Miss Connecticut reaches semifinals

September 19, 2013

By MIKE CHAIKEN
EDITIONS EDITOR
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— For pageant aficionados, the final night of competition of Miss America is the Super Bowl of pageants.
And Kaitlyn Tarpey, the former Miss Southington and the reigning Miss Connecticut, showed she could hang with the best contestants on Sunday from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Tarpey, 21, was the first Miss Connecticut in many years to reach the top 10 out of 53 contestants at the annual scholarship pageant.
Tarpey fell short of achieving the crown, which was won by Miss New York Nina Davulini. But Tarpey appeared on national television on ABC competing in swimsuit, evening gown, and talent portions of the evening. The only finals competition she missed was on-stage interview, which was given to the top 5.
Before the finals, Tarpey went through the gauntlet of three nights of preliminary competitions in Atlantic City, which was hosting the pageant for the first time since 2005. On the first night, Sept. 10, Tarpey was put through the on-stage interview. The second night, Sept. 11, found her in swimsuit and evening gown. And on Sept. 12, the lastl night of preliminaries, she rocked the judges with her Irish step dance.
As a top 10 finalist, Tarpey received a $7,000 scholarship.
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Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Tiana Dyson takes the stage at the second night of Miss America preliminaries in Atlantic City Sept. 11.

Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen Tiana Dyson takes the stage at the second night of Miss America preliminaries in Atlantic City Sept. 11.

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Miss California Crystal Lee, the first runner-up for Miss America, reacts to a comment from the crowd Sept. 11.

Miss California Crystal Lee, the first runner-up for Miss America, reacts to a comment from the crowd Sept. 11.

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Kaitlyn Tarpey, Miss Connecticut, performs an Irish stepdance during the third night of preliminary competitions for Miss America in Atlantic City Sept. 12.

Kaitlyn Tarpey, Miss Connecticut, performs an Irish stepdance during the third night of preliminary competitions for Miss America in Atlantic City Sept. 12.

Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey introduces herself at the opening of the third night of preliminary competition Sept. 12 at Miss America. She placed in the top 10.

Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey introduces herself at the opening of the third night of preliminary competition Sept. 12 at Miss America. She placed in the top 10.

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Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey stands before the judges Sept. 11 on the second night of preliminary competition for Miss America in Atlantic City. Tarpey was Miss Southington.

Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey stands before the judges Sept. 11 on the second night of preliminary competition for Miss America in Atlantic City. Tarpey was Miss Southington.

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Kaitlyn Tarpey, Miss Connecticut, participates in the preliminary swimsuit competition at Miss America on Sept. 11 in Atlantic City.

Kaitlyn Tarpey, Miss Connecticut, participates in the preliminary swimsuit competition at Miss America on Sept. 11 in Atlantic City.

Kaitlyn Tarpey, Miss Connecticut, participates in the preliminary swimsuit competition at Miss America on Sept. 11 in Atlantic City.

Kaitlyn Tarpey, Miss Connecticut, participates in the preliminary swimsuit competition at Miss America on Sept. 11 in Atlantic City.

A contestant competes in the swimsuit portion of the Miss America preliminaries in Atlantic City.

A contestant competes in the swimsuit portion of the Miss America preliminaries in Atlantic City.

Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey, the former Miss Southington, performs in the opening number for the Miss America preliminary competition in Atlantic City on Sept. 11.

Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey, the former Miss Southington, performs in the opening number for the Miss America preliminary competition in Atlantic City on Sept. 11.

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