Miss Clinton County and three new youth titleholders will be crowned Saturday.

The Miss Clinton County Scholarship program will crown their 49th titleholder at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ashford University’s Durgin Center. All winners will have the opportunity to compete on the state level in June 2011. The theme of the evening is “Fun in the Sun” and the emcee for the event is Carissa Evans.

The current titleholders will also participate in the program. They are: Miss Clinton County, Katy Paulsen,  non finalist talent winner at Miss Iowa; Clinton County’s Outstanding Teen, Maggie Gehlsen,  second-runner-up to Iowa’s Outstanding Teen; Junior Miss Clinton County, Kylie Moore; and Lil’ Miss Clinton County, Macy Mulholland.

The new Miss Clinton County will receive a $16,000 scholarship from Ashford Uni-versity (paid toward tuition at Ashford with $4,000 renewable over four years), two years tuition from Clinton Comm-unity College (paid toward tuition at Clinton Community College with $3,500 renewable over two years), a Miss Clinton County Board scholarship of $800, and a Clinton Jaycees scholarship of $500. Special scholarships will also be awarded courtesy of Necker’s Jewelers, Clinton Printing and Gateway Travel and Cruise.

All contestants will receive numerous prizes from local merchants. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or Clinton Printing.

Lil’ Miss Clinton County

• Brittany Costello, 8, the daughter of Brian and Shanistie Costello of Clinton. She attends Eagle Heights Elementary and is in fourth grade. She has won trophies in her talent of tae kwon do.

• Rebekah Jaeger, 8, the daughter of Jason and Kathryn Jaeger. She attends Eagle Heights Elementary school in Clinton and will be entering third grade. Jaeger will perform a tap dance. 

Junior Miss Clinton County

• Rebekah Atkinson, 9, the daughter of Chris-topher and Christel Atkin-son of Clinton. Atkin-son is an Eagle Heights student who loves spaghetti. Her talent will be vocal and her community service project is to help the Clinton Humane Society.

• Danyka Jaeger, 10, the daughter of Jason and Kathryn Jaeger of Clinton. Jaeger is going into fifth grade at Eagle Heights Elementary school where she has participated in the variety show. Her talent will be ballet and her community service project is finding ways kids her age can volunteer.

• Abigail Mulholland, 11, the daughter of Paul and Kim Mulh-olland of Clinton. She is in sixth grade at Lyons Middle School where she is on the student council. Her talent will be vocal and her community service projects are helping at the Humane Society and Safety Town. 

• Sarah Smith, 11, the daughter of Gene and Michelle Smith of Clinton. Smith is in sixth grade at Lyons Middle School where she is on the soccer team. She will play her violin for her talent and her community service project is to help at the Victory Center.

Outstanding Teen

• Molly McDonnell, 14, the daughter of Mary McDonnell of Clinton. McDonnell is a member of Gateway Contemporary Ballet and was the eighth grade class president. Her platform is  “Relay for Life — Let’s team up,” and her talent will be ballet en pointe. 

• McKenzie Peterson, 12, the daughter of Mark and Tricia Peterson. Peterson would like to become a doctor. She attends Lyons Middle School where she was selected to be a spokesperson for the 21st Century after school program in Washington D.C. Her platform is support for the Clinton Humane Society and her talent will be vocal.

• Taylor Wiebers, 16, the daughter of Shan-non Nielsen and Ryan Wiebers. Wiebers is a sophomore at Clinton High School where she is active in speech, theater and bowling. Her platform is “Kicking it to kids Cancer,” and her talent is musical theater vocal and tap.

Miss Clinton County

• Tiffany McGee, 22, graduated from high school in Chicago and moved to Clinton to attend college. Her platform is “combating bullying,” and her talent will be vocal. McGee has received the Lady of Peace award for outstanding volunteer service in the Chicago area. 

• Ashley Herrington, 20, the daughter Charles and Debra Herrin-gton will be a junior at the Univer-sity of Iowa majoring in Dance and Performing Arts. Her platform is “a finger print is forever,” and her talent is modern dance. Herrington has received numerous academic honors.

• Elyce Bark, 20, the daughter of Dan and Dona Bark. Bark is a junior at Ashford University where she will obtain a Bachelor of Arts Degree in accounting and her talent is vocal. Her platform is “establishing innovative, yet traditional values throughout a new generation.” She has held lead roles in musical and drama productions at Ashford Unive-rsity.

• Natalee Chase, 18, the daughter of Kevin and Barb Chase. Chase’s talent is tae kwon do and her platform is child safety. She has been a Safety Town volunteer for seven years. She hopes to one day become a paramedic. 

• Roberta Swanton, 18, the daughter of David and Penny Swanton. Swanton will attend Buena Vista Unive-rsity where she will major in secondary education and chemistry. Her talent is vocal and her platform issue is “the need for arts in education.” 

She has many scholastic honors. 

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