Beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday, 13 women will compete to see who becomes the 72nd Miss Iowa and represent the state in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant that will be broadcast live from the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Sept. 15.
This year, the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program will award about $20,000 in cash scholarships to the 2013 contestants as well as more than $500,000 in in-kind scholarships.
The pageant will be held at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport.
Also, 24 contestants will compete for the titles of Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen, Junior Miss Iowa and Li’l Miss Iowa during the week.
Miss Iowa and Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen will be announced Saturday.
This year’s contestants for the Miss Iowa Scholarship Pageant are:
Jessica Baker, 20, of Coralville. Baker is the daughter of Jennifer Cole-Baker and Joel Baker. She is the reigning Miss Liberty and is a sophomore at Western Illinois University. Her talent is baton twirling and her platform is “Special Things for Special People.”
Kristina Bell, 22, of Dubuque. Bell is the daughter of Kim Bell and Jerry Bell. She is the reigning Miss Great River. Bell is a graduate of Drake University and holds a degree in international business and marketing. Her talent is lyrical dance and her platform is “Go Red for Women.”
Isabella Blaine, 24 of West Des Moines. Blaine is the daughter of Jan Castagnoli. She is the reigning Miss Muscatine. Blaine is a freshman at Des Moines Area Community College majoring in psychology. Her talent is dance-musical show. Her platform is “Indulging Hope.”
Kaitlyn Cole, 23, of Fort Dodge. Cole is the daughter of Dan and Sheila Cole. She is the reigning Miss Greater Des Moines. Cole attends graduate school at Northwest Missouri State and hopes to one day teach marketing and management classes. Cole’s talent is clogging and her platform is “Strengthening the Youth: Leaders of Tomorrow.”
Abby Curtis, 21, of Muscatine. Curtis is the daughter of Liz Curtis and the late Rick Curtis. She is the reigning Miss Scott County. Curtis is a graduate of Muscatine Community College and plans to attend St. Ambrose University, Davenport, in the fall. Her major is business administration. Curtis’ talent is country vocal and her platform is “Live United: The Silver Lining of Service.”
Jessica Erbst, 18, of Bettendorf. Erbst is the daughter of Don and Amanda Erbst. She is the reigning Miss Eastern Iowa. Erbst will be a freshman at Iowa State University in the fall where her major will be kinesiology. Her talent is vocal and her platform is “A Healthy Future: Encouraging Healthy Habits in Kids.”
Ashley Herrington, 22, of Clinton. Herrington is the daughter of Charles and Debra Herrington. She is the reigning Miss Clinton County. Herrington is a graduate of the University of Iowa where she earned a bachelor of arts in dance and performing arts entrepreneurship. Her talent is ballet en pointe and her platform is “Reaching Out Through Dance.”
Delaney Howell, 18, of Columbus Junction. Howell is the daughter of Dale and Dana Howell. She is the reigning Miss Louisa County Fair. Howell is a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State University where she is majoring in agriculture education. Her talent is piano and her platform is “Ag in the Classroom.”
Hailey Huey, 20, of Clear Lake. Huey is the daughter of Dustin and Shannon Huey. She is the reigning Miss Kossuth-Winnebago. Huey is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in health studies-dental. Her talent is vocal and her platform is “Miles of Smiles.”
Nicole Kelly, 22, of Keokuk. Kelly is the daughter of Mike and Pam Kelly. She is the reigning Miss Metro. Kelly attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is majoring in directing and theater management. Her talent is vocal solo and her platform is “VSA the International Organization on Arts and Disabilities: Overcoming Disability by using the arts and encouraging others to do the same.”
Amanda Manning, 22, of Burlington. Manning is the daughter of Ella Manning and Tom Manning. She is the reigning Miss Burlington. Manning is a graduate of St. Ambrose University, Davenport, where she majored in elementary education. Her talent is dance and her platform is “Loving Literacy at an Early Age.”
Morgan Meinert, 24, of Iowa City. Meinert is the daughter of William Meinert and Lynn Crosby. She is the reigning Miss Northeast Iowa. Meinert earned her bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Iowa, where she is working toward her doctorate at the college of pharmacy. Her talent is ballet en pointe and her platform is “Defeating Diabetes: Raising Awareness and Promoting Healthy Habits.”