Behind the scenes there is a Little Sister program that goes along with the Miss North Dakota pageant in Williston this week.
North Dakota was actually the first state to implement a Little Sister program for its pageant. It is in its 31st year.
The program is directed by Vivian Kalmik and her daughters, Allayna Stevens and Sam Kalmik.
Kalmik told the Williston Herald that the girls serve as support, cheerleaders, and “sparkle” amongst the hours of competition for Miss North Dakota contestants.
The 20 girls selected for the program are in grades 1 through 3. Not only do they support their big sisters during pageant week, however. They also learn an onstage production number as well.
In addition, they will present roses to their Big Sisters on stage, give to Children’s Miracle Network at Walmart, visit Bethel Home, attend the Little Sister Pink Party, and serve at the Miss ND Community Ice Cream Social. Not to mention giving lots of hugs.
“This year the Contestants shared what their ‘word’ was,” Kalmik said. “And the Little Sisters Shard their word, too: Kind, Family, Friendly, Cheer, Optimistic, Shine, Happy, Loving Confident, Fearless, Caring, and Religion. Yes, these little girls will be out to change the World!”