I’m on the newsletter / group email contact list for the Miss Monroe County Scholarship Program.

Even though Miss Michigan Elizabeth Wertenberger started her current pageant run as Miss Southwest Michigan 2010, she previously held the local title of Miss Monroe County 2008. The Miss Monroe staff and volunteers are very supportive of their alumni queens and contestants, and much of the statewide pageant news I put on the social page of The Monroe Evening News is with the help of the Miss Monroe team.

This was part of an email that Dione Oerther from Miss Monroe sent overnight via the group email, after results were announced of Tuesday’s preliminary contests:

Miss Elizabeth did a FANTASTIC job tonight as she performed her talent on the Miss America stage tonight. She looked beautiful in her turquoise and gold costume and danced like an angel tonight : ) Everyone can be so very proud of Miss Elizabeth! WA-HOO!!

The only rankings Miss America will announce out of the preliminary rounds are the top awards in talent and swimsuit.

Opera singer Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler won Tuesday’s preliminary talent award.

Elizabeth will compete in swimsuit Thursday night.

– Paula Wethington

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