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Evansville native wins pageant title

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Gazette staff
March 14, 2012
— It took three years and seven pageants, but Mariah Haberman, a native of Evansville, has won a pageant title to send her to the Miss Wisconsin pageant this summer.

Haberman, a 2006 graduate of Evansville High School, bested nine other women in the 2012 Miss Wisconsin Central pageant Saturday night in Fond du Lac. She won the "at-large" pageant after performing a jazz lyrical dance to "One Night Only" from the musical "Dreamgirls," according to a news release.


Haberman, 24, began competing in pageants later than most of her competitors.


"I am shocked I did not start bawling right away. This has been a three-year journey for me," Haberman said moments after her victory.


She is the daughter of Mark E. Haberman of Oregon and Marnie Tomlin-Krumwiede of Janesville. Haberman is a 2010 UW-Oshkosh graduate.


She was first runner-up in the 2010 Miss Oshkosh pageant. She later competed in the 2010 Miss South Central pageant in Beloit and also in the 2011 and 2012 Miss Madison pageants, among others.


During her year of service, Haberman will promote her pageant platform of "Preventing the PreventableóDrinking and Driving," which was inspired by her stepfather, who died in a Rock County drunken-driving crash in July 2007, and her parents, who both have drunken-driving convictions.


Haberman will compete in the 2012 Miss Wisconsin pageant June 16 in Oshkosh. The winner will represent the state in the 2013 Miss America pageant in January in Las Vegas.



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