Miss Cache Valley Competing for the Crown

Ever since Tayler Williams was a little girl she has dreamed of becoming Miss Utah. Now that dream could become a reality as Williams heads into the 2009 Miss Utah Pageant, competing against 45 talented young women. “I have been doing pageants for two years,” said Williams, a sophomore at USU. “I competed in my first in Tremonton and won the title of Miss Bear River Valley and went to Miss Utah 2008 where I got fourth attendant. Then this last year I competed at Miss Cache Valley and won. Now I’m here [at Miss Utah] again!” In a grueling 4-day competition the contestants are judged on five categories: talent, interview, evening wear, on-stage question, and swimsuit. In addition, each girl must choose a platform they promote and represent. Because Williams’ grandmother has heart disease, her platform is called “Go Red for Woman: Love your Heart.” “I chose this as my platform because my grandmother has heart disease and as I saw the changes in her life come to pass. I thought, ‘what’s a better platform to go out and teach everyone to live a healthy lifestyle? Then they can be around their loved ones that much longer.'” Williams explained how her grandma has had to change her lifestyle, day-to-day activity, and even her diet because of this. Williams is expected to do well at this week’s competition. “She is definitely in the top 3 or 4,” said Miss Cache Valley director Tiffani Rudd. “She is a great girl.” With 17 years of dance experience, it wasn’t too large of a challenge to create her self-choreographed number called “Everything.” But, she says, her dance is different. “My talent is upbeat, crazy, and has an African kind of feel to it,” she said. “It’ll definitely catch your attention.” If her recent success at Monday’s “Show Your Shoes” parade is any indicator of the future, Williams is on her way. Ranging from glass slippers to construction cones, each contestant’s footwear for the event represents the Utah county they are from. Dressed as a mouse, Williams won the crowds heart with her cheese shaped heels and took home the top prize. This is just one of the things she enjoys during Miss Utah Week, but says competing has great benefits. “I love learning about myself. I’m learning things that I can do that I didn’t think I could before and I’m also meeting new girls that become your life-long friends.” Williams was quick to point out that the Miss America and Miss Utah organizations are not just about good looks. “You have to go out and be intelligent, you have to be able to go out and carry yourself excellently.” She said. “You represent a lot of people and have to do it well. It really is all about the scholarship money, that’s how I and many other girls put ourselves through college.” The winner will receive $10,000 and a year of service promoting her platform. To catch Tayler and the other contestants tune into Good Things Utah at 10 am on ABC4. Cache County residents can support Williams by voting on

<a href=”http://www.missutahpageant.org”>Missutahpageant.org</a>

for the People Choice Award by clicking on the Contestants tab. “After all,” she says, “This pageant is much more than just beauty.”

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