Age: 21

Hometown: Redfield, South Dakota

Platform Issue: Music for Life

Talent: Operatic Vocal

College Major: Music Education

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate from South Dakota State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and pursue a Graduate Degree in Vocal Performance or Conducting.

Secret Wish or Dream: To play electric guitar in a band.

My Defining Moment: Last year, I designed and taught a music lesson to a class of preschoolers for the first time. There was a moment when I saw the musical concept visibly “click” in their minds, and I knew teaching was my true passion.

Bio: Miranda is thrilled to be exercising her passion for music education while representing the Mount Rushmore State in the Miss America Competition. She loves to speak and perform; her years of involvement in the arts prepared her well for her first local pageant and for any other dream she may choose to pursue. Miranda believes music brings people together, heals, and brings about immense personal growth that lasts a lifetime. It is her role as a future music educator, and her deepest desire as a titleholder, to improve the quality of life for people of all ages through music.