Oakwood grad crowned Miss Illinois

Oakwood grad crowned Miss Illinois

MARION — Twenty-year-old Abby Foster, a Danville native and 2015 graduate of Oakwood High School, was crowned Miss Illinois on Saturday night. She will move on to compete at Miss America in September.

"It was so surreal," said Foster. "When they called my name, my mind went blank. I just thought 'wow' — these people just changed my life. I cannot wait to go to Miss America."

Foster, who competed as Miss East Central, performed a lyrical dance to "Rise Up." She wins $10,000 in scholarships.

"Preparations for Miss America start right away," said Ashley Hatfield, executive director of the Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization and Miss Illinois 2007. "It's an exciting and competitive and intense week, but one that is incredibly rewarding too. FIRST is now a part of the Miss America family."

Four additional young women were awarded runner-up positions:

— First runner-up, winner of $3,000 scholarship: Janna Harner, Miss Heartland from Dongola.

— Second runner-Up, winner of $2,000 scholarship: Stephanie Dearwester, Miss Quincy from Paloma.

— Third runner-up, winner of $1,500 scholarship: Sheridan Hurtig, Miss Land of Lincoln from Mundelein.

— Fourth runner-up, winner of $1,200 scholarship: Alexandria Strother, Miss Chicago from Chicago.

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stingray1970 wrote on June 19, 2017 at 10:06 am
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I hope she's attractive enough to represent our country!