ELDRIDGE, Iowa — After three days of tough competition, 19 talented women were pared to 10, then five and then to one as the Miss Iowa Scholarship Pageant concluded before a packed house Saturday night at North Scott High School.
Diana Reed, 23, Miss Capital City, was awarded the tiara and named Miss Iowa 2007.
“I’m looking forward to giving back to the state,” Reed said. “I was born and raised here; I’ve had so many great experiences here, and I have an entire year to serve the state. I’m so thrilled.”
Second runner-up was Devin Howell, Miss Muscatine. First runner-up was Jessica Colwell, Miss Jordan Creek.
Reed’s parents are Douglas and Debra Reed. Her hometown is Norwalk.
This year’s theme of “Welcome Home,” brought back more than a dozen former Miss Iowas.
“It’s great to be home,” said Eldridge, Iowa, native Nicole White, Miss Iowa 2003.
“This is my school,” she added. “I’ve been on this stage my whole life. And it’s great to see the Miss Iowa Pageant, which has been such a huge part of my life.”
Each year the talent seems to reach new heights. And this year was no different.
“The athleticism, the musical performances, the level of preparation; it is amazing,” said Miss Iowa 2005 and Bettendorf native Kay Pauszek.
Emily Summerhays, Miss Heartland, won the non-finalist talent competition, while Marisa Garcia, Miss Eastern Iowa, took the non-finalist interview competition.
In the Miss Iowa youth contests, Li’l Miss Scott County Hailey Saunders, 9, of DeWitt, was named Li’l Miss Iowa 2007; Junior Miss Kossuth-Winnebago Casey Sievert, 12, of Estherville was crowned Junior Miss Iowa 2007; and, Miss Southern Iowa’s Outstanding Teen Taylor Swartz, 16, of Fremont, was crowned Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen 2007.
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