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Katie Wadman was Miss Iowa USA 2021

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Katie Wadman was crowned Miss Iowa USA on 15 August 2022 and represented Iowa at the Miss USA 2021 pageant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A native of Nebraska, she was studying at the University of Iowa and living in Iowa City while she was Miss NE USA. While in college she was a member of the NCAA Division I nationally ranked University of Iowa Dance Team.

2021 bio:

Twenty-one-year-old Katie Wadman is the first Asian Pacific Islander-Filipino to be crowned Miss Iowa USA.  She studies psychology, journalism, and mass communications at the University of Iowa where she is a news reporter and anchor on the television show The Daily Iowan. Her reports include information geared to help university students protect themselves during the pandemic. She also continues to elevate awareness of women’s accomplishments in sports by highlighting female athletes and coaches. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in journalism. Her ultimate goal is to cover the most significant events affecting the United States, providing accurate information to all Americans.

As a member of the NCAA Division I nationally ranked University of Iowa Dance Team, Katie has won multiple national awards. She uses this experience to help young women achieve their academic and athletic goals through mentoring and coaching young dancers across the state of Iowa. Katie also serves as a key public relations representative for the University of Iowa, contributing to multiple promotional events and charity campaigns including the world-famous University of Iowa “wave” to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital pediatric patients who are unable to attend the games.

Katie fuels her passion for advocacy on issues affecting women and children through working with victims of domestic violence and human trafficking

Miss USA pageant photos

Competing in the Miss USA pageant is once-in-a-lifetime event few get to experience. Here are Katie’s official Miss USA photos.

State pageant photos

The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Katie’s state pageant photos.

Professional photos

Lights, camera, action!  Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.

Candid & Appearance photos

From events straight after her crowning to her final appearances before she passed on her crown, here’s a look at all the appearances Katie made during her reign, as well as other candid photos during her year.

Farewell photos

All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Katie’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Randi Estabrook as Miss Iowa USA 2022.

After the crown

Winning a state title is a sisterhood for life. Here are Katie’s “after the crown” photos.

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