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Jun 27, 2014 6:21 AM

Miss Delaware, 24 Disqualified for Being Too Old

DELAWARE - Miss Delaware has lost a shot at becoming Miss America, because of her age.

Less than two weeks after being crowned Miss Delaware and signing on to compete for Miss America, Amanda Longacre learned she was being stripped of her crown.

Longacre turns 25 in October, and although she would still be 24 for the Miss America pageant in September, the rules state you have to be between 17 and 24 through all of 2014.

When she turned in all the paperwork to the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization, Longacre said, both sides signed a contract saying she could compete.

She thinks she's being punished because of the organization's mistake.

Besides losing her crown, the Penn grad student said she will also lose out on $11,000 in scholarship money, and a chance to be a voice for the people of Delaware.

Runner-up Brittany Lewis was crowned Miss Delaware 2014 at Dover Downs Thursday (6/26).

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