Theresa Vail won her second silver tray and Jackie Newland, who persevered through microphone problems not once but twice, won the talent award in her third time on stage for "Gimme, Gimme."
Miss Leavenworth County Theresa Vail, who captured a preliminary award for talent with an operatic aria, "Nessun Dorma," on Thursday night, was called out again at the end of the second preliminary competition, as the winner of the swimsuit award. She is a 22-year-old student at Kansas State University, majoring in chemistry and Chinese, with a plan to become a dental surgeon for the U.S. Army.
Jackie Newland, an 18-year-old graduate of Neodesha High School, won the preliminary talent award on Friday. In a taped introduction before her talent performance, she discussed handling stress. She was put to the test, when a hands-free microphone failed to pick up her voice. A panel of judges could be seen shaking their heads, as if they were not scoring the number; and indeed, she was called back to perform again, with the same result. She was given a third chance, this time with a hand-held microphone. Judges and the crowd gave their approval to an entertaining performance.
Preliminary scores determine the Top 10 contestants, who will be named shortly after the final performance begins on Saturday night. They will perform in all stage-categories again, starting with zero points, according to a system that is used in all state preliminaries to the Miss America Pageant.
The 25 Miss Kansas contestants, 18 Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen contestants and 61 Sunflower Princesses (record numbers for both MKOT and princesses) can be seen in Saturday's parade, beginning at 10 a.m.