By Caroline Wigmore
WRIGHT COUNTY, MN Taylor Moynagh of Montrose surprised her parents when she announced that she wanted to be involved with the Miss Wright County competition, being that she doesn’t like to wear dresses, according to her mother, Tracy Gurneau.
Not only did she get involved, but she won the contest through the essay she wrote about teen issues.
“She has always been a little tomboy, if you can call it that,” Gurneau said.
Moynagh will now go on to compete in the Miss Teen Minnesota pageant, which is set for Friday-Sunday, March 13-15, in St. Cloud.
Moynagh is a good teen representative of the county, as her many extracurricular activities take her all over Wright County. She attends Watertown-Mayer Middle School, confirmation classes at Zion Lutheran Church of Buffalo, plays summer softball for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, and JV/varsity hockey at Mound-Westonka.
“She really is doing it (the competition) because she wants a challenge in life. She also wants to be a princess,” Gurneau, said.
She will probably be one of the youngest teens competing, as she is just about to turn 14 years old, according to her mother.
If she wins, she will receive a full sponsorship to the 2009 Miss Teen International Pageant, national pageant coaching, national wardrobe, hair and makeup; a 14-karat crown, a floral bouquet, and more.
Along with the title of Miss Wright County comes some responsibility, and Moynagh will be speaking about teen issues around the county. Her speech will give suggestions to teens about how to deal with stress in a healthy way.
Moynagh said that she sees a lot of kids her age releasing stress through unhealthy means, such as cutting or anger, and suggests alternatives such as sports, writing, talking with friends, family members, or counselors.
Moynagh is looking forward to her role as Miss Wright County and getting to compete on a state level.
“I’ll get to spend time with a bunch of other girls at our hotel and spend time with my mom and aunt,” Moynagh said, explaining that her mother and aunt would be accompanying her to the competition.
Gurneau is also excited about the experiences and opportunity that the pageant will bring.
“She is a great kid, and even if she does not win, she will have been challenged, and that is what she loves most: the challenge of something new,” Gurneau said.
To book Moynagh for a speaking engagement, call (952) 432-6758.