Amanda Longacre was told she wasn’t too old to win Miss Delaware 2014, but according to the Miss America pageant, she’s too old to compete for the national title — and she’s been stripped of her crown and scholarship because of it.
The Miss Delaware pageant rules state that contestants must be 24 or younger, and cannot turn 25 before the end of the year, but no one at the organization said anything when she provided her birth certificate and driver’s license with her pageant application, which revealed that her birthday is Oct. 22. The Miss America pageant is in September.
Longacre won the title on June 14, but was replaced several weeks later by the first runner-up, Brittany Lewis, who is 23.
The Miss Delaware board also stripped her of her scholarship, but now, however, the Miss America organization has decided to give both Longacre and Lewis the scholarship, Reuters reports.
“Because we’re a scholarship organization, because we want to be benevolent and because our heart breaks for her, we’re going to give her the $9,000,” says Miss America chairman Sam Haskell.
“I did absolutely nothing wrong and I want to make that clear,” Longacre says in an interview with the News Journal of Wilmington. “Now I have lost everything, my scholarship money for school, my prizes and my crown, all because of a technicality that was not caught by the executive board.”