Dare to make a Difference is the theme for this year’s Miss Montana and Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program. Twenty-four amazing young women arrive in Glendive on June 16 to start a whirlwind week of excitement, adventure, community service, and the chance to win the state title. Each contestant besides being talented has a platform to make a difference from skin cancer awareness, the need for foster homes, to suicide prevention and empowering youth.

The Miss Montana Program, now in its 70th year and held in Glendive the last 15 years, will run from June 20 through 22 at the DCHS auditorium. Thursday is the preliminary competition for the teen and miss contestants. Friday, June 21, will be the crowning of the new Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen plus more talent, evening gown and on stage questions for the Miss Montana contestants. Saturday, June 22, culminates with the crowning of the new Miss Montana 2019.

The public can help determine who gets to be Montana’s Choice and advance to the semifinals. By voting for your favorite miss and teen contestant with one dollar a vote at missmontana.com, the contestant raising the most “votes” on line and at the preliminaries ending on Friday, June 21, wins the Montana’s Choice scholarship and a spot in the semifinals.

Tickets are available to purchase online at missmontana.com, Glendive Chamber, Farm to Table Store in the EPEC and at the door.

Jessica Romo

Hometown: Sidney, Montana

Education: Sidney High School, Sidney Middle School, Sidney Elementary School

Platform Issue: Underage drinking

Scholastic/Career Ambition: To obtain a Bachelor’s in Psychology, to become a Psychologist

Talent: Piano “Moonlit Snow”

Scholastic Honors: Honor Roll; Top 20 in Math Competition; Won Spelling Bee

Leadership Roles: Cheer team; Secretary of my church group

Accomplishments: Won a talent show

Interesting Facts: Never moved; won a talent contest once for hula hooping

Marketing Plan: The best way to influence people to join an organization is to tell them about the program and tell them it is good. So I would talk to teen girls and tell them that the organization is a good way to become more confident and make some friends and help out our state of Montana. Telling your sponsors about it is also marketing Miss Montana’s Outstanding teen.

Legacy: I want to be remembered as the Miss Montana Outstanding teen that helped teens recognize underage drinking and its affects. I want them to believe and understand what I have to tell them.

Why I should be Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen 2019: I will help teens recognize a very serious topic. I would love the title of Miss Montana’s Outstanding teen to promote my platform.

Liliana Johnson

Title: Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown: Sidney, Montana

Education: Sidney High School, Sidney Middle School, Central Elementary School, West Side Elementary School, St. Johns Academy

Platform Issue: Be smart. Don’t start.

Scholastic/Career Ambition: To earn a master’s degree in psychology, to pursue a career as a guidance counselor psychologist

Talent: Singing/Musical theatre

Scholastic Honors: Honor Roll; taking two advanced placement classes; Academic All-State; Lion’s Scholar Award for having a 3.5 GPA or higher for three consecutive quarters

Leadership Roles: Varsity cheerleading captain 2017-18 and 2018-19; sophomore class secretary; elected to be junior class ASB representative; Vacation Bible School leader at church; youth assistant minister; elected for Link Crew

Accomplishments: Cast in a production of “Mamma Mia” through Entertainment Inc.; chosen as an All-American Cheerleader to go to London and cheer in the London New Year’s Day International Parade; on the travel soccer team that has been state champions and runner-up twice in the last three years

Interesting Facts: I attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) National Youth Gathering with 38,000 other Lutheran youth in Houston, Texas, last summer; Participated in Footlights and Greasepaint Youth Theatre Camp nine years and had the lead role two years; I’m in LEO Club, Key Club and International Club; I have been a wrestling manager for three years

Marketing Plan: I would market the Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen organization through social media and making appearances at events. With so may teens on social media, it is a great way to spread the word about the organization and highlight the wonderful parts about the program. Making appearances at events is also a great way to market the organization by meeting other teens face-to-face.

Legacy: I want my legacy as Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen to be that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and, most importantly, if you remember to be yourself. Confidence and self-love are two of the most important things a person can give to their self. By winning Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen, I hope to be an example of this and encourage others to do the same.

Why I should be Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen 2019: I should be Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen because I have what it takes to be an amazing titleholder and fulfill the role of representing our state and helping not only the teens but everyone in our communities. I have the enthusiasm and optimism Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen needs and the confidence and speaking skills to get my platform out. I would love the chance to educate teens about the dangers of vaping and why they should quit now or never start.

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