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July 26, 2013

Four eye Miss Clinton County crown

CLINTON — Four local ladies will compete Saturday to be crowned Miss Clinton County.

The 52nd Miss Clinton County Scholarship pageant will begin at 7 p.m. at the DeWitt Central Performing Arts Center. The theme is “Hawaiian Nights,” with Miss Clinton County 2010 Elyce (Bark) Billany and Miss Clinton County 1998 Erin White as the MCs. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or at Clinton Printing.

“It’ll be fun,” contestant Molly McDonnell said.

McDonnell, 17, of Clinton, will be a senior at Clinton High School, where she is on the National Honor Society, is an academic mentor and participates in cheerleading and is the varsity wrestling manager. She also is a member of the Gateway Contemporary Ballet company and will perform ballet en point for her talent.

McDonnell previously held a teen pageant title. However, she gave it up to participate in the Miss Clinton County pageant to give the competition its required fourth contestant.

Two of last year’s contestants are returning to the competition. Rachel Kuhl, 18, of Camanche, was first runner-up last year.

“So I’m going to try again this year,” Kuhl said. She will perform jazz dance as her talent.

She graduated last May from Camanche High School and will attend Clinton Community College in the fall majoring in elementary education. She served as a class officer, a member of student council and was in the 3.0 Club in high school. She has volunteered at the Victory Center.

Emily Evans, 18, of Clinton, will once again compete in the pageant “to gain self confidence and earn scholarship money.” Her talent is tap dance.

“I love being on stage and being able to perform,” Evans said.

A recent graduate of Camanche High School, she plans to attend Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, majoring in photography. In high school, she developed the Best Buddies program, had the lead role in “Grease” and served as captain of the cheerleading squad.

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