[Photo credits: Kelly Johnson]
Miss Montana 2018 visited one of our sponsored youth organizations yesterday. Laura Haller brought her positive message to Builders Club members in Sidney Middle School.
During Laura’s year of service as Miss Montana, Laura is working closely with the only Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Montana, Shodair Children's Hospital. She is also advocating for her social impact initiative, Own Your Movement, during her Crown to Classroom Tour. Using narrative and lessons she learned from her life as a professional dancer, pre-medical student, marathon runner, triathlete, small business owner, and world traveler, she hopes to inspire Montana children to get up and get moving so they have the ability to follow their passions in life.
Get up and get moving. What a joyful and constructive message!
Laura says, representing Montana as Miss Montana 2018 is her proudest achievement, and she looks forward to sharing her passion for health and wellness while also advocating for fearlessly living life to its full potential.
That's saying quite a bit when you learn more about her background. Miss Montana 2018, Laura Halter, was born in the beautiful mountains of western Montana. She began her professional dancing career at the age of 18 in the Northwest as a classical ballet dancer. While dancing professionally full-time, she also attended Boise State University on an academic scholarship with aspirations to become a medical doctor for women's health. She graduated cum laude from Boise State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical/Health Sciences and a Minor in Dance. She was then hired as the principal professional dancer with Viking Ocean Cruises, where she had the opportunity to dance and travel to over 30 countries and 5 continents. After spending over a year at sea, Laura competed for the prestigious position of Miss Montana, and won the title of Miss Montana 2018. She recently competed in Miss America and won both a talent and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) scholarship. She is the first Miss Montana to ever receive the STEM scholarship.