Miss Montana Danielle Wineman, native of Cut Bank, was in Baker Feb. 5 to share her anti-bullying message, “Act on Compassion”.
By Sherry Vogel
She also entertained the elementary and high school students with her musical talent as a pianist.
This was Miss Montana’s 147th presentation. She has spoken to 26,000 Montana students since she began her reign June 13, 2015. Miss Montana emphasizes each student “is the star of their own story” and, therefore, can determine what the student thinks about themselves. Continuing the metaphor, she said the student also plays a role in the story of those they interact with. She stated, “Every time you use your words, you are making a conscious decision between using your words for the forces of good and the forces of evil.” She added, “ “By refraining from negative comments, we help others maintain their own confidence and character.”
Toward the end of the program, Wineman allotted time for questions. One elementary student asked, “When is your birthday?”
Miss Montana replied, “My birthday is on Pi day. “ (π = 3.14). She then asked, “Do you know when that is?”
One eager student’s hand shot up and she said, “Thanksgiving”!
Another question asked was, “How does your crown stay on?”
The children broke into laughter when she replied, “In the morning I chew a big wad of bubble gum,” as she motioned that she puts it on the top of her head.
Miss Montana, a 23 year old theatre arts graduate, encourages all young teen girls in Montana, aged 14-18, to enter the Miss Montana Outstanding Teen Pageant. Every contestant is awarded a scholarship of no less than $250. The Miss Montana Pageant is open to all Montana women ages 19-27. Each contestant walks away with no less than $850. For more information, log onto www.missmontana.com, or www.missamerica.org or Facebook Miss Montana Scholarship program.