Miss Clinton County dazzles to state title

Say Uncle PhotographyMiss Clinton County Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw was crowned Miss Iowa at the Miss Iowa Scholarship Pageant at the Adler Theatre, Davenport, on Saturday night.

CLINTON — Miss Clinton County Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw was crowned Miss Iowa at the Miss Iowa Scholarship Pageant at the Adler Theatre, Davenport, on Saturday night.

She was one of 22 contestants vying for the title and will go on to compete for the Miss America crown in September.

Contestants, who must between the ages of 18 and 25, were scored through judging of interviews, talent, lifestyle and fitness, evening wear and on-stage question competitions. Each contestant must have a platform that has relevance in her community or society at large and about which she deeply cares.

Hughes-Shaw, 21, of Rock Island, Illinois graduated from the University of Iowa, majoring in journalism and mass communications. Her platform is H.O.P.E.-Suicide Awareness. The daughter of Alicia Rogers (Shaw) and Thomas Hughes, she won one of the two preliminary talent awards and plays the violin.

First runner-up is Maggie Gehlsen, 22, of DeWitt, who this year is Miss Muscatine and was last year's Miss Clinton County. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a major in exercise and sport science. Her platform is Stand Up to Sexual Violence: Prevent, Support, Empower. Her talent is a baton show twirl.

Gehlsen also won one of the two preliminary lifestyle and fitness awards. She is the daughter of Timothy and Nancy Gehlsen of DeWitt.

Hughes-Shaw joins five other Miss Clinton County title holders who went on to become Miss Iowa. They include Patti Whalen, 1961; Renee Studemann, 1972; Linda Simon, 1982; Darcie Benton, 1986; and Taylor Wiebers, 2015.

The next Miss Clinton County pageant will be July 21. The Miss America pageant will be broadcast Sept. 9 from Atlantic City, N.J.