Two young women associated with the Miss Clinton County scholarship pageant have distinguished themselves recently. The 2005 Miss Clinton County Alisa White and First Runner-up Stephanie DeLacy fared very well at last year’s pageant and it’s easy to see why.

At last weekend’s Miss Iowa competition, White won the preliminary talent competition and the Interview Scholarship Award for earning the highest number of points for the interview portion. She was announced as a top five finisher before ultimately finishing just behind Emily Nicholas, of Clear Lake, who was crowned Miss Iowa on Sunday.

This is the first time in many years a Miss Clinton County has fared so well at the Miss Iowa competition. While it’s a shame Alisa didn’t win, we’re very proud of her accomplishments and hope it will encourage others to consider the pageant experience.

DeLacy, who is a Miss Clinton County contestant again this year, spent the better part of the academic year putting together a Fine Arts Day at Camanche High School. The event — which featured live music, theater, dance, a children’s carnival and a community play presentation — was a remarkable undertaking, especially for a young woman also carrying a 4.0 grade point average in her first year of college.

Stephanie’s project was all about her platform, keeping the arts in public schools. Not only is that a worthy cause, but Stephanie has done a fantastic job showing how a motivated person — with lots of support — can use the Miss Clinton County program to work for improving the community.

This year’s pageant has been delayed until August for lack of contestants, and we truly hope more young women will see what these two have done and decide to try to follow in their footsteps.

The Miss America pageant — with which Miss Clinton County is affiliated — has seen its profile diminish considerably in recent years, even losing its place on network television. But with bright young people like Alisa and Stephanie involved, as well as continued commitment from those who provide scholarship awards, we feel there always will be a future for events such as this.

It’s not easy to pull off, of course, but people like Alisa and Stephanie have proved it’s worth the effort.

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