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Amanda Longacre wins Miss Delaware

By Dan Cook | Jun 21, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Miss Delaware 2014 Amanda Longacre is crowned by Miss Delaware 2013 Rebecca Jackson as Miss Delaware 2009 Heather Lehman Contant looks on. Longacre was the reigning Miss Pike Creek and is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Seventeen contestants started the weekend hoping to be the new 2014 Miss Delaware and when the pageant came to an end Saturday night, June 14, at Dover Downs, Amanda Longacre, Miss Pike Creek stood alone as the newly-crowned queen.

She will represent Delaware at the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City.

Longacre, a 24-year-old graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania working toward her master;s degree in social work, chose a platform Breaking the cycle: Teen dating violence prevention and awareness.

"I'm so honored to serve the state of Delaware'" she said. "I'm hoping to make them really proud at Miss America."

Longacre had won the prelimary competitions in the talent and swimsuit categories. For her talent, she sang “I Dreamed a Dream," from Les Miserables.

Miss Wilmington Brittany Lewis was first runner-up to Longacre.

Others finishing in the top five at Saturday’s pageant were second runner-up Brooke Mitchell of Selbyville, third runner-up Amanda Debus of Middletown, and fourth runner-up Donnata Leckie of Hockessin.

Cape graduate Rebecca Lusk placed in the top 10 contestants and tied for second place in the Carol Maclary Exellence in Education award.

Miss Delaware 2013 Rebecca Jackson leads the contestants in the opening number "Everybody Say Yeah" from Kinky Boots. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Taylor Demaria, Miss Milford, is introduced to the crowd. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Delaware 2013 Rebecca Jackson sings a solo from the movie "Frozen" in her spotlight. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Diamond State and Cape Henlopen High School graduate Rebecca Lusk poses during the swimsuit competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Pike Creek Amanda Longacre poses during the swimsuit competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Keturah Braithwaite, Miss Kent County, poses during the swimsuit competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Charity Cramer, Miss Coastal Bay, poses during the swimsuit competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Brittany Lewis, Miss Wilmington, poses during the swimsuit competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Brooke Mitchell, Miss Dover, competes in the swimsuit competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Outstanding Teen Grace Otley of Wilmington performs a solo for the crowd. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Amanda Debus, Miss New Castle County, performs a contemporary ballet to "The Edge of Glory." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Amanda Debus, Miss New Castle County, performs a contemporary ballet to "The Edge of Glory." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Donata Leckie, Miss Hockessin, performs the Hungarian Dance No.5 during the talent competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Janemarie Covel, Miss First State, performs "You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You" during the talent competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Diamond State and Cape graduate Rebecca Lusk performs a jazz dance to "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" during the talent competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Diamond State and Cape graduate Rebecca Lusk performs a jazz dance to "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" during the talent competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Diamond State and Cape graduate Rebecca Lusk performs a jazz dance to "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" during the talent competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Mikaila Marie Ryan, Miss Newark, performed a Broadway vocal, "Listen." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The 2014 contestants do a dance production number from "Thoroughly Modern Millie." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The 2014 contestants do a dance production number from "Thoroughly Modern Millie." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
An anniversary spotlight performance by Miss Delaware 2004 Linda Kurtz Risk wowed the crowd in attendance. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Amanda Longacre, Miss Pike Creek, performs "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Amanda Longacre, Miss Pike Creek, performs "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Diamond State and Cape graduate Rebecca Lusk walks elegantly across the state during the evening wear competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Diamond State and Cape graduate Rebecca Lusk displays her beautiful smile during the evening wear competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Delaware 2013 Rebecca Jackson sings her farewell song. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kama Boland Levendis, Miss Delaware 1999, presents three state House and Senate awards to Kenny Workman, producer and director of the Miss Delaware pageant, to honor the volunteers who contribute to the success of the Miss Delaware Pageant. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Emcee Susan Powell, Miss America 1981, ask the five finalist questions posed by the judges. Shown are (l-r) Amanda Debus, Brittany Lewis, Amanda Longacre, Brooke Mitchell, Donata Leckie and Susan Powell. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Brittany Lewis,l, and Amanda Longacre await the announcement of who will be crowned Miss Delaware 2014. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Amanda Longacre shows her emotion as Miss Delaware 2013 Amanda Jackson brings her the crown. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Amanda Longacre shows her emotion and waves the crowd after being crowned 2014 Miss Delaware. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Amanda Longacre waves the crowd after being crowned Miss Delaware 2014. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Emcee Susan Powell, Miss America 1981 kept the crowd laughing with her humorous stories. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Nancy Ball Blake, Miss Delaware 1984 sang during her Anniversary Spotlight. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Diamond State Rebecca Lusk leads a group of contestants during "Thoroughly Modern Millie." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss First State Janemarie Covel shows her flapper skills in "Thoroughly Modern Millie." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Emcee Susan Powell tries to find VIPs in the audience. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Delaware 2013 Rebecca Jackson sings the National Anthem to kick off the pageant. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Newark Mikaila Marie Ryan competes in the swimsuit competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Tri-County Erin Jean Nibblett of Seaford walks the stage in the opening number, "Everybody say Yeah." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Kent County Keturah Braithwaite gets happy during the opening number, "Everybody say Yeah." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Brandywine Margherita Carrieri-Russo sings "I'll be Seeing You" for the talent competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Brandywine Margherita Carrieri-Russo sings "I'll be Seeing You" for the talent competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Kent County Keturah Braithwaite sings the classical "pur dicesti, O bocca Bella." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Dover Brooke Mitchell of Selbyville performs a baton twirling talent to "Rhythm of the Night." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Janemarie Covel,l, and Rebecca Lusk perform during "Thoroughly Modern Millie." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Miss Delaware judges get in on the fun during a break in the action. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Delaware 2013 Rebecca Jackson leads the contestants in the finale "Underground". (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Pageant director Kenny Workman and Miss Delaware Executive Director Debi Wilson give out awards to the Pageant volunteers. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The contestants dance to "Thoroughly Modern Millie." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The top five anxiously await the results. Shown are (l-r) Donata Leckie, Brittany Lewis, Amanda Debus, Amanda Longacre and Brooke Mitchell. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Rebecca Lusk holds her trophy for second place in the Carol Maclary Exellence in Education award. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Miss Delaware 2009 Heather Lehman Contant sings during the anniversary spotlight. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The contestants wave during their opening number. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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