The new Miss West Virginia, Janna Kerns, is a true Mountaineer. A senior public relations major at West Virginia University, Kerns captured the crown and $8,000 in prize money on Saturday (June 22) at the West Virginia Scholarship Pageant in Clarksburg.

A native of Terra Alta, Kerns competed against 15 other contestants, including seven other WVU students. Her platform was cancer education and awareness.

She will now compete for the title of Miss America this fall in Atlantic City, N.J. Kerns said she plans to take a leave of absence from the University to pursue her pageant duties.

Other WVU students who competed for the title were: Julia Burton, a sophomore journalism major from Morgantown; Carly Cochran, a junior liberal arts and sciences major from Reedsville; Kimberly Goodwin, an incoming freshmen from Morgantown; Sheri Grippo, a sophomore pre-psychology major from Charles Town; Jessica Mariotti, a senior music major from Berea, Ohio; Jessica Stroech, a freshmen pre-journalism major from Kearneysville; and Allison Williams, a junior public relations major from Morgantown.