Four contestants vied for the title, but only one walked away with the crown. Morgan Lockowitz of Trenton Ill., is Miss Audrain 2013, and will represent the local pageant in the upcoming Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant in June.
Lockowitz, 23, is a graduate student at Missouri S&T. She holds two undergraduate degrees in architecture and civil engineering from MS&T. This is her second year competing for Miss Audrain. She had so much fun the first time, Lockowitz said she had to try it again. Her platform this year is suicide awareness/education.
After her win Saturday night. Lockowitz said "I'm so excited to represent Audrain County, and I can't wait to return in June."
As Miss Audrain, Lockowitz won a $1,000 scholarship, an official Miss America local crown, an official Miss America local sash, entry to Miss Missouri 2013, a $150 wardrobe allowance for Miss Missouri 2013, flowers and other items donated by several participating local businesses.
Miss Audrain 2012 Courtney Thomure was on hand to pass the crown to Lockowitz, and 2012 Miss Missouri Tippe Emmott was emcee for Saturday's ceremony.
First runner-up in the Miss Audrain competition was Stephanie Patton, also from Trenton, and who also snatched the People's Choice Award. Her winnings included a $500 scholarship, flowers and half of proceeds for being selected for the People's Choice.
Other contestants for Miss Audrain 2013 were: Emily Haines of Hannibal, Alyssa Frerker of Cape Girardeau.
During Saturday's program, an array of talent was shared by local and area performers (to include 2012 Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen Shelby Steingraeber and Young Miss Audrain Ashley Fuller, daughter of Mike and Marla Fuller of Mexico). A moment of silence/a salute to American veterans was given for their many sacrifices.
Judges for the Miss Audrain competition were: Miss Missouri 2005 Stacie Cooley Harken, Eric Morris, Connie Cox, Phyllis Cope and former Audrain County Prosecutor Jason Lamb.
The 2012 Miss Audrain Scholarship Pageant was held Saturday in the Missouri Military Academy Gymtorium, compliments of MMA. Several members of their corps were escorts for the events.
The Miss Audrain Outstanding Teen competition was also held with the winner being Miss Savannah Moore of Lebanon. Brooke Novinger of Kirksville was the first runner-up. Young Miss Audrain 2013 is Sarah Kasubke, daughter of Bruce and Mary Ann Kasubke.