Former Miss Trail, Cheyanne Friess, 18, has gone from local royalty to representing British Columbia.
Friess, along with six other candidates, were in Merritt last Saturday for the final pageant to decide on three winners in the British Columbia Ambassadors program.
The pageant takes many different characteristics and categories under consideration when deciding on who will become ambassadors.
But it comes down to knowledge of B.C. history, interviews with the judges, public speaking and community presentations.
After a week of intense preparation and rehearsals, she placed in the top three in the knowledge, fundraising, sponsorship and promotion categories and won the chance to represent the province for the next year.
Friess says the moment right before she was crowned was a nail-biter.
“I was crowned last, so I was just sitting there and waiting,” she said. “That was really cool.”
The B.C. Ambassador program aims to choose three outstanding young people to represent the youth of the province and spread the message of education, motivation and self esteem.
Now that she has officially been named a B.C. Ambassador, Friess hopes to continue her work from Cranbrook, where she is attending the College of the Rockies for dental assisting in the fall.
“We will be travelling to further communities, hopefully,” she said adding that she would also be making trips back home to Trail. “I want to go to other pageants and since I will be in Cranbrook, I hope to help with their pageant. (I will be doing) lots of fundraising and promotions.”
The B.C. Ambassador program hold a pageant every August to determine the next year’s youth ambassadors and awards scholarships and bursaries for candidates to use towards post secondary schooling. As part of her win, Friess won $575 that she plans to put towards her time in college.