The three eldest of the five queens crowned Saturday during the Miss Hannibal Scholarship Pageant at Hannibal Middle School will continue to compete in state contests in 2019.

The three eldest of the five queens crowned Saturday during the Miss Hannibal Scholarship Pageant at Hannibal Middle School will continue to compete in state contests in 2019.

The new pageant queens are:

• Miss Hannibal-Mark Twain Jessica Kearns

• Miss Hannibal Outstanding Teen Jaden Essig

• Miss Mark Twain Outstanding Teen Kennedy Johnson

• Pre Junior Crown Princess Gracyn Lucas

• Pre Teen Crown Princess Koryn Miller

Usually, different Miss Hannibal and Miss Mark Twain queens are crowned, but the pageant had only five of the six necessary contestants, pageant directors Barbara Stewart and Rica Nelson said.

Kearns, 19, of Hannibal, is a student at John Wood Community College. She plans to operate a daycare. Her pageant platform was raising money for homeless veterans, and she recommended attendants donate to the 2x4s for Hope program that builds houses.

Kearns, who also won the interview and ticket sales contests, will compete in the 2019 Miss Missouri Pageant during June in Mexico.

Margaret Garland was runner-up and also won the swimsuit contest.

Isabella Latta won the People's Choice, Miss Congeniality and talent contests. Katie Brothers won the photogenic contest.



Miss Outstanding Teen awards

In addition to receiving her crown, Essig won the active wear contest and tied with Johnson in the interview contest. Essig, 15, of rural Hannibal, attends Hannibal High School.

Johnson,16, of rural Kahoka, attends Clark County R-I High School.

Ella Goldinger was the runner-up.

Taylor Stratton won the talent, Miss Congeniality, photogenic and ticket sales contests.

Hannah Otten won the People's Choice award, and Jessica Kreider won the sponsors contest.



Youngest queens in special contest

The Pre Junior and Pre Teen contests were described as the first step forward toward a crown.

Pre Junior Crown Princess Lucas, 11, attends Palmyra Elementary School and participates in gymnastics. She won the talent contest.

Runner-up in this contest was Ava Ebers, who also won the photogenic contest.

Sawyer Smith won the People's Choice, interview and evening wear contests.

Remington Kroeger won the ticket sales contest.

Pre Teen Crown Princess Miller, 9, also won the evening wear contest. She attends Mark Twain Elementary School. She enjoys jumping on a trampoline.

Runner-up in the Pre Teen contest was Avery Trower, 9, who also won the interview contest. She attends Palmyra Elementary School. Her hobby is singing, and a favorite song is “A Million Dreams.”

In the Pre Teen contest, Millie Stewart won the People's Choice, talent, ticket sales and photogenic contests.

bev.darr@courierpost.com