Road to Miss America 2012:
Taryn Chute was crowned Miss Montana 2011 on June 18, 2011 in the Dawson County High School auditorium. She will represent Montana in Miss America 2012 Pageant. Her platform is Educate and Motivate: Preventing Childhood Obesity. Taryn wins a $5000 cash scholarship plus $11,500 in applied scholarships, and many prizes including a Silver Service tea set. Taryn tore her ACL in college track and has had a year and a half of rehab so it’s amazing for her to win the talent competition with her lyrical dance.
First runner-up was Veronika Ohlinger of Cooke City singing Black Velvet. She wins $2500. She also won the Spirit and Leadership Award given by the production staff.
Chantell Bury, 20, Glendive was second runner-up, winning $2000 in cash scholarship. She was voted Miss Congeniality by fellow contestants and voted most photogenic by Right Impressions, the official photographer for the week. Chantell also won the Miss America State Community Service Award of $1000.
Third runner-up Gillette Vaira, 24, of Lambert was Thursday night’s evening gown winner, and received the Miss America $1000 Scholar Academic Award and the interview award.
Cortney Bury, 19, of Glendive was fourth runner-up and winner of the Friday night fitness in swimwear competition and Miracle Maker fundraising award from the Children’s Miracle Network.
Courtesy of Miss Montana Organization.