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people watching ● competition clips I LLINOIS I NTERNATIONAL P AGEANTS 2018 QUEENLY QUINTET:The winners and directors of the Illinois International Pageants proudly share the stage. W hile girl power anthem “That’s My Girl” played, contenders competed in the 2018 Illinois International Pageant. More than 300 attendees watched as con- testants, who ranged from pre-teens to married moms, were judged in four cate- gories: Interview, Fun Fashion, Fitness Wear, and Evening Gown. The pageant drew participants from all over the state, and a portion of the event’s proceeds sup- ported International Pageants’ Charity Partner the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, aimed at raising awareness of heart disease. Now in its 20th year in Illinois, the International Pageant was founded more than 30 years ago as a “Mrs.” competition, aimed at highlighting the distinct accom- plishments of married women aged 21 to 56. Unlike other pageants, the Mrs. Inter- national competition invites husbands to play a direct role in the pageantry. Men take the stage to escort their wives through the Evening Gown competition, and are later invited to crown their “better half.” “The goal of the International Pag- eants system is to create a family and sis- terhood among those involved,” said pageant director Randi Moxi, who was Mrs. Illinois International 2014. “Our event teaches poise and speaking skills, but it also helps women learn to connect and grow together.” Over the years, the Mrs. Illinois In- ternational competition has grown to in- clude a Miss competition for unmarried women aged 19-30, as well as a Teen cat- egory for participants between the ages of 13-18, and for the first time for 2018, a Pre-Teen category comprising girls aged 10-12. Contestants arrived for a weekend of pageant activities, including advance interviews with judges, a legacy dinner honoring past pageant winners, and re- hearsals for the main stage event. Over the course of the three-hour competition, emceed by Mrs. International 2013 Amy Gregorio, contestants moved steadily through the four judging categories. By show’s end, after each contestant had completed the four successive rounds, four winners were announced. Alisia Reese Glick was the first girl to win the newest category of Miss Pre-Teen Illinois International. Kennedy Starcevich took the title of Miss Illinois International, while Jacey Johnson won Miss Teen Illi- nois International. Kaili Kaminski was crowned Mrs. Illinois International, and Rebecca Banner was named Miss Pre- Teen Land of Lincoln. □ Illinois International Miss Pre-Teen Land of Lincoln_Rebecca Banner Miss Pre-Teen IL International _Alisia Reese Glick Miss Teen IL International _____Jacey Johnson Miss IL International ______Kennedy Starcevich Mrs. IL International __________Kaili Kaminski 2017-2018 I NTERNATIONAL U NITED M ISS P ENNSYLVANIA PASTEL PERFECTION:Six beaming beauties grace the stage after being crowned as the newest International United Miss Pennsylvania State Queens.. C ongratulations to our 2017-2018 In- ternational United Miss Pennsylvania State Queens! The Pennsylvania State Pageant was held at the sweetest place on earth, Hershey, Pennsylvania. The one day pageant was jam packed from start to fin- ish. The Pennsylvania state delegates graced the stage in gown, gave the judges some insight into themselves during their on-stage personal introduction, and then had the ability to go more in depth in our one-on-one three minute per judge inter- view with our distinguished panel of 152 PAGEANTRY judges. The personal one-on-one interview counted for 50% of the total overall score. Also, as part of their score, the dele- gates brought toiletry and clothing items to be donated to a local veterans’ home. IUM is a community service based sys- tem, and takes pride in all of the charita- ble work done by the delegates. The delegates also had the opportunity to compete in optional events such as photo- genic, casual wear, spokesmodel, actress, and talent. The optional events were judged by a completely separate panel of judges, as those events have no bearing on the divisional title. The competition was fierce and fun, with the optional winners taking home an award and a cash prize. The seven division winners took home the highly sought after International United Miss Pennsylvania State Trophy, Crown and Banner and the opportunity to com- pete for the coveted International titles. The International Titleholders will receive a weekend trip to the Miss Amer- ica Pageant, with meals and accommoda- tions included, along with VIP tickets to the final show. They’ll also receive an all- inclusive tropical vacation, a weekend trip to New York City with a schedule packed with fun activities, and a cash prize, along with the beautiful custom International Crown and Banner, embroidered with their name on the back! International United Miss focuses on the inner beauty of their delegates, along with their poise and grace on stage, public speaking skills, conversational skills, and community service efforts. □ International United Miss Pennsylvania IUM PA Princess _______________Willow Hunt IUM PA Junior PreTeen______Brianna Moscarell IUM PA PreTeen _______Rhiannon Lubaszewski IUM PA Junior Teen _________Emily Stankovics IUM PA Teen __________Madison Lichtenwalner IUM PA Miss_______________Danielle DeToma IUM PA Ms ________________Sarah Biermann