Miss Montana contestant is a former CHS student aspiring for Miss America title

Miss Montana contestant is a former CHS student aspiring for Miss America title »Play Video
Mary Hally hopes to raise $500 for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital.
CLARKSTON, WA - A local Clarkston High School graduate will soon compete for Miss Montana.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio speaks to the young woman about why she's running for the state competition and what the community here can do to help her dreams come true.

Mary Hally has her sights set on Miss America, but in order to make it there she first must claim the Miss Montana title.

"I chose the banjo, I always wanted to learn and I love the noise it makes," said Hally. "It's unique and different and it catches the judges attention and that's what you need to do."

Catching the judges eye will be easy for the brown hair, blue eyed beauty. As she prepares to compete in several categories.

"It takes a lot of work, you have to work out," said Hally. "I mean you're gonna be on stage. Interviews you have to prep for, on stage questioning. How you look when you talk is a big one. I don't notice that as often."

When Hally takes the stage in June, it's the issues of anxiety and depression that she looks to shed light on.

"Each contestant is to have a platform that's personal to them," said Hally. "I'm going through it and I don't want anyone to go through it how I did it.

This platform has led the young beauty to get hands on with outreach work.

"I go into the schools and talk to the freshman about how it can affect you," said Hally. "There's resources, I try to get involved in the community and let them know that this is a bigger issue than it might seem."

Volunteerism that goes beyond the high school as she's now raising money for the Children Miracle Network Hospital.

"It helps the children that need cancer treatments, any kind of help, medication, it's all there," said Hally.

A cause that she's hoping the community will support her on.

"I moved to Montana, fell in love there but I still love my valley, it's home to me," said Hally. "And it's great to get support from that home base."

Mary hopes to raise $500 for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital. If you would like to help this CHS alumni reach her goal, you can find a link to donate on our Facebook page. Just search KLEW News and like the page to join.