Lauren Scofield, 22, of Havre was crowned Miss Montana 2016 Saturday in Glendive by Danielle Wineman, the reigning Miss Montana.
Daughter of Vince and Kim Scofield now of Helena, Scofield is a biochemistry major at Carroll College planning to become a doctor working in Montana. She hopes to plant the seeds of STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — this coming year.
She wins a $5,000 scholarship and will advance to Atlantic City, N.J., to compete in the Miss America Pageant in September.
First Runner-up with a $2,500 scholarship is Alysse Charlesworth of Glendive.
Second Runner-up with a $2,000 scholarship is Savanah Leidholt of Miles City.
Third Runner-up with a $1,500 scholarship from Stockman Bank is Julie Theis of Sidney.
Fourth Runner-up with a $1,250 scholarship from Sheridan Electric Cooperative is Abigail Helland of Glasgow.
The outstanding talent award of $750 went to Alysse Charlesworth. Outstanding Interview $500 award went to Julie Theis. All contestants earn a scholarship of at least $850.
Preliminary winners in evening gown were: Lauren Scofield of Havre on Thursday and Savanah Leidholt of Miles City on Friday. Preliminary fitness in swimwear winner were: Sierra Crandell of Kalispell on Thursday and Alysse Charlesworth of Glendive on Friday.
Miss America’s State Award for Community Service, a $1,000 scholarship, went to Julie Theis of Sidney, and the Miss America State Award for Academic Achievement went to Alysse Charlesworth of Glendive. Raising the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which in Montana goes to Shodair Children's Hospital was Alysse Charlesworth. The Miss America Program is one of the largest supporters of scholarships for young women.
Friday night, Faith Johnson, 16, of Helena was crowned Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen and will compete in August in Orlando at the national competition.