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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Miss America Crowned

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey () -- Miss Kansas Tara Dawn Holland was crowned Miss America on Saturday night in a nationally televised ceremony where viewers got to help select the winner.

For the first time, viewers could call in and vote on which of the 10 semifinalists they liked to narrow the field to five finalists. The final decision on the winner was up to the seven celebrity judges.

A 1994 music education graduate of Florida State University, Holland, 23, is a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.