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WIU graduate Megan Ervin was crowned Miss Illinois Saturday night. She was named Miss Macomb in 2011.
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WIU Graduate Crowned Miss Illinois

July 2, 2012

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MACOMB – Western Illinois University graduate and former Miss Macomb titleholder Megan Ervin was crowned Miss Illinois Saturday night in Marion.

Ervin, a 22-year-old Rushville native, graduated from WIU in the spring with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a minor in dance. She was competing in the Miss Illinois pageant as the Miss Quincy titleholder. She finished as runner-up in last year's state pageant as Miss Macomb.

"My dream has finally come true," Ervin said Monday. "When they said my name it was a big feeling of relief after all the hard work and anticipation for this event."

While a student a WIU, Ervin taught fitness classes at the Donald R. Spencer Recreation Center and wrote a weekly fitness column for the McDonough County Voice newspaper. She also coordinated an April fitness-a-thon at Macomb High School to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network and MHS physical education programming.

Ervin's Miss Illinois platform is "eCHANGE," or "Everyone Choosing Healthy Activities and Nutritional Goals. " Over the next 12 months, Ervin will make more than 300 public appearances. She will also compete in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas, NV in January.

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