Miss Utah crowned at Capitol Theatre

Miss Utah crowned Saturday night. (Photo:

(KUTV) Lauren Wilson, of Pleasant Grove, was crowned Miss Utah 2016 at Capitol Theatre Saturday Night.

She and 49 other contestants from around the state competed for the title.

Wilson, competing as Miss Northern Utah County, plans to travel the state, while focusing and speaking about suicide prevention.

As a graduate from Utah Valley University in behavioral science with an emphasis on psychology,

Lauren hopes to one day become a forensic psychologist. Along with the title of Miss Utah 2016, Lauren received a $10,000 scholarship and a new car to drive for the year from Murdock Hyundai.

Wilson was recognized as the winner of the Utah Valley University Leadership Scholarship for her

platform efforts. She received a $1000 scholarship and a $1000 donation to the charity of her choice.

2News caught up with the new titleholder just moments after her big win.

"I am overwhelmed with emotion. I'm thrilled to be the new Miss Utah," Miss Utah 2016 Lauren Wilson said. "I currently work for Hope for Utah, which is based out of Provo. I also work for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I will use this title to expand my personal platform of suicide prevention around the state of Utah and reach across the nation."

Over the next year Wilson will travel several thousand miles each month performing, speaking to audiences about her platform, "With Help Comes Hope: Suicide Awareness and Prevention," and serving as a state ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network.

Wilson told 2News this was her third year competing on the Miss Utah Stage.

"I didn't know if I was going to come back and compete again this year," Wilson said. "I was convinced by quite a few people that I needed to try one more time, and the third time was the charm."

Wilson will also compete in The Miss America Pageant on Sunday Sept. 11, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The 2016 Miss Utah Royalty includes: First runner-up: Miss Orem, Jesse Craig, who earned a $3,000 scholarship, as well as a Preliminary Talent Award for her contemporary violin performance "The Flight of the Black-eyed Bee." Jesse is a senior at the University of Utah studying english with honors. "I wanted to play something unique and original so that's why I mashed 'Flight of the Bumble Bee' and The Black Eyed Peas song together... It felt so good because it took a lot of hard work. To finally showcase that dedication felt amazing," said Craig. The First runner-up also won the Miss America Serves Award and the Miracle Maker Award.

Second runner-up: Miss Heart of Utah, JessiKate Riley, who earned a $1,500 scholarship, as well as a preliminary award for her talent on the violin.

Third runner-up: Miss Springville/Mapleton, Madison Monson, who earned a $1000 scholarship. She performed ballet on pointe.

Fourth runner-up: Miss Roy, D'Mia Lamar, who earned a $800 scholarship and preformed a classical piano piece.

Miss Wasatch County, Valeria Jimenez received a $1,000 scholarship by earning the Miss America Academic Award.

Miss Lehi, Caitlin Thomas received a $1,000 scholarship for winning the Miss America Community Service Award.

Miss Utah County, Lizzy Palmatier took home the $500 Glenn Harman Instrumental Music Award.

The Miss Utah Organization local and state contestants raised more than $77,000 for Children's Miracle Network this year; those funds will benefit Primary Children's Hospital.

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