tCongratulations are in order for Miss New York, Nia Franklin, for winning the Miss America Pageant this year in Atlantic City. Franklin, a classical vocalist, won a $50,000 scholarship and the crown in the first pageant without the famous swimsuit competition. Which Franklin said allowed her to "eat a little more."Nia's pageant platform is to be an "advocate for the arts," and she hopes to someday have a career in the film industry composing music for movies.Rounding out the field at third runner up was Miss Florida Taylor Tyson, second runner up was Miss Louisiana Holli' Conway, and first runner up was Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei.
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