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Geneva resident to represent Illinois at Mrs. America pageant

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 5:15 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:35 p.m. CST
(Photo courtesy of Cindy Rash)
After winning the Mrs. Illinois America pageant April 19 in Elgin, Nicole Elizabeth Cook of Geneva will compete in the Mrs. America pageant in Arizona in August.
(Photo courtesy of Magic Dreams Productions)
Nicole Elizabeth Cook of Geneva will represent the state of Illinois in the Mrs. America 2014 pageant in August, after snagging the state title at a competition in Elgin on April 19.

After snagging the state title at a pageant in Elgin on April 19, Nicole Elizabeth Cook of Geneva will represent Illinois in the Mrs. America pageant this summer.

Cook, a Spanish teacher at Bridges Montessori Academy in St. Charles, said she is honored and blessed to have been named Mrs. Illinois America 2014.

"I will proudly represent the married women of Illinois throughout my year of service," She said in an email. "I look forward to the many adventures that are ahead of me and thank my sponsors ... as well as my family, friends, and especially my husband, Grant Cook, for your continued support."  

The 29-year-old will go on to compete for the title of Mrs. America on Aug. 29 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Az.

In its 34th year, the Mrs. America pageant is open to women 18 and older who are married – with or without children – and serves as the only nationally televised beauty pageant for married women.

Previously, Cook – formerly known as Nicole Rash – represented her home-state, Indiana, in the 2008 Miss America pageant, and qualified as the first-runner-up (second place) in the competition.

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