The beauty queen's platform during the competition was helping and mentoring children of incarcerated adults, as her father spent 18 months in prison on mail fraud charges.
Kaeppeler estimates there to be somewhere around two million children who currently have a parent in prison and says "it doesn't have to define you."
"What happened with my father is not what my year is going to be focused on," she tells the Associated Press. "It's going to be focused on looking forward and moving to the future because that's what my family has done and that's what I'll encourage others to do, as well."
Her talent? Opera singing...
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