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Miss Hawaii fails to make final 15

By Star-Advertiser staff and the Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:06 a.m. HST, Jan 15, 2012

Two days after wowing judges in the talent competition, Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape was eliminated from contention for the title of Miss America.

Cheape, who won her division in the talent competition on Thursday with a jump rope routine set to the theme song for “Hawaii Five-0,” was not among the 15 semifinalists named on the final night of competition at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler was crowned the new Miss America by a panel of seven judges during a live telecast on ABC Saturday. The 23-year-old beauty queen from Wisconsin won the Miss America pageant Saturday in Las Vegas after singing opera and strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown.

Kaeppeler wins a $50,000 scholarship and gets the title for one year. Her platform during the competition was supporting and mentoring children of incarcerated parents.

Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson came in second, while Miss New York Kaitlyn Monte placed third.

The 2012 Miss America pageant started Saturday night with 53 contestants introducing themselves from various iconic spots around Las Vegas, including the Hoover Dam, the Fremont Street Experience and the Bellagio fountains.

The women ages 18 to 25  compete in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions before a panel of seven judges determine a winner.

As the new Miss America, Kaeppeler will spend the next year touring the country to speak to different groups and raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network, the Miss America Organization’s official charity.

At the start of the show, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson was announced as a semifinalist selected by an online fan vote.

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Grimbold wrote:
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on January 15,2012 | 08:28AM
MANDA wrote:
Love it. It's the norm, though, most women won't go out "without their face on."
on January 15,2012 | 09:15AM
MANDA wrote:
Silly competition is right, but the headline is unnecessarily rough. "Fails" should be "does not make."
on January 15,2012 | 09:16AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
That's called a cheape shot.
on January 15,2012 | 12:31PM
allie wrote:
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on January 15,2012 | 09:24AM
inverse wrote:
Don't watch.
I find most reality, singing and other related TV shows irrelevant and embarrassing. "Success" in our society, culture, relationships, employment, etc. is often based on judgement of ones appearance, talent, capability, drive, intelligence, etc. The Miss America pageant is no different. I personally could care less about this pageant, but I will not judge these woman for participating in this competition because it could open career or other doors for these women, including Hawaii's Cheape.
on January 15,2012 | 10:52AM
inverse wrote:
PS. Women like Kelly Hu, Malika Dudley, Olena Heu, Vanessa Williams, Gretchen Carlson, etc. and many others won or placed high in these competitions and then went on to further their careers in acting, journalism, etc.
on January 15,2012 | 10:59AM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Why be so negative with the headline? I wouldn't call Miss Hawaii a failure.
on January 15,2012 | 12:09PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I'll start watching when the naked mud wrestling competition is added. I kid. Come on, is this whole beauty pageant thing 19th century or what? Don't even get me started on jump rope as a talent.
on January 15,2012 | 12:31PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Who cares!
on January 15,2012 | 02:06PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Miss Hawaii, Bravo!! You are still a Finalist and Winner. A great opportunity for her to showcase her talents and hopefully have it turn into a bigger and better opportunity to exercise her inner potential in Life, for Life causes and her own. Additionally, an Awesome photo-op for the State of Hawaii. Just mentioning the State in a positive light is a Winner in itself! Rather than pitiful headlines about someone in Hawaii killing, robbing, assaulting, or acting out in a childish inhuman manner, thus tainting the reputation and image of Hawaii. Unlike what some of the Negative "bloggers" on this story speak and feel about image, Tourism is based upon image and reputation.
on January 15,2012 | 11:34PM
Ambergris23 wrote:
Really not an appropriate article ....rubbing salt into the wound.
on January 17,2012 | 10:41AM
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