Miss Montana USA®&
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2017 Miss Montana USA Contestants:

Emma Jobson - Gallatin Valley USA
Emma Jobson

Gallatin Valley USA

Emma is currently a PhD student at Montana State University studying plant genetics in the College of Agriculture. Coming from a family involved in farming, Emma feels a sincere sense of purpose serving the agricultural community of Montana. Outside of school, Emma volunteers with the Alzheimer's Association, as well as coordinating plant science programs in elementary schools. She has two amazing dogs and enjoys figure skating, hiking, running, curling, and traveling.

Jeni Maakad - Lewis & Clark County USA
Jeni Maakad

Lewis & Clark County USA

A graduate from Washington State University, Jeni holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Science Wildlife Ecology. With a passion for the outdoors, she is a trapshooting expert who loves hunting, fishing, and volunteering. Other outdoor passions include helping the captive grizzly bear and endangered fish. Jeni is a champion western horse rider, and she lives the life of an independent, self-sustaining woman of today.

Julie Ovenell - Manhattan USA
Julie Ovenell

Manhattan USA

Julie is currently studying Elementary Education at the University of Montana. She loves people and is passionate about promoting positive self-image in youth. Julie has fallen in love with traveling after doing mission work in Guatemala, Thailand, and Zambia. She loves anything adventurous and athletic including basketball, volleyball, wake boarding, hiking, bungee jumping, etc. She would like to thank her family, friends, and most of all, God, for this incredible opportunity.

Kassi Soelter - Billings USA
Kassi Soelter

Billings USA

Kassi is a graduate of Skyview High School and currently attends the University of Montana pursuing degrees in psychology and social work. She volunteers at the YWCA as an advocate for victims of domestic abuse. She plans to become a marriage and family counselor. Kassi loves Montana, being active, singing, and crafting. She would like to thank her friends, family, and numerous generous sponsors for helping her prepare for this exciting opportunity.

Maria Vega - Wolf Point USA
Maria Vega

Wolf Point USA

Maria Vega was born and raised on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Currently enrolled as a sophomore at Montana State University-Bozeman, Maria is a part of the CO-OP program for Native Americans pursuing a degree in Nursing. She is employed as a CNA at her local Indian Health Service and at Montana Youth Dynamics as a mentor. Maria enjoys being an advocate for the youth on the reservation, running, and playing the guitar.

Marlee Portra-Zimmerman - Bozeman USA
Marlee Portra-Zimmerman

Bozeman USA

Marlee is a passionate student attending college to peruse an elementary education degree because children have always held a special place in her heart. She aspires to make school a privilege and not a chore for students, in-hope-of reducing the dropout rates. Marlee believes that education is the firm foundation for life-long success, a baseline in the personal and professional affairs of our future leaders. She thanks God, her family, friends, and sponsors for guidance.

Mary  Hally - Greater Bozeman USA
Mary Hally

Greater Bozeman USA

Mary graduated from the University of Montana majoring in Communication with a certificate in Nonprofit Administration. She is currently putting her degree to use and working at a Nonprofit. She has successfully led fundraising campaigns raising over $500,000. Mary enjoys meeting people across the State of Montana through her countless hours of community service and encourages others to become active community members. She enjoys spending time with family, friends and many outdoor activities.

Melynda Ward - North Bozeman USA
Melynda Ward

North Bozeman USA

Minna is currently going to Montana State University for Nursing. She is your typical adrenaline junky. Anything that keeps her blood pumping is her favorite. She is known for her free spirit and her willingness to try almost anything. Her love for the atmosphere that Bozeman holds is endless. Minna appreciates every little bit of support she receives and would like to thank her supportive friends, family and sponsors Blitz Motor Sports and H&H Photography.

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