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Sep 14, 2014 11:11 PM

Miss New York chosen as Miss America 2015

The Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Miss New York Kira Kazantsev (Kah-ZANT'-sev) has been named the new Miss America, marking the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown in the nationally televised pageant.

Kazantsev received the crown Sunday night at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall from outgoing Miss America and Miss New York Nina Davuluri.

Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic cup on the floor.

She named combating sexual assault in the military as the issue she would want female U.S. Senators to press their male counterparts.


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