Ga., Fla. Win 3rd night Miss America prelims

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Associated Press

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 11:07 PM

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss America contestants from Georgia and Florida have won the third and final night of preliminary competitions in the pageant.

Miss Georgia Carly Mathis won the swimsuit category on Thursday and Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones won the talent competition.

The Press of Atlantic City reports (bit.ly/15ZpEoV) that 22-year-old Mathis is promoting heart health and heart safety. The 20-year-old Jones is promoting comfort for kids.

Jones wowed the audience at Boardwalk Hall with her baton twirling performance while wearing a brace on her right knee. She receives a $2,000 scholarship for winning the night's talent event. Mathis receives $1,000 for winning the swimsuit competition.

Thursday's program also honored Donna Axum Whitworth, who's celebrating her 50th anniversary of being crowned Miss America.

The new Miss America will be crowned Sunday night.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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