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Miss Illinois holds 'sweeps competition' Saturday at JALC

Submitted by the Miss Illinois organization
updated: 3/3/2020 9:57 AM

The Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization will sponsor an open competition for young women on Saturday, March 7 at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

The Sweeps Competition will begin at 2:30 p.m. with young women who have competed in at least one Miss Illinois local pageant during the 2019-20 season.

The event will be held in the O'Neill Auditorium on the Logan campus. Tickets are $10; children under 2 are free,

Seven young women from across Illinois will present their individual talent selections, share their impact statements on the Red Carpet, and participate in interviews with the judges.

Two winners will be crowned -- Miss Metro East and Miss Heart of Illinois. Each will receive a $250 scholarship and will compete for the crown of Miss Illinois in the June statewide competition, which will be held at the Marion Cultural Arts and Civic Center.

"This is an exciting event for these young women because it gives them one more opportunity to qualify for the Miss Illinois state finals," said Ashley Hatfield of Anna, Miss Illinois 2007 and the executive director of the Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization.

"There sometimes aren't enough local competitions to give all the young women interested a chance to compete, so the state organization hosts this final Sweeps Competition to give more people the opportunity to further their education and grow as a young professional."

The Miss Illinois program provides personal and professional opportunities for young women and promotes their voices in culture, politics and the community. The young women are given the opportunity to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments to audiences during the pageants and to the public at large during the following year.

Almost all contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning, college or postgraduate degrees and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations.

The first "Miss Illinois" sent to the national pageant was Lois Delander in 1927, who subsequently won the Miss America title. Including Delander, five Miss Illinois representatives have won the Miss America title.

The reigning Miss Illinois is Ariel Beverly of Springfield.

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