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Miss America 2019: Miss Michigan calls out Flint water crisis, goes viral

The winner of the Miss America 2019 competition wasn't the only contestant to make headlines Sunday night.

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Hours before Miss New York Nia Franklin was crowned, Miss Michigan Emily Sioma stunned the audience by using her introduction to share some not-so-subtle criticism for officials' response to Flint's water crisis.

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"From the state with 84 percent of the U.S.'s fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma," she said onstage.

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Many Twitter users praised Sioma for her remark.

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Much to the dismay of her new fans, Sioma, who graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in women's studies, was not among the top 15 finalists.

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Read more about Sioma here.

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