Education: University of North Dakota – Senior – Environmental Geography Major
Platform Issue: Energy Kids: Raising Responsible Energy Users
Scholastic/Career Ambition: Obtain Masters in Environmental Geography, Obtain Real Estate License
Talent: Classical Vocal
Scholastic Honors: Graduated from Red River High School with Academic Honors; Alice Brant Scholarship from Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Pi Chapter.
Leadership Roles: Kappa Alpha Theta Service Chairman, Ritualist, & Music Chairman; Core Leader -Beyond Coal Campaign; Dormitory Wing Representative; Flickertail Girl State Senator & Outstanding Member of the City.
Accomplishments: Hosted a fundraiser for the Empire Arts Center; planned a fundraiser for the Court Appointed Special Advocates organization “Rock the CASA;” worked on grassroots campaign for a coal free campus; grant writing assistant to obtain a wind turbine on UND campus; calculated the green house gas emissions for UND; judged Schroeder Middle School science fair; organized a workplace volunteer event with the Circle of Friends Humane Society; member of elite women’s choir at UND; and actor in five theatrical productions.
Interesting Facts: Certified in backcountry hiking in the Rocky Mountains; chased by a bear in Glacier National Park; met the Prince of Norway (he stayed at my Grandma’s home); three mission trips to West Virginia, Texas, and Maine; enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and ice-fishing; pulled a 30” northern pike through an 8” ice hole.
Employment: Undergraduate Assistant for the Technology Advancement Coordinator for the University of North Dakota, Weivoda Carpet Store sales associate, Bath and Body Works sales associate, server at Mamma Maria’s, Applebee’s, Qdoba, and Village Inn.
How has the world you come from shaped your dreams and aspirations? I grew up always being responsible for myself and my actions. I was encouraged by my parents to find my own path and never be afraid to dream big. As a child I experienced many opportunities to explore what my true passions were and because of that, I discovered a lifelong love of music and nature. My parents also gave me a strong work ethic and I’m proud to be able to combine my passion for the environment and my work ethic to make a difference in my community.
Of all the ways you could succeed in your life, why have you chosen to succeed in the Miss America Pageant? I started my journey in the Miss America Organization because I wanted to perform. I quickly realized that the service aspect, and the opportunity to represent a platform of great personal significance, was the most exciting part of this entire experience. I have grown into a strong woman and leader within my community; two things that I have always dreamed to be. The opportunities for service leadership at the local, state, and national level of the Miss America Organization have shown me how influential a volunteer can be in a young woman’s life.
What social issue, other than your platform, will have the greatest impact on your generation and why? My generation faces more pressure than ever before to be physically beautiful. Society views images of celebrities and models, edited beyond recognition, to standards that few bodies can achieve. This is the cause of eating disorders and unhealthy exercise habits in a generation that has been surrounded by television and the internet since their adolescence. With the help of campaigns like the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty there is hope that this image of a “perfect” body can be changed and that we, as young America, can redefine the meaning of beauty.