The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 16, 1959 · Page 31
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 31

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, July 16, 1959
Page 31
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. _rf**fS °W»K, 1 I"* 1 PAGE ANT At Clear Lake July 24-26 Talented, attractive young women from all over the state will compete for the title of Miss Iowa at Clear Lake July 24-26. The contest is sponsored by the state Jaycees with a good deal of help from the national Miss America Pageant, business firms local and national and other good people throughout the Clear Lake area. A whole new and exciting lite will open up for the winner. First, many prizes and gifts, including a scholarship donated by the Pepsi-Cola bottlers of Iowa, then a trip to the Miss America contest at Atlantic City in September. It takes an all-round girl to become Miss America, Miss Iowa or for that matter a local winner. Looking good in a swim suit is only one qualification. Talent, poise and personality are equally important and these are not developed overnight. A study of records of past winners shows how seemingly little things like high school debating, club activities, interest in art or music has helped young girls develop into talented, poised knockouts. " To get first-hand information on what it takes to become Miss Iowa we went to Clear Lake and interviewed key figures in the Miss Iowa Pageant — Warren Jacobson and Bob Halford of the JC's and John Anderson of the Mirror-Reporter. Then we went to Atlantic City and talked with a wonderful woman named Lenora Slaughter, who has guided the destiny of Miss America contests for 25 years. Miss Slaughter told us many interesting -things about past candidates and winners, some of them reported here. Then she said this, which we believe is excellent advice: "Anything worth having in life takes work and sacrifice. A successful career requires education and training whether it is teaching school, dress designing, one of the fine arts or building an ideal home and family life. A girl should start early to develop her assets. Try hard to be good at even one little thing. That will give you poise and confidence. You will become ambitious because you know you can do things and almost every challenge you accept, win or lose, will help you build yourself a full and happy life." Good Luck. Miss Iowa candidates of 1959! We all know that Miss Iowa In 1958 and runnerup Miss America is brown-haired, green-eyed Joanne MacDonald. It actually took Joanne years of effort to win these honors, starting with dramatic reading and speech contests in high school. Life has been wonderful for her since the exciting contest days last summer. Of course she is a celebrity on the Iowa State campus and she has made many personal appearances all over the state, was featured in newspaper and national magazine articles. Joanne will be making her farewell appearance as Miss Iowa. at the Clear Lake Pageant. Mary Ann Mobley of Brandon, Mississippi, Miss America of 1959, reigns until her successor is chosen this coming Labor Day. Unusual talent won the crown for this beautiful young lady. Her song and dance act brought down the house at Atlantic City and wowed a national TV audience. Her rewards were many — a total of $10,000 in scholarships, travel all over the United States and in many foreign countries, a full and exciting year. Back in '49 Jackie Mercer came from a ranch at Litchfield, Arizona to compete at Atlantic City. A former 4-H girl, Jackie, made herself every dress she wore in the pageant and not one cost more than $35. She won first and has always said that the most satisfying booking in her big year as queen was addressing the 4-H convention in Chicago. Jackie used her scholarship at Arizona U, married football star Dick Curran, now is the happy mother of two little boys.

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