Miss Teen of Minnesota, a new perspective for Becker


Fundraisers, events and pageants have been Maple Lake graduate Ashley Becker’s life outside of school and work for the past year since she was crowned Miss Teen of Minnesota in the fall of 2013.
Becker had been invited to compete in the pageant based on her involvement in her school and community. The Maple Lake Lions then sponsored her to become a candidate and go up against 43 other girls in a pageant at St. Cloud State University. She ultimately won the title and began an experience that would give her a new perspective and a drive to do even more in the community.
It wasn’t all gowns and glamour as a large part of her time was spent giving back to the community. Becker organized an event called Sophia’s Fundraiser which raised over $4,000 for a family who had recently lost their five-month-old daughter to a rare liver disease. “That would be the most rewarding event that I participated in during all of this,” Becker said. She also spent time on a clothing drive, Teens for Jeans, at Maple Lake High School, helped at food shelves and volunteered at food drives such as Feed My Starving Children.
She participated in parades and took part in events with the Maple Lake Lions. Becker traveled to South Dakota and Wisconsin on two separate occasions to help staff their pageants. “Traveling held some of my best experiences and I enjoyed getting to meet all the girls,” Becker said.
Becker recently took a trip with her family to Philadelphia where they staffed the Miss Teen of Pennsylvania pageant. Ashley along with her mom, Sandy, her brother, Austin and her sister, Anna drove an entire night through to make it town the afternoon following the day they left. They spent one evening at the pageant where Ashley worked with candidates directly to answer their questions, make them feel comfortable and have a nice time. Her family worked behind the scenes organizing the event and helping out.
The rest of the time during their trip was spent on sightseeing and a bit of extra traveling. They visited Eastern State Penitentiary, spent a night in New Jersey, saw Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and toured the battle grounds and the city at Gettysburg.
Becker’s time with the title isn’t over yet but she says that so far “My favorite part would be the rewarding feeling I got from all the opportunities to give back.” In the future, Becker hopes to work with more people and complete more projects as Miss Teen of Minnesota. “My goals are to start a blood drive and to start a book drive with the Maple Lake Ambassadors to collect books for local libraries. I’m also planning to do an advertisement in the paper featuring euthanized animals in shelters to bring awareness,” Becker said.
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