Miss DE Too Old, Loses Crown "I Did Nothing Morally Or Ethically - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

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

Posted: Updated:

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.
   

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Philadelphia Woman Sues Ocean City

    Philadelphia Woman Sues Ocean City

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:33:35 GMT
    OCEAN CITY, Md. - A woman is suing Ocean City after falling out of her wheelchair and breaking her arm.More >>
    OCEAN CITY, Md. - A woman is suing Ocean City after falling out of her wheelchair and breaking her arm.More >>
  • Homeless Sex Offenders

    Homeless Sex Offenders

    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
  • Wicomico County Schools Issue Heat Advisory

    Wicomico County Schools Issue Heat Advisory

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:09:55 GMT
    WICOMICO CO., Md. - With the predicted return of hot weather this week, Wicomico County Public Schools are reminding Wicomico school families of theMore >>
    WICOMICO CO., Md. - With the predicted return of hot weather this week, Wicomico County Public Schools are reminding Wicomico school families of the excused absence option for students attending schoolsMore >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.