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1985 ‘Junior Miss’ Chosen

June 22, 1985

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ A 17-year-old Texan won the 1985 America’s Junior Miss title, picking up a $25,000 scholarship which she plans to use to study to become a lawyer.

Valerie Lowrance was chosen over four other finalists as contestants from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico took part in the nationally televised pageant.

″I felt a shock all over my body,″ the tearful blond, blue-eyed Miss Lowrance, from Seguin, Texas, said after being crowned Friday night.

She was crowned by the 1984 winner, Amber Kvanli of Willmar, Minn.

Miss Lowrance performed a song and dance routine to the tune of ″New York, New York″ as she and the four others competed one last time in the creative and performing arts category.

Lona Williams, 17, of Rosemount, Minn., received a $10,000 scholarship as the pageant’s first runner-up. Anna Whitesides, 17, of Newberry, S.C., was second runner-up and received a $7,000 scholarship.

Two other finalists, who each received $5,000 scholarships, were Deidra Patterson, 17, of Biloxi Miss., and Terri Ivens, 18, of Reno, Nevada.

Three girls won $5,000 scholarships Thursday night for earlier preliminary victories. They were Alabama’s Christa Carns, 17, of Mountain Brook; Susan Wade, 17, of Kinston, N. C., and Utah’s Mei Lin Kwan-Gett, 18, of Salt Lake City.

Other scholarships and prizes in preliminary events were awarded to 17 contestants.

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