Miss Delaware 2014, Amanda Longacre was stripped from her crown for being too old, despite only being 24.
The Miss America organization said in a news release that “following the Miss Delaware Pageant, it was determined that Amanda Longacre exceeded the age requirement in order to be eligible to compete.”
The Miss America Organization website says contestants must be 17 to 24 years old. Longacre turns 25 in October, a month after the Miss America competition.
Longacre won the title on June 14, after turning in copies of her birth certificate, driver’s license and Social Security card on her pageant application.
“I am so, like, really upset,” Longacre said Friday on TODAY. “I just found out on Tuesday that I was stripped of my crown and over an age clause that clearly the board of my state didn’t even know about.”
“This past Tuesday I was sat down and told that I could not compete and go to Miss America due to an age clause,” Longacre told the News Journal of Wilmington, Del. She said she “did absolutely nothing wrong,” and claimed that in 2013 a pageant executive board told her state pageant directors that she would be eligible to compete in Miss America. Those who are 25 cannot compete — they’ve aged out of the competition — but Longacre said she was told she would still qualify because she’d still be 24 at the national competition in Atlantic City this September.
“Now I have lost everything,” Longacre, a graduate student of social work, told the News Journal of Wilmington. “My scholarship money for school, my prizes and my crown, all because of a technicality that was not caught by the executive board.”
Amanda Longacre, a University of Delaware graduate, told Delaware State News she planned to take a year off from studying social work at the University of Pennsylvania to tend to her state title duties. She had received $11,000 in scholarship money, which now presumably goes to her replacement.
Pageant officials filled the gap created by Longacre’s disqualification by crowning the first runner-up in the Miss Delaware competition, Brittany Lewis, who grew up in Brigantine.
Miss Delaware 2014, Amanda Longacre Loses Crown For Being Too Old
Twenty-four-year Amanda Longacre was crowned June 14. Longacre will turn 25 on Oct. 22, before year’s end. According to its website, Miss America pageant rules require contestants to be between the ages of 17 and 24.
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