COM alumna, Miss California, selected first runner-up
By Sophia DeFelice
Crystal Lee, our current Miss California, was first runner-up to becoming Miss America.
They stand face-to-face, hands held tight, tensions mounting. Miss America 2014 is about to be crowned. The two finalists for America’s premier pageant hug each other. And whisper in each other’s ear.
Miss California wears an elegant long-sleeved, full-length lilac evening gown. Her silver studded cuffs sparkle. Miss New York wears a bright yellow evening gown with a plunging V neckline.
They appear to be best friends. The TV camera pans to the audience, where both sets of parents stand anxiously next to one another.
Chris Harrison, who also hosts “The Bachelor,” explains to viewers that the first runner up receives a $25,000 scholarship. And should anything happen to Miss America, the first runner up would carry out her duties.
Moments later, Harrison announces the winner – Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, the second year in a row that a contestant from the Empire State has won the competition.