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      Quincy pageant queens gearing up to get the Miss Illinois title

      These Quincy pageant queens are competing for the Miss Illinois title. But they say it's not all about getting the crown.

      Have you met Quincy's royalty? There's Miss Gem City, Miss Quincy, Miss Quincy Outstanding Teen and Miss Gem City Outstanding Teen.

      The four ladies are less than a week away from competing for the Miss Illinois title.

      "I'm always going to be nervous before a pageant because you just don't know what the judges are going to ask you but I do feel as prepared as I can possibly be going into it," Miss Quincy Christina Hanna said.

      "I am so excited," Miss Gem City Kelsey Peters said. "I feel prepared, I feel ready and I'm totally up to date on all my current events. I am so ready for all of this."

      But for these ladies it's about more than just getting the crown.

      "The Miss America system is all about scholarship and service, volunteering and making a difference in the world," Miss Quincy Outstanding Teen Angelica Niemann said. "For me that's all about promoting your platform."

      "I once heard that you can either use your crown as a voice or as a weight and you can really use it as a voice," Miss Gem City Outstanding Teen Mackenzie Mahsman said. "You can get out there, promote your platform and talk about anything."

      "I love the community service aspect and just bringing yourself to the community and what you can do and seeing how you can give to other," Peters said.

      While each of the ladies are dancing for the talent portion of the competition their platforms are very different. They range fighting childhood obesity to increasing agriculture education.

      "These title holders are our future leaders in the community and they truly do have passion for their platforms," Miss Quincy Executive Director Lindsey Hess said. "They truly live it not just when they have the crown on their head but in their daily lives."

      "Without the crown I don't think we would have this stage to share our passions with other," Hanna said.

      These queens are hoping to get an even bigger stage at the Miss Illinois Pageant.

      More than 30 girls will compete for that title and 28 will compete for the Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen crown.

      The Quincy pageant queens leave next week for the Miss Illinois competition.

      You can see each of them perform a part of their talent by clicking, here.