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Miss Iowa Scholarship Management Corporation Releases Statement from Theresa Uchytil, Miss Iowa 2000.

MOLINE, Ill., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ --

The following statement is being issued by Theresa Uchytil, Miss Iowa 2000:

During the last 24 hours, some comments have been attributed to me that do not reflect my true feelings about my experience at the Miss America Pageant. To clarify, I believe my disability was an issue in the judging process insomuch as it is my platform, "Americans with Disabilities: Think Ability," and our platforms play a significant role in the competition.

However, I do not know if my disability played any other role in the overall judging. It is my hope that it did not. I do not believe that the judging process was a form of "anti-affirmative action."

The message that I want the American people to know is that at the Miss America Pageant, there were 51 very talented, passionate, and poised young women vying for the position of Miss America 2001. Any one of us could have performed the job responsibilities in a very excellent manner. I believe all 51 women have gone away from this experience as winners.

I look forward to the rest of my year as Miss Iowa, continuing my efforts to make a difference in the lives of the 54 million Americans with disabilities.

Theresa Uchytil

Miss Iowa 2000
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