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Miss Wisconsin wins Miss America crown

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
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.