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Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant Postponed
The Miss Missouri Scholarship Organization’s Board of Directors announced today they will postpone the Miss Missouri and Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen competitions, planned to be held this summer, until June of 2021. The decision follows the announcement by the Miss America Organization that the national Miss America competition, to be held in December 2020, will be postponed until the fourth quarter of 2021.
“It is with heavy hearts that the Miss Missouri Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone the Miss Missouri Competition until June 2021. The health and safety of the Miss Missouri family and the Mexico community was the top priority of the organization in making the decision to postpone the state competition. We as an organization remain committed to providing the best possible scholarship opportunities and experiences for the women who participate in this program. The Miss Missouri Organization is grateful to our many partners, sponsors and volunteers across the state that have invested in women’s empowerment and scholarship opportunities and who continue to support the organization through this difficult time,” wrote Ann Jolly, Executive Director of the Miss Missouri Organization, in a letter that went out to contestants and organization officials earlier today.
The 2020 Miss Missouri competition was originally planned for the week of June 8-13, on the campus of the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, but the organization announced in April that the June competition would be postponed until late July due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. After receiving new guidance and recommendations from the Miss America Organization for all states to postpone all competitions throughout the rest of 2020, the board voted to postpone the Miss Missouri state competitions until June of 2021.
The current state titleholders, Miss Missouri, Simone Esters and Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen, Shae Smith, who would have given up their titles in June, have agreed to continue to serve as the state titleholders until a new Miss Missouri and Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen are crowned in June 2021. Current Local titleholders set to compete at the 2020 competition will be allowed to keep their titles and compete at the 2021 state competition.