Area women to compete in Miss Wisconsin pageant

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
— Two area women will compete for the title of Miss Wisconsin at Saturday's pageant in Oshkosh.

Miss Wisconsin Central Mariah Haberman, an Evansville graduate who lives in Madison, and Miss Beloit Melissa Gile of Beloit will compete against 21 other Wisconsin women for more than $600,000 in cash, scholarships and prizes. The winner will represent the state in the 2013 Miss America pageant in January in Las Vegas.

Gile, 19, is a 2010 Beloit Memorial graduate and daughter of David and Terri Gile. She is studying nursing at UW-Milwaukee.

For the talent portion of the competition, she will play "You Raise Me Up" on the flugelhorn.

Her platform is keeping senior minds young by connecting the generations and forming interactions between seniors and young people "to show that everybody can benefit by these relationships," she said.

A certified nursing assistant, Gile said she realized she wanted to go into geriatric nursing after volunteering and working at a Beloit nursing home.

Haberman, 24, is a 2006 graduate of Evansville High School and a 2010 UW-Oshkosh graduate who works at Hiebing, an integrated marketing firm in Madison. She is the daughter of Mark Haberman of Oregon and Marnie Tomlin-Krumwiede of Janesville.

Haberman will dance a jazz-funk routine to "Sweet Dreams," a mash-up by Beyonce and Eurythmics, for the talent competition.

Her platform is "A Shot of Reality: Alcohol Addiction," a culmination of her childhood upbringing with alcoholic parents and coping with the loss of her stepfather, who died in a Rock County drunken-driving crash in July 2007.

All contestants compete in five areas: talent, interview, eveningwear, on-stage question and swimsuit. Contestants are participating in activities throughout the week, beginning with preliminary competition tonight.

UW-Whitewater student and Janesville Craig graduate Claire Olsen will compete in next year's Miss Wisconsin pageant. Olsen was crowned Miss Burlington Area ChocolateFest during Memorial Day weekend in Burlington.

Last updated: 8:47 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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