Bauer, Patton and Parks chosen preliminary winners Wednesday night

Thirty Miss Missouri contestants and 29 Missouri's Outstanding Teen contestants took the stage, sharing their talents, poise and intellect during Wednesday night's preliminary competition at the Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant at Missouri Military Academy. Miss Missouri 2007 Lindsay Casmaer Ercole was the mistress of ceremonies. The pageant has been held in Mexico since 1970.
The show opened with the singing of the National Anthem and an opening production and parade of contestants. Then, to the tune "This Girl Is on Fire," Miss Missouri 2012 Tippe Emmott made her entrance.
Evening competitions included the Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen evening wear competition and on-stage question, and the Miss Missouri (Sigma Group) talent competition, and the Alpha Group evening wear and on-stage question.
Miss Jackson, Mary Bauer was the overall talent winner. She received a $250 scholarship. She was also named Miss Missouri's Miracle Maker for her efforts in raising $12,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Miss America partnered with CMN in 2007 to raise funds and awareness for children's hospitals throughout the United States.
To date, more than $8 million has been raised to not only fund titleholder scholarships, but help ill and injured children at hospitals across the U.S. Funds raised help support 170 hospitals across the nation, including the University Medical Center in Columbia, Casmaer Ercole said.
Winning for the Sigma team, Bauer said, "I'm proud to be the selected winner of the preliminary talent. There's no better feeling than using your talent to make others happy."
Miss Chesterfield Valley, Stephanie Patton was the winner of the Erika Hebron Rookie Talent Award. She received a $100 scholarship.
Patton is a first-year participant in the Miss Missouri competition. She was a little sister and an outstanding teen. Winning the Rookie Award, Patton said, "Is unreal."
"Singing is my passion, and to be on this stage, is like a dream come true," Patton said.
Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen contestant Miss Lake of the Ozarks, Cheyenne Parks won the preliminary evening wear competition for the A Group, wearing a pink evening gown, draped with sequins and rhinestones.
This will be Parks' last year in the teen competition; she has aged out. But, she says she's ready to take the next step. "I'm really looking forward to the Miss Missouri competitions," Parks said.
Asked about her Wednesday night win, she said, "This is just so overwhelming."
Preliminary competition will continue tonight and Friday. The final competition and the crowning of Miss Missouri 2013 will be Saturday. The Miss Missouri Pageant is a preliminary to Miss America, which will be held in Atlantic City in September.