Eden Prairie, MN (KROC-AM News) - A young woman from Rochester will be representing Minnesota in the next Miss America Scholarship Pageant.

Madeline Van Ert was crowned as the 2016 Miss Minnesota during the state scholarship pageant at Eden Prairie High School’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

The University of Minnesota student is a 2014 graduate of Mayo High School and pursuing degrees in Political Science and Latin. Madeline is also a legislative intern at the Minnesota and Student Assistant to the Dean at the Walter Mondale School of Law.

On her way to winning the Miss Minnesota title, Van Ert won the pageant’s competition for lifestyle and fitness, along with the talent award for her piano and vocal performance of “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. 26 young women competed in this year’s Miss Minnesota event.

The following additional awards were also presented to the following contestants:

  • Miss Minnesota 1st Runner Up
    Brianna Drevlow, Miss Thief River Falls
  • Miss Minnesota 2nd Runner Up
    Danielle Hron, Miss Brainerd Lakes
  • Miss Minnesota 3rd Runner Up
    Drew Trahms, Miss Waseca County Sleigh & Cutter
  • Miss Minnesota 4th Runner Up
    Kailee Ogden, Miss St. Croix Valley
  • Miss Minnesota Preliminary Talent Winners
    Brianna Drevlow, Miss Thief River Falls
    Madeline Van Ert, Miss River Valley
  • Miss Minnesota Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Winners
    Madeline Van Ert, Miss River Valley
    Melissa Paakh, Miss Southwest
  • #fightlikegina STEM Scholarship Award
    Danielle Hron, Miss Brainerd Lakes
  • Hostesses’ Spirit Award
    Abby Ullyott, Miss Heart of the Lakes