The Miss Iowa Scholarship Pageant returns to Davenport’s Adler Theatre Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Miss Iowa 2017 will proceed in September to Atlantic City to compete for the Miss America 2018 crown.

This year’s Miss Iowa contestants are:

  • Jessica Baker, 24, of Coralville. She is this year’s Miss Lake Cooper, and is the daughter of Jennifer Cole-Baker and Joel Baker. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University where she studied business marketing. Baker is owner of Ambition Baton and Dance LLC. Her platform is Making Miracles Happen: For the Kids. 
  • Johnna Cleaver, 21, of Des Moines. She is this year’s Miss Pearl City, and is the daughter of Carol Cleaver. She attends Iowa State University majoring in management. Her goal is to be CEO of Mercy Hospital. Her platform is Love for the Elderly: A Journey to Kindness.
  • Emmy Cuvelier, 21, of Collins, Iowa. She is this year’s Miss Central Iowa, and is the daughter of Jeff and Tammy Cuvelier. She is attending Iowa State University majoring in performing arts. Her goal is to become a Broadway performer and open a dance and musical theater studio. Her platform is Queen of Hearts: Women’s Health and CPR Education. 
  • Chelsea Dubczak, 23, of Urbandale, Iowa. She is this year’s Miss Metro and is the daughter of Lori and Jim Dubczak. She is a graduate of Drake University where she earned a bachelor’s of music in vocal performance. Her future goals include being a nutritional therapy practitioner, strength and conditioning coach, and cruise ship entertainer. Her platform is Ladies Who Lift: Encouraging young women to pursue their strongest selves. 
  • Maggie Gehlsen, 21, of DeWitt. She is this year’s Miss Clinton County and is the daughter of Nancy and Tim Gehlsen. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she majored in exercise and sports science. Her future goals include obtaining a Master's degree in social work and exercise science while working as a corporate wellness director and counseling victims of sexual violence. Her platform is Take Back Our Campus: Sexual Assault Prevention & Education. 
  • Emma Haselhuhn, 20, of Eddyville, Iowa. She is this year’s Miss Eastern Iowa and is the daughter of Mark Haselhuhn and Carolyn Haselhuhn. She is a student at Drake University studying public relations and marketing. Her future goals include working for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association as the head of public relations and marketing. Her platform is The Domino Effect. 
  • Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw, 20, of Rock Island. She is this year’s Miss Wild Rose and is the daughter of Alicia (Shaw) Rogers and Thomas Hughes. She is a student at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and mass communication. Her future goal is to transition from a journalist to a TV show host. Her platform is How About H.O.P.E.-Suicide Awareness. 
  • Maddison Lange, 21, of Centerville. She is this year’s Miss Muscatine and is the daughter of Tom and Kathy Lange. She attends the University of Iowa majoring in finance and pre-med. Her ambition is to become a pediatric oncologist. Her platform is Lock Your Meds: Stop Prescription Drug Abuse. 
  • Lexi Marek, 22, of Riverside, Iowa. She is this year’s Miss Greater Des Moines and is the daughter of Heather and Tim Marek. She is a graduate of Iowa State University where she majored in public service and administration in agriculture. Her ambition is to continue working with FarmHer (her platform) and run her family's farm and later travel the country as a motivational speaker and TV host. Her platform is FarmHer: Growing Leaders. 
  • Anna Masengarb, 20, of Muscatine. She is this year’s Miss Scott County and is the daughter of Pam and Todd Cantrell and John and Shelly Masengarb. She attends Millikin University majoring in business management and Spanish with a minor in theater. Her goal is to become a real estate agent. Her platform is Finding Cures, Saving Children: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Marissa Messinger, 21, of West Des Moines. She is this year’s Miss Polk County and is the daughter of Bob and Mary Messinger. She attends Briar Cliff University majoring in social work. Her goal is to be an international social worker. Her platform is the 5 Ws of sexual assault. 
  • Cheyenne Prowant, 20, of Davenport. She is this year’s Miss Burlington and is the daughter of Cherie Prowant-Foster and Robert Goodwin. She attends Black Hawk College majoring in equine science. Her goal is to obtain a doctorate in equine science and education. Her platform is PTSD-Beyond the Battlefield. 
  • Paige Siegworth, 20, of New London. She is this year’s Miss Palisades and is the daughter of Kellie and Steve Siegworth. She is a graduate of Southeastern Community College where she earned her Associate of Arts degree. Her goal is to lead a youth ministry. Her platform is Be Sun Smart: Learn About Melanoma. 
  • Emily Tinsman, 20, of Bettendorf. She is this year’s Miss Cedar Valley and is the daughter of Bruce and Sharon Tinsman. She attends Drake University majoring in music education. Her goal is to become a music teacher. Her platform is TEMPOS: Teaching and Encouraging Music Participation in Our Schools. 
  • Lacey Verink, 21, of Letts. She is this year’s Miss Heartland and is the daughter of Tim and Linda Verink. She attends Mercy College of Health Sciences where she is pursuing her Bachelor’s in nursing. Her goal is to obtain her Doctorate of nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric care. Her platform is A Champion for Women: A Path to a Healthy Heart.
  • Johannah Vittetoe, 22, of Washington. She is this year’s Miss Southeast Iowa and is the daughter of Thomas Vittetoe and Tammy Vittetoe. She attends Iowa State University majoring in elementary education. Her goal is to obtain a degree in elementary education specializing in social studies with a reading endorsement. Her platform is Find the Beauty: Anorexia Nervosa Prevention & Awareness.
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