This is perhaps the biggest week in the life of Miss Quincy and Miss Illinois, Megan Ervin, as she competes in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas.

Megan is from Rushville and as Miss Illinois has traveled the state representing the Land of Lincoln very well.

I have had the privilege to be with Megan a few times this summer and fall and she is definitely qualified to be a finalist for the event. All this week the preliminary competition will be going on which will culminate with the finals on Saturday at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Megan's platform is "Heptathlon of Healthy Habits".

There is also an online contest going on so you can vote for Megan at www.missamerica.org/videocontest. You can vote up until Friday morning at 1:59am CST.

No matter how Megan does this week, she will still be on stage representing the State of Illinois and can be seen on ABC TV Saturday night. Good luck Megan, we are all pulling for you.