Chicago-area woman crowned Miss Illinois; Miss Quincy wins service, academic award

Posted: Jun. 30, 2013 12:01 am Updated: Jul. 21, 2013 12:15 am

MARION, Ill. — Miss Northern Suburbs Brittany Smith won the Miss Illinois pageant Saturday night.

She takes the crown from  Megan Ervin of Rushville, who won in 2012 competing as Miss Quincy.

The current Miss Quincy, Pittsfield native Christina Hanna, was named the winner of the Linda Kay Fischer Community Service and Academia Award.

As winner of the Miss Illinois pageant, Smith will compete with 52 other titleholders from across the country for the title of Miss America at the 2014 Miss America Pageant in September at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

Miss Gem City, Kelsey Peters of Lakemoor, also competed in the scholarship pageant.

In competition on Friday night, Mackenzie Mahsman of Quincy, Miss Gem City Outstanding Teen, was named the third runner-up in the Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen pageant.  

Isabelle Hanson was crowned Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen and Laila Haley was crowned Miss Illinois Outstanding Pre-Teen, according to officials from the Miss Quincy Scholarship Program.  

Mahsman was awarded a $275 scholarship. She will attend Quincy Notre Dame as a freshman this fall.

Other Miss Quincy Scholarship Program titleholders who competed Friday evening were Miss Quincy's Outstanding Teen Angelica Niemann and Miss Quincy's Outstanding Pre-Teen Ailaa Ippensen.

Little Miss Quincy Emma Sparrow also traveled to Marion to participate in the Miss Illinois Princess program. That program, in its seventh year, is a non-competitive mentoring competition.

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