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Triple crown

Mike Diamond
07/26/2010
Emily Danger dazzles in the Miss Rock Island beauty pageant, becoming the third MC student to take home a crown this spring

Another young woman from the area will have to make room in her luggage for a crown as she packs for Monmouth College this fall.

Emily Danger, a freshman from Port Byron, was crowned Miss Rock Island County Fair last week. She joins classmate Jackie Driscoll -- Miss Henry County (Ill.) Fair -- and 2010 Monmouth graduate Jessie Howes -- Miss Louisa (Iowa) County -- as recent county pageant winners.

"It will be great to have two girls from Monmouth competing in the state competition in January," Danger commented, speaking of her and Driscoll's crowns.

Danger, who plans to major in communication and public relations, was ecstatic when she won the pageant. "This one is a very big deal around here," she explained. "It requires a lot of time, effort and commitment."

Each competitor underwent a judge's interview, followed by an evening gown and swimsuit competition during the public portion of the pageant. Danger and her competition also had to answer three questions and present a monologue about the county fair.

Formerly holding the Miss Indian Summer Festival crown, which she earned last Labor Day weekend, Danger has been competing in beauty pageants for only two years. "I love competing in pageants," she said. "My goal now is to compete for the Miss Mississippi Crown, from which I could compete for Miss Illinois."

A member of the MC cheerleading squad, Danger also plans to be involved in radio and participate in Greek Life recruitment.

She is the daughter of Mark and Ann Danger of Port Byron.