The new Miss Lawrence was crowned Saturday night at Free State High School.
Amy Linimon, 24, gasped in surprise and held a hand to her mouth when her name was announced. Linimon, a Kansas University graduate student, was handed a bouquet of roses and crowned by Miss KU-Lawrence 1998, Hilary Meyer, in front of a crowd of almost 400 people.
"I'm a little surprised," Miss Lawrence 1999 said after the pageant while she signed autographs. "I've competed in pageants a long time. ... This is the first time that I felt totally at ease with myself -- no nerves."
Linimon, from Arkansas, will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Harris Construction Services and will go on to represent Lawrence at the Miss Kansas pageant in June in Pratt.
While the two-hour pageant went on, Miss Kansas 1933, Isabelle Allen, watched from the crowd.
"These are real talented girls," she said.
The first runner-up for the crown and recipient of a $750 scholarship from J.C. Penney of Lawrence was Kelly Murphy, 20, a KU student. She also won the talent award, a $50 scholarship from Insurance Planning Associates, with her rendition of "Once Upon a Dream." Second runner-up Kendra Bryant, 20, a KU student, will receive a $500 scholarship from Central National Bank; third runner-up Sara Horken, 18, a Lawrence High School student, will receive a $250 scholarship from Stephens Real Estate. Ashle Burnett, 18, a KU student, won the $50 PEO congeniality award, and Alissa Guy, 18, a Free State High School student, was given the Kansas University Leadership Award, a $500 scholarship.
The contestants were judged on their displays of talent, a swimsuit competition, a personal interview and an evening wear competition. Judges for the event were Lawrence Mayor Marty Kennedy, Linda Reimond, Tracey Noll, Linda Bachura and Kevin White.
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