MISS TEXAS SHILAH PHILLIPS AND MISS OKLAHOMA LAUREN NELSON,WIN PRELIMINARY AWARDS AT 2007 MISS AMERICA COMPETITION

01/26/07



Las Vegas, NV - January 25, 2007 – Miss Texas Shilah Phillips was named Thursday night's preliminary Talent winner for her vocal performance of, “I Believe in You and Me,” during the first night of competition in the 2007 Miss America Pageant at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Shilah will also receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also in the spotlight was Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit winner in a beautiful yellow two-piece Venus swimsuit. Lauren will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The Miss America 2007 final night of competition will be broadcast nationally, live from Las Vegas, on CMT on Monday night, Jan. 29 from 8-10 p.m. EST.

As the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs, The Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance.

The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique nationwide community-based programs.

Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at http://www.MissAmerica.org.

For up-to-the-minute competition news and information as well as downloadable high-resolution images of Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry and the 2007 Contestants visit the 24-hour access online pressroom at http://www.MissAmericaPressRoom.com.

To download photos of tonight’s preliminary winners, go to http://www.missamerica.org

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