A Williston resident has been crowned Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen 2012 during the Miss North Dakota Youth and Outstanding Teen pageant Saturday night at the Williston High School auditorium.

Kayle Seven entered the state pageant as Miss Oil Country’s Outstanding Teen.

Seven will compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in August in Orlando, Fla.

She was the first Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen from Williston since the pageant was founded by the Miss America Outstanding Teen organization in 2005.

She is a student at Williston High School and also attended Williston Middle School and Rickard Elementary School.

Her career ambition is to graduate with honors from WHS and attend the University of Minnesota.

She sang “I Can Hear the Bells,” from the Broadway musical “Hairspray” as her talent in the pageant.

Her platform is “Get Caught Reading: Literacy Empowers.”

The theme of the pageant was “A Night in the Spotlight” and included tuxedo-clad escorts for the contestants and a red carpet leading up the stage.

The opening number red dresses for the Junior Teen and Outstanding Teen contestants were sewn by Tina (Domagala) Larson, the daughter of co-director Lavina Domagala and the emcee for the pageant. While the dresses were all the same design, the girls could individualize their dress depending upon how they tied the two-yard long “straps.”

“The pageant was amazing,” said Lavina Domagala, co-director of the state pageant. “We had very good attendance and the audience was so responsive. They cheered for everybody. It didn’t matter if they were from here or from the eastern part of the state… It was very energetic and very full of life.”

That energy also extended to the contestants themselves.

She said one of the contestants said it was the most fun she had ever had. The contestant also said they were all crying at the end of the pageant because they had to leave each other. “They just got along really well,” Domagala said.

The first runner up in the competition and a winner of the scholarship achievement award was Miss Badlands’ Outstanding Teen Emily Ramage from Watford City.

Second runner up was Miss Dakota Territory’s Outstanding Teen Chauntel Bergstrom from Williston.

Third runner up and recipient of the high score interview, high score talent award and a winner of the scholarship achievement award was Miss Bismarck’s Outstanding Teen Brittany Swenson.

Fourth runner up was Miss Queen City’s Outstanding Teen Kayla Bauste from Williston.

Miss Congeniality winners were Miss Carrington’s Outstanding Teen Asha Gallagher and Miss Dickinson’s Outstanding Teen Haley Dean from Tioga.

A Williston resident, Raghen Lucy, also won the Junior Teen Miss North Dakota pageant. She entered the state pageant as Junior Teen Miss Williston and performed a piano solo to “Whitewater Chopped Sticks” as her talent. Lucy also received the Miss Photogenic and high score talent awards.

First runner up and recipient of high score interview was Junior Teen Miss Bismarck Lyndsey Scheurer from Bismarck; Second runner up was Junior Teen West Fargo Carly Lehr from Fargo;

Third runner up was Junior Teen Miss Carrington Haley Wolf from Carrington. Fourth runner up was Junior Teen Miss Dakota Prairie Paige Warren from Fargo.

In the pre-teen division, Pre-Teen Miss West Fargo Ashlen Wright from West Fargo was named Pre-Teen Miss North Dakota 2012. Wright accompanied herself on piano and sang “Think of Me” from the Phantom of the Opera for her talent in the pageant.

First runner up and recipient of high score talent award was Pre-Teen Miss Bismarck Jasmine Wutzke from Bismarck; Second runner up was Pre-Teen Miss Williams County Danica Rosen from Williston; Third runner up and the recipient of Miss Photogenic was Pre-Teen Miss Oil Country Paige Wold from Williston; Fourth runner up was Pre-Teen Miss Springfest Brooke Wetzstein from Williston.

In the Little Miss division, Little Miss Dakota Country Riley Grove from Rugby was named Little Miss North Dakota 2012. She also received the high score talent award for dancing to “Dynamite.”

First runner up was Little Miss West Fargo Elizabeth Bertel from Fargo; Second runner up was Little Miss Williston Jayden Marquart from Williston; Third runner up was Little Miss Dakota Territory Abby Peterson from Williston; Fourth runner up was Little Miss Sunflower Sydney Bethke from Williston.

Little Miss Oil Country Brooklyn Garaas from Williston received Miss Photogenic as selected by Tessie Jones Photography.

All non-finalists received participation trophies.

Between $10,000 and $11,000 in scholarship money, cash and prizes was issued during the pageants.

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