A "send-off" will be held for Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen Kaylee Seven from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Aafedt/McCabe home on the corner of 13th and University Avenue in Williston.
Seven, from Williston, will compete in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant Aug. 14-18 in Orlando, Fla. She earned her state title in Williston on June 2 at the Miss North Dakota Youth Pageant. The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served and free will donations will be accepted to defray national pageant expenses and for Children's Miracle Network. Directors for the state Youth and Outstanding Teen Pageant are Allen and Lavina Domagala of Williston.
As Miss N.D.'s Outstanding Teen, Seven will compete for scholarship funds on the national level. The pageant is part of the Miss America Organization, the largest provider of scholarships for women in the world.
She will sing "I Can Hear the Bells" for her talent and will be judged in interview, sportswear and evening wear categories. She will have a private interview with a panel of judges prior to competition and will be asked an on-stage question during preliminary competition. At this level of competition, titleholders have a personal platform they promote during their year of service. Seven's platform is "Get Caught Reading - Literacy Empowers."
At the send-off, those in attendance can see Kaylee's competition wardrobe and she will perform her talent. She will also give an update on what she has been doing to promote her platform and her volunteer service. Other state and local titleholders will be in attendance, including Miss North Dakota 2012 Rosie Sauvageau of Fargo.
Prior to the send-off, on Tuesday, July 31, Seven and Sauvageau will each perform as pre-show entertainment to open the Medora Musical. Seven will sing and Sauvageau will play piano on stage at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. For ticket information for the Medora Musical, call 1-800-MEDORA-1.
Seven will be a junior at Williston High School and dances competitively with Dance Fever Performing Arts Studio. She has eight years of music training and has been an active member of Youth Education on Stage for nine years.
Anyone wanting to send best wishes to Seven during national competition can send a card, prior to Aug. 16 to: Miss ND's Outstanding Teen, Kaylee Seven, c/o Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819-8122.
According to pageant officials, due to allergies, for security purposes, and due to lack of space in the hotel rooms, flowers will not be allowed. However, gifts, baskets and other small items are allowed.