2007 Miss America Pageant crowns Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson winner. Monday night at Aladdin Las Vegas hotel, or currently named Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Nelson received her crowning tiara from 2006 Miss America Jennifer Berry, also from Oklahoma.
Lauren is the daughter of Mark and Sherrell Nelson. She has one sister Morgan, 16, and one brother, Logan, 15. She is an advocate for protecting children from online predators and partnered with NetSmartz, a nonprofit Internet organization.
Miss Texas Shilah Phillips was first runner-up, and Miss Georgia Amanda Kozak was named second runner-up. Melinda Toole of Alabama was named third runner-up and Miss Congeniality. Pageant viewers chose the winner. Miss Mississippi Taryn Foshee completed the Top 5 finalists. The pageant was hosted by actor Mario Lopez.
Nelson is a sophomore music theater major at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. She graduated from Macarthur High School in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 2005.
Nelson sang “You’ll Be in My Heart,” by Phil Collins during the talent portion of the pageant. She and the other nine finalists competed in the evening wear and swimsuit competitions. Miss Utah Katie Millar, Miss Hawaii Pilialoha Kalai Gaison, Miss Washington Kristen Eddings, Miss Pennsylvania Emily Wills and Miss California Jacquelynne Fontaine were the other finalists.
This is only the third time there has been back-to-back winners in pageant history that contestants from the same state have won in consecutive years.
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2007 Miss America Pageant crowns Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson winner.
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