Weatherford College student Hannah Krier, 17, is planning to represent Weatherford in November in Anaheim, California at the National All-American Miss Pageant.
Krier participated in the National American Miss state pageant in July after being nominated to attend an open call in May. She placed third runner-up in the talent division, in which she sang a classical Italian song called “Le Violette” and performed a brown belt karate routine called a Kata.
Optional contest winners and runner-ups, such as talent divisions, are eligible to compete at nationals, according to the National American Miss website.
Krier said her jaw dropped when she found out she had a place in the national competition. The state competition was her first pageant ever, and she competed against girls who had participated in several pageants, she said.
In the national competition, Krier will compete in the divisions: spokesmodel, casual wear modeling, a photoshoot, the talent competition and an audition with a music producer.
Krier has chosen Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County as her charity to serve, meaning she plans to donate her cash winnings and other items to the center after the pageant.
In the future, Krier wants to be a child psychiatrist and maybe get involved with musical therapy.
“I’m really passionate about helping out with children,” Krier said. “I love children in any regard.”
The winner of the National All-American Miss pageant receives a $2,000 cash scholarship as well as several other prizes, according to the National American Miss website.
Krier has been preparing for the pageant every day by practicing hair and make-up, speeches, walking for the pageant, her songs to perform and posture.
“It’s tons of work every single day,” Krier said.
Krier’s mom DeeAnna Krier said she hopes the competition inspires boldness and self-confidence in her daughter. DeeAnna Krier pointed out that as a child, Hannah Krier had several food allergies and eczema.
“I’m so happy that she’s blessed and life’s changed and now she gets this opportunity to live,” DeeAnna Krier said. “We didn’t even go out of town for a few years because you couldn’t even take her to a restaurant for a while.”
Baker’s Ribs BBQ restaurant is hosting a fundraiser for Hannah Krier from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. About 15 percent of sales that day will be sent to National American Miss on her behalf. Hannah Krier will be at the fundraiser to sing and meet people.