FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2004 file photo, former Miss America Ericka Dunlap, left, crowns Miss Alabama Deidre Downs, as Miss America 2005, during the Miss America Competition at the Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price)
Women from every U.S. state are competing for the Miss America crown Saturday night, an honour that carries with it a $50,000 scholarship and a yearlong run as an advocate and role model.
Among the preliminary winners were Miss Maryland and Miss Oklahoma. Miss Alabama won the $6,000 Quality of Life Scholarship for her commitment to community service.
Here is a look at some of the past winners.