Miss North Dakota 2012 | VideoEvan Kruegel | 6/6/2012
"In the end, I`ll be the one on stage passing on the crown to the next Miss ND. So it has been different. I`ve had time to just step on stage, the auditorium was completely empty this morning and I stepped on stage and just stood here and reflected on what my whole year has been about because it all started right here," she said.
Preliminaries begin tomorrow, but the atmosphere was relaxed as the girls practiced various production numbers.
"My advice to these girls is to do your personal best. You`re competing against yourself, not against 20 other girls. So as long as you can walk away with no regrets and knowing that you had a good experience, then you`re truly a winner at heart. And all of them can still keep their local titles, so it`s not like they go away without a crown," Walker said.
Angela Ekblad has choreographed the pageant for eight years. While these young women are all talented in various ways, they aren`t all necessarily dancers.
"I try to make the choreography easy enough do that everyone can pick up on it, yet it still looks flashy and it still had that wow element to it. But when you have so many people on stage with 20 contestants, anything you do really looks nice."
As the girls get ready for the weekend, they`re surrounded by past winners for help and encouragement.
"Passing on the crown is a huge tradition, and you do it every year. So from year to year you see the legacy build, and my job will basically be passed down to the next miss ND so she`ll get all of my advice along with the advice of all the formers who have come before me," said Walker.
They may have only been practicing today, but come Saturday night, one of these girls will be crowned Miss North Dakota.