Kirsten Haglund wins Miss America 2008 title
Miss Michigan wins Miss America 2008 title
19-year-old Kirsten Haglund takes top prize in revamped pageant
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Miss Michigan Kirsten Haglund reacts
after being crowned Miss America during the 2008
pageant in Las Vegas on Saturday.
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LAS VEGAS - Miss Michigan Kirsten Haglund, a 19-year-old aspiring Broadway star,
was crowned Miss America 2008
on Saturday in a live show billed as the unveiling of the 87-year-old pageant’s new, hipper look.
Haglund, of Farmington Hills, Mich.,
sang “Over the Rainbow”
and walked a crowd-pleasing strut
in a black and gold bikini to clinch the title.
She beat Miss Indiana Nicole Elizabeth Rash,
the first runner up,
and Miss Washington Elyse Umemoto,
the second runner up for the $50,000 scholarship
and year of travel
that comes with the crown.
Haglund, who studies music at
the University of Cincinnati,
grew up in a pageant family. Her mother is an active volunteer, and her grandmother Iora Hunt, competed for the crown as Miss Michigan 1944.
Hunt joined Haglund at a news conference.
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