During last Saturday’s Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nev., residents of Opelika and Auburn found themselves rooting for New York instead of their home state.
While they all would have proudly boasted if Miss Alabama, Anna Laura Bryan, had won the competition, there was something else at stake here.
By the end of the night, a familiar face had been named Miss America 2013. The crown was placed atop the head of Miss New York’s Mallory Hagan, an Opelika native and Auburn Alum.
In an amazing show of support, dozens of friends and family gathered at Niffer’s Restaurant in Opelika to watch the competition. Many of those in attendance were students of the Make Your Moves Performing Arts Studio that is owned by her mother.
Hagan was raised in the dance studio, instilling in her a love for dancing.
Hagan moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue her dreams and attend The Fashion Institute of Technology. While in New York, she was named Miss New York.
At Saturday’s Miss America Pageant, Hagan won out against 53 other contestants competing in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and personal interviews.
The former Niffer’s Restaurant employee competed in the Alabama pageant circuit before moving to New York. While in Alabama, Hagan was named runner-up with the Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Alabama Scholarship Competitions.
Although representing New York, Hagan said Opelika would always be her home.
In an interview with al.com, Hagan said she cherished the time she spent on the plains, recalling fond memories of weekends spent at Jordan-Hare.
Congratulations Mallory and War Eagle!
Find out more at: MissAmerica.org