Six Vie for Miss Wyoming 2011 Crown

Who will be crowned Miss Wyoming 2011?  Find out Saturday, June 25th at the WYO Theatre.
Who will be crowned Miss Wyoming 2011? Find out Saturday, June 25th at the WYO Theatre.

Six exceptional young women from around Wyoming will be competing Saturday evening for the 2011 Miss Wyoming Scholarship Crown. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson introduces them to you.

Poised, talented, and very smart, all six 2011 contestants will bring their best to the competition, and any one of them will be a terrific representative for the Cowboy State.

Introducing them by their allotted number, Contestant Number 1 is Miss Sheridan, Emily Burgess, a 20-year-old University of Wyoming Senior pursuing a double-major in Physiology and Pre-Optometry. This is her second year competing for Miss Wyoming. She will be performing a piano solo for her talent, and her platform is “Bridging the Intergenerational Gap”.

Contestant Number 2, in her third visit to the Miss Wyoming stage, is Miss Natrona County, Amanda Jones of Casper. She is 22 years old and a Senior Rangeland Ecology Major at the University of Wyoming. She will perform a bluegrass fiddle medley for her talent, and her platform is “Empowering Youth Through Volunteer-Based Organizations”.

Contestant Number 3 is 1st Lt. Kendra Henderson, a 23-year-old active-duty Air Force officer who is pursuing a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming. As Miss Cheyenne - Capital City, she will be performing a classical piece for clarinet, and her platform is “Skin Cancer Awareness”.

Contestant Number 4, Miss Albany County is Catherine Brown of Laramie. She just last week received her Master's Degree from the University of Wyoming in Speech/Language Pathology. For her talent, she will sing and sign to Nora Jones' “Come Away With Me.” Her platform is “Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention and Awareness”.

Second-time contestant is Number 5, Miss Newcastle Rebecca Podio. This 21-year-old University of Wyoming Senior is pursuing a Petroleum Engineering degree, and will be performing a piano solo. Her platform is “Voter Education”.

And last, but certainly not least, is Contestant Number 6, Hattie Lou Byrd, Miss Laramie County of Cheyenne. She is 20 years old and pursuing a Math and Theatre Education degree from Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. Her talent will be a vocal solo, and her platform is “Personalizing Education: Creating a Love for Learning.”

“A Black and White Affair” is the theme of the 2011 Miss Wyoming Pageant, which begins at 7:30 pm Saturday, June 25th at the WYO Theatre.

Tickets are available at the WYO Box Office or online at And to learn more about the contestants, click here:

Wishing all six young ladies the best of luck, for news, I'm Mary Jo Johnson reporting.

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