SALT LAKE CITY — A former Miss Utah Outstanding Teen was crowned Miss Utah 2017 at Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre Saturday night.
Miss Panoramaland, JessiKate Riley, was awarded the coveted title, along with a $10,000 scholarship to the school of her choice and a brand new car.
The 20-year-old grew up in Beaver and is currently a senior at Brigham Young University majoring in violin performance. She’s played the violin for 17 years and plans to become a studio recording artist. During the competition, Riley played “Praeludium and Allegro” by Kreisler, which she arranged herself, Miss Utah Pageant officials said in an online news release.
Riley also won the preliminary talent award and the Glen Harmon Instrumental Music award in addition to $700 in more scholarships.
Riley was crowned Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen — the little sister program to the Miss America Organization — in 2014. She is the first Miss Utah Outstanding Teen to also win the title of Miss Utah, according to pageant officials.
Over the next year, Riley will travel all over the state speaking to audiences about her self-esteem centered platform “Find ValYOU Within.” She will also serve as a state ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Riley will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant on Sunday, Sept. 10 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The runners-up took home the following prizes:
- First Runner-up: Miss Greater Salt Lake, Jesse Craig, received a $4,000 scholarship, as well as a preliminary swimsuit award ($200 scholarship) and the Miss America Academic Scholarship ($1,000).
- Second Runner-up: Miss Springville/Mapleton, Alexa Knutzen, received a $3,000 scholarship, as well as a $1,000 scholarship and $1,000 donation to the charity of her choice from Utah Valley University for the UVU Leadership Award.
- Third Runner-up: Miss Provo, Madison Monson, received a $2,000 scholarship, as well as a preliminary swimsuit award and a $200 scholarship earlier in the week.
- Fourth Runner-up: Miss Riverton, Whitney Gillman, received a $1,000 scholarship.
The additional seven semi-finalists rounded out the top 12 and each won a $500 scholarship: Miss USU Eastern, Alexandra Burrola (People’s Choice); Miss Timpanogos, Brynn Christensen; Miss Nebo, Lizzy Palmatier; Miss Utah County, Madison Tormey; Miss South Jordan, Meganne Ferrel; Miss North Ogden, Navy Humphreys; Miss Pioneer Valley, Shakelle Valdez.
For more information about the pageant or other winners, visit www.missutahpageant.com.
Editor's note: The content of this article was taken from a press release sent out by the Miss Utah Scholarship Organization. This is not information gathered by KSL.com reporters.