bathing suit competition. Jade Kenny had joked about that fact because she hadn’t won that part of the pageant.

The 23-year-old Kenny will get a $1,000 scholarship as a result of her win.

Kenny is from Allegany County and has a sports broadcasting degree from the University of Alabama. She works in advertising and marketing at CBS Sports. She was recently a cheerleader for the Washington Wizards.

The swimsuit competition was one of two preliminary competitions Thursday night. The other was the talent portion of the pageant, which Miss Pennsylvania Amanda Smith won by singing “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from the musical “Phantom Of The Opera.”

The next Miss America will be crowned during Sunday night’s nationally televised finale.

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Information from: The Star Democrat of Easton, Md., https://www.stardem.com

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