Miss Montana USA®&
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2018 Miss Montana USA Contestants:

Elena Kilmer - Silver Bow County USA
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 - Garden City USA
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 - Bozeman USA
Emma Jobson

Bozeman USA


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 - Zootown USA
Grace Zitzer

Zootown USA

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 - Lewis & Clark County USA
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 - Mining City USA
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 - Great Falls USA
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 - Fort Peck USA
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.

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