OCEAN CITY — Shannon Wallace was crowned Miss Ocean City 2016 by outgoing queen Kendall Coughlin Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Music Pier.

Wallace beat out 11 other hopefuls for the top prize at the scholarship pageant, which is celebrating its 46th year. This year’s pageant was themed “Ocean City: Not Just a Vacation, a Tradition” and was sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club.

First runner-up was BriarRose Ginn; second runner-up was McKayla Perry; and third runner-up was Julia Erickson.

In addition to the crown, Wallace, who graduated Ocean City High School in the spring, took home awards for interview and talent. Ginn won the poise award and Perry won the swimsuit and parade awards.

Other award winners were Emily Batastini for People’s Choice, Samantha Horowitz for Hostess Award, and Amanda Meachon for Miss Congeniality.

In addition to the winners, contestants included Sadie Ford, Isabella Rose O’Brien, MacKenzie Pearce, Alexa Rosen and Abby Waid.

Former queens Devon Vanderslice and Carley Del Sordo served as hosts and the pageant was produced by Kaitlyn Schoeffel and chaired by Warren Iredell. Over $12,000 in scholarships and prizes were given away.

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