The new Miss Wisconsin seeks to boost the arts and help youngsters at Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the state.
Twenty-year-old McKenna Collins won the state pageant during the weekend in Oshkosh, and she'll be Wisconsin's contestant at the Miss America Pageant in early September in Atlantic City. Collins is a senior at U-W Madison, and she's been an intern for U-S House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville. Collins is also involved with Project Plie, which started more than one year ago to try and preserve the arts after the Madison Ballet ran out of funding. Collins was among 26 contestants for the Miss Wisconsin title, and she competed as Miss Madison Capital City while Tianna Vanderhei, Miss Badgerland, was the first runner up.