SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — She had to take her finals a week ahead of time, but Jaelyn Wratchford made it happen in order to get to Connecticut for the Miss America Pageant.

Wratchford, who was the reigning Miss Jefferson County before being crowned Miss West Virginia in June, tells the Panhandle News Network she is majoring in psychology and business at Shepherd University. The thanked those at the university she said have been excited for her and have worked alongside her.

Preliminary rounds are happening beginning this weekend. Wratchford, who was crowned Miss West Virginia, says she has enjoyed sharing her social impact initiative: “Investing in Our Future: The Impact of Youth Empowerment.”

Contestants will begin their competition week on Sunday, December 12th with the first evening of preliminary competition followed by round two of preliminary competition on Monday, December 13th.

The week continues with anniversary events on Tuesday and Wednesday and wraps up with the final night of competition of the 100th Miss America Pageant set for Thursday, December 16.