The Miss West Virginia Pageant is under way at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center in Morgantown.
In Wednesday night’s first preliminary competition, Miss Doddridge County Gabrielle Ash won the swimsuit category, while Miss Metro Valley Jessica Schueler won evening wear.
The preliminaries continue Thursday and Friday nights, with the final competition set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
In all, 25 young women are competing.
The winner will attend the 2011 Miss America pageant on Jan. 15 in Las Vegas.