Amanda Longacre was crowned Miss Delaware 2014 on June 14th, 2014 at the Dover Down’s Hotel and Casino. However, Amanda had her title revoked because she turns 25 in October, which violates Miss America rules.
Brittany Lewis is the new Miss Delaware 2014 after Amanda Longacre is not eligible to compete in Miss America 2015.
As the result, Amanda had to pass her crown to her first runner-up Brittany Lewis, also 24 and the former Miss Wilmington. Brittany was crowned Miss Delaware Thursday night at a ceremony in Dover. She will represent the state of Delaware in the upcoming Miss America 2015 pageant, scheduled for September in Atlantic City.
Brittany Lewis will represent the state of Delaware in the upcoming Miss America 2015 pageant, scheduled for September in Atlantic City.
According to the Miss Delaware press release, “it was determined that Amanda Longacre exceeded the age requirement in order to be eligible to compete. Once the Executive Director was made aware that the winner was ineligible to compete due to her age, action was taken to uphold to the MAO rules and crown their 1st runner up, Brittany Lewis.”
Amanda Longacre will keep her $9,000 in scholarship money, even though she will no longer represent Delaware in September’s Miss America pageant.
“When the contract arrived in the national office and her birth date arrived we realized a mistake had been made on behalf of the Delaware pageant,” Miss American Chairman and CEO Sam Haskell told ABC News today. “I don’t know how they missed it and I don’t know how she missed it.”
“It breaks my heart that she went through all of this but she is not eligible and we have to honor the rules,” Haskell said.