Receiving the contestant binders before the pageant was so helpful as I was able to go through and narrow down the questions I wanted to ask each contestant. Five minutes goes by so quickly, so I made sure I was prepared. Digging down and asking questions about their platforms and how they planned to spend their year, while also asking what they were going to bring to the International system was important to me. I knew whomever was going to represent the state of North Dakota was ultimately going to be vying for a chance at mine, Elise, and Jules’ crown. Ensuring that our legacy and the International legacy was in good hands was my ultimate goal.
Being able to travel with Elise and spend time with her during our weekend judging experience was so amazing. Jules, we missed you and I can’t wait to spend time with you soon! Ultimately, the great state of North Dakota crowned 4 amazing young ladies and women. They are lucky to have them represent their state in July! There were so many deserving women and we truly wish they could have each received a crown. The International system is so much more than winning a title though. It’s about the sisterhood, support and work we all do for not only our platforms, but also the help will lend for our sisters and their platforms. I know everyone had a wonderful experience, judges and contestants, they will all be back!