Maggie Gehlsen, Miss Muscatine 2018, was crowned on Saturday, January 6. She graduated high school from De Witt Central High School in May 2013. She went on to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she graduated in May 2017 with her degree in exercise and sport science and concentrations in fitness, nutrition, and health promotion. 

Maggie now owns her own business, Emerge Wellness by Maggie Gehlsen, LLC., where she assists women in achieving their health and wellness goals. Maggie also loves hot yoga. She enjoys anything fitness related, taking Orange theory classes, writing, working one-on-one with clients, and cooking. She also loves reading and tries to read one book every two weeks. 

Maggie has been involved with pageants for 11 years. The first pageant she competed in was Junior Miss Clinton County when she was 11 years old. Different titles Maggie has earned are Junior Miss Clinton County 2007, First Runner Up to Junior Miss Iowa 2008, Miss Clinton County’s Outstanding Teen 2009, and Miss Scott County’s Outstanding Teen 2010. More locally, she has been Miss Muscatine’s Outstanding Teen 2012, First Runner Up to Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen 2012, Miss Great River 2015, and Third Runner Up to Miss Iowa. In 2016, she served as Miss Clinton County and Second Runner Up to Miss Iowa 2017. 

“I’ve been incredibly passionate about using pageants as a vehicle to shed light on my platform or community service project. My platform of the last four years addresses the topic of sexual violence on high school and college campuses, as well as in the workplace,” Maggie says. 

Maggie looks forward to working with Muscatine again and getting to know the people of Muscatine more. She hopes that with her current platform, she can bring preventative and  educational programming to Muscatine schools in terms of sexual violence. She also hopes to work with local organizations who support survivors of sexual violence.