By MIKE CHAIKEN
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— For pageant aficionados, the final night of competition of Miss America is the Super Bowl of pageants.
And Kaitlyn Tarpey, the former Miss Southington and the reigning Miss Connecticut, showed she could hang with the best contestants on Sunday from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Tarpey, 21, was the first Miss Connecticut in many years to reach the top 10 out of 53 contestants at the annual scholarship pageant.
Tarpey fell short of achieving the crown, which was won by Miss New York Nina Davulini. But Tarpey appeared on national television on ABC competing in swimsuit, evening gown, and talent portions of the evening. The only finals competition she missed was on-stage interview, which was given to the top 5.
Before the finals, Tarpey went through the gauntlet of three nights of preliminary competitions in Atlantic City, which was hosting the pageant for the first time since 2005. On the first night, Sept. 10, Tarpey was put through the on-stage interview. The second night, Sept. 11, found her in swimsuit and evening gown. And on Sept. 12, the lastl night of preliminaries, she rocked the judges with her Irish step dance.
As a top 10 finalist, Tarpey received a $7,000 scholarship.
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