Miss Zona Rosa Carolyn Koepping, dazzled the crowd Thursday night with her skillful baton twirling. The twirling also captured the votes of the judges when she was awarded the overall preliminary talent winner.

Koepping began with one baton and ended up twirling three to "You Can't Stop the Beat."

On Wednesday night in her on-stage interview Koepping said if "you have a dream go for it and work for it." This is what she did with twirling. She began at the age of 5 in her driveway. "When other kids were learning to ride bikes, I was twirling," said the 21-year-old. "I still can't ride a bike, but I can twirl," she said smiling.

Miss Tri-Counties Alyssa Weissman, performed a classical piano piece to "Fantaisie-Impromptu, opus 66" and was named the rookie preliminary talent winner.

She has been playing the piano for 16 years. Weissman said she has tried for four years at local pageants to advance to the Miss Missouri Pageant, but this is her first time on the state stage. "It is amazing," said the 23-year-old from St. Louis.