FARGO — The Miss North Dakota USA and Miss North Dakota Teen USA pageants took place Saturday, Sept. 21, at Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center in Brandon, S.D., where the panel of judges selected Macy Christianson of Minot as Miss North Dakota USA 2020 and Amanda Higginbotham of Grand Forks as Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2020.

Both titleholders will now advance and compete next year at the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA national pageants.

The competition, which is held annually, consists of three proportional segments: evening gown, swimwear/active wear and interview. Eligible young women must be between the ages of 14 and 27 and be unmarried residents of North Dakota in order to compete in the pageant.

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Christianson and Higginbotham will each receive thousands of dollars in prizes and awards. They will have the opportunity to compete for the national titles of this coming year. Christianson will compete for the title of Miss USA on the live national telecast of Miss USA on FOX Television, and Higginbotham will compete for the title of Miss Teen USA at the national pageant next year. In addition, the new Miss USA will go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe competition, which is televised in over 130 countries worldwide.

For more information on the pageants, visit www.missnorthdakotausa.com or www.missnorthdakotateenusa.com.