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Three Area Young Ladies Competing for Miss MT and Outstanding Teen


Cammy Heck

Kinsey Ross, 17 of Bainville and Cammy Heck,17 of Sidney are competing for the title of Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen for teens 13-17. The teen competition is held in conjunction with the Miss Montana Scholarship competition June 14-16 at the DCHS auditorium in Glendive. Julie Theis is competing for Miss Montana again after being a 3rd runner up and recipient of the Miss America Community Service Award in 2016.

Daughter of Teresa Ross of Bainville, Kinsey will be performing a vocal solo for the talent portion of the competition. Teen contestants also are judged on fitness in sportswear, interview and evening gown. Both Cammy and Julie will dance, Cammie a tap dance and Julie a self choreographed lyrical dance.

This is the last year the Miss Montana contestants will be judged in swimwear with recent changes announced at the Miss America Organization.

The winning teen represents Montana at Miss America's Outstanding Teen in August. Miss Montana receives a $5000 scholarship and advances to the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. All contestants earn scholarship money.

Miss Montana 2017 Maddie Murray of Corvallis has driven over 32,000 miles this year sharing her message to school children of gifting your gifts of service. Kinsey's platform is Suicide Awareness, similarly Cammy's is Talk About It and Julie's, a counselor at Bozeman schools, is Youth Empowerment.

The ten 2018 Miss Montana contestants are Toby-Jean Almy of Miles City; Jessica Criss, Bozeman; Kristy Cullinan, Glendive; Justiss Firemoon, Poplar; Laura Haller, Helena; Abigail Helland, Glasgow; Madison Kuehn of Bozeman; Rayna Laakso, Park City; Savannah Leidholt, Miles City and Julie Theis of Sidney.

Competing to be Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen now held by Allie Baisch of Glendive are Taitlyn Berry of Glendive, Cammie Heck, Sidney; Rachel Jakovac of Helena, Tymber Jensen, Absarokee; Sloan Orrell, Belgrade; Eden Paressini, Billings; Kinsey Ross, Bainville and Samantha Young of Glendive.

Kinsey Ross

The public can vote for their favorite Miss and Teen to be Montana's Choice at http://www.Miss The winner advances to be a finalist and receives up to $1000 in scholarship money. Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen will be crowned Friday, June 15 followed by a Gala sponsored by Cape Air. Miss Montana competition continues Saturday, June 16 at 7PM with Montana's Choice and the finalists announced and the judging begins anew.

Tickets are available at and at the door.


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