On Saturday, January 7, Muscatine held its annual Miss Muscatine pageant at the Central Middle School auditorium. Nine contestants competed for the titles Miss Muscatine and Miss Pearl City. Three girls competed in the teen pageant for the title of Miss Muscatine’s Outstanding Teen. The pageant had many different categories such as interview, on-stage question, health and fitness, talent, and evening gown. The girls were scored in all of these categories, and their overall score determined their placing.
This year, only one contestant was a resident of Muscatine. A senior at MHS, Danielle Roos competed in her very first pageant on January 7. She spent about a month and a half preparing for the competition. Danielle won the academic award and the swimsuit/ fitness award. Each Miss contestant selected a platform to promote, and Danielle chose The Busy Body: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in the Child.
“I learned so many new things about what is going on in the world, and I learned a lot about Blue Zones and how they help our community,” said Danielle.
On Saturday, Kaylee Jones, the 50th Miss Muscatine, handed down her title to the 2017 winner. Kaylee surprised her mother, Kim, by going out on stage in the dress her mother wore as Miss Muscatine 24 years ago. Over her year with the Miss Muscatine program, Kaylee volunteered for the Blue Zones Project, Children’s Miracle Network, Special Olympics, Community Clean Up, Humane Society, MHS cake auction, fundraiser nights, Health Fair, Diabetes Walk, Race for the Young Athletes, Parades, Row Raiser, Relay for Life, RAGBRAI, and the Bill Riley Talent Show. For being the Miss Muscatine title holder in 2016, Kaylee earned the privilege to compete in Miss Iowa.
Muscatine is very proud of these two young ladies for their representation of Muscatine, and we are excited to see what they do in the future!