Miss Arizona not among Miss America's top 16 finalists - Tucson News Now

Miss Arizona not among Miss America finalists

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Miss Arizona Piper Stoeckel was not among the finalists at the Miss America Scholarship Pageant.

Stoeckel, a University of Arizona student from Prescott, won Miss Arizona in June and competed Saturday night at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

The finalists were Miss Texas DaNae Couch, Miss Utah Kara Arnold, Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden, Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson, Miss Alabama Anna Lauren Bryan, Miss Maryland Joanna Guy, Miss Illinois Megan Ervin, Miss Indiana MerrieBeth Cox, Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss Florida Laura McKeeman, Miss Kentucky Jessica Casebolt and Miss Iowa Mariah Cary.

The People's Choice award went to Miss Montana Alexis Wineman, making her one of the 15 finalists.

In a surprise twist, judges added a 16th finalist. They chose Miss Washington Mandy Schendel.

The judges were entertainment host Mary Hart, fashion expert Bradley Bayou, gymnast McKayla Maroney, journalist Sam Champion, dancer Cheryl Burke, former Miss America Katie Stam Irk and entrepreneur Daymond John.

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