Miss Wisconsin Crowned the New Miss America
Miss Wisconsin, 23-year old Laura Kaeppeler, was crowned Miss America for 2012 last night in Las Vegas. Miss New York, Kaitlyn Monte from Staten Island, placed 3rd out of 52 contestants. According to US Weekly the new Miss America had an unusual back story to tell.
Upon entering the pageant she wasn’t sure how much of her family history to share.
Her dad, Jeff Kaeppeler, served 18 months in a federal prison for mail fraud while she was a young college coed.Now free, Jeff, her “best friend,” watched his daughter win in the wings. Her related career goal: To become a lawyer specializing in aiding and mentoring kids of incarcerated adults.
Congratulations to the new Miss America!