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Monday, February 19, 2018

New Miss Montana carries forward a family tradition (Slideshow 48)

Jamie Ausk Crisafulli photos

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Miss Wineman legacy was confirmed Saturday in Glendive, as Danielle Wineman, 23, of Cutbank, was crowned Miss Montana 2015. Daughter of Michael Wineman and Kimberly Butterworth, who this last fall moved to Rock Hill, S.C., Danielle will be following in family footsteps as the second daughter to be Miss Montana. Her sister, Alexis, was Miss Montana in 2012 and America’s Choice at Miss America.

“The best part of having Alexis is that I got to be her biggest fan during her run to Miss Montana,” Danielle said in an interview with the Ranger Review, Monday. “She’s been there to answer questions…and really there to calm the nerves. She was there as Danielle Wineman’s biggest fan.”

Wineman’s platform may have put her over the top, as it addresses one of the biggest growing problems with youth in this country: verbal communication. Her platform is called, “Growing Compassion: One Scene at a Time,” and through it she intends “to increase the exercising of the underworked muscle of empathy.”

“I’ll go into the schools, and we’re such a technological society that we can put up walls when it comes to communicating socially, face-to-face…My platform attempts to break down these walls,” she explained, saying it increases communication amongst students and decreases the chance bullying will take place.

“Whether you’re majoring in biology or Broadway, you still need to communicate your ideas,” she said.

Wineman uses her education and experience in acting to enact scenes for the kids that help tear down the barriers that hinder communication. She graduated from Stephens College with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in theatre and plans to attend Juilliard to pursue her Master’s degree. 

Wineman will have an extra $5,000 in scholarship money having won the Miss Montana competition and will advance to Atlantic City, NJ to compete in the Miss America Pageant in September. 

Wineman encouraged all young ladies to participate in Miss Montana pageants, saying, “There’s really nothing to lose. You’re breaking out of your own personal box, you get a scholarship just for participating, and you’re gaining skills of being on stage and communicating to people.”

All of the 14 contestants earn at least an $850 scholarship. Wineman was also chosen most photogenic by Bohle Images, the official photographer for the week, and won the $500 Outstanding Interview Award, sponsored by Jim and Carol Swanson. 

Wineman made it a point to thank the community of Glendive for hosting the event. She enjoyed the day at Makoshika State Park, meeting with the Rotary Club and Lions Club, and eating lunch hosted by The Gallery. Hosts welcoming these women into their homes, sponsors of the awards and many volunteers make the Miss Montana pageant a success every year.

“The whole town of Glendive was so supportive, so thanks to Glendive for making us feel so welcome and at home,” she said. 

Mary Kaercher, of Havre, was chosen by her peers as Miss Congeniality, sponsored by Guns & Things, and received the Spirit and Leader Award, voted by the production crew and sponsored by Holden Electric. The outstanding talent award of $750, sponsored by Jack Lawson, went to Karalie Mangus.  

First runner-up for Miss Montana was Olivia Dowler of Bozeman, who received a $2,500 scholarship. Second runner-up winning a $2,000 scholarship was Mary Kaercher of Havre. Third runner-up receiving a $1,500 scholarship from Stockman Bank was Karalie Mangus of Missoula. Fourth runner-up was Katherine Sizemore of Billings who received a $1,250 scholarship.

Miss America’s State Award for Community service went to Olivia Dowler and the Miss America’s State Award for Academic Achievement went to Katherine Sizemore. 

Friday night preliminary winners in the Miss Montana Scholarship pageant were: 

Evening Gown – Danielle Wineman of Cutbank; Fitness in Swimsuit – Katherine Sizemore of Billings. 

Thursday night’s winner in swimsuit was Olivia Dowler of Bozeman. Thursday night’s winner in Evening Gown was Karalie Mangus of Missoula. 

The Miss America Program is one of the largest supporters of scholarships for young women. To book Miss Montana for engagements throughout Montana contact Jan Holden at holdenmissmt@gmail.com or www.missmontana.com.

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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