Laura Kaeppeler, a 23-year-old beauty queen from Wisconsin, was crowned Miss America 2012 on Saturday after beating 52 other young women from across the United States. Her win marks the first time Miss Wisconsin has taken home the crown since 1972.
Kaeppeler won a $50,000 scholarship and a yearlong run with the crown after answering a question about whether Miss America should declare her political affiliation by saying, “Miss America represents everyone … Miss America represents all.” Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson came in second while Miss New York Kaitlyn Monte placed third.
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