Meet the new Miss America - Laura Kaeppeler

World | | January 15, 2012, 5:39 pm
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Miss Utah Danica Olsen competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Miss Utah Danica Olsen competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 ,at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Laura Kaeppeler won the pageant Saturday night after strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown, singing opera and answering a question about whether beauty queens should declare their politics by saying Miss America represents everyone.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 ,at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Laura Kaeppeler won the pageant Saturday night after strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown, singing opera and answering a question about whether beauty queens should declare their politics by saying Miss America represents everyone.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 at The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 at The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler celebrates with her fellow contestants after being crowned Miss America.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler celebrates with her fellow contestants after being crowned Miss America.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left, standing next to Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan reacts after being crowned Miss America.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left, standing next to Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan reacts after being crowned Miss America.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson, Miss Arizona Jennifer Sedler, Miss New York Kaitlin Monte and Miss California Noelle Freeman compete as the top five finalists during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson, Miss Arizona Jennifer Sedler, Miss New York Kaitlin Monte and Miss California Noelle Freeman compete as the top five finalists during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson and Miss New York Kaitlin Monte react as Monte is named second runner up.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson and Miss New York Kaitlin Monte react as Monte is named second runner up.

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Hosts Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke stand with Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Hosts Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke stand with Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

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Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant in the talent round.

Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant in the talent round.

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Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

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Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant in the talent round.

Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant in the talent round.

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Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

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USA crowned Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler - the new Miss America 2012.

USA crowned Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler - the new Miss America 2012.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America.

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Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke Host the 2012 Miss America Pageant at The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke Host the 2012 Miss America Pageant at The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant - the talent round.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant - the talent round.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes in the swimsuit round.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes in the swimsuit round.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

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Miss New York Kaitlin Monte competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant Saturday in thew swimsuit round.

Miss New York Kaitlin Monte competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant Saturday in thew swimsuit round.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler and Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson react as Kaeppeler is named Miss America during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler and Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson react as Kaeppeler is named Miss America during the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

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Miss New York Kaitlin Monte competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant Saturday in thew swimsuit round.

Miss New York Kaitlin Monte competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant Saturday in thew swimsuit round.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler being crowned Miss America.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler being crowned Miss America.

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 at The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 at The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.