• By Lauren Reeves

Minot State University alumnae in the running for Miss North Dakota

Sidni Kast, a Minot State graduate, hopes to become the future Miss North Dakota.

After competing and winning local competitions, former Minot State University student Sidni Kast has her eyes set on the Miss North Dakota crown this summer. Kast won the title of Ms. Norsk Hostfest in 2019, and initially had no intention to run for Miss North Dakota.

“What first drew me towards the Miss North Dakota Scholarship program was the community involvement and the scholarship opportunities available,” said Kast. “This will be my first time competing where many of the other girls have been doing this for several years because they enjoy it so much. If you would have asked me five years ago if I would be doing something like this, I probably would have laughed. But then I realized that the pageant world has really progressed in getting away from the exterior expectations and focusing more on what each applicant has to offer on the inside.”

One of her goals for the competition is to raise awareness for mental illnesses and ending stigmas against it, and Kast believes that the competition is a great platform for her to share her message.

“I am very passionate about my social impact statement because I have experienced, first hand, the loss of my cousin through suicide,” said Kast. “He, like many others, was not the ‘stereotypical’ suicide victim. My ability to speak on these issues is what makes me a qualified applicant for the job of Miss North Dakota”

While the Miss USA pageant includes a swimsuit competition and no talent portion, Kast states that the Miss America Organization — which Miss North Dakota is associated with — is different. According to Kast, the Miss America Organization focuses on scholarship and service, and has a talent portion in the competition, which is highlighted in the requirements for Miss North Dakota.

“The significance of being Miss North Dakota is being a role model but it is so much more than that. It gives young women like myself the opportunity to succeed in more ways than one. Scholarship money is not only given out to the winner but to multiple contestants who can use it towards their education,” said Kast.

The main requirement to run for Miss North Dakota is to win a local title. There are several competitions that go on throughout the year that allow women from all over the state to have a chance at winning. Another requirement is that the applicant raise all of the scholarship funds through sponsors. For anyone who would like to give a personal or business donation, email sidnikast@gmail.com for more information. All of the money goes directly to contestants in forms of scholarships when awarded.

The competition takes place this June, in Williston.

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