Miss Contestants

People's Choice Award Online Voting!

At this year’s pageant we are holding a special fundraiser called the People’s Choice Award. Online and onsite, we will be collecting your votes for your favorite contestant for the People’s Choice Award. $1.00 = 1 vote and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to this year's selected charity, Smile Train, an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.

Voting will take place online and onsite right up to the start of the Pageant Finals on Sunday afternoon. Cast your votes before the finals show begins at 4pm in order for your votes to count! During the awards portion of the Pageant Finals, we will announce the People’s Choice Award winner!

This is a wonderful opportunity to vote for your special contestant, and great way to support a great organization. To place your votes online, simply enter the number of votes you wish to cast in the form below your contestant and click the Vote button. You will be redirected to a payment form to enter your information and provide your payment.

Miss Minnesota USA 2019 Contestants


Najma A.
I am greatly honored by the opportunity that I was given. I have nominated myself to enter this competition to go places and accomplish a field of what I call my passion; modeling, pageants, and fashion. I have come this far without support and sponsors because, I haven’t had any as I would appreciate the majority of help. As I called this journey “ Hard Work Paid OFF”, I went on alone and committed to this journey and completed all the requirements on my own. This path has made me brave and taught me a lot of thinks I have never thought I could do.

Mariam A.
Thank you to my family and John for your support!

Allie B.
I would love to thank my family and friends for supporting me in this journey. I want to highlight a few people because without their love and support I would not be the woman I am today. I want to start with a special thanks to my mom and dad for always supporting my dreams since I was a little girl. I also want to thank my boyfriend, Brett Applegath, and his family for always cheering me on. Thank you to my friend and hairdresser, Mandy Johnson, for helping me prepare for this big day. Lastly, thanks to all of my friends, especially my childhood best friend, Kari Boyum, who is always there when I need her. I am so lucky to have you all by my side in this crazy thing we call life. I love you all!

Kristin C.
I am deeply grateful to the family and friends that encouraged me to run for Miss Minnesota 2019. The support I have received during my pursuit of the Miss Minnesota title has filled me with strength and confidence to excel in all aspects of life. Thank you to the Premier Karate family for fostering my growth as a young women and leader at our studio and beyond. The endorsements I have received from Health and Healing Family Chiropractic, Corvae, Gardens of Rice Creek, and Christian Brothers Automotive are a signal of their belief in me as the Minnesota nominee and as a role model for other young women in our community. I hope to carry on the Miss Minnesota title and to make my hometowns of Coon Rapids and Andover proud.

Emily C.
First and foremost to God, who sent His son to die for me, therefore, I am saved, and who provided the means by which I am able to compete against these other beautiful women. To my family, who mentally supported me through the sweat, stress, and tears. To the Erickson family, to Jesse Vanilau, to David Skilbred, to Swelstad orthodontics, and to all the others who financially supported me along the way; who fully covered the costs for this pageant. Thank you all so very much. I love you all dearly. Keep shining bright like the gems you are.

Williane d.
First, I would like to thank my mother for all that she has done and for raising me to become the strong woman I am today. Frank, my step-dad, for caring for me as his own child and bringing me to America. Now, I would like to thank my sponsors who not only saw my potential, but made it possible for me to be here today: Bob Siegel of ProSkin Esthetics and Laser Center, Dr. Kent Andreasen, Dr. Hema Menon, Mr. Dick Petkoff of State Farm Insurance, Dr. Tamara Simons, Deivys Henriquez, Jone Dole, Jody Koch and Mario Ortiz. Finally, Robert Ingersoll said, "We rise by lifting others," I would like to thank God for putting all of these wonderful people in my life that have helped me with this opportunity to fulfill one of my life-long dreams.

Taylor F.
Thank you to my coach Cheri Kennedy, photographer Chris Mcduffie, hair stylist Theresa, makeup artist Mindie and my amazing family and friends for all the support and love!

Emily F.
Special thanks to every single person who helped me prepare for this pageant last minute, without your kind words of encouragement, your donations and prayers, I am not sure if I could do it! Thank you Thank You Thank you! Love you all!!

Brittany G.
Thank you to my family and friends who have continued to encourage me and support me along the way, it is greatly appreciated.

Elle G.
My path to Miss Minnesota USA would not have been possible without the generous support of my sponsors: Crutchfield Dermatology, Dakota Dental Clinic, Grey Cloud Consulting, Title Boxing Club - Lakeville, and friends and family. You have all been instrumental in helping me prepare and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Let’s do this!

Lauryn G.
Thank you to my mother Shelly for serving as a positive role model in my life and always inspiring me to put forth my best effort in all I do. I'm grateful to have worked with my supportive coach, Robin, who motivates me to pursue my goals despite the challenges and has supported me throughout this journey. Thanks to my friends and family for showing continuous support and being positive influences in my life. I'd also like to recognize the judges, organizers, and sponsors of this event as it would not be possible without them. A special thank you to all my generous sponsors at R!ah Hair Studio, ShellyG Fitness, Nicole Mills Photography, and Top Hat Finishing LLC.

Halle H.
I would like to thank the people in my life whom I love for supporting and believing in me to be a part of this, and go for it. Pushing me to chase my dreams and push the limits has made me believe in myself and my goals.

Mikayla H.
I want to thank my parents for always believing in me, and letting me go after the big dreams. You are always there supporting me and being my taxi service. You are helping me become a better person and to learn skills that will help me through out life. I thank my aunts, uncles and cousins who cheer me on and always get excited to hear about my new adventures. I thank my friends for being there when I need to talk and making me laugh, which is the best part. I thank Future Productions for an amazing year. You saw potential in me and I love being a part of this organization. I thank Kalie for being a part of Best Buddies with me. It was such a fun adventure these past few months. And thank you, Cheri, for preparing me for this weekend

Danielle H.
Thank you to all friends and family who have supported me in preparing for this incredible opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Minnesota USA.

Courtney I.
Thank you to my mom Gladys, my sister Krystle and friends for supporting me! And to Jacque Whitner for helping me with all my alterations for the weekend!

Maddy K.
A big thank you goes to Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Skincare, for sponsoring me in this journey and always making sure I look and feel my best! I would also like to thank my wonderful family and friends who have helped me through this process and continue to support me in everything I do. I love you guys so much and am blessed to be surrounded by such incredible people, I couldn't have done this without you!

KerryAnne K.
I am incredibly thankful for the support I’ve received from my family, friends & sponsors throughout this process. My skincare and makeup sponsor GlamWhip by Katie leaves me feeling fresh with Motives Cosmetics & glamorous every day - Katie you have been such a blessing in my life. Lucky with TrueBrows has a heart of gold & made me feel confidently beautiful with my brows. Beauty Emporium’s owner Erica has given my look the finishing touch that I love with my airbrushing and lashes & is one of the hardest workers I know. Colby John & the staff at Diamond Bride altered my gown to perfection and Colby is the most talented and inspiring person in my life. Brittany Link's work with my head shots were top notch and I loved working with her!

Olivia K.
First, I would like to thank the Kleeberger Family for sponsoring me as well as supporting me through everything I have been apart of. Competing in this pageant would not be possible without loving people like you. Another huge thank you to my parents, Brent and Michelle, for encouraging me to be the best version of myself that I can be. I also want to thank everyone who donated money towards my participation in this outstanding pageant and for all of the words of motivation. Lastly, I want to thank Shelley Brady for being my rock and being the person who started me on a journey of a lifetime that has led me to where I am now. Thank you.

Kayla K.
Sponsored by Mom and Dad, and Lori Powers Photography

Jesse Rose L.
Much love goes out to my sponsors Elm Lake Resort and author Jannifer Hoffman. I also want to thank my family, friends and donors for all the help and support. Without all of these people, I wouldn't be here today. I am so thankful for every bit of help and have not take it for granted. Lastly, I want to give a special shout out to my parents for their willingness and eagerness to help me get where I am. Their love and support has helped me through this in every way possible.

Hannah L.
Thank you to Mom, Dad, and my brother Miles for your endless love and support. Thank you to my family, my community, my friends, and my coach for being on this journey with me. Thank you to Hmong American Partnership for their generous sponsorship and a special thank you to Toua Lee. I am forever grateful for all of your support, endless love and belief in me.

Brianna L.
A sincere thank you to Minnesota Shoreline from my hometown of Dassel, Minnesota for fully sponsoring me in this year's Miss Minnesota USA pageant. I would also like to thank my fiancé, family and friends for their unwavering love and support. I couldn't do it without you!

Sady L.
To all of my friends and family, thank you all for your words of love and encouragement! I appreciate each and every one of you! I love you all so much! Xoxo, Sady

Fadumo M.
I want to sincerely thank all my supporters and especially the Somali community here in Minnesota. Your support means a lot to me.

Nicki N.
I am unbelievably grateful for the support of my friends and family. I couldn't have done this without each and every one of you. A special thanks goes to: John and Lynn Neal, Jon and Jennifer Colyer, Mary Durspek, Kaitlyn Pitzen, Whitney Sizer, Mike Reid, Brad Anderson, Barb Brett, Judie Colyer, Nicole Denlinger, Jessica Pohn, Karen Costa-Tappon, Kelly Brown, Tom Harlan, Joey Valenti, Donna Laube, Mike Nauman, Michelle Tran Phelps, Raina De Wit, Andrea Atkinson, Michael Laux, Michele Gathje, Tom Hoeft, Brad Meier, Scott Knoblach, Craig Schmidt, Sumeet Gadhoke, Kori Downey, Chris Gilbertson, Kari Karsnick, Jared Benson, Dan Nelson, Noah Fedje, Paul Peichel, Linh Buoen, Laura Bathke, Erica Delisi, and Jeanne Hoag.

Marissa N.
My dear family and friends, Thank you will never be enough for all of the glitter, hairspray, walking practice, mock interviews, work out sessions, and pageant prep you have stood alongside me for to make sure I shine my brightest this weekend. Your belief in me and my deepest aspiration is the fuel to my fire. I have the best pink clothed, wand waving, sign holding cheerleaders in the world! The fact that you believe in me achieving my dream as much as I do makes you the best support system in the world!

Catalina N.
To my biggest supporter, best friend and amazing sister Lynn Lyden. Thank you for all that you do to support me and be there for me for every important event in my life. To my parents (Son and Annette Nguyen), sisters (Kim, Lynn, Anna), brothers (Dan, Phillip, Karl, Atlee), uncles (Cau Chinh, Cau Quang, Cau Hien, Cau Vinh), aunts (Di Hieu, Di Hoan, Mo Jill, Mo Mi, Mo Ninh), cousins, friends, colleagues, and clients: thank you for your encouragement and positivity. The incredible people in my life have molded me into the woman I am today. I am proud to come from a family who have instilled hard work, perseverance and gratitude for the opportunities I am given. I am humbled and blessed by all of your unconditional love and support.

Arinola O.
Thank you to all of the individuals and businesses that have supported me in this journey. The Betty Bee Café. Privileged Model Management, The UPS Store 2175 (Judy), Lake St. Beauty Supply, Welllife360 LLC

Melissa P.
Thank you friends and family for your endless love and support!!!

Hope R.
I would like to give a big thank you to Enviro-dyne Industrial services, Maxine Finneman, my parents, and my amazing boyfriend Kole Finneman. Also a big thank you to everybody who supported me and encouraged me to continue through!

Carina R.
I am filled with great joy to know that there’s a village that stands with me through the process of this dream. I want to give a special thanks to Adam Spiker, Samantha LeeAnn Petersen, and Nicole Elizabeth Robinson for the mentorship and support through their own passion-filled art form. The encouragement I receive from my loved ones and community pushes me to keep making every one of my wildest dreams possible. I love and am appreciative of you all, thank you!

Kala S.
I would like to say a special thank you to my sponsor Schmidt Roofing Inc. for making this experience possible. I would also like to say a huge thank you to my family for thier love and support throughout this journey. I would also like to thank Adam Spiker for being my trainer and getting my body in shape for this years pageant. Lastly, I want to thank Cheri Kennedy for being an outstanding coach.

Samantha S.
Thank you Mike Lindell and MyPillow, Inc. for making this dream a reality. I couldn't have done this without your support! Thank you to Renew Facial Plastic Surgery, Bruce and Candy Lundgren, and Mark Salz for contributing to my journey to the crown! My family- thank you for supporting my dreams and for always pointing me to Jesus. You have constantly encouraged me to keep running my race even through adversity. I love you! To my number one, my prayer warrior, my love - Thomas, thank you for everything you've done for me these past 3 months. All the interview questions, pep-talks, and prayers have helped me feel so confident! You've made me feel like a queen since day one and I'm beyond blessed to have you in my life. Xoxo

Victoria S.
My friends, family, professors, mentors, team at Succession Lending, my sister Kayla, and strength from God, have made it possible for me to be persevering the opportunity to become Miss Minnesota USA 2019. Thank you for sharing your time and wisdom with me to prepare for this weekend and for believing in me, my aspirations in life, and why I have prepared for this weekend. To have all of you in my life, is my greatest blessing. I love you guys!! To the Family at Future Productions, thank you for making this a life changing weekend and bringing together the group of women here this weekend. Over the last ten years, this organization has helped me grow within and to embrace my life with passion and perseverance.

Catherine S.
First, I would like to thank my parents for always believing in me and for loving me unconditionally. I would also like to thank my friends, not only for being my biggest cheerleaders, but for taking me away from studying every now and then to have some fun. Last but not least, I would like to thank Faith Schway for encouraging me to compete in my first pageant in 2014 and for encouraging me to compete in this one as well. I truly would not be here, nor would I be the woman I am today, without the love and continued support of these people.

Zianya S.
To the many individuals who have been significant throughout this journey of mine, I truly can't thank you enough. Your love and support means the absolute world to me. To my sponsors, Assure Cleaning Services and Billy's Bar and Grill, your thoughtful contributions to help me cover the costs for this years competition are hugely appreciated. Thank you! One last thank you to the others who have played an essential role in my preparation- Mom & Dad, Holly Ernst, Brittany Link Photography, Gianna Capuzzi, Jorge Esteban, Makeup by Mindie, Hair by Theresa, Paul Justen and Nick Erickson.

Rachel T.
I would like to thank my financial sponsors Philip Tippett, Marilyn Tippett, Jayson and Megan Stob, Christina Dahlen, Ryan Mueller, Mark and Renee Bernu, Ann Erickson, Matt Yager, and Benjamin Amundsen. I would also like to thank Elizabeth Sloan from Scoundrel's Keep for her exquisite work on my evening gown, as well as her advice on my other outfits. Additional thanks go to the many family and friends who have given encouragement and advice throughout this journey. Finally, I would like to thank my parents, Mike and Karen Tippett, for all of the love and support they have given throughout my whole life, and for the assistance they have provided in this chapter of my life.

Ashley V.
Thank you to everyone who helped me make decisions, said kind words of encouragement, and who was just as excited for me as I am compete. Also, to Cindy’s designs for making sure my dream gown looks beautiful on stage.

Sidney W.
I would like to thank everyone who has supported me on the journey starting with my parents. Thank you for all the advise, love, and confidence. A giant thank you to my sisters - Calla, Hailey, Jordan, and Hannah - you are my biggest cheerleaders and I couldn't do this without you. Grandma and Aunties (Sandy and Kristen) - I love you guys more than you know and am thankful for all the support. You guys make me feel like I could conquer anything!! Anne Marie and Garie (AKA team Sidney) thanks for the endless work you put into me!! My niece Payten and nephew Liam - thanks for always making me feel beautiful and telling me "I've got this". Wayne and Mary Rixmann, thanks for always supporting me we may not share blood but we are family!!