SLIDESHOW: Middletown’s Debus named new Miss Delaware

There’s a new Miss Delaware: Amanda Debus.

Ms. Debus, who participated in the pageant as Miss First State, was announced as the winner shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, sparking an uproar from the cheering crowd and tears from Ms. Debus.

She beat out 14 other women Friday and Saturday to claim the crown in the 75th Miss Delaware pageant.

Katelynn Mayers finished second.

Ms. Debus, 23, is the first person to win both Miss Delaware and Delaware’s Outstanding Teen. She won the latter in 2008.

Speaking about an hour after her win, the Middletown resident struggled to describe her feelings.

“I’m in such disbelief,” she said.

She will compete in the Miss America pageant in September. No Miss Delaware winner has ever been named Miss America.

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