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Miss Arkansas takes first runner up in Miss America Pageant

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Last night's 2011 Miss America Pageant had residents in Arkansas on the edge of their seats, especially Savannah Nall. "I was really rooting for Alyse because I met her at a pageant I'd done before," says Nall.

This year's Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady is from Fort Smith Arkansas, and last night she made her state proud. "I think she did really well. I think she was a good representative of the state," says citizen Ashley Worcestor.

Eady's talent blew folks away. She performed a singing ventriloquist act to "Cowboy Sweet Heart."

"I've never seen it done, and I've never seen anybody sing or yodel with two puppets. I was so happy for her because she had made it to the top five. Then she made the top two. I was nervous. We were all sitting around with our fingers crossed," says Nall.

But, the crown went to seventeen year old Teresa Scanlan, the youngest Miss America in eighty-nine years.  

"I really thought Miss Arkansas did really good this year. I think she deserved to win actually," says Worcestor.

"I really liked her talent. She did a really great job, and I was really wishing she would win," says citizen Crystal Donnell.

"I mean she was beautiful on stage. She had good presence, elegance, and then her interview question I think that's what kind of threw her off at the end," says Nall.

Twenty-two year old Alyse Eady, took first runner up winning a 25,000 dollar scholarship, and will take over the position of Miss America if Scanlan cannot fulfill her duties.

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