Hailey Crosswhite can add one more accomplishment to a long list of things she’s done in her young life. Crosswhite was crowned Miss North Dakota Collegiate on July 14.
She’s been in pageants since she was 17 years old and just a few days ago celebrated her 19th birthday.
The beauty is busy making appearances and doing fundraising so she can attend the National Collegiate Pageant a year from now where she could possibly get a scholarship of $10,000 if she wins the competition.
“It was my high school counselor that got me into pageants. Once I did it, I fell in love with it and that became my passion,” she said.
But she’s not just a pretty face. This young woman has some lofty ambitions. “It’s been my dream since I was in the seventh grade to be a doctor - a plastic surgeon,” she said.
She says she hopes one day to return to her home reservation as a doctor or a surgeon to serve her people.
To further that dream she is going to school, taking classes at both Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten and on-line through Bottineau.
She is also building up a resumé by getting first her CNA training and certification and later plans on obtaining nursing credentials, too.
“I think it was an episode of Dr. 90210 where I saw how doctors help little kids with cleft palates, and people with terrible scars, burns and disfigurements with reconstructive surgery. That made me want to help, too,” she admitted.
For the time being she’s helping out on her home reservation, the Spirit Lake Nation, where she is an enrolled member. She works as a Community Health Representative and visits the elderly in their homes, helping them with medications, transportation to appointments and checking their vitals. Right now she is serving 40 elderly individuals. That alone is a full-time job but she is also going to school full time.
Add to that being a volunteer at Mercy Hospital in the near future and that makes one busy young woman.
Crosswhite was born in Devils Lake and lived in the area until she was six years old, moving to live with her father, Gary, in Colorado for about three years, then back at age nine to North Dakota to live with her mother Jolene Gourd Crosswhite and graduating from high school at New Rockford. Her immediate family also includes brothers Jared, 28 and Austin, 13, and sisters Marissa, 25, and Rayann, 9.
If you’re out and about this week you may run into her at the blood drive in New Rockford on Thursday, the Boots and Heels Fashion Show for Whopper Fest, at the Fort Totten Days Dog Soldier fights (her uncle Denny Greywater runs) or in the parade on Sunday at Fort Totten.
Page 2 of 2 - If you would like to donate to help Crosswhite get to the National Collegiate pageant next year she will be setting up a way soon to do that possibly through Facebook.