Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa earns top three at national pageant

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Ashley Pudil, Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa, was awarded second runner-up during the 30th Annual Miss Czech-Slovak U.S. pageant on August 7 in Wilber, Nebraska. She also took home the Sokol Award for her Moravian folk dance in the talent portion of the event.  Ashley is the daughter of Kevin and Denise Pudil, and is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, Creative Writing, and Spanish at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Her Czech heritage comes from both sides of her family, who originally lived in Brumov, a village in Southern Moravia and Southern Bohemia.

Left to right: Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Co-Director Bonnie Rohlena, Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Ashley Pudil, and Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Co-Director Donna Gruntorad. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa is sponsored by the Czech Heritage Foundation. See more photos from the pageant and the Wilber Czech Festival here.

Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa 2015/2016 and Miss Czech-Slovak US 2nd Runner Up Ashley Pudil. (photo/Cindy Hadish)