Texas, Utah Gain 1st Night of Neglect America Preliminaries

Wood, kept, and Pass up Utah JessiKate Riley, right, meet the media after being successful the first night of primary competition in the Neglect America competition on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Atlantic City N.J. Timber gained the swimsuit competition, while Riley received the talent section participating in a 115-year-old violin from Austria. (AP Photography/Wayne Parry) The Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — She commenced by sending her like to flood victims in her hometown of Houston, and by the time it was over, Miss Texas Margana Wood had acquired the first night of preliminary competition in her quest to become the next Miss America.

The 22-year-old earned the swimsuit competition Wednesday night time. She was signed up with by 20-year-old Neglect Utah, JessiKate Riley, who received the talent competition by playing a violin solo on the 115-year-old tool from Austria.

“I’m so excited to be here in Atlantic City, but my heart and soul is completely with the folks of Houston,” Real wood advised reporters after receiving the preliminary competition. “That’s my home.”

Her own home was spared by the floodwaters, but she said she’s many friends whose homes have been wrecked and whose lives have been upended.

“I send my like to all of them,” she said. “We’re taking it daily.”

Riley got an enormous ovation from the group in Boardwalk Hall participating in a violin part she arranged herself on an antique instrument. She’s been playing the violin for 17 years, since she was 3.

She has named her device “Sam.”

“Every litttle lady dreams to become Miss America,” she said. “My goal is to portray my center through my music.”

In onstage interviews, contestants referred to their pageant triggers, including curing diabetes, guarding and widening arts education in universities, supporting military young families and increasing understanding among different civilizations.

Talent performances included ballet dancing, opera and vocal performances.

The next Neglect America will be crowned in Sunday night’s nationally televised finale.

On Sunday, the contestants will show off their state-specific sneakers in the twelve-monthly “Show Us Your Shoes” parade across the Boardwalk.

The contestants are vying to achieve success Savvy Shields, previous year’s Miss Arkansas who won the title this past year.

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