Miss America 2012 is Kenosha, Wisconsin-born Laura Kaeppeler who won the title at a ceremony held in Las Vegas, where contestants from every U.S. state gathered to compete for the crown of the most attractive woman in the United States. The 23-year-old Kaeppeler was crowned after she managed to oust runner-ups Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson and Miss California Noelle Freeman, demonstrating her singing and dancing skills.
Later on, the new Miss America 2012 hit at Miss New York Kaitlin Monte, stating that American elect politicians should represent everyone in this country, winning acclaims from the jury. The highly-wanted title is accompanied by a scholarship worth $50,000, while Laura Kaeppeler has a whole one year to enjoy her role as Miss America and engage in various charity causes as expected.
Former Miss America winners took to their Twitter accounts to congratulate Kaeppeler, with Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, and Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, saying words of warmth to Miss America 2012.
Brooke Burke-Charvet and Chris Harrison hosted the ceremony that tool place in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with contestants showing up in bath suites and evening dress along with demonstrating various artistic skills.
Kaeppeler’s father was behind bars serving a jail term for mail fraud, while his daughter used the contest to encourage those who are offspring of jailed parents not feel alone and bravely face what life has to offer them. The newly-crowned Miss America 2012 was described as honest girl who lives next door by former fellow winners.