Miss SD: The Experience of a Lifetime
Miss South Dakota 2010, Loren Vaillancourt, just like anyone else has seen some ups and downs.
It was an exciting day in June. Many girls competed for the title of Miss South Dakota 2010. Through it all, Loren Vaillancourt pulled through and won the title.
"Well as Miss South Dakota you are really a role model for young woman and one of the main things I'll be doing is talking about my platform to schools especially," said Loren.
Her platform is educating people about the dangers of distracted driving, something she lost her brother to. But this title didn't come easy, and neither will the responsibilities that come with that title, but she says it will be a great experience.
Loren said, "It's really been a learning and a growing experience. I am taking the year off at South Dakota State University to fulfill my obligations as Miss South Dakota full time.”
She'll still be living with her roommates, but as they hit the books, she'll be doing other things. Loren has learned some big lessons during her the competition.
“Really being able to open up and talk about my personal experience with my platform. It's been very difficult but a very healing experience," said Loren.
Her experience with the Miss South Dakota Pageant started back in 2007 when she was 17 years old. She didn't win that year, and in her hometown of Huron, took some time off.
“I'm glad I had that time to get to know myself a little bit better, and be able to grow as a person," said Loren.
She says she's more confident and better suited for the role now as she's evolved in her own life. As she accomplishes her goals, she encourages you to follow yours, especially a young lady or woman getting involved in the Miss South Dakota Pageant.
Loren said, "I would say go for it, because it's an experience of a lifetime."
That experience for Loren, now Miss South Dakota 2010, is just beginning.
Loren tells me the competition this time around was fierce during the pageant, but she says all of the girls helped each other. And by the way, she says the volunteers were amazing.