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2018 Miss Montana USA Contestants

Aimee Bartel

Aimee Bartel

Greater Missoula USA

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Aimee is an international dancer, a licensed aesthetician, and a model; but above all she is a small town Montana girl determined to make her mark on this big world. She is constantly pushing herself to be successful in her life endeavors and to pursue her passions. Through her profession in aesthetics, Aimée hopes to raise awareness of Alopecia by giving back to women who suffer from the autoimmune disease through offering free treatments.

Amanda Gatz

Amanda Gatz

Gallatin County USA

Amanda is a senior at Montana State University pursuing a degree in Dietetics. She hopes by gaining the title of Miss Montana USA, she can help inspire women to live up to their potential regardless of the challenges they may face. Amanda enjoys running, paining, and playing classical guitar. She would also like to thank her family and sponsors for supporting her on this journey.

Anita Green

Anita Green

Missoula USA

Anita is a University of Montana alumna who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequality and Social Justice and a minor in Communications. Last year, Anita made state history by becoming the first openly transgender person in Montana to be elected as a national delegate to a nominating convention. Anita is running for the title of Miss Montana USA in hopes of inspiring other transgender women to achieve their aspirations.

Carrie Vreeland

Carrie Vreeland

Missoula County USA

Carrie graduated with honors from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Being a registered nurse and licensed aesthetician, Carrie has developed a passion for health, beauty, and self-confidence. She volunteers in her community and has a goal of becoming a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health. Living with lupus, Carrie wants to find an avenue to educate women with autoimmune diseases on how they can accomplish goals and lead fulfilling lives.

Cheyann Trueman

Cheyann Trueman

Missouri River USA

Cheyann is a true humanitarian, her driving force in this world is meeting, connecting, and creating lasting bonds. If she can make a difference in one person’s life, hers is complete. She is passionate about experiencing this world and all it offers while finding her purpose! Known for being an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, and hiking all the places this beautiful state has to offer.

Claire Shinn

Claire Shinn

MSU Bozeman USA

Claire is studying business at M.S.U. Bozeman and volunteers through her platform, Missoula 4-H. Helping young people become leaders and better their communities is a great passion of hers. Claire is a champion Shorthorn show cattle breeder, trap-shooter, sorority girl, and love’s everything outdoors. She is excited to see what opportunities this experience will provide and what she will learn from it. Claire would like to thank everyone for their support on her new adventure.

Dani Walker

Dani Walker

Yellowstone County USA

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Dani is a multi-cultural woman of American Indian, Mexican, and Caucasian decent, and she overcame adversities of a low-income household, to become the first in her family to graduate college. Volunteer for over fifty non-profits, Dani advocates for Donate life, to honor her late cousin Andrew’s legacy. She appreciates traveling as a communications specialist, and Youtuber. Honored to represent Yellowstone County, she hopes participation in the Miss Universe Organization provides opportunities to serve, and represent her state.

Delaney Harrington

Delaney Harrington

Greater Billings USA

Delaney, 18, and a second year student at Montana State University studying Mechanical Engineering Technology. She was born and raised in Billings, but loves to spend time on her family ranch in Ekalaka, Montana riding horses, four wheelers, and shooting guns. She has danced, acted and sang since she was 3 and is studying her black in TaeKwonDo. She also loves painting and her dogs Rowen and Sugar.

Elena Kilmer

Elena Kilmer

Silver Bow County USA

Elena is in her third year at the University of Montana pursuing a degree in Accounting and Finance. She enjoys spending time in the Montana outdoors especially hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter with her family. Elena has always had a passion for fashion and her goal is to one day work in the fashion industry. Elena would like to thank her family, friends, and sponsors for supporting her in this adventure.

Emily Madieros

Emily Madieros

Garden City USA

Emily is a graduate student, pursuing her MBA with plans to own her own event venue. Emily hopes to use this venue to work with organizations to raise awareness and achieve the necessary funding to help children and families in crisis. She would like to thank her family, Skin Chic, Pure Barre Missoula, 406 Nutrition Co, Nate Nigh (Campus Recreation), Amber Lynn Photography, Express Employment Professionals, and Serendipity Ventures (Amusement Book) for this opportunity.

Emma Jobson

Emma Jobson

Bozeman

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Emma is a third year PhD student at Montana State University studying plant genetics. After graduation, she hopes to work abroad at an international research facility. Additionally, Emma coaches figure skating at the local ice rink, and serves on the board of directors for the curling league. When she’s not on campus or in an ice rink, Emma likes running, hiking, and kayaking around the mountains surrounding Bozeman.

Grace Zitzer

Grace Zitzer

Zootown

Grace will graduate with her Masters in Social Work this winter. She pursues social work to fulfill her passion for empowering others. Through her work at Child Protective Services, Grace has learned that when we extend patience and kindness, we are able to create the best change. When not working or studying, Grace can be found trail running, eating tacos, or volunteering with Camp Make-A-Dream, the American Cancer Society, and Imagine Missoula.

Jeni Maakad

Jeni Maakad

Lewis & Clark County USA

Innovator, Creative, Adventurer. These are the characteristics Jeni lives by. With an extensive background in all things outdoors, Maakad would use the title of Miss Montana USA to continue raising awareness by providing once-in-a-lifetime adventures to terminally ill children and military veterans. Maakad is an entrepreneur, MBA graduate student, and volunteer who can also be found at a rodeo, modeling, or at her easel drawing a masterpiece for her next art show!.

Kate Helming

Kate Helming

Mining City USA

Kate is a driven and hard-working young lady. She is a Microbiology major who plans to specialize in infectious disease study and treatment. She is a part time curve model in New York who promotes body positivity. As a mental health ambassador, she speaks of her struggles with overcoming mental and invisible diseases while working to change the stereotypes that follow said illnesses.

Maggie Reilly

Maggie Reilly

Great Falls USA

Maggie is a junior at Montana State University pursuing a degree in nursing. Upon graduation she plans on entering the work field, eventually going back to school to receive her nurse practitioner’s license. Maggie enjoys playing cards, fly fishing, and a good stand up comedian. Maggie hopes the Miss Universe Organization will help give her a platform to spread the message about natural beauty. Maggie thanks all her friends, family, and sponsors for their support.

Maria Vega

Maria Vega

Fort Peck USA

Maria is a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes. A nursing student at Montana State University, Maria focuses on becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in substance-abuse. Maria has served her Native community as a Medical Assistant at Indian Health Service, a mentor, and now works as an intern at Spotted Bull Treatment Center.  As a role model, Maria wishes to spread her message of resiliency through her experiences in adversity.

Mckaylla Hudson

Mckaylla Hudson

Miles City USA

McKaylla was born and raised in Florida. At 16, she moved to Miles City, Montana. McKaylla attends CCDHS as a senior. She’s involved in many school activities. One of the important things in her life is spending time with loved ones. McKaylla’s ambition after high school is to enlist into the Navy to become a frontline medic. Her goal in life is to help young people follow their dreams and building their confidence.

Shelbi Schroeder

Shelbi Schroeder

Billings USA

Shelbi, 26, grew up in Kalispell, MT. Billings is now home to Shelbi where she has pursued a career as a nail tech and business owner.  She is the owner of Adore Salon & Spa. Shelbi works along side 10+ women. She is kind, outgoing, ambitious and has a heart that enjoys helping others. Shelbi would like to thank her sponsors, friends, family and clientele for their unconditional love and support through this journey.

Tera Goddard

Tera Goddard

Still Water County

Born and raised on a ranch in Reed Point, Montana, Tera learned the true definition of hard work and determination to achieve her goals and dreams in life. Tera enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, and working with equine in her spare time. A part time student at Northwest and a full-time student online in Miles City, Tera is progressing towards an Associate of Science- Nursing Degree. Afterwards, Tera will further her education to obtain her Nurse Practitioner license.

Yessenia Jarvey

Yessenia Jarvey

Cascade County USA

Yessenia is a childhood educator at Wee Disciples Pre-school. She is a positive and uplifting person who has a lot of love to give. Her favorite part about working with children is how easily they can make you smile. She plans on attending the Aveda Institute of Minneapolis to study aesthetician. Her philosophy in life is to do things that challenge your fears. Being in the Miss Montana USA pageant is another step to success.