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Miss Utah Needs Your Help

Published: January 03, 2008 | Category: Community Outreach

The beginning of 2008 ushers in a gamut of annually televised competitions for viewers across America: the NFL Playoffs, the Golden Globe Awards and last but not least, the 2008 Miss America Pageant. For Southern Utah University, the countdown to January 26 is on as the school holds a collective breath for former Miss SUU, current Miss Utah and 2008 Miss America hopeful Jill Stevens.

But it’s time to put all that wishing and hoping aside because the Miss America organization has decided to involve fans in the pageant voting this year. Beginning Friday, January 4, following the first episode of “Miss America: Reality Check” on TLC, viewers will have the opportunity to select a surprise 16th pageant finalist in the competition.

As a combat medic in the Utah National Guard, a marathon runner, a Summa cum laude nursing graduate, and according to good friend and early pageant director Deniece Allred, “ a tomboy in tennis shoes who has blossomed into a kind and amazing young lady,” Miss Utah Jill Stevens makes friends everywhere she goes. It’s time for all those supporters to help ensure one of Utah’s strongest Miss America candidates in history receives the attention she deserves in the final competition.

Voting for the pageant’s 16th finalist will run through midnight on January 26, and the contestant with the most votes, who is not already included as a Top 15 finalist, will become “America’s Choice” to be revealed during the Miss America Live! finale that evening. Beginning this Friday evening, Miss Utah supporters can visit to cast their vote.

For those interested in showing their support for Miss Utah in person, Southern Utah University will also host a send-off party for Jill Stevens on Tuesday, January 15 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in SUU’s Great Hall.

In the meantime, SUU has developed an online cheering section for our former student. Additional information about Jill’s whirlwind past few months leading up to the pageant can be found at beginning Monday, January 7.

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