Brooklyn native wins Miss America crown

HANNAH DREIER
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This photo courtesy Miss America Organization shows Miss North Dakota Rosie Sauvageau took top honors Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, after her piano and vocal rendition of "To Make You Feel My Love." The 24-year-old from Fargo, N.D., will take home a $2,000 Amway scholarship from the competition at Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Miss America Organization)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 23-year-old contestant from Brooklyn, N.Y., has won the title of Miss America.

Mallory Hagan won the Las Vegas beauty pageant Saturday night after tap dancing to James Brown's "Get Up Off of That Thing" and answering a question about whether armed guards belong in grade schools by saying we should not fight violence with violence.

Hagan defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third.

Hagan wins a $50,000 college scholarship and gets the crown for one year. Her platform was stopping child sexual abuse.

She is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and raising money for the Children's Miracle Network, the organization's official charity.