ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Contestants from Maryland and Pennsylvania won preliminary competitions Thursday on the third night of the Miss America pageant.
Miss Maryland Jade Kenny won the swimsuit competition, while Miss Pennsylvania Amanda Smith won the talent portion by singing "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from the musical "Phantom Of The Opera."
Thursday's preliminary competition came on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and numerous tributes to the victims that day and those who responded to it were included in the program.
The pageant's traditional "Show us Your Shoes" parade will be held on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Saturday night.
The next Miss America will be crowned during Sunday night's nationally televised finale.