DOVER, Del. (AP) - The woman who lost the Miss Delaware crown because she is older than the Miss America organization allows will be able to keep the scholarship she won in the contest.
Elizabeth Souchek, legal counsel for the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization says that Amanda Longacre will be able to keep the $9,000 money.
The 24-year-old Longacre was crowned June 14, but lost the crown on Wednesday. According to its website, Miss America pageant rules require contestants to be between the ages of 17 and 24, and Longacre will turn 25 on Oct. 22, before year's end.
In Longacre's view, she won the Miss Delaware 2014 title fair and square.
"I had given all of my documents: my birth certificate, my social security card, my driver's license."
So, to be told this week she is simply too old to compete, she was dumbfounded.
"I've been truthful and honest this whole time. I provided everything to them, and this is a mistake that happened on their part," said Longacre.
Pageant officials said Thursday that Longacre did nothing wrong and had accurately reported her birthdate on applications.
Runner-up Brittany Lewis was crowned Miss Delaware Thursday and will also get $9,000 in scholarship money.