Thirty Miss Missouri contestants, their pageant directors and families will travel to Mexico, Mo. June 10 to kick off a week filled with rehearsals, talent performances, interviews and evening gowns as the Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant and Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen Pageants kick off at Missouri Military Academy.
The young women are vying for a title, held by current Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis. Last fall, Davis was first runner-up at the Miss America Scholarship Pageant.
This group includes Miss Maryville Angela Luna, originally from Wentzville, Missouri. She is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. Her platform is called, “Show Me The Media”. She will perform a jazz dance for the talent portion of the competition. Angela’s title covers the Maryville region, where she will promote the area and perform various service projects throughout the year.
As a member of the Alpha group, she will have her interview on Wednesday afternoon, talent on Wednesday night, evening gown and on-stage question on Thursday night, and swimsuit/lifestyle and fitness on Friday night.
Pageant week will kick off Sunday when the Miss contestants move into the dorms on the MMA Campus. Besides rehearsals, the titleholders will have several receptions and activities throughout the Mexico community including a golf tournament, Kentucky Derby style luncheon, and a parade.
Preliminary competitions begin Tuesday, June 11 with the interview portion of the competition and will continue through Friday evening. The finals are on Saturday night with members of this Miss Missouri class, competing for over $40,000 in scholarships.
This year’s pageant has several exciting announcements. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, former Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl will emcee the pageant. Shelby is currently working in various productions in New York City and touring across the country. On Friday and Saturday nights, the stage will feature Landon and Sydnee (Stotlemeyer) Burke. Sydnee is a former Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen and Landon works at KOMU Channel 8 News.
Under the musical direction of Bill Wolfe and producer Lorin Lewis, the pageant will provide a spectacular live show to those in attendance. In addition, on Saturday night, pageant attendees will be introduced to a Children’s Miracle Network child, Lizzy Metz. After her story is played and she is recognized, the pageant contestants will collect donations for CMN.
The winner of this year’s Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant will go on to compete at the Miss America pageant, which is held September 5-9 in Atlantic City, NJ.
Tickets for the Miss Missouri and Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen Pageants are available through the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 100 West Jackson Street or by calling 573-581-2765.