Ms. Illinois, WIU alumna finishes in Top 10 of Miss America Pageant

Megan Ervin, Miss Illinois

Miss Illinois and WIU alumna Megan Ervin won a Miss America preliminary competition Jan. 9 in Las Vegas (she’s pictured here receiving that honor). Ervin, 23, of Rushville won the Lifestyle and Fitness (swimsuit) preliminary. On Jan. 13, Ervin finished in the top ten of the Miss America competition.

An exercise science major and a dance minor, WIU’s Megan Ervin, who was crowned Miss Illinois last June, represented Western Illinois University and her Western Illinois hometown with elegance and style at this past weekend’s Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas.

She finished in the top 10 in the final competition, and won a Miss America preliminary competition last Wednesday night. According to an article in the Quincy Herald Whig, the 23-year-old Ervin, a Rushville (IL) native, “won the Lifestyle and Fitness (swimsuit) preliminary, which earned her a $1,000 Amway scholarship.”

In September 2012, Ervin was asked to be the Grand Marshall of Western’s annual Homecoming Parade and, in a video interview (see below), talked about her platform for her pageant competitions and how her education at WIU helped her reach her goals.

“My platform is my passion, and it’s wellness, fitness, childhood obesity and community outreach programs,” she said. “I was an exercise science major with a dance minor, so those things really paralleled my fitness programs and my dance programs for my community outreach programs. [WIU] just helped me continue to grow and flourish in those programs…. Then, of course, for Miss America, 35 percent of your score is from talent, so the amount of growth in the WIU Dance program was outstanding. Had I not been involved in that program, my talent would not have been up to par as it was for the Miss Illinois [competition],” she added.

Congrats, Megan, on your outstanding performance!

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