Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry underwent surgery for undisclosed reasons and spent the night in a North Carolina hospital, a pageant official confirmed Tuesday.
Berry, a Tulsa native and former student at the University of Oklahoma, was visiting family and friends in North Carolina on Saturday when she was admitted for surgery at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., and released the next day, said Sharon Pearce, a spokeswoman for the Miss America Organization in Atlantic City, N.J.
“I spoke to her today, and she’s in wonderful spirits,” Pearce said Tuesday.
“Although it was necessary to cancel some of her appearances this week, we are hopeful that she will return to work to fulfill her responsibilities as Miss America 2006 and continue the wonderful work that has marked her year of service.”
Pearce didn’t disclose the reason for the surgery and said Berry wasn’t available for comment.
Berry, 22, an aspiring teacher, was crowned Miss America in January, winning the title in the first year the pageant was held outside Atlantic City.