Miss Rhode Island out of hospital after collapsing

Miss America Organization officials are hopeful Miss Rhode Island will be able to compete in Wednesday night’s preliminary competition after she fainted on stage the previous night.

Pageant officials are monitoring Ivy DePew’s medical condition. DePew was treated and released from a hospital after she apparently fainted during an awards presentation Tuesday night in Atlantic City.

Pageant officials would not release any information on what caused DePew to become ill. A host told the audience that DePew “got a little overheated.”

Pageant officials say it still hasn’t been determined whether she will compete.

In Tuesday night’s preliminary round, Miss Florida Victoria Cowen won the swimsuit competition, while Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart won the talent competition for a ventriloquism routine.

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