Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell wins Miss America pageant

 Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell is crowned Miss America 2016 by Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev at the 2016 Miss America pageant, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell is crowned Miss America 2016 by Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev at the 2016 Miss America pageant, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell is the new Miss America.

Cantrell bested 51 other competitors in the nationally televised pageant from Atlantic City Sunday on night.

The pageant also marked the return of Miss America 1984 Vanessa Williams, who was back for the first time after resigning the crown following a nude photo scandal.

Pageant executive chairman Sam Haskell apologized to Williams on behalf of the pageant.

Williams went on to a successful television and stage career.

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