Opelika native crowned Miss America

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 23-year-old contestant from Brooklyn, N.Y., has won the title of Miss America.

Mallory Hagan
won the Las Vegas beauty pageant Saturday night after tap dancing to
James Brown's “Get Up Off of That Thing” and answering a question about
whether armed guards belong in grade schools by saying we should not
fight violence with violence.

Hagan defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third.

Hagan wins a $50,000 college scholarship and gets the crown for one year. Her platform was stopping child sexual abuse.

She
is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and
raising money for the Children's Miracle Network, the organization's
official charity.

Hagan is from Opelika and attended Auburn University before moving to Brooklyn, NY.