Four titleholders who were crowned in Grand Forks are about to enter state competition including the Miss North Dakota Outstanding Teen pageant Saturday and the Miss North Dakota scholarship pageant Thursday through June 9, both in Williston, N.D.
Jaci Stofferahn, 23, of Fargo, Miss North Dakota, will compete June 3 in the 61st Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas, with the winner representing the United States at Miss Universe 2012. A proud uncle, Curtis Stofferahn of Grand Forks, has researched family history for many years, tracing the Strand line back to the 1500s. He recently sent a note and Jaci’s photograph to a relative in Norway. A regional newspaper there ran the photo along with a brief account of Syvert Strand’s journey to America and his descendant’s beauty pageant success.
Miss Grand Forks became Miss North Dakota on Saturday night and now will work on the Miss America thing. Beth Dennison, a UND nursing student from Hutchinson, Minn., was named Miss North Dakota 2011 at the pageant held Saturday in the high school gym in Williston, N.D.
Rima Fakihtook top honors at the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress and saying health insurance should cover birth control pills.
The young women from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will cap a week of preliminary competition with the scheduled crowning of a winner tonight in Las Vegas.
The Mrs. North Dakota, Miss North Dakota and Miss Teen North Dakota International Pageants will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Fargo South High School Theater. All three pageants are official preliminaries to the Mrs. International, Miss International and Miss Teen International Pageants to be held in Chicago in July.
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