WDC graduate Ella Harrison crowned Miss Moorhead 2014
Ella Rosemary Harrison, a 2014 graduate from Wadena-Deer Creek High School, was crowned Miss Moorhead on Saturday at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
“During my crowning moment, I felt accomplished, proud, blessed and excited for what is to come in the near future,” said Harrison, 18, who is a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she is currently working toward a business degree focusing on marketing and graphics.
Harrison will hold the title of Miss Moorhead for one year and will run for Miss Minnesota in June 2015.
In an 8-minute interview with a panel of judges, Harrison spoke about her platform, dyslexia -- a subject that she personally has learned to deal with. She explained to the judges while the condition is well known, it’s often misunderstood. Her goal is to educate parents, inspire children to come forward and to be an advocate on the importance of conquering dyslexia.
Harrison, who earned first place for her interview portion, also competed in evening gown, swimsuit wear, talent and the on-stage competition.
Harrison said she enjoyed all aspects of the pageant. She said the one thing she will take away the most from this experience is the friendships she formed through her journey. She also credits her huge support system and advisors.
“I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful support system behind me. My mother Cheryl, father Ric, and brother Duke have always been behind me, encouraging me to never give up and follow my dreams. Diane Peters, Beth Motschenbacher, Abby Rogge and Joyce Jampsa are always filled with words of wisdom and helpful advice. Holly Becker has been my right-hand woman since day one! She has helped me choreograph my dance routines and is always willing to do it one last time! Kristyn Ament has always known the right things to say and has never stopped encouraging me to follow my dreams,” said Harrison.
On hand to witness the crowning, proud parents Ric and Cheryl Harrison of Wadena, who were extremely excited to see their daughter accomplish one of her longtime goals.
“We are so very proud of her. She worked hard for this. This is an incredible opportunity for Ella,” said Cheryl Harrison.
The Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant is a nonprofit organization that awards scholarships to outstanding young women to help advance them academically and professionally. Participants have gone on to achieve major success in diverse fields including medicine, law, business, broadcast journalism, theater, politics, literature and more.