Miss Pennsylvania got another moment in the national spotlight on Wednesday.
The Miss America pageant might have ended Sunday, but Penn State’s own Katie Schreckengast got a little more exposure from her turn onstage when “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” talked about the event, and the contestants, in contrast to political events.
A clip of Schreckengast, a Penn State Blue Band member, playing the saxophone in Sunday’s competition was used on the show, alongside other contestants performing talents such as traditional ethnic dancing and yodeling ventriloquism.
Michelle Wolf used the pageant to parallel the presidency, pointing out the large number of qualifications to enter the Miss America program versus those to be commander-in-chief, namely be “35 and born here.”
The show also showed contestants’ answers to questions about things like the violence in Charlottesville, Va., in August and the Paris climate accord.
“This is how little faith America has in its women,” Wolf said. “They have to be prettier, more talented and smarter than the president just to get the job of waving for a year.”
Schreckengast, 21, of Palmyra, is a rising senior pursuing a broadcast journalism degree at Penn State whose Miss America platform was “Building Families Through Adoption.” She finished in the top 10 in the pageant.