Las Vegas, Nevada January 23, 2008 Miss Massachusetts Valerie J. Amaral was named Wednesday night s preliminary Talent winner for her Vocal performance Anyway, during the second night of competition in 2008 Miss America Live! at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Valerie will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
Also in the spotlight was Miss Michigan, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a black Winnwear swimsuit with gold trim and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Be sure to tune in to the final episode of Miss America: Reality Check on Friday, January 25 at 10:00pm on TLC. And watch live as a new Miss America is crowned on 2008 Miss America Live! airing on TLC, Saturday, January 26, at 8 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. Central. Miss America Live! will be tape delayed to air at 8 p.m. PST and 9 p.m. Mountain.
As the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.
Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at www.MissAmerica.org
For up-to-the-minute competition news and information, as well as downloadable high-resolution images of Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson and the 2008 contestants, visit the 24-hour online pressroom at www.MissAmericaPressRoom.com
To download photos of tonight's preliminary winners, go to www.missamerica.org
. Photos will be available for download, starting at 9:00am ET the morning following the preliminary competition.
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