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Miss America Names Winners for Talent, Swimsuit

Saturday Sep 9, 2017
Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, left, and Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti, right, meet reporters after winning preliminary competitions
Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, left, and Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti, right, meet reporters after winning preliminary competitions  (Source:AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

There's a two-time winner in the preliminaries at this year's Miss America competition.

Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti has won Friday night's talent competition for her ventriloquism routine.

She won the swimsuit preliminary a day earlier.

In Friday's swimsuit competition, Miss Florida Sara Zeng was the winner.

Miss America contestants are using their onstage time to speak out against political divisiveness, in favor of arts education and other topics during preliminary competition this week.

Miss Wisconsin McKenna Collins says Americans of differing political viewpoints need to talk to each other respectfully.

Miss Tennessee Caty Davis says opioid addiction is a disease, not a choice.

And Miss Ohio Sarah Clapper says the public should care about athletes as human beings, not just components of a fantasy sports team.

The third and final night of preliminary competition is Friday night.

The next Miss America will be crowned Sunday night in Atlantic City.

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