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Miss DE Too Old, Loses Crown "I Did Nothing Morally Or Ethically Wrong"

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DELAWARE - Only about a week after being crowned, Miss Delaware 2014, Amanda Longacre, was stripped of her crown and nearly $11,000 in scholarship money.  Not because of anything she did wrong, but because the organization says she is too old.

The Miss America organization, which governs the Miss Delaware pageant, says contestants must be between 17 and 24-years-old to compete. Apparently, because 24-year-old Amanda Longacre from Bear, turns 25 on Oct. 22, before the end of the year, she's ineligible to wear the crown, despite winning the pageant.     

47 ABC spoke to Amanda who says she feels completely blind sided by the decision, because she never hid her age throughout the process.

"I feel as though I'm having something done to me that was unjust and unright," says Amanda Longacre. "I signed my national contract, my national director signed the contract, and it was notarized, and my birthday was on it the entire time.  Now I'm being stripped of my crown because of a rule that they didn't even know about."

Thursday evening at Dover Downs, the Miss Delaware Organization crowned runner-up, Brittany Lewis, the new Miss Delaware, who will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant in September.

Elizabeth Soucek, a lawyer representing the organization, spoke to reporters in a so-called news conference, regarding the age restrictions, saying, "Miss Delaware organization does not set that rule, this is an age eligibility requirement set by Miss America.  Due to the possibility of pending litigation, as the organization's legal council, I have advised them not to answer any questions regarding Miss Longacre."

Amanda Longacre tells 47 ABC she is in talks with an attorney to figure out potential legal options.

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