Wisconsin, Utah Top in 1st Round of Miss America

January 11, 2012 - 1:16 PM
Miss America

Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron is crowned Miss America by Miss America 2009 Katie Stam on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An opera-singing Miss Wisconsin tops contestants in the first round of the Miss America talent competition in Las Vegas, while a swimsuit-clad Miss Utah scores honors in the lifestyle and fitness category.

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler (KEP'-ler) is taking home a $2,000 scholarship for her performance of "Il Bacio" during the Tuesday night preliminary. The talent portion is 35 percent of a contestant's preliminary score.

Miss Utah Danica Olsen earned a $1,000 scholarship after appearing in a Deaville Komplique swimsuit with gold and Swarovski crystal accents. The fitness category is 15 percent of a contestant's score.

Two more winners in each category will be selected during two more days of preliminary competition.

The final competition is Saturday at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.