By WAYNE PARRY
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Contestants in the 2016 Miss America pageant are hoping to stand out from their rivals during the last night of preliminary competition.
The third and final night of preliminaries will be held Thursday.
Winners in the swimsuit and talent preliminary competitions accrue points that boost their scores heading into Sunday night's nationally televised finale.
They also receive scholarships of $1,000 for swimsuit and $2,000 for talent.
So far, Miss South Carolina Daja Dial and Miss Florida Mary Katherine Fechtel have won the swimsuit preliminaries, while Miss Iowa Taylor Wiebers and Miss Louisiana April Nelson have won the talent portion.
The contestants will display their state-specific footwear at Saturday's "Show Us Your Shoes" parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
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