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Miss Wisconsin wins Miss America crown

By the CNN Wire Staff
January 15, 2012 -- Updated 1321 GMT (2121 HKT)
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, is surrounded by fellow contestants after being crowned Miss America on Saturday.
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, is surrounded by fellow contestants after being crowned Miss America on Saturday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Laura Kaeppeler of Wisconsin is Miss America 2012
  • Her platform is mentoring children of incarcerated parents

(CNN) -- Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America 2012 at the pageant in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old's platform is mentoring children of incarcerated parents. She performed operatic vocals in the talent competition.

Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson, was first runner-up; Miss New York Kaitlin Monte, was second runner-up; Miss Arizona Jennifer Sedler, was third runner-up; and Miss California Noelle Freeman, was fourth runner-up.

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