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Caitlyn Robb crowned Miss Blackhawk Valley

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Caitlyn Robb was crowned Miss Blackhawk Valley Saturday night at the March 5 Miss Blackhawk Valley Scholarship Program held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline. She is a sophomore at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, and will next compete in June at the Miss Illinois pageant in Marion.

Robb performed a vocal for her talent and her platform was "But He Never Hit Me: Raising Awareness of Emotionally Abusive Relationships in Young Women." She is the daughter of Russell and Dee Robb of New Windsor.

First runner-up was Jenna Kannenberg, a senior at Trinity College of Nursing. She is the daughter of Dan and Jolene Kannenberg of East Moline. Her talent was tap dancer and her platform was "Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Education."

Contestant Hope Spivey of Alpha took home the non-finalist talent award with her en pointe ballet. She attends school at Western Illinois University majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Randy and Deanna Spivey of Alpha and her platform was "Lupus Education and Awareness."

Outstanding Teen

In the Miss Blackhawk Valley Outstanding Teen competition, Carolin Wehr of Moline, 13, was the winner. She is a seventh grader at Wilson Middle School and daughter of Denis and Lisa Wehr. Her talent was piano performance and her platform was "Helping the Hearing Impaired." Weir will go onto Marian in June for the state  outstanding teen competition.

First runner-up in the teen pageant was Caitlin Kozelichki, a junior at Monmouth High School. Kozelichki is the daughter of Anthony and Linda Kozelichki of Alexis. Her talent is Baton Show twirl and her platform is "Education about Epilepsy."

Second runner-up was Monica Matt, a sophomore at Sherrard High School. She is the daughter of Robert and Donna Matt of Viola. Her platform was "Pale is the New Tan; Teen awareness of Melenoma" and her talent was alto saxophone.

Third runner-up was Stephanie Schultz, a junior at Rockridge High School. She is the daughter of Jim and Jane Schultz of Reynolds. Her platform was "Be Unique, Be You: Promoting Healthy Self Esteem."  Her talent was vocal performance.

Miss Blackhawk Valley is the oldest competition in the Miss Illinois system, providing scholarships for young women of Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties for 63 years. It is an official preliminary to the Miss America scholarship program.

Jenna Kannenberg