WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks will open the second night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant Wednesday night.
The Spotlight Performers Show Choir from the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will perform “God Bless the USA,” and Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell will speak about the group’s support of military families.
Contestants from Mississippi and New Hampshire won the first night of preliminaries on Tuesday.
Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo won the talent competition by singing a Barbra Streisand song from the musical “Funny Girl.”
Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick won the swimsuit competition.
Preliminary competition runs through Thursday.
The traditional “show us your shoes” parade on the Boardwalk is Saturday, followed by the nationally televised crowning of the new Miss America Sunday night.