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SCC Foundation Presents "Behind the Scenes at the Miss America Pageant"

Great River Entertainment/Pzazz! will sponsor a brunch for up to 80 people at 12 Noon on Sunday, May 16, 2010 featuring Olivia Myers Baker, Miss Iowa 2008 and the 2009 Miss America 2nd Runner Up. Ms. Myers Baker will show videos and photos and share what really happens during the weeks leading up to and during the actual Miss America Pageant. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. All proceeds will fund scholarships at Southeastern Community College.

Second runner-up honors and a $20,000 scholarship were awarded to Miss Iowa Olivia Myers. Her talent at the 2009 Miss America pageant was a tap dance to “Fever”, and her personal platform is Teaching Tolerance: Fostering a Just and Caring Culture from the Classroom Out.” It’s believed Myers’ finish is the highest for a Miss Iowa since Catherine Ann Lemkau of Muscatine was first runner-up in 1992.

According to a Cedar Rapids Gazette article, Myers said she had always dreamed of being in the Miss America pageant, where she tap-danced during the talent competition.

“I began dancing when I was 5 years old, and shortly after that, I watched my first Miss America pageant on TV and knew right away that was something I wanted to do,” she said.

“I always just liked tapping the best,” she added. “I think it came most naturally to me, and I just thought it was cool — the idea that you could have a piece of metal on your foot and it could make music, kind of like an instrument.” Myers — whose hometown, Sperry, is north of Burlington — won the title of Miss Burlington in 2007, and was later named Miss Iowa in 2008.

After that, she took to the sea with titleholders from other states, living on the Queen Mary as part of the “Countdown to the Crown” reality series on TLC.

Myers said she couldn’t believe how far she made it in the competition.

“I had prepared myself mentally, kind of tried to believe that I could become Miss America,” she said. “But when you get there and you’re going through the competition, it’s almost hard to fathom that even happening, and so to come so close was really exciting.”

In August  2009, Ms. Myers wed her long-time beau, Clay Baker, son of SCC Foundation Board member, Denise Baker. Clay and Olivia live in Iowa City. Olivia is student teaching History at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids and will graduate from the University of Iowa in May. She hopes to find a teaching job in the vicinity. Clay is currently working for the Belin-Blank Center for Talented and Gifted Education at the University. He will begin law school at the University of Iowa this fall. 

All proceeds from the brunch go to fund scholarships at Southeastern Community College. To reserve or order tickets to the brunch, contact Julie Glasgow at (319) 208-5062 or

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