capacity crowd filled the auditorium this evening for the pageant finals,
where the panel of judges selected Rebecca Hodge of Iowa City as Miss Iowa USA 2012, and Carissa Becker of Waterloo as MISS Iowa Teen USA 2012.
titleholders will now advance and compete next year at the MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA national pageants.
The competition, which is held annually in Newton, consists of three
proportional segments: evening gown, swimwear and interview. Eligible young women must be between the ages of 14 and 26 and be unmarried residents of Iowa in order to compete in the pageant.
Rebecca and Carissa will each receive thousands of dollars in prizes and
awards. Most importantly, they will have the opportunity to compete for the national titles of MISS USA and Miss Teen USA this coming year. Rebecca will compete for the title of Miss USA 2012 on the live national telecast of MISS USA on NBC, and Carissa will compete for the title of Miss Teen USA
2012 at the national pageant next year. In addition, the new MISS USA will go on to represent the United States in the MISS Universe competition,
which is televised in over 130 countries worldwide.
The Pageants are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership. The Miss Universe Organization also produces the MISS
Teen USA Pageant. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, MUO
is committed to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness and increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers. By forging relationships with organizations
committed to research and education such as the Latino Commission on AIDS, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Gilda's Club, the women who champion these causes during their reign are armed to impact women today. The titleholders of the Miss Universe Organization personify the combination of beauty and
intelligence that defines the 21st Century.
Rebecca Hodge of Iowa City reacts when she is announced as the winner of Miss Iowa USA 2012 at Newton on Sunday night, Oct. 16.