Lady in Red
Scrolling the Facebook page of Miss Montana Teen, Miranda Youngren’s smile lights up every photo.
For the past year, the 2015 Reed Point High School graduate has been traveling the state as Miss Montana Teen, making appearances at the Montana Special Olympics, TEDxWhitefish, the Laurel July 4th parade and fireworks celebration, Flathead County Relay for Life, the Northwest Regional Emmy Awards and the Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La.
Glamorous in one shot. Fun in the next while working with her grandparents with the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. A mix of sophisicated and carefree. Fitting for a girl who has been in high school for the past year while juggling pageant responsibilities. Not to mention playing in three varsity sports and working at McDonalds.
Youngren is just a week away from heading to the national Miss Teen USA pageant in the Bahamas to vie for the crown. A send off party is being held Aug. 8 from 2 p.m .to 5 p.m. at the Railroad Park in Columbus. A live stream of the pageant will be available on www.missteenusa.com and Youngren’s parents are putting together an official “watch” party in Columbus.
“The message she wants everyone to hear is her encouragement to young people today and her compassion for those who feel stuck,” said her mother, Tiffany Youngren. “Her TEDxWhitefish talk was ‘You Don’t Have to Go Anywhere to Go Far’ - something that resonates with youth in small towns.”
Youngren is trying to become the first Miss. Montana Teen to win the national title since 2006. Pageant organizers say Youngren has worked hard this past year.
“Miranda has been a wonderful public servant by making countless of appearances and empowering young women to fulfill their dreams,” Maureen Francisco, co-executive producer of the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA qualifying pageants in four states, wrote in a press release. “I remember Miranda telling me how she would like to work on her public speaking skills during her reign. She did that and more. How many people do you know are a speaker at a TEDx event? Miranda was one of them. She continues to amaze me as she goes after her goals.”
“The community’s support through contributions, services, moral support, and even prayer, has made this entire experience better than I ever could have imagined,” Youngren wrote in the same press release. “I am extremely grateful for the businesses and individuals around the state that really stepped up and helped make it possible for me to not only prepare for the national pageant, but also to go out and do community service in towns throughout Montana. I am excited and honored to represent Big Sky Country.”
There are a couple of ways to help Youngren financially and with moral support. Contributions towards travel and final wardrobe expenses can be made to her GoFundMe account at http://www.gofundme.com/missmontanateenusa2015. For those wanting to cheer her on, follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/missmontanateenusa.
The entire community is welcome to her Aug. 8 send-off party.