Pageant timeline

Key dates and details:

2000: Elizabeth Wertenberger won the 2000 Junior Miss title from the Miss Monroe County Scholarship Pageant’s Little Miss division.

2003: Elizabeth won the 2003 Young Miss title from the Miss Monroe County Scholarship Pageant’s Little Miss division.

June 2006: Elizabeth places first runner-up in the inaugural Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen contest.

August 11, 2007: Elizabeth makes her first attempt for Miss Monroe County, winning second runner-up.

Aug. 12, 2008: Elizabeth won the Miss Monroe County 2008 title.

January 2009: Elizabeth accompanied Miss America Kaye Lani Rafko Wilson to watch the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas.

May 2009: Elizabeth took third-runner up and also won the Kirsten Haglund Swimsuit trophy at the Miss Michigan contest.

Sept. 11, 2010: Elizabeth won the Miss Southwest Michigan 2010 title, which gave her a second try at Miss Michigan.

June 18, 2011: Elizabeth won the Miss Michigan 2011 crown.

July 23, 2011: Elizabeth’s Welcome Home Celebration in Monroe.

Thursday Jan. 5: Miss America Arrival Ceremony and Media Event at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Saturday Jan. 7: Miss America contestant fashion show at Fashion Mall in Las Vegas.

Monday Jan. 9: Interview sessions begin at the national level. Elizabeth is in the Alpha group that will be among those scheduled for interviews during the “PM session.”

Tuesday Jan. 10: Miss  America preliminary competitions begin at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Elizabeth is in the Alpha group that will be scheduled for talent judging Tuesday. Her performance is jazz dance.

Wednesday Jan. 11: Miss  America preliminary competitions at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Elizabeth is in the Alpha group that will be scheduled for on-stage question competition Wednesday.

Thursday Jan. 12: Miss  America preliminary competitions at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Elizabeth is in the Alpha group that will be scheduled for swimsuit and evening gown competition Thursday.

Friday Jan. 13: Miss America event calendar includes a charity gala Friday evening.

Saturday Jan. 14: Miss America competition finals and crowning at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. ABC will be the TV network. The telecast is from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Updated Jan. 2, 2012.