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GW med student does not place into Miss America semifinals

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Williams

Miss District of Columbia Stefanie Williams did not clinch the title of Miss America Saturday night, losing to 17-year-old Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan.

Williams, a GW medical student, will receive a scholarship from the Miss American organizations though she did not make it to the semifinals of the annual competition.

She won the title of Miss D.C. in June on a platform of preventative care, saying she was inspired by a medical mission trip to India the previous summer. On her trip, she witnessed disease-stricken people whose government had no funds to treat them. The sight propelled Williams to push preventative health measures in the U.S.

After slipping on her crown last June, Williams said she would take the fall off from school to fulfill her duties as Miss D.C.

Scanlan is the youngest Miss America to be crowned since 1921, when the pageant crowned the 15-year-old Miss D.C. Margaret Gorman.

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