Seventeen contestants started the weekend hoping to be the new 2014 Miss Delaware and when the pageant came to an end Saturday night, June 14, at Dover Downs, Amanda Longacre, Miss Pike Creek stood alone as the newly-crowned queen.
She will represent Delaware at the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City.
Longacre, a 24-year-old graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania working toward her master;s degree in social work, chose a platform Breaking the cycle: Teen dating violence prevention and awareness.
"I'm so honored to serve the state of Delaware'" she said. "I'm hoping to make them really proud at Miss America."
Longacre had won the prelimary competitions in the talent and swimsuit categories. For her talent, she sang “I Dreamed a Dream," from Les Miserables.
Miss Wilmington Brittany Lewis was first runner-up to Longacre.
Others finishing in the top five at Saturday’s pageant were second runner-up Brooke Mitchell of Selbyville, third runner-up Amanda Debus of Middletown, and fourth runner-up Donnata Leckie of Hockessin.
Cape graduate Rebecca Lusk placed in the top 10 contestants and tied for second place in the Carol Maclary Exellence in Education award.