Miss West Virginia And Miss Kansas To Contest For Miss America 2011

Miss West Virginia Cali Young has arrived in Las Vegas to get ready for next Saturday’s 2011 Miss America pageant. Lauren Werhan, Miss Kansas 2010 and former Miss Augusta 2009, also left Thursday for Las Vegas, to participate in the 2011 Miss American Pageant.

Young, of Glen Dale, has been a performer for 21 of her 24 years. Dancing was her talent in Miss West Virginia and will be again in Miss America. Her passion and platform is regarding the elderly and creating a connection in this country between the youth and age. Cali will dance a jazz number to the song "I Got Ya."

She says she has never been anxious about dancing but this year presents a special challenge.

Miss Kansas is the daughter of Rodney and Linda Werhan, rural Augusta. Prior to winning the Miss Kansas title, Werhan was a student at Wichita State University functioning towards a degree in Strategic Communications. As Miss Kansas 2010, Lauren has partnered with "Do The Deed and Volunteer Kansas" to endorse her platform of “Do the Deed: Deeds of Service.”

Miss America is set for Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. on ABC Ohio Valley live from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
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