Miss Utah 2013 Ciera Pekarcik will retire her crown this week when a new Miss Utah — chosen from a field of 48 young women from across the state — is crowned Saturday.
Preliminary competitions will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. The final night of the pageant, where the field of 48 will be narrowed to a small group of finalists prior to the evening's competition, will take place Saturday.
More than 700 girls throughout Utah compete in local pageants that feed into the Miss Utah pageant, with the 48 titleholders using their year of service to highlight their chosen platform issues. The Miss Utah pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Organization, which is the world's largest scholarship provider for young women.
Here's a look at the 48 contestants vying for the Miss Utah 2014 title. They are presented in competition order, which dictates which events they will compete in during each night of preliminaries.
Name: Brittni Strickland
Talent: Contemporary Dance "How To Save a Life"
Platform: Never Give Up — Suicide Awareness
Name: Taylor Hutchings
Talent: Dance "Fever"
Platform: "Hope for a Future" — Suicide Prevention
Name: Miranda Blackwell
Talent: Fiddle Piece "Cripple Creek/Devil's Dream"
Platform: Water Safety
Name: Mallory May Rogers
Talent: Vocal "Hallelujah"
Platform: For Every Body
Name: Katherine Ellis
Talent: Dance "Stand By Me"
Platform: Stand Together — Preserving Cultural Heritage
Name: Karlie Major
Talent: Character Jazz Dance "Forget About the Boy"
Platform: Get Real — Embracing a Positive Body Image through Media Smarts
Name: Caitlin Woods
Talent: Lyrical Dance "Because of You"
Platform: An Addiction-Free Life
Name: Anne Wilkins
Talent: Jazz Dance "Lipstick"
Platform: Hands Down 4 Success
Name: Ashton Glass
Talent: Aerial Dance "Tango Amore"
Platform: No Kid Hungry
Name: Emily Hayes
Talent: Piano "Bumble Boogie"
Platform: The Choice is Yours
Name: Sydney Flanigan
Talent: Contemporary Dance "Read All About It"
Platform: Inspiring Education
Name: Kelsey Blaser
Talent: Broadway Dance "The Life of the Party"
Platform: Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness
Name: Lindsey Lloyd
Talent: Violin "Micheal Jackson Medley"
Platform: Sunscreen for Life: Education for the Eradication of Preventable Skin Cancer
Name: Jaicelyn Shakespaere
Talent: Pop Vocal "At Last"
Platform: Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Name: Chelsi Lukens
Talent: Pop Vocal "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going"
Platform: Love is Respect: Relationship Abuse Awareness & Prevention
Name: McKenna King
Talent: Power Tap "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Platform: Confidence from Head to Taps
Name: Katina Burt
Talent: Saxophone Solo "Rhapsody in Blue"
Platform: It Takes a Village: Education Help for Underprivileged Children
Name: Brielle Bogdin
Talent: Jazz Routine "Sun of a Gun"
Platform: Gun Safety Education
Name: Kassidy Williams
Talent: Contemporary Dance "I Was Here"
Platform: Go Red For Women — Love Your Heart
Name: Kristalyn Cluff
Talent: Vocal "On My Own"
Platform: Choose to Live: Combating Anxiety and Depression Among Teens
Name: Melody Clyde
Talent: Contemporary Ballet "Titanium/Pavane"
Platform: Building Strength Despite Adversity — A Cystic Fibrosis Story
Name: Jaycee Brown
Talent: Violin Performance "Wieniawski Scherzo Tarentelle"
Platform: Encouraging Dental Hygiene in Children
Name: Hannah Harkness
Talent: Piano Performance "Flight of the Bumblebee"
Platform: Ready Behind the Wheel
Name: Kassie Nielson
Talent: Vocal "Somewhere"
Platform: Digital Addiction: The New Drug — Time To Detox
Name: Jazmin Kitchen
Talent: Monologue "Gray Matter"
Platform: Gaining Self Confidence
Name: Bailey Johnson
Talent: Lyrical Dance "This Woman's Work"
Platform: Arts in Education
Name: Shannon Oveson
Talent: Marimba Solo "Eruption of Sakurajima"
Platform: Education: The Key to Opportunity
Name: Sasha Heaps
Talent: Dance "Fly"
Platform: Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention
Name: Kristen Robbins
Platform: Education and Cooperation to Ensure the Future of American Agriculture
Name: Sierra Blad
Talent: Jazz Dance "Time After Time"
Platform: You Can Overcome Life's Obstacles (Y.O.L.O.)
Name: McCall Spears
Talent: Character Jazz Dance "Jail House Rock"
Platform: Buckle Up and Stop Texting
Name: Harley Earl
Talent: Vocal Solo "Little Wonders"
Platform: Increasing Physical Activity Through Sports Participation
Name: McCall Gray
Talent: Character Dance "Popular"
Platform: Hope For Alzheimer's
Name: Lauren Wilson
Talent: Dance "Skinny Love"
Platform: With Help Comes Hope — Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Name: Shaelie Rae Knutson
Talent: Vocal/Dance "A Little Party"
Platform: Big Brothers Big Sisters — Mentoring Little by Little
Name: Kelby Tyler
Talent: Piano Solo "A Minor Piano Concerto"
Platform: Diabetes Awareness — A Reason to Believe in a Cure
Name: Morgan Grillone
Talent: Pop Vocal and Guitar "Part of Me"
Platform: Depression Awareness and Spreading Self Confidence
Name: Abbey Eyre
Talent: Lyrical Dance "Hope"
Platform: The Vice of Virtual Validation-Getting Beyond the "Like" Button to Strengthen Healthy Human Interaction
Name: Madison Tormey
Talent: Piano "Rock Meets Rachmaninoff"
Platform: The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Name: Whitney Matagi
Talent: Dance "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Platform: Embrace Your Ability
Name: Kali Buhler
Talent: Vocal "I'm a Star"
Platform: Give a Little, Change a Life — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Utah
Name: Jessica Connolly
Talent: Classical Ballet "Don Quixote"
Platform: W.E. C.A.R.E. (Women Empowerment and Child Abuse Relief)
Name: Dania Rice
Talent: Dance "Believe"
Platform: Addiction Prevention Through Education
Name: Cierra Mullins
Talent: Spanish Style Dance "El Tango De Roxanne"
Platform: Volunteer Work "Just Because"
Name: Baylee Palmer
Talent: Piano Solo "Whitewater Chopsticks"
Platform: Healthy Smiles=Happy Smiles
Name: Madeline Larsen
Talent: Vocal "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
Platform: "Do Your Part, Be Water Smart — Water Safety"
Name: Alexis Adams
Talent: Piano "Within"
Platform: It Starts With One
Name: Kira Hannemann
Talent: Pop Vocal "I'm Going Down"
Platform: Embracing Cultural Diversity