On Friday night Miss Gateway St. Louis McKensie Garber won swimsuit competition in the Sigma Group and on Saturday she took home the title of Miss Missouri 2015. She was also a preliminary winner for interview.
Garber, 21, won Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen in 2011, but this was her first year in the Miss Missouri Pageant. She is also the first MMOT to earn the Miss Missouri title.
After tears of joy, congratulations from other contestants and between photographs, Garber said she was exhilarated about being chosen Miss Missouri. "I am so incredibly honored to represent Missouri at Miss America," she said. “I am so passionate about this organization and everything that it embodies. To empower women to be leaders, to be intelligent, to be involved.
“I have worked so hard to graduate college a year early, in three years, so that when I came to the Miss Missouri pageant I was fully ready to take on the job of Miss Missouri,” she said.
Garber, daughter of Ron and Denise Garber, said she is grateful to represent this state with her platform Inspiring Lives of Integrity Through Education.
Graber is a graduate of Oral Roberts University.
She was also honored that Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner Bell was mistress of ceremonies and who asked Garber her on stage question.
For her talent Garber performed a jazz dance en Pointe to "P.Y.T."
As Garber’s father watched his daughter in the limelight after the pageant, he said he was very proud of her. "She has worked hard and has determination that is amazing."  
As Miss Missouri she will receive an $11,000 scholarship, her crown and many other gifts along with the chance to compete in the Miss America Pageant in September. She also received $175 as a preliminary swimsuit winner.
First runner-up was Miss Springfield Kelsey Dacus who sang "A House is Not a Home." She will receive $5,000 in scholarship funds. Second runner-up was Miss Audrain Cheyenne Parks who performed a jazz dance to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Parks was also the preliminary swimsuit winner Friday night in the Alpha Group. She received $4,000 dollars for second runner-up and $175 for a swimsuit preliminary winner. Miss Kansas City Darbi Fuhrman received the Miss Missouri Sisterhood third runner-up. She performed a tap dance to "Uptown Funk." Fuhrman received $3,000. Named the Laurann Webber Memorial fourth runner-up award for $2,000 was Miss Heartland Maikieta Brantley who sang "I, Who Have Nothing."
The six semi-finalists who each will receive $800 included: Miss Crowder Olivia Henson who sang "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me;" Miss River City (People's Choice) Alex Uihlein who performed "He's A Pirate" on the flute; Miss Route 66 Mikaela Carson who sang "Gold;" Miss Heart of St. Louis Jennifer Davis who  played the piano to "Can't Help Falling in Love;" and Miss Spirit of St. Louis Katie Moeller who played "Csardas Gypsy Dance" on the violin.
Other awards presented were preliminary eveing wear winners, Miss Audrain Cheyenne Parks and Miss Springfield Kelsey Dacus; most talent points, Miss Spirit of St. Louis Katie Moeller; MAO Academic Achievement Award, Miss Midland Empire Carolyn Koepping; MAO Quality of Life Award, Miss Northeast Counties Stephanie Patton; Community Service Award, Miss Branson Audrey Langworthy; Smile Award Miss Mark Twain Andi Hudson.
Debbye Turner Bell returned to Missouri after six years to serve as mistress of ceremonies Saturday night. Turner Bell charmed the audience with her wit and humor.
She told the audience it was nice to be back in Mexico and to see some of her friends she made while serving as Miss Missouri, then Miss America. Sharing the stage with Turner Bell for the talent and evening gown competition was Mexico's own Larry Webber who served as Miss Missouri Board of Director Chairman for 30 years.
During the program, a tribute was paid to Laurann Webber who was a dedicated Miss Missouri volunteer. "Laurann Webber was the embodiment of kindness, sincere concern and generosity to me," said Turner Bell. "Her concern for fashion was second only to her concern for people. She made me feel affirmed, included and  special."
The fourth runner-up scholarship has been named in Laurann's honor and this year's program book was dedicated to her.