It was literally a crowning achievement for one Benilde-St. Margaret's senior late last month.
BSM Senior Maggie McGill, of Plymouth, was crowned Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2013 at a competition held Nov. 25 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.
"I'm really excited to represent Minnesota," McGill said. "I've already met some amazing people and made some great friendships."
Believe it or not, this was actually McGill's first experience in a pageant. As a competitive figure skater, McGill said she's to being in the spotlight. She also noted pageants require a lot less jumping and spinning.
McGill is now the recipient of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes. In addition, she will compete for the title of MISS TEEN USA 2013 at the national pageant this summer.
Judges also chose Danielle Hooper of Inver Grove Heights as Miss Minnesota USA 2013. Hooper is a 2010 graduate of Simley Senior High School.
The annual competition includes three segments: evening gown, swimwear and interview. Only unmarried women between the ages of 14 and 26 can compete. Both titleholders will advance to the next level, the MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA national pageants, respectively.
To see a video of Maggie's crowning, click here.
Miss Minnesota USA should not be confused with Miss Minnesota, the program that is the qualifier for the Miss America competition. Miss Minnesota USA is a preliminary for a different pageant—the MISS UNIVERSE and MISS USA Pageants, which are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership.