Williston, ND (KEYZ) Miss North Dakota and long time Williston resident Katie Olson, spent some time with the Mondak Morning news talking about her big win, Saturday night where Olson formally Miss Fargo, was crowned at Bakken Elementary School. She explained her platform, “positivity at every turn” and how she intends to travel the state talking to young people in the coming year, not taking a “Pollyanish” approach.
“Happiness and motivation is not being blind to negativity, it’s not being blind to the bad things that happen to you or in life. It’s being able to look at those things and realize that we have a choice in how we react to it,” says Olson. Ironically, the days preceding her coronation, the nation was coming to terms with a rise in suicides and the high profile deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. “Learning how to get out of those places and learning what works best for you and your mindset is really important and of course we hear about those things in the news and it’s tragic,” she says.
Soon to be junior at NDSU in Fargo, Olson holds her own very well in an interview and is thoughtful and well spoken. While she looks forward to the Miss America competition in New Jersey later this summer, she’s concentrating on the journey, not the destination.
“Although it’s an amazing title and I would be honored to win Miss America, how can one not be? I am just grateful for the experience and the time there, because it really is a once in a life time opportunity. I am not going to stress, I am just going to take in the whole experience,” she says.
How does it feel coming back to Williston? Did some of her friends tease her about her Miss Fargo moniker? “Yeah, a lot of the people I knew growing up, but we had an amazing Williston representative this year, and attending NDSU, going as Miss Fargo was a little bit shorter drive for me,” she laughs.