Title winners to compete in Miss Missouri

At Saturday night’s Miss Audrain Pageant, two women received crowns and will compete in the Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant in June, 2014. In addition to the Miss Audrain title, the Miss Audrain County Board of Directors added a new title – Miss East Central.
Bev Meuschke, Miss Audrain executive directorm said  there needs to be four contestants for a pageant. “We had 10 wonderful contestants this year,” she said. So the board decided to add another title winner.
Maikieta Brantley, who was in the top five in the 2013 Miss Missouri Pageant, will make her second appearance in June, this time as Miss Audrain. Hanna Runyon of Palmyra will enter the state pageant as Miss East Central.
Miss Audrain’s Outstanding Teen was also crowned Saturday night with the title going to 15-year-old Debrielle Patee-Merrill of Maryville.
Brantley, a 22-year-old graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, says she is thrilled to be returning to Miss Missouri stage. “I plan on preparing to be the best contestant,” said the St. Louis native. She added she is mostly excited to represent Audrain and Mexico, where the state pageant is held each year.
Brantley, who sang “Cry Me a River,” began taking her singing seriously approximately a year ago.  She started singing Christmas carols, and her Boone County director believed she had the voice for competition and as the saying goes “the rest is history.”
The new Miss Audrain’s platform is “Dreaming Big, Dreaming Different - Dreaming outside the Box.” It is an organization she is involved in on campus. Members of the group encourage young people to step out of their element and do something different.
As Miss Audrain 2014 Brantley will receive a $1,000 scholarship along with numerous gifts.
Runyon, 21, who has competed three times in the Miss Missouri Pageant, said she is putting the past pageants behind her and looking forward to returning as Miss East Central. “It wasn’t in the cards for me in the past, but I am putting that behind me and can’t wait to return to Miss Missouri,” she said.
The MU student sang “You Don’t Have to Say That You Love Me,” for her talent.
Her platform is Humane Societies Across America.
Runyon will also receive a $1,000 scholarship and numerous gifts.
First runner-up for both titles was Katie Moeller. Other contestants included:  Emily Gallup, Erica Cain, Rebecca Helton, Krysta Struthers, Caitlyn Henry and Mexico’s own Morgan Allen and Zori Holman.
Debrielle, a student at Maryville High School, has been a contestant at the Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen Pageant for two years and was in the top 10 this year at the state pageant. For her talent she performed a lyric dance to “I Won’t Give Up.” Her platform is Leigh’s Disease, a form of Mitochondrial Disease. As Miss Audrain’s OT, Debrielle will receive a $100 cash award plus other prizes.
First runner-up in the teen pageant was Rebecca Rhoad and the second runner-up was Kaitlyn Rigdon. Other contestants in the teen pageant were Randall Chambers, Skylar Webb and Brooklyn Bryant.
The People’s Choice awards were presented to Kaitlyn Ringdon and Brooklyn Brandt (tie) for Miss OT and Morgan Allen for the Miss pageant,
Miss Missouri 2013 Shelby Ringdahl, who was in the top 12 at the Miss America Pageant, served as mistress of ceremonies and sang the National Anthem. A big St. Louis Cardinal fan, Ringdahl wore her Cardinal gown, which she wore in the Parade of Contestants at the Miss  America Pageant.
Entertainment was provided by vocalist Callie Cox, Capital Ships, Grady Frazier and Christian McKeown and Miss Missouri 2013 first runner-up Mary Bauer. Also appearing on stage were Miss Audrain 2013 Morgan Lockowitz, Miss Audrain’s Outstanding Teen 2013 Savannah Moore and Little Miss Audrain Sarah Kasubke.