LAS VEGAS The field for the 2013 Miss America title was narrowed further Wednesday when Miss Maryland and Miss Illinois picked up prizes in the second day of preliminary Miss America competition in Las Vegas.
Miss Maryland Joanna Guy took top talent honors after singing "I Dreamed a Dream" at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 21-year-old from Swanton, Md., will take home a $2,000 Amway scholarship.
Miss Illinois Megan Ervin took the trophy for the second round of the Lifestyle and Fitness category after modeling a Catalina swimsuit. The 23-year-old from Rushville, Ill., earned a $1,000 Amway scholarship for it.
Contestants are divided into three groups and compete in different categories during three nights of preliminaries. Their scores will factor in the finals that will be broadcast live on Saturday.
On Tuesday, Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton's tap dance performance to "Money Can't Buy Me Love" earned her top honors. Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers took the trophy for the first round of the Lifestyle and Fitness category after modeling a white Catalina swimsuit.
The 92nd title holder will be crowned at the end of the Saturday pageant by Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler from Wisconsin.