Even though she didn't win, Miss Wyoming Mikaela Shaw represented the Cowboy State proudly last week at the Miss America 2016 pageant.

Here's a few pictures from the competition, featuring Mikaela's performance in the preliminary question, talent and evening gown rounds.

Photo Courtesy of Miss Wyoming Mikaela Shaw Facebook page
Miss Wyoming Mikaela Shaw plays her violin during the talent round at the Miss America 2016 Pageant. Photo Courtesy of Miss Wyoming Mikaela Shaw Facebook page.

After her performance in the preliminary round, Shaw posted this message on her Facebook page. "I played my heart out tonight! Violin for me has always been something I have done for fun and I want to share it with as many people as possible. Tonight I got to do that. It was by no means perfect, but hey nothing ever is! I hope that in some way I made someone in the audience smile, because that was my goal."

The 21 year old Laramie native recently graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Marketing. Now living in Cheyenne, she plans to return to Wyoming following the competition to continue her work promoting music programs in local schools.