ONALASKA, Wis. — Four women who won pageant titles Saturday will compete in the Miss Wisconsin pageant, two of them for the fourth time.
Young women from around the state competed in four at-large pageant competitions held at the Onalaska High School auditorium. The annual Miss Midwest and Miss Western Wisconsin pageant competitions took place prior to the evening’s Miss Mississippi Valley and Miss Wisconsin West contests.
Onalaska native Sarah Rachel Brown was chosen as Miss Midwest 2007. The singer is a 2004 graduate of Onalaska High School. Brown, who turns 21 on Thursday, is the daughter of Donna Brown.
She succeeds 2006 titlist Abby Elizabeth Ryan. The UW-L music student was second runner-up in last September’s Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest pageant.
Chosen as Miss Western Wisconsin 2007 was ballet dancer Elisabeth Mary Bruzek, 23, of New Prague, Minn., who succeeds Marci Lee Gallo, the 2006 titleholder. Bruzek, the daughter of Katherine and David B. Bruzek, is a graduate of Viterbo University. She was Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest 2005-06.
Placing first runner-up in the twin-pageant competition was Melissa Ann Maggart, 19, of Racine, a UW-Madison student.
Later in the evening, outgoing 2006 titleholders Ryan and Gallo competed for and won pageant crowns.
Winning the second annual Miss Mississippi Valley pageant Saturday night was Ryan, 23, the daughter of Barbara and Edward J. Ryan of La Crosse. The semi-classical vocalist, who was Miss La Crosse in 2002, is an education
student at UW-La Crosse. She succeeds 2006 titlist Alexandra Bivort Kealey, 24, of Merton.
Gallo, 23, of Pleasant Prairie was named Miss Wisconsin West 2007. The classical pianist was crowned by 2006 queen Stacey Lee Zabinski, 24, of rural Arcadia, Wis. Gallo, the former Miss West Allis 2005, was Miss Kenosha in 2002. She is the daughter of Caroline and John Gallo.
UW-L sophomore Tiffany S. Krohn, 20, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., was named first runner-up in the evening dual competitions Saturday. Current Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest, Kristina Kelly Smaby will join Brown, Bruzek, Ryan and Gallo as they advance to the 2007 Miss Wisconsin pageant, June 30 in Oshkosh.
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