Hundreds of visitors gathered at the city’s historic Boardwalk Hall on Thursday for the second night of preliminaries for the 2018 Miss America Competition.

The 51 contestants, who are divided into three groups, danced to the same tune upon entering the stage as Wednesday night and showcased their talent and lifestyle and answered an on-stage question.

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The three groups rotate each section every night. Thursday’s talents featured a tumbling act by Miss Rhode Island Nicolette Peloquin and a ballet en pointe by Miss Mississippi Elizabeth Anne Buys.

Scholarships will be awarded to the preliminary winners, and the night’s events count for a percentage of each contestant’s overall score.

On Wednesday, Miss Utah JessiKate Riley’s performance on violin won her the talent award and a $2,000 scholarship. Miss Texas Margana Wood won the first night’s lifestyle and fitness award.

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