Miss Wisconsin Wins ‘Miss America’
Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America Saturday night in Las Vegas. “In that moment I didn’t know what to think,” Kaeppeler says. “It was all kind of a blur.” The odds-on favorite was crowned on the 91st anniversary of the pageant. Aside from the shimmering crown, Kaeppeler, 23, receives a $50,000 scholarship and represent the Miss America pageant for the next year.Miss Wisconsin, breezed through the always tricky Q&A segment after being asked whether Miss America should make her political party publicly known. Claiming politicians need to represent the masses, she replied, “Miss America needs to represent all.” Kaeppler sang opera for her talent. After winning the crown, Kaeppler said she wants to help kids of incarcerated parents feel less lonley. Her father Jeff served 18 months in prison for mail fraud.