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      Miss Quincy titleholders prepare for state level pageant

      Miss Quincy Celeste Niemann.

      The titleholders from the Miss Quincy Scholarship Program will soon be heading out to the experience of a lifetime.

      On Sunday, the ladies will head out for Marion, Illinois for the Miss Illinois Pageant.

      But it's not just a pageant, it's a scholarship program.

      "Miss America is unique because it is the larges scholarship provider for women today providing over 45 million dollars with of scholarship," said Miss Quincy Celeste Niemann.

      Preparing for a state pageant starts months in advance.

      You compete in different areas like talent, evening gown and interview.

      The talent portion is worth 35% of your score.

      "Everyday I've tried to incorporate something in that's going to help me to be prepared on stage or in my interview both. It's a lot of work, but it'll pay off," said Miss Quincy Outstanding Teen Kira Eidson.

      "One of my strong suits is interview and also talent. I feel really comfortable with both, and I just really look forward to those," said Miss Quincy Outstanding Pre-Teen Neely Humphrey.

      You also have to have a developed platform, something you're passionate about.

      "My platform for Miss Illinois and also it was for Miss Quincy, is muscular dystrophy because it's not well known, I want to spread awareness about it," Humphrey said.

      For Niemann, she's ready for her second opportunity to represent the Tri-States.

      She competed at Miss Illinois in 2012 as Miss Gem City.

      "Having that first year under my belt has really made me feel more confident and I'm so excited and humbled to represent my home town of Quincy for a second time at Miss Illinois," Niemann said.

      Click to here view segments from KHQA's visit with the ladies, as well as view their talent performances.