Pageant season is upon us and we’ve been busy hosting,
preparing, and participating in them!
March 24th we were lucky enough to host the Miss
Heart of Illinois and Miss Heartland Preliminary for Miss Illinois. There were
a lot of great contestants and the judges had a difficult task picking the
winners. Miss Illinois is part of the Miss America Scholarship Organization
which is a not-for-profit that focuses on community service; specifically
Children’s Miracle Network, bullying, and Character Counters to name a few.
Contestants participated in five areas: Private Interview,
On-Stage Question, Active Wear, Evening Gown, and Talent. Although there were
many who competed ultimately only four could go home with a title. Emily
McConnell is the 2012 Miss Heart of Illinois and April Strong was crowned the
2012 Miss Heartland. The teen for Miss Heart of Illinois went to Kierstin
Thompson and preteen went to Katelyn Roberts.
There was a reoccurring theme with the contestant’s attire;
color. From swim to interview to evening wear color was everywhere! Kierstin
strolled in to interview with a gorgeous watermelon colored dress. Emily
showcased a gorgeous neon yellow evening gown that popped on stage. Katelyn
Roberts was crowned wearing a lime green evening gown.
One thing for certain, the state competition is going to be
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