Miss WA Gets a Nod at Miss America Pageant

<p>Mandy Schendel-Miss Washington</p>

Mandy Schendel-Miss Washington

Miss Washington and Miss North Dakota have picked up prizes in the third day of preliminary Miss America competition in Las Vegas.

Miss Washington Mandy Schendel took the trophy for the third round of the Lifestyle and Fitness category after modeling a strapless white Catalina swimsuit. The 22-year-old from Newcastle, Wash., earned a $1,000 Amway scholarship for it.

Miss North Dakota Rosie Sauvageau took top honors Thursday after her piano and vocal rendition of "To Make You Feel My Love." The 24-year-old from Fargo, N.D., will take a $2,000 Amway scholarship home from the competition at Planet Hollywood resort.
Contestants are divided into three groups and compete in different categories during three nights of preliminaries. Their scores factor in the finals that will be broadcast live on Saturday.