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Miss Hawaii places 3rd at Miss America contest

Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier, far left, won $20,000 for third place in last night's Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. The crown went to Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan. Photo by Associated Press Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier, far left, won $20,000 for third place in last night's Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. The crown went to Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan. Photo by Associated Press

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier placed third Saturday night at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas.

Fuselier won $20,000 for being named second-runner-up. The 22-year-old is a international relations graduate from Hawaii Pacific University. In all, she has earned $82,000 in scholarships and tuition grant through the Miss America Organization.

Teresa Scanlan, a 17-year-old aspiring politician from Nebraska, took the Miss America crown over 52 other women from across the country.

Scanlan won a $50,000 scholarship and a yearlong run with the crown at the competition at the Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas, giving the Cornhusker State its first-ever win at the pageant.

"And I never passed up a cookie on my journey here," Scanlan said.

Malika Dudley was in Las Vegas, Nevada for the pageant. She brings us a look behind the scenes after Jalee was announced as 2nd runner-up to Miss America. See the video to the right for the whole story.

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