Kalie Wright

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Kalie Wright
Miss Minnesota USA 2018, and Miss Mississippi USA 2018.jpg
Wright (left) at Barksdale Air Force Base in 2018 with Miss Mississippi USA 2018 Laine Mansour
Born
Kalie Kathleen Wright

(1993-04-27) April 27, 1993 (age 25)
ResidenceEagle Bend, Minnesota, U.S.
EducationBlue Mountain Community College
College of Southern Idaho
TitleMiss Magic Valley 2013
Miss Gate City 2014
Miss Magic Valley 2015
Miss National Sweetheart 2014
Miss Idaho 2015
Miss Minnesota USA 2017
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBlue
Major
competition(s)
Miss America 2016
(Unplaced)
Miss USA 2018
(Unplaced)
Websitehttp://kaliekwright.com/

Kalie Kathleen Wright (born April 27, 1993) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Twin Falls, Idaho, who was crowned Miss National Sweetheart 2014 and Miss Idaho 2015. She competed for the Miss America 2016 title in September 2015. In 2017, she was crowned Miss Minnesota USA 2018 and represented Minnesota at Miss USA 2018.

Pageant career[edit]

Early pageants[edit]

Wright began performing publicly when she was 8 years old and started entering pageants to become eligible to compete for the Miss Idaho title in 2011.[1][2] In July 2012, Wright won the Miss Magic Valley 2013 title.[3] She competed in the 2013 Miss Idaho pageant on a platform of "The W.O.R.T.H. Project: Salute, Serve, Succeed" and performed on the piano during the talent portion of the competition.[4] She was named a Top-11 semifinalist for the state title.[5] She also won the Idaho Outdoor Heritage Award during the competition.[3]

On November 2, 2013, Wright won the Miss Gate City 2014 title.[6][7] She competed in the 2014 Miss Idaho pageant on a platform of "Operation Homefront" and gave a vocal performance during the talent portion of the competition.[8] She was named first runner-up to winner Sierra Sandison.[7]

As first runner-up, Wright was invited to represent Idaho at the National Sweetheart pageant in Hoopeston, Illinois.[9] On August 31, 2014, she was named Miss National Sweetheart 2014, the first woman from Idaho to claim that national title.[10]

Miss Idaho 2015[edit]

On July 25, 2014, Wright was crowned Miss Magic Valley 2015 which made her eligible to compete at the 2015 Miss Idaho pageant.[11][12] Entering the state pageant in June 2015, Wright's preliminary competition talent was a vocal performance of "Up to the Mountain" by Patty Griffin. Her platform is "Operation Homefront", providing assistance to military families and wounded veterans.[13][14]

Wright won the competition on Saturday, June 20, 2015, when she received her crown from outgoing Miss Idaho titleholder Sierra Sandison.[13][2] In addition to the state crown, Wright won preliminary talent and swimsuit awards, the marketing award, and was an honorable mention to the Miracle Maker Award.[11] She earned more than $10,000 in scholarship money and prizes from the state pageant.[2] As Miss Idaho, her activities include public appearances across the state of Idaho.[2]

Vying for Miss America 2016[edit]

Wright was Idaho's representative at the Miss America 2016 pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September 2015.[14][15] In the televised finale on September 13, 2015, she placed outside the Top 15 semi-finalists and was eliminated from competition. She was awarded a $3,000 scholarship prize as her state's representative.[16][17] In addition, Wright was awarded a $1,000 Non-Finalist Talent scholarship for her vocal and guitar performance.[18]

Miss Minnesota USA 2018[edit]

Wrigh previously competed in the Miss Minnesota USA 2017 on November 28, 2016, placing 1st Runner-Up to Meridith Gould. On November 26, 2017, competed in the Miss Minnesota USA 2018 and won the competition and she represented Minnesota at Miss USA 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Wright is a native of Kimberly, Idaho, and a 2011 graduate of Kimberly High School.[10][19] The oldest of three children, Wright's parents are Brett and Shelly Wright.[6]

Wright attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendelton, Oregon, on a volleyball scholarship.[19] She left Blue Mountain after reconsidering her career path. Wright returned to Idaho and earned an associate degree in liberal arts from the College of Southern Idaho.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunlap, Tetona (June 12, 2015). "Tetona's Desk Concert: Miss Magic Valley Kalie Wright". Times-News. Twin Falls, ID: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Beckstrom, Dani (June 22, 2015). "Meet the newly-crowned Miss Idaho". Good Morning Idaho. Boise, ID: KIVI-TV. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Wootton, Julie (July 26, 2013). "Young Women Compete for Miss Magic Valley". Times-News. Twin Falls, ID: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  4. ^ "State Contestants: Idaho - 2013". Miss America. 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "Meet Miss Idaho 2015". Miss Idaho Organization Official Blog. Miss Idaho. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Bryce, Debbie (November 5, 2013). "Miss Pocatello and Miss Gate City named". Idaho State Journal. Pocatello, ID: Pioneer News Group. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Evensen, Kendra (July 24, 2014). "Contestants with Southeast Idaho ties do well in Miss Idaho pageant". Idaho State Journal. Pocatello, ID: Pioneer News Group. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "State Contestants: Idaho - 2014". Miss America. 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "Miss Magic Valley Crowned Miss National Sweetheart". Times-News. Twin Falls, ID: Lee Enterprises. September 4, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c Dunlap, Tetona (September 7, 2014). "Your Neighbor: The Kimberly Woman Crowned Miss National Sweetheart". Times-News. Twin Falls, ID: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Meet Miss Idaho 2015 - Kalie Wright". Miss Idaho. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  12. ^ Dunlap, Tetona (August 3, 2014). "Miss Magic Valley Scholarship Program Sees Growth". Times-News. Twin Falls, ID: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Kalie Wright Crowned Miss Idaho 2015". Twin Falls, ID: KMVT-TV. June 21, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Kimberly Native Crowned 'Miss Idaho'". Times-News. Twin Falls, ID: Lee Enterprises. June 23, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  15. ^ "State Contestants: Idaho - 2015". Miss America. 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  16. ^ "Miss America Show Scholarships 2016". Miss America. Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  17. ^ "The 2016 Miss America Competition Scholarships & Awards" (Press release). Miss America. September 16, 2015. Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  18. ^ "Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, Crowned Miss America 2016" (Press release). Miss America. September 13, 2015. Archived from the original on September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  19. ^ a b Bashore, David (April 8, 2011). "Kimberly's Wright signs to play volleyball at Blue Mountain". Times-News. Twin Falls, ID: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved July 1, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sierra Sandison
Miss Idaho
2015
Succeeded by
Kylee Solberg
Preceded by
Meridith Gould
Miss Minnesota USA
2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent