The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 11, 2014

Local contestants vie for Miss Iowa title

CLINTON — Three Clinton women are facing off this week in Davenport for the title of Miss Iowa, and all three are thrilled for the opportunity to compete.

Three-time Miss Iowa veteran Taylor Wiebers is joined by newcomers Brandy Herrington and Molly McDonnell for this year’s competition and so far the three ladies are enjoying their time together.

“I’m very excited. The group of girls this year is fantastic,” Wiebers said. “It’s probably one of the best groups I’ve ever been a part of.”

Both McDonnell and Herrington echoed Wiebers’ enthusiasm for meeting their fellow competitors, adding that because they are both experiencing their first Miss Iowa competition, the maturity of the other women is helping guide them along.

Herrington’s biggest guide for the pageant is her older sister — last year’s Miss Clinton County and former Miss Iowa contestant, Ashley Herrington.

“This is my very first pageant ever and my older sister was the one to encourage me to enter,” Brandy said. “She’s been my personal coach teaching me everything I need to know to be prepared.”

That guidance seemed to pay off when Brandy received the crown last year for Miss Clinton County. Now, she takes that title to the Miss Iowa competition along with Wiebers, Miss River City, and McDonnell, Miss LeClaire.

While McDonnell didn’t receive the guidance from an older sister, her years of participating in Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen has helped mold her into an experienced competitor in the Miss Iowa competition.

Coming in as one of the youngest Misses in the 2015 Miss Iowa pageant, McDonnell knows she has a lot to learn from her seasoned counterparts.

“I am the baby,” she said. “I’m just starting my life after high school and just learning from all the girls here has been a wonderful experience.”

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