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Miss Shamrock Contests Kick Off St. Pat’s Celebration

March 8, 2019
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

by Jane Whitmore

The annual St. Patrick's Celebration kicks off this weekend with the Miss Shamrock and Junior Miss Contests. Contestants will be on stage Sunday, March 10, at the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium.

Special guest at the Miss Shamrock Pageant is Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw, Miss Iowa 2018.

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Miss Iowa 2018

The Miss Shamrock and Junior Miss Pageants begin at 3 p.m.

Four young ladies will vie for the Miss Shamrock crown. Each will complete an interview with the judges before the program. On stage, the young ladies will introduce themselves in casual wear, and later grace the stage in formal wear. Each contestant will perform her talent of choice, and answer a question on-stage for the judges.

Miss Shamrock 2019 will be crowned by reigning Miss Shamrock Hannah VanHeuvelen.

There are five contestants in the Little Miss Shamrock Contest; six little ladies vying for the title of Little Lassie; and six contestants who want to be crowned Irish Miss.

Miss Iowa

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw

Emmetsburg will welcome Miss Iowa 2018 at the Miss Shamrock Pageant.

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She was crowned Miss Iowa 2018 in June of 2018, and competed for the title of Miss America in September of 2018. From there, she received a $3,000 scholarship, along with her $11,000 scholarship from the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program.

Mikhayla, 22, is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Iowa, working toward a career in broadcast journalism. She is a mental health and suicide awareness advocate. As someone who previously battled depression and suicidal thoughts, Mikhayla's campaign "How About H.O.P.E. - Helping Others & Providing Encouragement" inspires change in our mental health culture through sharing personal stories and encouraging compassion. During her year of service, she has partnered with the Iowa Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as well as many other mental health and suicide awareness organizations in both the states of Iowa and Illinois.

Mikhayla believes the Miss America Organization provides a prime avenue to open discussion on the topic of mental health. She knows the importance of speaking her truth, because "there is something so powerful about sharing your story with the hope of helping someone share theirs. This program, the title, and crown are tools to inspire change."



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