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Miss Scott County crowned Miss Iowa

Miss Scott County crowned Miss Iowa

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Miss Scott County, 21-year-old Alysa Lou Olson, won the crown of Miss Iowa late Saturday and will represent the state at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City in September.

Olson, of Des Moines, also earned a $10,500 cash scholarship as Miss Iowa 2014. She is majoring in vocal performance at the University of Iowa.

The daughter of Lew and Carol Olson, Alysa Olson was the 2010 Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen.

 "Getting the experience on a national level at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant really helped prepare me for this competition," Olson said, adding that it was her first try at the Miss Iowa crown.

 "I have just three months to prepare for the Miss America Pageant and I am ready to get to work," she said. "I already feel so much more prepared for the national competition, but there is a of work left to do. I know my strengths and I know where I need to improve."

The crowning of Olson ended three days of competition at Davenport's Adler Theatre. 

First runner-up was Miss Eastern Iowa, Stacy Phipps, 22, of Eldridge, who earned a $1,900 scholarship. Second runner-up was Miss LeClaire, Molly McDonnell, 18, of Clinton, who received a $1,700 scholarship. Third runner-up was Miss Metro, Jessica Baker, 21, of Coralville, who earned a $1,500 scholarship. Fourth runner-up was Miss Muscatine, Serica Rowley, 22, of Dubuque, who earned a $1,300 scholarship.

Also crowned was Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen for 2014, Anna Joy Masengarb, 17, of Muscatine, who beat out 10 other contestants and earned a $1,000 scholarship.  

She will compete for the crown of Miss America's Outstanding Teen in Orlando in August. 

In earlier competition, Olson, won the Miss Iowa preliminary talent award, earning a $200 scholarship. McDonnell, won the Miss Iowa preliminary lifestyle and fitness award, receiving a $100 scholarship.

In the Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen competition for Thursday, Miss Greater Des Moines’ Outstanding Teen, Kennedy Voss, won for lifestyle and fitness, while Miss Muscatine’s Outstanding Teen, Nina Yu, won the talent portion.

During the second night of preliminary competition Friday, Abby Curtis, Miss Burlington, won the preliminary talent award in the Miss Iowa Pageant. Curtis will receive a $200 scholarship.

Also in the Miss Iowa competition, Amanda Manning, Miss Cedar Valley, won the second night’s preliminary lifestyle and fitness award for which she will receive a $100 scholarship.

In night two of the Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, Masengarb won the preliminary lifestyle and fitness award, while Kilie Akers, Miss Eastern Iowa’s Outstanding Teen, won the preliminary talent award.

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