Miss Alaska Angelina Klapperich

Angelina Klapperich made the top 15 for Miss America 2018 and won the Miss Congeniality award Sunday night in Atlantic City. She is the second woman from Alaska to make the top 15; the first was about 30 years ago.

PALMER — Miss Alaska, Angelina Klapperich has returned from Atlantic City, New Jersey. She made the top 15 for Miss America 2018 and won the Miss Congeniality award Sunday night. She is the second woman from Alaska to make the top 15; the first was about 30 years ago. This was literally a once in a lifetime opportunity. Women can only enter the contest once.

Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, won the crown for Miss America 2018.

Klapperich managed to win over the hearts of her fellow contestants and they voted her Miss Congeniality. They spent two weeks together “day in and day out,” much of it in rehearsals and running charity events. She said everyone was very encouraging.

“Everyone was so positive and so kind and I’m not just saying that,” Klapperich said. “I’m grateful to represent Alaska and spread my message of compassion on a national stage.”

She won three scholarships: a four-year tuition waver for the University of Alaska Anchorage, and two universal scholarships that can be applied to any school — $4,000 for making the top 15 and $2,000 for being Miss Congeniality.

Now that she’s home, Klapperich said she wants to spend the next year immersing herself in the communities across the state as Miss Alaska. She already has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is considering using her scholarships to get a master’s degree in counseling.

She said she has come a long way and made a lot of friends during her travels, adding that she’s glad to be back home.

Contact reporter Jacob Mann at 907-715-8717 or jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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