Pageant winners are chosen

By The Mercury

A Manhattan High student and a former K-State student were selected Sunday to represent the area in June’s Miss Kansas pageant.

Sophia Tolentino, a senior at Manhattan High, was named Miss Manhattan at the pageant, which was held at the K-State Union. Danielle Hill, a graduate in animal science and industry who is now a first-year student at Cleveland Chiropractic College, was named Miss K-State Wildcat.

Tolentino and Hill received cash scholarships and gifts donated by area businesses along with their crowns and sashes.

Each woman has their platform issue they will talk about in public engagements during their reign. Tolentino wants to raise awareness on the misuse of the word retard, and Hill’s focus is 4-H.

The event serves as the official preliminary for the Miss Kansas pageant, which will happen June 6-9 in Pratt. The Miss Kansas winner will participate in the Miss America pageant next January.

To be eligible, women had to be between the ages of 17-24, single and never married, and live within 100 miles of Manhattan.

Carissa Kelly, Miss Kansas 2011, and Megan Vaughn, B104.7 morning host, served as co-hosts. The panel of judges included Julie Pentz, K-State dance program director, 66th District Rep. Sydney Carlin, Lyle Butler, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, Deana Core, K-State assistant director of admissions and Miss Manhattan 1997, and Lori Able, Ann-A-Lee’s boutique owner.

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