First up on the Sister Spotlight feature on my blog is my Miss Seven Rivers sister teen, Miss Annie Skogen. If you don’t know Annie (which I’m sure you most likely do already) she’s a young woman I look up to and countless ways. She is truly one of the most motivated, compassionate, and beautiful souls you will ever meet; there are bright things in store for this girl’s future! Name: Annie Skogen
Birthday: April 22, 2000
Hometown: Onalaska, WI
Education: Onalaska High School, Onalaska Middle School, Northern Hills Elementary
Dream job: Social Media Marketing Advisor at Nordstrom
Favorite color: Pink!
1. What inspired you to get involved with the Miss America Organization? Many of my dance teachers have competed in the Miss America Organization. At a young age I thought it was just glitzy gowns and sparkly crowns, but have grown up to recognize all the benefits it provides for young women.
2. Tell us about your first MAO pageant. My first pageant I competed in was Miss Seven Rivers Outstanding Teen and I was very (for lack of better words) clueless to what I was doing. I was in complete shock when they called my name at the conclusion of the pageant. It meant a lot for me because I not only got to spend my year representing the Seven Rivers region, but also compete at Miss Wisconsin OT with Jordenne Butler. Jordenne and I played pageants when we were young and would go to Miss Wisconsin together so when we got to have that experience together, it was very special!
3. What is your platform and why did you choose it? My platform is Feeding my Friends, Feeding my Community. My ultimate goal is to work together with people in my community to eliminate childhood hunger. I chose this platform because it’s such a pressing issue and I believe it is preventable if we take the required measures to overcome it. I have always been blessed with three meals on the table. When I went to Sandusky, Ohio for a church mission trip, we worked with the Salvation Army and fed people in the city of Sandusky. It really hit my heart and showed me how blessed I was, but it also inspired me to help; that’s why I created my platform.
4. What is your favorite phase of competition, why? My favorite phase of competition is private interview because you get to show the judges your personality and share your opinions to them.
5. Style, Service, Scholarship, or Success? Service: I believe this is why I compete in the MAO, to serve.
6. What titles have you held and what were some of your biggest accomplishments or most cherished memories during each of them?
Miss Seven River’s Outstanding Teen:
• CMNH hero kickoff party
•Miss Wisconsins Oustanding Teen Pageant
Miss Onalaska’s Outstanding Teen:
•Miss Remarkable Pageant
•Being able to represent my hometown
7. What is your talent and what do/did you enjoy most about performing it? I’m a tap dancer and I love being able to express my love and passion for dance through the sounds of my feet.
8. Who is your biggest role model within the Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Program? Kate Gorman. I grew up watching Kate compete and she inspired me to compete, my platform, and as a person.
9. Favorite comfort food outside of competition mode? Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop
10. Who is your favorite Miss America? Why? Mallory Hagan, her ability to be herself inspires me.
11. How would you describe the feelings you had when you won your first local? What goes through your mind when you are standing on stage and you hear your name called? Pure shock. I was so blessed, honored, and humbled to be chosen.
12. If someone says, “You’re a beauty queen, what’s the relevancy of a pageant in today’s society,” what would you say to them? I’d tell them about the amount of scholarship dollars I have collected just as a 15-year-old and that it’s not just about the glitz and glam. It allows us to go into our community and make a difference with our personal platforms.
13. What is the most memorable moment you’ve experienced as a contestant/titleholder? Being able to compete at Miss Wisconsin with my best friend.
14. How has your involvement influenced your life? It showed me you don’t have to be a world leader to make a difference, you just have to have the drive.
15. What advice would you give to fellow sisters, contestants, and young girls looking to one day compete for a title? I would say to just go for it! There’s nothing you can lose from competing.