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American Pageants - Minnesota

The Minnesota American Pageant took place on July 15, 2017. This system was founded in 1983 by Mr. Warren Alexander, a former educator and pageant director, and designed to help America’s youth reach their full potential. The scholastically based pageant recognizes young women for their outstanding personal achievements, leadership abilities, and artistic, creative or athletic talents. With no judging focused on beauty or attire, the pageant strives to promote confidence and an Accent on Achievement. In 2017, the Miss Teen of America Organization re-branded as American Pageants to include additional age divisions: Little Miss of America (ages 7-9), Young Miss of America (ages 10-12), Junior Miss of America (ages 13-15), Miss Teen of America (ages 16-18) and Miss of America (19-24).

This year, the pageant was a littler different than in years' past. Because of the re-branding, the national office decided to appoint titleholders "at large" and run a pageant workshop instead. We all still had to submit our paperwork, grades, and list of accomplishments/community involvement. Pageant day started early when we all met and changed into our evening gowns for the official crowning ceremony. After everyone was done taking photos, we worked on practicing our speaking skills, talking into a microphone, and walking/posing choreography. After a lunch break catered by Panera Bread, we had mock interviews with a wonderful panel of judges. Interview is always my favorite part of competition!

I am honored to be the very first Young Miss of Minnesota and look forward to my year. I love that this pageant doesn't focus on beauty and instead focuses on scholastic achievement and accomplishments. As I like to say, "Smart girls are the prettiest!"

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