by Trinity Gruenberg

trinity@inhnews.com

    The hair, the makeup, the gown, the glitz and the glamour of pageantry are what most people see. What you may not know is the character building, volunteering, giving an intellectual voice to organizations, attaining real-life, valuable skills that can translate into careers, are what women across the state compete for to earn scholarships and further their education.

    The Miss Minnesota USA pageant is gearing up for the competition Thanksgiving weekend and Eagle Bend will have an intelligent and charismatic representative, Kalie Wright.

    Wright is a native of Twin Falls, Idaho. She moved to Minnesota two years ago and is finishing her business and marketing degree online through Minnesota State University Moorhead.

    Wright is a musician who sings and plays guitar and piano. It was through music she met her now fiancé of over two years, Jeremiah James Korfe.

    Wright’s parents told her that she and her siblings were responsible for paying their own way through college, so she competed in sports while in high school and attained a full ride scholarship for volleyball at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon.

    “After the first year I knew it was not what I wanted to do throughout my entire college career, so I made the switch and decided to pay for my education another way by getting involved in the Miss America Organization,” explained Wright.         

    Starting at the age of 18, she competed in local and state competitions to earn scholarship money.

     “I will be able to graduate debt-free because of my time spent competing and volunteering in pageants,” she said.

    In 2012, Wright won the title of Miss Magic Valley in Idaho. The following year, she competed in the Miss Idaho pageant on a platform of The W.O.R.T.H. Project: Salute, Serve, Succeed. During the talent portion of the competition, she performed on the piano and was one of the top 11 semi-finalists...

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