The Miss Clinton County scholarship program will celebrate 50 years at this year’s pageant. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. July 23 at Ashford University’s Durgin Center. By the end of the evening, a new Li’l Miss Clinton County, Junior Miss Clinton County, Miss Clinton County’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Clinton County 2011 will be crowned. All will have the opportunity to compete at the state level in June 2012.  The theme of the evening will be “Celebrating 50 years of Miss Clinton County.” All former titleholders have been invited back for the celebration and will also take part in the evening’s events as emcees, judges and performers.

Mary Jo Dopson, a Miss Clinton County board member for more than 20 years and Miss Clinton County 1979 said, “I am looking forward to seeing all the former title holders. I have found the Miss America organization to be a wonderful program to take part in and volunteer for.”

Miss Clinton County board members include: Jeanne Williams, Rachael Vopatek, Cathy Bergmann, Betty Burken, Barb Foster, Katie Honeywell, Dopson, Angie Broadrick, Jim Clark, Brian Dixon and Wayne Larkey.  

Current titleholders will also participate in the pageant including: Miss Clinton County 2010, Elyce Bark; Junior Miss Clinton County, Abigail Mulholland; and Li’l Miss Clinton County, Rebekah Jaeger. The Clinton County representatives recently competed on the Miss Iowa stage where Bark won the non-finalist interview, people’s choice and spirit of Miss Iowa (Miss Congeniality) awards. Miss Clinton County’s Outstanding Teen, Taylor Wiebers, was the preliminary talent award winner, preliminary interview winner and second runner-up to Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen at the Miss Iowa pageant.

The new Miss Clinton County will receive several scholarships including: $16,000 scholarship from Ashford University, paid toward tuition at Ashford with $4,000 renewable over four years; and $7,000 from Clinton Community College, paid toward tuition at Clinton Community College with $3,500 tuition renewable for two years. The Miss Clinton County Board will award an $800 scholarship and a $500 wardrobe allowance to the new Miss Clinton County, a $600 scholarship for Miss Clinton County’s first runner-up and $400 scholarship for all other Miss Clinton County contestants as well as various other prizes.

Several special scholarships will also be awarded to Miss Clinton County contestants including: $200 essay scholarship courtesy of Gateway Travel and Cruise, $200 fundraiser scholarship from Clinton Printing, $200 Kiwanis interview scholarship and a $250 scholarship award for the top score in the talent competition. Floral bouquets will be given to new and outgoing titleholders courtesy of the contest’s official florist, Clinton Floral. Contestants in all age groups will receive numerous prizes from Clinton County local merchants. Tickets for the pageant are $10 and are available in advance at Clinton Printing or at the door.  

Former Miss Clinton County titleholders and board members are invited to a 50-year reunion celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at The Tuscany Events Center at Rastrelli’s. Those wishing to attend the reunion are asked to RSVP by contacting Vopatek at (563) 593-2393 or

Miss Clinton County             

• Lexi Tichenor is the 19-year-old daughter of Bruce Tichenor and Kelly Tichenor of Mount Horeb, Wis. She is a sophomore majoring in marketing and public relations at Ashford University where she is on the Dean’s List and participates in soccer. Her platform promotes a healthier society.

“There are many ways that people can take small steps toward better health. Active lifestyles through physical fitness increases self-esteem and their quality of life,” Tichenor said.

Her talent is a jazz dance.

• Roberta Swanton is the 19-year-old daughter of David and Penny Swanton. Roberta is a sophomore at Buena Vista University majoring in chemistry and pre-pharmacy. Her talent is vocal and her platform issue is breast cancer awareness.

“The title of Miss Clinton County would give me the opportunity to be more involved with existing organizations to spread my message,” Swanton said.

She has many scholastic honors.  

• Alexandria Necker is the 17-year-old daughter of Dave and Amy Necker of DeWitt. Necker will be a senior at DeWitt Central High School where she is a student council representative and feature writer for the school newspaper. Her future goal is to attend the University of Iowa and obtain a double major in business leadership and marketing. Her talent is a baton show twirl.  Her platform is banding against bullying.

“It is crucial to admit that bullying exists and that it affects the student’s ability to learn in a classroom,” Necker said.

• Natalee Chase is the 19-year-old daughter of Kevin and Barb Chase. She attends Clinton Community College where she is studying to become an EMT paramedic. Her talent is Tae Kwon Do.  She is a high blue belt. Her platform is Safety Town.

“Safety Town is a very good program for children to experience. I will focus on crossing the street safely, stranger danger and fire safety,” Chase said.

Chase has been a volunteer for Safety Town for seven years and a board member for two years.  

• Tiffany McGee, 23, attends Clinton Community College where she is working toward law and sociology de-grees. She will sing “Dan-cing in the street” for her talent. Her platform is redirecting out-flight youth.

“I wish to help keep college graduates in Iowa. My platform will help motivate this goal,”   McGee said. She has received outstanding volunteer service honors.  

Miss Clinton County’s Outstanding Teen

• Emily Evans is the 16-year-old daughter of Robert and Carissa Evans of Camanche. She is a junior at Camanche High School. She has received several high honors in academics, vocal music and cheerleading. She was a mentor in middle school and received the BUG award, being uncommonly good. She participates in track, bowling and band. Her talent is country vocal and her platform is the Best Buddies program.

• Savannah Necker is the 14-year-old daughter of Dave and Amy Necker of DeWitt. She will be a freshman at Central High School. She has participated in student council and has also served as president. She started the Hope Project providing sick children with homemade blankets. She has been a member of twirl and talent performance baton team for eight years where she has won many titles and awards. Her talent is baton show twirl and her platform is the dangers of texting and driving.  

• Kylie Moore is the 12-year-old daughter of Paul and Jennifer Moore and attends Central Middle School in DeWitt. She would like to become a veterinarian and is a volunteer at the humane society and the Brown Dog foundation. Her platform is teaching proper pet care. She participates in student council and is a team leader for Odyssey of the Minds. She likes to deer hunt and fish with her dad. Moore will sing for her talent.  

Junior Miss Clinton County

• Maddison Peterson is the 10-year-old daughter of Dan and Nicole Peterson of DeWitt. She attends Ekstrand Elementary School where she will be in fifth grade. She was elected to student council and is a member of the TAG program. Her talent is tap dancing and her community service project is to help less fortunate children.  

• Alexanderia Dinning is the 9-year-old daughter of Chris and Paulina Dinning of Clinton. She attends Jefferson Elementary School and has received reading awards. She likes to read, paint, dance, camp and take pictures. She has been a volunteer for the Symphony of Lights. Her talent is singing and her community service project is also the Symphony of  Lights.

• Alexis Witherspoon is the 10-year-old daughter of Rodney and Barbara Witherspoon. She attends Bluff Elementary School where she participates in safety patrol, band and is a math master. She has three goldfish. She would like to be a fashion designer when she grows up. Her talent is hip hop dancing and her community service project is the humane society.

• Rebekah Atkinson is the 10-year-old daughter of Christopher and Christel Atkinson of Clinton. She is a Lyons Middle School student who wants to be a singer or photographer when she is older. Her talent will be a country music vocal and her community service project is the Ronald McDonald House.

Li’l Miss Clinton County      

• Alexis Krogmann is the 8-year-old daughter of Josh and Cindy Krogmann and is a second grader at Eagle Heights Elementary School where her favorite subject is science because she loves to do experiments. Her talent is dance.

• Camryn Saxon is the 7-year-old daughter of Ashly Saxon and Ricky Brown and Jeff and Sarah Wilson. She is a first-grade student at Camanche Elementary School where her favorite subject is math. Her favorite TV show is “I love Lucy” and she has a cat, Fred. Her talent is a song and dance.

• Korrel Kyarsgaard is the 7-year-old daughter of Shelly Kyarsgaard and Aaron Kyarsgaard and is a first grader at Camanche Elementary School. She has won a Little Miss Bravo award in dance and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Her talent is dance.

• Olivia Brown is the 6-year-old daughter of Steve and Jennifer Brown of Clinton. She is homeschooled and has five brothers and sisters. She enjoys camping and jet skiing with her family. Her talent is singing and tap dancing.

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