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Contestants sought for Miss Iowa USA and Miss Iowa Teen USA

June 13, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald - NEWTON- The 2012 MISS IOWA USA® and MISS IOWA TEEN USA® Pageants are slated to take place at the Newton High School Auditorium the weekend of October 15-16, 2011. The Miss Iowa USA® and Miss Iowa Teen USA® Pageants are the official state preliminary pageants to the national Miss USA® and Miss Teen USA® Pageants. State pageant offices have begun accepting applications. Young women between the ages of 14 – 26 are encouraged to apply at or call (952) 440-4550.

The pageant consists of three equally scored areas of competition: evening gown, swimwear and interview. The new titleholders will each receive thousands of dollars in college scholarships, prizes and awards. Most importantly, they will serve as representatives for young women in Iowa by forging alliances with charitable organizations and civic groups. In addition to boasting a long list of celebrities that received their start in the entertainment industry from competing in the state pageant including Halle Berry, Eva Longoria, and Bridgette Wilson Sampras, to name a few, there is an impressive list of college scholarship opportunities for contestants. In fact 30 contestants at the state pageant will receive an applied college scholarship to Lindenwood University.

The newly crowned Miss Iowa USA® will advance to compete in the nationally televised Miss USA® Pageant in Las Vegas live on NBC television. In addition, if she were to be named the new MISS USA®, she will go on to represent the United States in the MISS UNIVERSE® competition, which is televised in over 130 countries worldwide on NBC-Universal television.

“We are thrilled to be seeking contestants for such a high-profile and internationally recognized event that recognizes young ladies with a desire to advance their professional and educational endeavors,” said Pageant Executive Co-Director Denise Wallace, “What’s unique about the state pageant is that most of the contestants competing have never done anything like this before. The pageant staff will teach contestants everything they need to know upon arrival pageant weekend.” Anyone hoping to learn more about the event is also encouraged to register for the Pageant Workshop, which will take place on August 14, 2011. More details about the workshop are available at or by calling (952) 440-4550.

In an action-packed show this October, current titleholders Richelle Orr, Miss Iowa Teen USA 2011, of Hampton and Rebecca Goldsmith, Miss Iowa USA 2011, of Chariton will crown the new winners. Tickets will be available to the public for purchase on for both the preliminary show and finals show closer to the pageant dates.

The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® competitions, is an international company that advances and supports today's women. These women are savvy, goal-oriented and aware. The delegates who become part of the Miss Universe Organization display those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals who participate in the competitions to advance their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others.

For more information on the Miss Iowa USA and Miss Iowa Teen USA Pageants, please visit, email, or call the state pageant offices at (952) 440-4550.


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