Katie Olson

Katie Olson reacts after being crowned Miss North Dakota in June 2018.

Katie Olson said she doesn’t think anyone is really ready to give up the Miss North Dakota crown, but she thinks she is ready to share it with someone else.

On Saturday, June 15, Olson will place the crown onto the head of another young woman, the 33rd time that ceremony has taken place in Williston.

In her year as Miss North Dakota, Olson has done a lot. She put about 35,000 miles on her own car, which doesn’t count the other travel she’s done.

She got to meet about 18,000 students in more than 80 schools. She talked to them about her platform, “The Motivation Mindset: Positivity at Every Turn.”

“It’s just an honor to be welcomed into all these schools,” she said.

Olson’s platform is about finding opportunity in challenging situations and teaching young people to be grateful for what they have.

Olson’s travels have helped her learn more about her home state and have deepened her connection to it, as well.

She learned a few things about being Miss North Dakota, as well, and she’s ready to share some of those insights with the next Miss North Dakota, as well.

One of the main things she’s learned is that it pays to be thoughtful about what the crown — and the role — means, and to think carefully about what they want to do for that year.

“The crown molds to you,” she said.

There are 20 young woman in Williston right now hoping that their head will be the one the crown molds to. The contestants for the 2019 Miss North Dakota crown arrived Sunday, June 9, and practice started Monday.

The first preliminary round of competition is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bakken Elementary. The second preliminary round is on Thursday, followed by the Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen competition on Friday.

The new Miss North Dakota will be crowned Saturday.

For information about tickets, as well as the events planned for the competition, visit missnorthdakota.org.

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