Yes, there will be a Miss Montana 2020. She will be taking over for Miss Montana 2019, Mo Shea of Helena, who won $14,875 in scholarships for medical school through the Miss America Organization. The 71st annual Miss MT Scholarship Competition was rescheduled to July 23-25 with adjustments in the event to comply with Covid-19 safety guidelines. The event is held in conjunction with Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen competition for 13-17 year olds at the DCHS 1000-seat auditorium at 7 p.m. nightly.
The 2020 Miss Montana contestants are Anastasia Hayes of Billings; Alissa Bohle, Baker; Amber Sickler, Glendive; Jessica Criss, Bozeman; Caitlin Greaney, Helena; Kourtney Hanson, Chinook; Shannon Hannaway Bozeman; Eden Perissini, Billings; Kristy Cullinan Glendive; Kiera Melton, Glendive; Faith Johnson, Helena; Siera McKaughlin, Belgrade; and Britta Brenner of Glendive.
Competing to be Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen now held by Karsen Murphy of Glendive are in order of performance Jillian Litwiller, Bloomfield; Brielle Gorder, Sidney; Karina Melton, Glendive; Julia Kunau, Lewistown; Liliana Johnson, Sidney; Gabrielle Higbee, Glendive; Taitlyn Berry of Glendive; Annika Bennion, Sidney; Grace Peoples, Wibaux and Jessica Romo of Sidney.
The public can vote for Montana’s Choice online at www.missmontana.com with $1 per vote. The contestant with the most votes earns a scholarship and a spot as one of the finalists during the final night of competition
Preliminary competition with 13 Miss MT contestants and ten outstanding teens begins Thursday July 23 at 7 p.m. in Glendive at the beautiful DCHS 1000-seat auditorium with room to spread out safely. Friday at 1 p.m. the Glendive Chamber sponsors the parade with candidates riding in the back of new pickups from American Ford & HKT Big Sky Motors. Friday night’s 7 p.m. production is seeing the second set of the Miss candidates talent and culminates in the crowning of Montana’s Outstanding Teen.
Saturday night the judges narrow the competition which includes Montana’s Choice voted by the public online and judging starts anew. Miss Montana 2019 Mo Shea crowns the new Miss Montana who wins over $5,000 in scholarships. Miss Montana 2020 is Montana’s ambassador throughout the state and will compete for the title of Miss America 2021 in its centennial year.
Tickets will be available online at www.missmontana.com, at the Glendive Chamber and at the door. All contestants receive at least a $950 scholarship for competing with over $30,000 in cash scholarships and many applied scholarships and prizes. The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs for young women. Miss America is the largest provider of scholarships to young women nationwide.