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Miss Oregon finishes outside top 15 at Miss America competition

Sunset High School grad Ali Wallace competes in Southern-dominated pageant.


SUBMITTED PHOTO - This photo shows Ali Wallace getting crowned Miss Oregon at the start of summer. She immediately started preparing for the Miss America pageant held Sunday. The Sunset High School graduate finished out of the running on the national stage but will continue to represent Oregon.Maybe Ali Wallace should have worked less on her dance and more on her drawl.

The Sunset High School grad who won the Miss Oregon title earlier this summer couldn't overcome a tidal wave of contestants from the South and bordering states who made up most of the finalists at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday.

Wallace finished outside the top 15, which included eventual winner Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell, crowned the 2016 Miss America.

Other than Miss Colorado, the third runner-up, the rest of the top-five finishers came from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

The next 10 finishers hailed from Tennessee, Iowa, West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, Nebraska and Arkansas.

Cantrell broke a string of three straight wins by a trio of Miss New Yorks, according to the Press of Atlantic City.Press of Atlantic City.

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