Ashley Ford crowned Miss North Dakota

Former Miss North Dakota Sara Schelkoph pins the crown on Miss North Dakota 2005 Ashely Ford after she was named Saturday in Williston. - Photo by Rebecca Mayer

Saturday will always be a shining moment for Ashley Ford, Miss Potato Queen, who was crowned Miss North Dakota 2005 by Sara Schelkoph, Miss North Dakota 2004. Ford also shone as the winner of Thursday's swimwear competition and charmed the judges during Friday's talent competition singing "There You Are."

Throughout the three nights of competition, audience members showed their support in the ever-popular talent competition as finalists tap danced, performed colorful violin numbers and belted out country tunes.

During on-stage interviews, contestants were asked to respond to questions on their platform issue or comment on an problem facing our nation.

Finalists also modeled evening wear and swimwear to showcase their beauty and grace.

Miss Fargo Jacqueline Johnson, 18, earned first runner-up. She also garnered first place in Friday's swimwear competition and won the Jean Stuteville Memorial Award for interview. Johnson will be attending Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in the fall.

Second runner-up went to Katie Weaver, Miss Northern Plains, of Minot. Weaver, 18, danced her way to a top finish in Friday's talent competition with a jazzy performance to "Rack 'Em Up." She will be a freshman at North Dakota State University.

Miss Peace Garden Kristin Dannewitz, 22, received third runner-up. Dannewitz received a bachelor of arts in religion and a minor in management studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She recently graduated with a master's in organizational studies from Minot State University.

Fourth runner-up was Miss Grand Forks Azure Moser, 19. Moser is a physical therapy major at the University of North Dakota.

Other Top 10 finalists included Miss Fort Abercrombie Nalia Hegge of Williston; Miss Red River Valley Lisa Houle of Breezy Point, Minn.; Miss Hard Spring Wheat Renae Van Berkom of Powers Lake; Miss Peace Garden Miss Williston Tina Domagala of Williston and Miss Lake Agassiz Sarah Anderson of Devils Lake.

Non-finalist talent winners, Miss NDSCS Stacy Mauch and Miss Dakota Territory Bethany Nesheim both performed during the final night of competition. Mauch got some toes tapping with an upbeat piano solo, "Root Beer Rag," and Nesheim performed her self-composed vocal number, "Took a While."

On both Friday and Saturday night, newly crowned Junior Miss North Dakota Lindee Bjella of Williston tap danced to "Shout and Feel it," and Teen Miss North Dakota Sarah Hatzenbuhler of Bismarck performed a lyrical dance to "The Rose."

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