Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen Kylie Helm, Bismarck, has gone on to compete in the national Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant.
Helm was crowned in June in Williston.
Helm competed in the national pageant Aug. 16-18 in Orlando, Fla.
“I got close to $2,000 in scholarship money at the state pageant and $1,00 in scholarship money at the national pageant,” she said.
Though she didn’t take home the title, she said she enjoyed her time competing in the national pageant.
“It was so much fun. I met so many girls,” she said. “One from Hawaii and one from Wyoming are going to come visit me this winter.”
She added that Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen 2011 Briana Garrido has never seen snow.
She said the competition win marked the first time she competed in Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen. She said she plans on competing in the Miss North Dakota pageant.
She also looks forward to the remainder of her reign as Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen.
“I’m excited to talk to the schools,” she said, adding that she plans to speak out her platform “True Love Waits.”
According to a press release from the Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen organization, True Love Waits” involves encouraging teens to make a commitment to save themselves until marriage. Helm has been speaking out about her platform since 7th grade. Helm was asked to speak at Stanley High School by fellow contestant and friend Liberty Zuchara.
“Because Stanley is so close to Williston, which is the home of the state pageant, I would love to come to Williston High School and have Stanley schools bused over and speak to both schools,” Helm said in a press release.
She plans to use her scholarship money to either pursue a career as a nurse practitioner or professional dancer.