Fil-Am beauty nabs Miss USA 1st runner-up

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 9, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Three Fil-Am contestants walked the Miss USA stage Sunday night and one nabbed a top spot.

Miss North Dakota 2014, Filipina-American Audra Mari finished as first runner-up behind Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez.

Mari’s grandfather is originally from Pangasinan and came to the United States to become a doctor.

She’s a Dean’s List student at North Dakota State University in Fargo where she studies public relations.

She also holds the Miss Teen USA first runner-up title.

Filipino blood was also represented by Miss New York Candace Kendall and Miss Kansas Audrey Banach.

Both Kendall and Banach failed to make the top 20.

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