Miss Polk County, Kelly Koch was crowned Miss Iowa 2016 this saturday. She succeeds Miss Oklahoma 2015 Taylor Wiebers from Clinton, Taylor competed for the Miss America 2016 title in September 2015 and placed in the Top 12.
Crowning of Kelly Koch as Miss Iowa 2016 - Photo credit: Say Uncle Photography
"Words can't describe what the Miss America Organization has done for me in the past year"
Kelly 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.
No contestant from Iowa has ever won the national Miss America title although two Miss Iowas have been named First Runner Up. Cheryl Browne, Miss Iowa 1970, competed in the Miss America 1971 pageant as the first African American contestant.
Miss Iowa 2016 Final Results
1st Runner Up-Miss Scott County, Johannah Vittetoe
2nd Runner Up-Miss Pearl City, Jessica Baker
3rd Runner Up-Miss Metro, Meredith Olson
4th Runner Up-Miss Cedar Valley, Schunicht
Top 10 Finalists
Miss Johnson County 2016- Christy Scimeca
Kelly Koch- Miss Polk County
Miss Cedar Valley 2016, Molly Schunicht
Miss Pearl City 2016- Jessica Baker
Miss Eastern Iowa 2016 - Allison Gerstenberger
Miss Greater Des Moines 2016, Molly McDonnell
Miss Clinton County 2015- Maddison Lange
Miss Metro 2016, Meredith Olson
Miss Scott County 2015/2016, Johannah Vittetoe
Miss Palisades, Anna Masengarb