This year’s winner was Taylor Deming of Metropolis, seventeen-year-old daughter of Scott and Sherry Deming.
Deming will focus her platform on the Backpack Program: Feeding America.
During the program, she performed a ballet routine.
According to Sandy Farmer, pageant director, one of the judges stated, “Taylor had the confidence and passion that we felt could take her to the next level."
Deming was awarded a $2000 cash scholarship and 15 credit hours from Shawnee Community College. She will be competing next June in the Miss Illinois Pageant.
First runner-up was Hannah Lowery, 17, daughter of Matt and Nicole Lowery. She received a $400 cash scholarship.
Deming also was recognized as a People’s Choice winner and and the Miss Metropolis Top Sponsorship Money Award recipient.
Winter Hall, Samantha Jaco and Paula Jaco each received $250 cash scholarships.
This year’s Miss Metropolis Outstanding Teen is Kelsey Strong of Metropolis, 15, daughter of Chris and Teresa Strong.
Strong’s platform is Keeping Music Alive, and she performed a classical piano selection Sunday afternoon.
Strong was the recipient of a $300 scholarship.
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