Miss America partiers: "We're rooting for Megan" - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

Miss America partiers: "We're rooting for Megan"

Posted: Updated:
Ready to watch the pageant at a party are from left, Sierra and Shania Johnson, Kaylyn Orpet-Hulett, Morgan Widmer, Addi Ippensen and Aubrey Widmer. Morgan and Aubrey’s mom Trudy hosted the party to cheer on Miss Illinois. (H-W Photo/Deborah Gertz Husar) Ready to watch the pageant at a party are from left, Sierra and Shania Johnson, Kaylyn Orpet-Hulett, Morgan Widmer, Addi Ippensen and Aubrey Widmer. Morgan and Aubrey’s mom Trudy hosted the party to cheer on Miss Illinois. (H-W Photo/Deborah Gertz Husar)
Glued to the television for the pre-pageant show were from left Kaylyn Orpet-Hulett, Morgan Widmer, Sierra Johnson and Elle Cox. The girls, past titleholders in the Miss Quincy Scholarship Program, and their moms gathered to watch the Miss America Pageant Glued to the television for the pre-pageant show were from left Kaylyn Orpet-Hulett, Morgan Widmer, Sierra Johnson and Elle Cox. The girls, past titleholders in the Miss Quincy Scholarship Program, and their moms gathered to watch the Miss America Pageant

By DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Trudy Widmer and her daughter Morgan never miss watching the Miss America Pageant.

This year, they threw a party to watch a familiar face in the competition -- Megan Ervin, who won Miss Quincy and went onto take the Miss Illinois crown.

"We know Megan," said Widmer, director of the Little Miss Quincy Scholarship Program.

Party invites went to Miss Quincy Scholarship Program titleholders from 2011, the year Morgan won the Little Miss Quincy crown, to watch Ervin compete for the coveted crown on national television.

"We're rooting for Megan," said 8-year-old Morgan, a third-grader at Ellington Elementary School, sporting a Megan button. "She's nice and fun."

Ervin is very sweet, kindhearted and easy to talk to, said Kaylyn Orpet-Hulett, Morgan's best friend and another former Little Miss Quincy.

"She has a lot to offer -- poise, grace and a lot of entertainment for everyone," Kaylyn said.

Addi Ippensen, a former Miss Quincy Oustanding Teen, said Ervin just needed to be herself, promote her platform and "demonstrate Miss America qualities" like being a leader.

"She'll be great," said Addi, 15, a sophomore at Payson Seymour High School.

Any sightings of Ervin during the pre-pageant show caused the girls and their friends to gather around the television, and the excitement continued to build among the girls and their moms on one of their biggest nights of the year.

"It's like football for women. It's our Super Bowl," said Robin Johnson, whose daughter Sierra was Miss Quincy Outstanding Pre-Teen.

For the Widmers and their friends, the Miss America party is becoming a tradition.

"We did this last year as well," Widmer said. "I've always loved pageants, I've always had an interest in queen pageants."

With the local connection to one of the candidates, this year's party was even more fun.

Ervin's success "obviously will encourage participation in the pageants. There's so much to be gained from it," said Penni Ippensen, Addi's mom. "As adults we look at that it takes so much to step on the stage and talk to strangers, but they've been doing it. It's so natural for them."

Glued to the television set, the girls dreamed of the future -- and maybe their own try for Miss America.

"I think it would be a really good experience, be fun," Kaylyn said.

"It would be cool," Morgan said.

Addi, though, was content just to watch.

"We'll see what life brings to me," she said. "Right now I'm good where I'm at with the titles I have."

 

-- dhusar@whig.com/221-3379

 

 

 

 

  • Local HeadlinesLocal HeadlinesMore>>

  • Only a few feet separated Quincy man from fire escape

    Only a few feet separated Quincy man from fire escape

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:56:27 GMT
    Quincy police officer Michael Cirrincione felt helpless early Wednesday morning while responding to a fire at 515 S. 17th. Cirrincione was one of four officers who were the first on the scene. He helped kick out a basement window that led to Haley Houge, 22, being saved from the blaze. She told officers that two others, her 4-month-old son and her fiance, were still in the house. "They were so far, but so close to getting out," Cirrincione said. "It was a matter of a few feet."
    Quincy police officer Michael Cirrincione felt helpless early Wednesday morning while responding to a fire at 515 S. 17th. Cirrincione was one of four officers who were the first on the scene. He helped kick out a basement window that led to Haley Houge, 22, being saved from the blaze. She told officers that two others, her 4-month-old son and her fiance, were still in the house. "They were so far, but so close to getting out," Cirrincione said. "It was a matter of a few feet."
  • Cobb reflects on first year as superintendent of Quincy's public schools

    Cobb reflects on first year as superintendent of Quincy's public schools

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:03:25 GMT
    From his point of view, Steve Cobb's first year as superintendent of the Quincy School District flew by quickly. "It is difficult to believe that it's been a year. It feels like I've always been here," Cobb...
    From his point of view, Steve Cobb's first year as superintendent of the Quincy School District flew by quickly. "It is difficult to believe that it's been a year. It feels like I've always been here," Cobb...
  • Hannibal asphalt contractor charged with scamming consumers

    Hannibal asphalt contractor charged with scamming consumers

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:29:27 GMT
    Hannibal asphalt contractor Kevin Rickey Sr. has been charged in Harrison County Circuit Court with two felony counts of financial exploitation of the elderly and two felony counts of unlawful merchandising practices. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced the charges Thursday in a press release. According to the complaint filed in court, Rickey allegedly made numerous misrepresentations to convince two senior citizens to hire him to lay asphalt on their driv...
    Hannibal asphalt contractor Kevin Rickey Sr. has been charged in Harrison County Circuit Court with two felony counts of financial exploitation of the elderly and two felony counts of unlawful merchandising practices. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced the charges Thursday in a press release. According to the complaint filed in court, Rickey allegedly made numerous misrepresentations to convince two senior citizens to hire him to lay asphalt on their driv...
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Quincy Herald-Whig. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.