The Miss Missouri Scholarship Competition continued Thursday night on the campus of Missouri Military Academy.
Miss Missouri candidates competed in the second round of preliminary competition in their pursuit to represent the state on the Miss America stage.
This is the final round of preliminary competition with the top 11 being named Saturday night during the finals.
The 21 delegates were divided into two competition groups: Sigma and Alpha. Members of the Alpha group performed their talent for the judges and competed in health and fitness. The talent accounts for 20% of the candidates’ overall preliminary scores.
Awards were given for:
(Miss Springfield Route 66 Katie Farr of Jefferson City)
The judges picked Miss Springfield Route 66 Katie Farr of Jefferson City. She will receive a $500 scholarship for her vocal performance of “Somewhere”.
Katie is the daughter of Bill and Rachel Farr of Jefferson City. She is a student at Missouri State University.
(Miss Boone County Grayson Barnes)
A rookie talent award was also given to a newcomer in the Miss Missouri Scholarship Organization.
The judges selected Miss Boone County Grayson Barnes who performed a lyrical dance. She will receive a $250 scholarship, which is given in honor of Miss Missouri 2010 Erika Hebron.
Grayson is the daughter of Mary and Stephen Barnes of Columbia. She is a student at the University of Missouri.
Members in the Sigma group competed in the on-stage conversation at the beginning of the night and later, evening gown looks. This part of the preliminary competition accounts for 20% (evening gown) and 10% (on-stage conversation).
(Miss Kansas City Georgia Barge. Photo Courtesy of Miss Missouri Scholarship Organization)
The judges selected Miss Kansas City Georgia Barges of Kansas City. As the preliminary winner, she will receive a $300 scholarship, which is given in memory of Mike Norris. Georgia chose a floor-length black gown with crystal accents around her shoulder and around her waist.
She is the daughter of Roger and Laura Barge of Kansas City. She is a student at the University of North Texas.
The organization will crown the new Miss Missouri on Saturday night. After being crowned, the new Miss Missouri will immediately begin preparations to compete on the national stage at Miss America.
The Miss Missouri Scholarship Competition is one of the largest providers of scholarships to young women in the state. This year, the organization will award $85,000 in scholarships between the Miss and Outstanding Teen programs.
Tickets for the Miss Missouri and Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen Pageants as well as tickets for the week’s special events are available through the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 100 West Jackson Street or by calling 573-581-2765.