Coon Rapids girl state finalist for national pageant

Aimee LaFleur, Coon Rapids, who will be entering sixth-grade at Anoka Middle School for the Arts, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Minnesota Pageant.

Aimee LeFleur

Aimee LeFleur

The pageant, which is for girls ages four to 18 and has five different age divisions, will take place July 27 and 28 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington. LaFleur, 11, will be in the pre-teen age group.

The pageant winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant in California.

According to the National American Miss press release, the pageants are kept age appropriate – girls under the age of 12 are not allowed to wear make-up and there is no swimsuit competition. The program is based on inner beauty, poise and presentation.

LaFleur is a junior Girl Scout, worked on the Wilson Elementary School, Anoka, newspaper and is a green belt in karate. She enjoys reading, biking, swimming, volleyball, designing outfits, playing school with friends and Bible study, LaFleur said.

“I am so happy to be accepted as a finalist in the National American Miss Pageant to represent the state of Minnesota,” she said.

LaFleur’s sponsors include USA Karate and her family. But she has to raise $450 to cover competition fees; sponsors will be featured in the state program book and any donation is tax deductible.

For more information call 763-228-4529.

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