Sixteen-year-old Katelyn Meier of Rush City won the the 2014 Miss Teen Minneapolis/St. Paul title at a pageant Oct. 20.
As winner, she qualifies to compete in the National Competition Dec. 11-16 in Orlando, Fla., where the prize is a $30,000 scholarship and the choice of an additional $10,000 scholarship or a new car.
Meier entered the pageant — this being her first — because she wanted to try a new experience, gain confidence in public speaking and have the chance to win scholarships for college. A junior at Rush City High School, she is currently attending Anoka-Ramsey Community College through a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program.
Throughout the weekend, she completed an interview portion before competing in casual wear and formal wear events. After the top 10 finalists were announced, each finalist was asked a pop question (see http://2014missteenstpaul.com).
Meier, a gymnast for the past 13 years, coaches at Northern Flight Gymnastics where she works with girls ages 5 to 14 for both recreation and competition. She hopes to study communications and English education in the fall of 2015 at Hamline University.
“I have always enjoyed teaching and would love to be able to work as an English professor,” she said in a letter to pageant officials. “I would like to one day teach communications, as well.”
Meier was sponsored by Creekside Pizza, Cynthia’s Bridal Emporium, Dale Tool Automotive, Insight Printing and Stacy Chiropractic. She is looking to gain sponsors for the national pageant.