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Sidney Native Wins Miss Montana Outstanding Teen & Prepares To Compete For The Miss America's Outstanding Teen Crown

 

Pictured from left, Faith Johnson, runner up for Miss Montana, Alexa Baisch, Miss Montana 2022, Annika Bennion, 2021's Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen, and Bronte Bennion, Miss Montana Outstanding Teen 2022, got to get to know each other and the other contestants very well during the competition for their scholarship programs. (Picture by Daniela Bennion)

On July 2, Bronté Bennion, a Sidney native, was awarded a prestigious honor. She won the title of Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen.

The Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen competition is a scholarship program that judges the candidates based on four categories. Each candidate will have to present their skills by performing a talent such as dancing or singing, walk the catwalk in an evening gown and high heels to show their style and grace, complete a fitness routine to display their health, fitness, and take an interview to show how they present themselves. Each category is important to finding the right girl to carry the crown.

This competition used to be held in Glendive but has now moved to Billings. Bronté believes that this choice made by the new board of directors will help the scholarship program, as it is now in an area better suited for the competition. She believes the new location will widen the range of participants, and provide more advertising and sponsoring opportunities.

Bronté had many reasons for wanting to compete in the program. She watched her sister, Annika Bennion, compete and win the Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen title in 2020. From then on it was a dream of hers to be crowned by her dearest idol. She also knew she would gain skills useful to her future career as well as the ability to comfortably present in front of a crowd and work with others. Most importantly, as the title holder she will be able to share and grow her social impact initiative, "Magical Minds: Bringing Science and Art to Our Youth." Bronté has volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of the MonDak to help bring STEAM activities to the kids on Fridays for the last three years, and now she hopes to bring the joy of hands-on activities to more children throughout Montana.

For now, Bronté is in Boston attending the Berkley School of Music. However, soon on Aug. 10-12 she will compete in the nationals at Dallas, TX, for the Miss America Outstanding Teen title. The program will take place at the Hyatt Regency on Reunion Boulevard.

Liliana Johnson being crowned Miss Montana Volunteer 2022 on July 16. (Photo submitted)

According to Bronté, a lot is changing in the program. Because of this, the website for the Miss Montana Outstanding Teen program is not yet available. The best way to get in contact with the program is through the current director, Danette Sawin, who can be emailed through [email protected] For anyone looking for questions about getting ready for the pageant, feel free to contact Bronté through her Instagram page [email protected]

After getting as far as she can with the program, she plans to pursue a career as a fantasy writer and songwriter. Her greatest hope is to bring as much joy to the world as she can through her books and music.

A final quote from Bronté, "This program is a wonderful experience for all. Even if you don't walk away with the crown, you'll still walk away with important skills, scholarship money, and some amazing new friends. I recommend trying it.

 

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