There she was, Miss Pennsylvania.
Katie Schreckengast made it into the top 10 finalists in the 2017 Miss America pageant Sunday.
Schreckengast usually spends her September weekends dressed like a few hundred of her closest friends, walking like them, blending together into one seamless sound and the precision formations of the Penn State Blue Band.
But the broadcast journalism major from Palmyra was in the spotlight all on her own in Atlantic City. Well, she did share it with her saxophone as she took a bright blue (of course) stage for the talent portion of the evening.
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First she made the cut for the top 15, alongside the ladies representing Tennessee, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Texas, New Mexico, Alabama, Missouri, Alaska, Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, North Dakota and Illinois, according to ABC News.
She made it through the next level, while the misses from Tennessee, New Mexico, Alaska, Georgia and Illinois were cut, but when Missouri, Texas, North Dakota, New Jersey and D.C. were called for the third round, Schreckengast’s run was over. Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, took home the crown.
Happy Valley, however, couldn’t be happier for Schreckengast.
“On behalf of Penn State, congratulations to Katie and her family on this achievement, which has taken an incredible amount of hard work, talent and ambition,” Penn State President Eric Barron said. “We look forward to Katie’s return to campus, so she can continue to enjoy her many pursuits as an engaged student — academics, the Blue Band and service work.”
And those friends in the matching uniforms?
“Your #BlueBandFamily is #PennStateProud tonight!!!” the band said on Facebook.