Miss Minnesota Teen USA
Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2021
Annika is appreciative for the opportunity to represent the great state of Minnesota as she has lived here her whole life, loving it for its beautiful lakes, range of seasons, and up north scenic spots to drive and hike trails with family, friends, and dog. Her first role of leadership was the part of being an older sister to her one younger brother who she connects with through sports.
Sports have always played an influential role in Annika’s life; dancing since the age of three and competing since age five, she’s grown up with it being a strength of hers, having to balance both her competitive side along with love for teamwork. She’s been acting as team captain since her junior year to prepare her high school’s dance team to be competition-ready come season. Annika is also a runner, running year long with her school’s track & field team, cross country team, and with her speed coach. Even from a young age, she’s always raced with the mindset of competing against the boys.
Passion for education has always been clear with Annika and her goal now is to use her platform as an extension of her love for learning for all. Now reaching her final year of high school she continues to prove its importance because of how deeply it resonates with her. She’s heavily involved in student life and clubs at her school with the National Honor Society, Student Council, Youth Service Leadership, DECA, and Link Crew. Through these organizations and clubs, she’s had many opportunities to volunteer in schools reading and working with young students, tutoring, and helping to volunteer locally and at statewide events. With a busy schedule, she continues to keep a high cumulative 4.0-grade point average, taking college classes since her sophomore year of high school, and has been recognized for her honor level work.
As this year’s titleholder, Annika works to show the leadership she’s gained from school and sports and uses it as a guide to be a great role model to all young girls and boys. Teaching them that their dreams can be made a reality and loves seeing them come to light.