Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler 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.