Updated: January 10, 2013 8:23 AM | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

Maryland, Illinois top 2nd night of Miss America

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Miss Maryland and Miss Illinois have picked up prizes in the second day of preliminary Miss America competition in Las Vegas.


Maryland, Illinois top 2nd night of Miss America

This photo courtesy Miss America Organization shows Miss Illinois Megan Ervin took the trophy for the second round of the Lifestyle and Fitness category Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, after modeling a Catalina swimsuit at the Miss America preliminary competition at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old from Rushville, Ill., earned a $1,000 Amway scholarship for it. (AP Photo/Courtesy Miss America Organization)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Miss Maryland and Miss Illinois have picked up prizes in the second day of preliminary Miss America competition in Las Vegas.

Miss Maryland Joanna Guy took top honours Wednesday after singing "I Dreamed a Dream" at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 21-year-old from Swanton, Md., will take home a $2,000 Amway scholarship.

Miss Illinois Megan Ervin took the trophy for the second round of the Lifestyle and Fitness category after modeling a Catalina swimsuit. The 23-year-old from Rushville, Ill., earned a $1,000 Amway scholarship for it.

Contestants are divided into three groups and compete in different categories during three nights of preliminaries. Their scores will factor in the finals that will be broadcast live on Saturday.

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