Nicole Kelly of Keokuk crowned Miss Iowa 2013 Print
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Written by Rachael Vopatek   
Monday, 10 June 2013 14:44
The Miss Iowa Pageant was held this past weekend the historic Adler Theatre in Davenport Iowa.Thirteen young women competed for the title of Miss Iowa 2013 and 10 contestants are vied for the title of Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen 2013. After three nights of competition, Nicole Kelly, of Keokuk was crowned Miss Iowa 2013. Emma Kate Wichman of Bettendorf was named Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen 2013. Over $25,000 in cash scholarships were awarded to the Miss Iowa contestants this year as well as over $500,000 in in-kind scholarships! Numerous scholarships and awards were presented to contestants in all age categories. (A full list of awards is attached.)

Nicole Kelly will continue on to represent the state of Iowa at Miss America which will be held in Atlantic City in September. Emma Kate Wichman will move on to the national completion, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen which will be held in August in Orlando, Florida. Both young ladies will compete in five areas of competition at the national level including: Interview, Talent, Evening Gown, On-Stage Question and Fitness. Both Kelly and Wichman will spend the upcoming year representing Iowa with appearances and events throughout the state with a focus on promoting their platforms. Nicole Kelly’s platform is “Overcoming Disabilities” and Emma Kate Wichman’s platform is “E.P.I.C. Mission: Pay It Forward.” Follow the excitement of their journeys throughout the year at or @MissIowaOrg on Twitter.

About Nicole:
Hometown: Keokuk, IA
Parents: Mike and Pam Kelly
Nicole is a 2012 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BA in Directing & Theater Management.
Platform: Overcoming Disabilities
Talent: Vocal
Local Title: Miss Metro

About Emma Kate:
Hometown: Bettendorf, IA
Parents: Amy and Jim Wichman
Emma is a student at Pleasant Valley High School.
Platform: E.P.I.C. Mission: Pay It Forward
Talent: Baton Show Twirl
Local Title: Miss Scott County’s Outstanding Teen

About the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program
An official preliminary to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant, the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program is dedicated to empowering young women to achieve their dreams and goals. The Miss Iowa Scholarship Program is a non-profit organization. Through the assistance of our local communities and scholarship patrons, the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program offers college scholarships to some of the most outstanding young women of Iowa. The Miss America Program is the largest scholarship organizations for women in the world. Total scholarship available annually at the local, state and national level totals over 45 million dollars. Visit for complete information on the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program.

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