Miss Blackhawk Valley Jaryn Franklin was crowned Miss Illinois 2016 by outgoing titleholder Crystal Davis from Anna at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center in Marion, IL.
During the pageant she performed a rendition of “Dream A Little Dream of Me” as her talent.
Jaryn will have the opportunity to represent her state at Miss America 2017 later this year. The 2017 Miss America Pageant will be held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Sunday, September 11, 2016.
The event will be broadcast by ABC in the United States, the first in the network’s newest agreement to carry the pageant until 2019, with Dick Clark Productions producing the ceremony. Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell (Miss Georgia 2015) is scheduled to crown her successor at the end of the event.
The first "Miss Illinois" sent to the national pageant in 1927, Lois Delander, won the Miss America title. Including Delander, five Miss Illinois representatives have won Miss America.
Miss Illinois 2016 Final Results
Miss Illinois 2016 is: Jaryn Franklin
1st runner up is: Amelia Mugavero
2nd runner up is: Janna Harner
3rd runner up is: Michela Moe
4th runner up is: Kristen One