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Miss SC runner-up to Miss America

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Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers (Source: Miss America) Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers (Source: Miss America)

HANNAH DREIER
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Miss South Carolina came in second to a 23-year-old contestant from Brooklyn, N.Y. in the competition for the title of Miss America.

Mallory Hagan won the Las Vegas beauty pageant Saturday night after tap dancing to James Brown's "Get Up Off of That Thing" and answering a question about whether armed guards belong in grade schools by saying we should not fight violence with violence.

Hagan defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third. Rogers won the swimsuit and fitness portion of the preliminary competition.

Hagan wins a $50,000 college scholarship and gets the crown for one year. Her platform was stopping child sexual abuse.

She is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and raising money for the Children's Miracle Network, the organization's official charity.

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