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Sheridan Pope, of Sidney, was crowned Miss Montana 2013 on Saturday night while Tessa Shelton, a Skyview High School student, was named Miss Outstanding Teen 2013 on Friday at the pageant in Glendive.

Pope competed on a platform of "Recognize disabilities, promote opportunities; embracing community inclusion" and will go on to represent Montana at the Miss America pageant in September in Atlantic City, N.J.

She takes over the Miss Montana duties from 2012 winner Alexis Wineman, of Cut Bank, who won the America's Choice award at last year's national pageant.

Judges named, Olivia Dowler, of Kalispell as first runner up; Tori Zander, of Glendive, as second runner-up; Chantel Bury, of Glendive, as third runner-up; and Katherine Sizemore, of Gilford, as fourth runner-up.

Shelton's talent was vocal performance and her platform was cybersecurity.

She was in choir, track and National Honor Society at Skyview and plans to study to become a lawyer.

As Miss Montana Outstanding Teen, she'll travel to compete in the national competition Aug. 9 through 18 in Orlando, Fla.

The Outstanding Teen contest was held along with the Miss Montana program in Glendive.

Thirteen vied for Miss Montana, who was named on Saturday.

There were eight contestants for Miss Montana' Outstanding Teen.

This is the ninth year that Glendive has hosted the competition. Hundreds of volunteers help set up and run the program.

 

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